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Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited’s ‘client-oriented’ team handles cross-border tax planning and litigation, and recently represented FMCG in a number of disputes before the Russian tax authorities. Alexander Chmelev heads the practice, where Alexander Bychkov is also a key figure.

DLA Piper’s ‘experienced lawyers’ have ‘a deep knowledge of Russian law’ and ‘do everything possible to assist their clients’. Igor Venediktov jointly heads the department with Ruslan Vasutin, who has significant commercial law expertise. Elena Zaitseva is noted for tax structuring, due diligence and contentious matters.

FBK Legal’s ‘top-notch’ team ‘quickly achieves successful results’. Practice head and litigator Galina Akchurina is ‘attentive to detail’ and has ‘excellent negotiation skills’; Nadezhda Orlova focuses on the oil and gas sector; and Tatiana Matveicheva handles non-contentious matters. McDonald’s, Gazprom and MCD Group are clients.

Sergey Pepeliaev heads Pepeliaev Group’s ‘highly professional’ practice. The team advised Gazprom Export on tax legislation and compliance matters. Rustem Ahmetshin and Ivan Khamenushko are the other key figures, assisting with the full range of tax issues including international taxation, VAT and contentious matters.

The team at Dentons has ‘a deep knowledge of tax’. Highlights included advising Immofinanz on the reimbursement of VAT pertaining to a construction project. Dzhangar Dzhalchinov is the practice head.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provides ‘practical, well-structured advice within short timeframes’. Sergey Kalinin heads the practice, for which the Russian Federation, Rusal and Uralsib are key clients. Igor Schikow recently left the firm.

Evgeny Timofeev heads the department at Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, which recently represented Ruscan in a dispute concerning VAT applicability to pet food. Customs and international trade partner Vladimir Tchikine is the other key practitioner.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP’s ‘excellent’ group represented RBS in the enforcement of a $340m facility agreement before the Russian, Kazakh and BVI state courts. Practice heads Vladimir Melnikov and Alexei Panich handle regulatory, customs and bankruptcy matters, among others. Oleg Konnov is also recommended.

KPMG’s ‘strong and professional’ team provides ‘a high level of service, and obtains fast and efficient results’. Practice head Mikhail Orlov and disputes partner Anton Zykov are the names to note.

At PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal CIS B.V.), highlights included advising Peugeot Citroën Rus on a profits and VAT-related tax dispute, successfully resolving the matter at pre-litigation stage. Vladislav Bozhenkov is the key figure.

At Sameta, practice head Andrei Vladimirov is ‘an outstanding professional’, who ‘is always able to find common ground’. Dmitry Barskiy has notable arbitration expertise.

TaxAdvisor’s ‘professional, responsive and accurate specialists always ensure the best result’. Practice head Alexei Yakovlev has ‘extensive experience’ and Alexandra Alexeeva ‘finds flexible solutions to all issues’. Managing partner Dmitri Kostalgin is also noted.

ALRUD Law Firm’s broad practice encompasses corporate tax, property, succession planning and international tax matters. Senior partner Maxim Alekseyev heads the practice, where counsel Elena Novikova is also a name to note.

The key strengths at CMS include general tax planning, the tax aspects of cross-border transactions, transfer pricing and tax controversies. Practice head Dominique Tissot frequently advises on the tax aspects of major M&A, and Gayk Safaryan is noted for domestic and international tax planning.

Clifford Chance’s tax practice works closely with the firm’s pensions and employment team, advising on matters including cross-border tax structuring, CFC regulations and employee incentive plans. The group has handled various matters for Citigroup, VTB Capital and Goldman Sachs. Alexander Anichkin is the key contact.

Gide Loyrette Nouel Vostok has notable expertise in tax issues related to foreign trade transactions, and also handles tax litigation. Practice head Tatiana Kirgetova advises Airbus Helicopters on a range of domestic and international matters.

At KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law), practice head Mikhail Uspenskiy has ‘a deep knowledge of Russian and international tax law’, advising a range of clients including TCC Retail Russia and Rockwool Ural. Anton Samokhvalov is also noted.

At Liniya Prava Law Firm, practice head Lidiya Charikova is ‘a wise and talented lawyer who provides the highest standards of professionalism’. Highlights included representing Anpo Cap in a dispute concerning VAT and arbitration fees. Integra Drilling is also a client.

Noerr’s ‘professional’ team recently acted for Home Shopping Europe on a range of customs, compliance and restructuring matters. Maxim Vladimirov heads the practice.

Schekin & Partners advises clients in the industrial production, construction and banking sectors, and frequently handles contentious tax matters. Denis Schekin heads the practice and Elena Bogdanova has strong tax audit expertise.

Vegas Lex’s team ‘combines a high level of expertise with in-depth knowledge of current legislation, communication skills and customer focus’. Managing partner Alexander Sitnikov and Yuri Ivanov, who ‘is very attentive to detail and always aims to win’, are the key names. Ferro-Story, ALS and Magnat Trade Enterprise are clients.

Irina Dmitrieva heads the tax practice at White & Case LLC, which advises on the tax aspects of high-value M&A, greenfield investments, corporate restructurings and capital markets matters, among others. Clients include Gazprombank, Siemens and Deutsche Bank.

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