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The ‘client-oriented and practical’ team at ALRUD Law Firm provides ‘useful, timely advice’ and ‘always sticks to agreed deadlines’. The firm advises on tax structuring, family law, immigration and estate planning and management, and acts for a mix of private individuals, trustees and administrators. ‘Reputable consultant’ Maxim Alekseyev heads the practice, and is ‘particularly strong in tax, inheritance and wealth planning matters’. Maria Ostashenko has notable expertise in advising fine art collectors.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited wins plaudits for its ‘excellent service, quick response times, deep industry knowledge and high level of professionalism’. The team advises on the full range of private wealth matters including estate and business succession issues, investment strategies, immigration and charitable activity. Practice head Sergei Zhestkov provides ‘crystal-clear explanations in response to complex questions’. Artem Toropov, who ‘combines technical expertise with a commercial outlook’, recently joined from legacy firm Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner.


Alimirzoev & Trofimov Law Firm

AT Lawyers, named after founding partners Sergei Alimirzoev and Maxim Trofimov, was founded in 1999 and is located in Moscow, Russia.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is ‘able to deal competently with private wealth issues’, advising a range of high-profile individuals on criminal law issues, wills and legacy planning, immigration and family-related matters. In a recent highlight, the team successfully defended a private individual in a claim before the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation regarding ownership of a property, and also represented the former head of RusHydro regarding senior management bonuses that were allegedly increased illegally. Denis Arkhipov heads the practice, where Evgeniya Fedoreeva is also a key figure.

According to clients, PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal CIS B.V.) has ‘unsurpassed sector knowledge’ and is ‘regularly involved in complex and sophisticated matters, where it combines its deep knowledge of local and foreign legislation, and utilises its foreign offices to solve cross-border issues’. The practice is led by Diana Kalyaeva, who ‘quickly spots potential risks for private clients’ wealth’ and ‘develops efficient solutions’. The firm regularly advises on private investments, individual taxation matters and the opening of family offices.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advises high-net-worth clients on the acquisition, sale and management of residential properties, immigration issues, financial crime offences and the full range of wealth planning matters. Clients include a mix of private individuals, banks, internal wealth planners and family offices. Tax lawyer Evgeny Timofeev heads the team.

FBK Legaldifferentiates itself through its balanced and thoughtful approach to solving problems, its outstanding legal knowledge and its excellent client service’. The team recently advised on a number of voluntary asset declarations, personal bankruptcy cases and tax-related issues, and also has a strong track record in representing private individuals before courts of various jurisdictions. Alexander Ermolenko heads the practice, and is supported by tax expert Dmitry Paramonov.

The ‘well-established practice’ at Ivanyan & Partners is ‘able to solve the most complicated matters in a timely and professional manner’. Key partner Khristofor Ivanyan is ‘really outstanding – he pays personal attention to his clients’ needs and immediately takes a hands-on approach when assistance is needed’. Yulia Chekmareva heads the team, which has recently handled a range of residential real estate, marriage planning, fine art purchase and multi-nationality issues.

Alimirzoev & Trofimov Law Firm provides ‘prompt, accurate and practical responses to all questions’ and is ‘excellent on Russian tax law issues’. Other areas of expertise include wealth management structuring, separation issues and probate disputes; the team recently represented a Russian businessman in a cross-border divorce matter involving proceedings in Russia, the US and the Bahamas. Sergei Alimirzoev is ‘a valuable consultant with a strong level of experience’.

St Petersburg-based firm Maxima Legal advises primarily on succession planning matters and counts a number of high-net-worth Russian individuals as clients. The team also advises on personal investments, real estate acquisitions and immigration issues. Managing partner Maxim Avrashkov heads the team, where tax expert Elena Kilinkarova is also a key figure.

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is noted for its representation of private individuals in high-value court cases, and also has a strong track record in wealth planning, property sale and purchase, tax planning and family issues. Recent highlights include representing a high-net-worth individual in a multibillion-dollar divorce case, and acting for the former spouse of a prominent businessman in the division of matrimonial assets. Alexander Zyuba is the name to note.

O2 Consulting provides ‘services at the highest professional level and in the shortest possible time’, and the team is praised for its ‘proactive and benevolent attitude towards the client’s issues’. Managing partner Olga Sorokina is ‘an exceptionally experienced and competent specialist’, ‘capable of promptly analysing all emerging issues and finding the best solutions’. Natalia Kuznetsova is ‘highly knowledgeable in the field of tax and currency legislation’.

Pepeliaev Group specialises in family and inheritance law, and advises on asset ownership structuring, personal data protection and immigration issues, among other matters. Managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev leads the group and handles personal taxation issues.

SZP Law Boutique advises a mix of corporate top-managers, entrepreneurs and celebrities on a range of issues including personal bankruptcy, criminal proceedings and family law. In a recent highlight, the team advised a Roscosmos manager in child custody proceedings against their spouse, successfully securing a decision of primary custody for the client. Olga Zelenaya heads the team.

Tertychny Agabalyan’s ‘excellent’ practice specialises in contentious and investment-related matters; the team also handles a mix of family law, personal taxation, real estate and personal wealth management issues. Recent work includes advising one private individual on the reorganisation of ownership of land plots in Moscow, and acting for six individuals in proceedings related to a mis-selling of subordinated debt by Trust Bank. Marat Agabalyan and Ivan Tertychny are the key figures.

Zheleznikov & Partners provides ‘detailed and specific consultations’ and ‘responds promptly to all queries’. Clients include a range of public figures, entrepreneurs and celebrities, and the team utilises its strengths in dispute resolution and criminal matters to handle sensitive and high-stakes matters. Alexander Zheleznikov is recommended along with Roman Scherbinin and Roman Kobylin.

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