Yerzhan Yessimkhanov is a Partner, Head of telecommunication & transport, construction & infrastructure department of GRATA International. Yerzhan has extensive experience in the areas of Construction and Infrastructure, Real Estate and Telecommunications.  Prior to joining GRATA International, Yerzhan worked in the Kazakhstan Investment Fund group, in a major Kazakh development company, and in the largest international law firm. Yerzhan acted as a consultant on a number of large infrastructure projects realized over the last decade in Kazakhstan, including work as a head of the legal team of Kazakhstani largest ski resort reconstruction project realized within the frameworks of Asian Games 2011; leader of the team of consultants working on reconstruction of the largest electrical energy producing enterprise in Kazakhstan with overall project value of approximately US$ 700 million; and leader of the team of consultants representing Kazakhstan’s largest infrastructure construction company in several judicial proceedings with overall value of the claims of approx. US$ 70 million. Yerzhan led the project on legal support of launch of Uber service in Kazakhstan, and represented a shortlisted consortium of Spanish, French and Turkish companies in a second stage of public tender for construction and operation of Big Almaty Ring Road (BAKAD), including review and negotiations over concession agreement with the Ministry of Investments and Development. 


  • 2004 BA (Hons) – Kazakh Humanitarian Law University;
  • 2003 - Center of European Law and Economic Studies;
  • 2023 - LLM, University of Cambridge, UK.


  • Contract law;
  • Real estate.

Industry Sectors:

  • Construction and Infrastructure;
  • Real Estate;
  • Telecommunications.


  • The Legal 500: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020,2021, 2022 (Recommended Lawyer, Tier 1 Real Estate & Construction Practice in Kazakhstan, Leading Individual, Top tier);
  • Asia Law Profiles 2014-2018 (Leading Lawyer – Construction and Real Estate, and Energy);
  • Asia Law Profiles 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 ( Leading Lawyers, Distinguished practitioner - Construction);
  • China Business Law Awards 2015 (Best Practice – Energy, Projects and Infrastructure);
  • Who's Who Legal 2017, 2018 (Leading Practitioner - Real Estate);
  • Who's Who Legal 2019 (Recommended Lawyer). 
  • Who's Who Legal 2021 (Recommended Lawyer - Real Estate). 


  • English
  • Russian
  • Kazakh

Yerzhan is an author of numerous articles relating to EPC contracts, real estate investments and construction permits. He regularly contributes to the annual World Bank Doing Business surveys “Dealing with Construction Permits in Kazakhstan” and “Registering Property”. In 2016 he contributed to “Rule of Law Index 2016” by the World Justice Project. In 2016 Yerzhan also commented to UK Construction Law Journal on practical aspects of use of FIDIC contracts in Kazakhstan; to Asia Business Law Journal on implementation of construction projects in Kazakhstan within the frameworks of “One Belt, One Road” initiative, and to China Business Law Journal on Chinese real estate investments in Kazakhstan.

Individual awards/rankings
Legal 500 EMEA 2021, Leading Individual
Legal 500 EMEA 2021, Leading Individual
Asialaw Profiles 2021, Distinguished Practitioner
Asialaw Profiles 2021, Distinguished Practitioner
Almaty, Казакстан