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Baker and McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s broad expertise includes cross-border tax planning, due diligence, tax controversy work and private wealth management. Practice head Alexander Chmelev advised Abbott Laboratories on the tax aspects of its $305m acquisition of Veropharm. Alexander Bychkov is also a key practitioner.

The lawyers at DLA Piper have ‘a very good awareness of changing practices’. Igor Venediktov co-heads the department alongside Ruslan Vasutin, who has particular expertise in industrial investment matters, M&A transactions and IP-related tax planning. Elena Zaitseva is ‘very methodical and has a clear view of all possible solutions to issues’.

The team at FBK Legalquickly gets to the root of the problem, helping the client understand any complex or unusual situations’. The ‘amazingly gifted and erudite’ Galina Akchurina heads the tax litigation practice, and Tatiana Matveicheva handles non-contentious matters. Managing partner Nadezhda Orlova advised the Sochi Organising Committee on the preparation, hosting and execution of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The department at Pepeliaev Group is led by managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev, who has strong expertise in corporate and personal tax issues, and frequently handles contentious matters in judicial and arbitration proceedings. Rustem Ahmetshin and Ivan Khamenushko are also key figures, advising on the full gamut of tax issues including VAT assessment, audit procedures and budgeting.

Dentons provides ‘superb and timely quality of service’, and practice head Dzhangar Dzhalchinov is ‘a real market expert, managing a great team of tax and customs lawyers’. Standout work included representing Commerzbank in a RUB56m dispute over tax deduction of fees.

The lawyers at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partnerswork effectively under a tight schedule’, and are ‘highly dedicated to client interests’. Counsel Igor Schikow is ‘a reliable tax adviser’ with ‘strong technical ability and excellent German language skills’. Sergey Kalinin joined as practice head, having previously been at Liniya Prava Law Firm. RUSAL, Immoeast and N.C Pharmaceuticals are clients.

The team at Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner is led by the ‘proactiveEvgeny Timofeev, who is currently advising GazNanoTekh on the international tax structuring of outbound investment into a Georgian hydropower plant. Customs and international trade partner Vladimir Tchikine is also recommended.

Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP advised Bank Otkritie on the proposed restructuring of oil and gas company Ruspetro, and has handled various tax matters for VTB-Leasing, Auriant Mining and INPEX. Practice head Oleg Konnov is recommended alongside dispute resolution partner Alexei Panich.

The team at KPMG shows ‘a high degree of readiness to respond promptly to all requests’, and ‘effectively seeks solutions to complex matters, shares knowledge and learns from the client where necessary’. Practice head Mikhail Orlov and disputes partner Anton Zykov are well regarded. Nikolay Baranov joined from Noerr in late March 2016.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal CIS B.V.) has notable experience in tax audits, and advises clients on resolving tax disputes at the pre-litigation stage. Yana Proskurina leads the practice, which acted for Peugeot Citroen Rus in a dispute concerning profits tax and VAT issues.

Sameta’s strengths include major restructurings, fine reduction and advising overseas clients on tax-related legislation. Practice head Andrei Vladimirov has expertise in contentious matters, while Dmitry Barskiy advises on tax audits and handles arbitration proceedings.

At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Ilya Rybalkin handles domestic and international tax issues arising from corporate transactions, and has notable experience in the mining, energy, retail and media sectors. Highlights included advising a major Russian electronics chain on the tax aspects of its debt-to-equity conversion transactions.

ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘professional, competent and highly driven’ team advises on the full spectrum of corporate and individual tax matters, providing ‘several alternatives to the solution, which allows the client to make a more balanced decision’. Senior partner Maxim Alekseyev heads the practice.

Areas of expertise at CMS include general tax planning, cross-border M&A, transfer pricing and indirect tax. Practice head Dominique Tissot focuses on matters arising from the consumer goods, energy and real estate sectors, and Gayk Safaryan advises on M&A deals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.

Alexander Anichkin heads the tax and regulatory practice at Clifford Chance, which works closely with the firm’s pensions and employment team, advising on matters including cash pooling, CFC regulations and remuneration schemes. Notable clients include Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and VTB Capital.

Gide Loyrette Nouel Vostok’s ‘high-quality’ team ‘understands client needs, and answers all questions quickly and precisely’. David Lasfargue is recommended, as is Tatiana Kirgetova, who recently advised Thales Communication & Security on Russian and international tax structuring issues.

At KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law), practice head and ‘brilliant tax structuring specialist’ Mikhail Uspenskiy ‘evaluates potential tax risks of cross-border operations like a visionary’, advising a range of clients including Baltic Trade House and Rockwool Ural. Anton Samokhvalov is also recommended.

Noerr successfully represented Hansgrohe in its claim for a €1m VAT refund, and is providing advice on all tax issues related to the client’s current Russian operations. Practice head Maxim Vladimirov advises major international clients on tax issues arising from M&A transactions. Nikolay Baranov joined KPMG in late March 2016.

Tax law expertDenis Schekin heads the group at Schekin & Partners, where Elena Bogdanova has notable tax audit expertise. The group has addressed a number of tax controversy claims at pre-litigation stage, and also advises on transfer pricing and tax risks.

TaxAdvisor’s ‘expert lawyers’ are ‘well prepared to address all complex, non-standard issues, and have a solid understanding of the development of tax legislation’. Managing partners Dmitri Kostalgin and Alexandra Alexeeva ‘find flexible solutions, taking all risks into account’, and Alexei Yakovlev has ‘rich hands-on experience of interaction with tax authorities, and perfect knowledge of the civil court process’. Clients include 20th Century Fox, VEB Leasing and Mail.ru.

Taxology is noted for its tax controversy expertise, and the firm’s client roster includes numerous major retailers, mining companies and consumer goods producers. Managing partner Ilya Mokryshev acted for Nevinnomyssky Azot in a €9m VAT-related dispute.

The lawyers at Vegas Lex Law Firm has ‘outstanding attention to detail’, and ‘a remarkable ability to dig deep into the process, thoroughly examine all subtleties and provide effective solutions to unconventional issues’. Managing partner Alexander Sitnikov is recommended along with Mikhail Safarov, whose ‘professional skills make him an excellent manager’.

White & Case LLC’s Irina Dmitrieva is ‘a solid professional, able to interpret multiple layers of regulation and guide the client’s business smoothly through the process’. Clients include Gazprombank, Siemens and Deutsche Bank.

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