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Dubai's DIFC Courts picked to advise on Kazakhstan financial hub

Kazakhstan’s central bank seeks help to set up world class commercial court system at planned Astana International Financial Centre

Dubai's DIFC Courts picked to advise on Kazakhstan financial hub
Dubai International Financial Centre

DIFC Courts have been chosen by Kazakhstan’s central bank to advise on establishing a world class commercial court system including an arbitration centre at the planned Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC).

Dubai’s English-language, commercial common law judicial system signed a consultancy agreement with the National Bank of Kazakhstan in Astana.

Earlier in 2015, Kazakhstan announced its intention to establish an international financial centre in the capital city Astana, with President Nursultan Nazarbayev citing the Dubai International Financial Centre as the model for the planned AIFC.

The consultancy agreement will see the DIFC Courts work in partnership with their Kazakhstan counterparts over the next three years as they establish specialist commercial courts, which are increasingly essential for financial centres to be able to compete internationally.

The agreement covers areas as diverse as consultancy on the legislative and regulatory framework, training of staff, fit-out of chosen premises and IT systems.

DIFC Courts Chief Justice, Michael Hwang said: “Through a consistent track record of success in commercial dispute resolution, innovation and enforcement, the DIFC Courts are today established as a world class centre of legal excellence.

"This is reflected in our selection by the National Bank of Kazakhstan to consult on the wide range of issues that need to be considered and steps that need to be taken to establish an internationally respected commercial court.”

Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, Nurlan Kussainov, added: “It is our intention to create a world class financial centre in the heart of Eurasia by working with the best international partners. Following a series of visits to the UAE we have seen firsthand how important the DIFC Courts have been to the free zone’s success and we look forward to benefitting from their expertise as we move forward with the creation of the AIFC.”

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