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Pepeliaev Group

BUILDING 1, 39 3RD TVERSKAYA, YAMSKAYA STREET, 125047, RUSSIA
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Moscow, St Petersburg

Sergey Pepeliaev

Tel:
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Pepeliaev Group

Work Department

Tax Law and Tax Disputes

Position

Managing Partner, PhD in Law

Career

What he specialises in

Sergey Pepeliaev has over 30 years' hands-on experience of dealing with corporate and personal taxation issues. He has resolved countless challenging situations involving investments and court proceedings.

As a practitioner, he has defended the rights and interests of companies before the Russian Constitutional Court, the Russian Supreme Court, and commercial courts in large-scale and significant court disputes regarding: the legality of additional taxes and fines being assessed; unlawful regulations of the Russian Government, ministries and state authorities being repealed; and unconstitutional provisions of laws being set aside. He has also advised on matters including the taxation of investments, day-to-day business operations, and much more. 

His main achievements

  • Over the last several years, our firm's lawyers, under Mr Pepeliaev’s guidance, have helped our clients to save more than USD 5 billion thanks to having successfully settled tax disputes both through court proceedings and out of court.
  • Mr Pepeliaev has been invited by the Russian Presidential Administration and other governmental authorities to take part in drafting laws, most notably, the Russian Tax Code, the Law on the Olympic Games, and legislation on transfer pricing, among others;
  • The Constitutional Court also invites him to express his expert opinion on a number of cases.
  • In 2013 Mr Pepeliaev was elected to the Board of the Federal Chamber of Attorneys. He is also a member of the Board of the Moscow Region Chamber of Attorneys.
  • The Federal Chamber of Attorneys has awarded to him the medal 'For outstanding protection of civil rights and freedoms' and the silver F. Plevako medal as well as other awards.

Member

Sergey is a member of the Expert Panel of the Committee for Legal and Judicial Matters of the Federation Council and co-chairman of the Expert Council on Taxes at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Sergey Pepeliaev is a member of the Board of the Moscow Region Chamber of Attorneys. He plays an active role in state and public projects relating to development of the legal profession, advocacy and the judicial system in Russia. Sergey Pepeliaev is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fund assisting the Kremlin Museums.

Education

  • Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Sergey holds a degree of candidate in legal sciences


Russia

Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Pepeliaev Group ‚Äėperforms tremendously when working on complex projects‚Äô, and has ‚Äėin-depth knowledge of Russian oil and gas legislation, along with solid commercial understanding‚Äô. Sergey Pepeliaev has significant energy tax expertise; real estate specialist Natalia Stenina is ‚Äėa real rainmaker, with the energy and commitment to drive projects forward‚Äô. Clients include Gazprom, Zarubezhneft and Alrosa.

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Private client

Within: Private client

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.

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Tax

Within: Leading individuals

Sergey Pepeliaev - Pepeliaev Group

Within: Tax

Pepeliaev Group‚Äôs team ‚Äėalways tries to get a deep understanding of the client‚Äôs business and the case at hand‚Äô, and offers ‚Äėcomprehensive and detailed responses within the agreed timeframe‚Äô. Practice head Rustem Ahmetshin has extensive tax dispute experience, and Sergey Pepeliaev advises on corporate and personal taxation issues. Highlights included advising Gazprom on cross-border tax structuring.

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    Elena Sokolovskaya, Head of Antimonopoly Regulation Group, Pepeliaev Group The main areas covered by Russian antimonopoly legislation are prohibition of the abuse of a dominant position, regulation of prohibited agreements, antimonopoly requirements for bidding, merger control, and prohibition of unfair competition. In recent years more attention has been paid to the development of Russian antimonopoly legislation. For this purpose, the State Duma of the Russian Federation (the lower chamber of Russia's parliament) is considering draft measures billed as the 'Fourth Antimonopoly Package'. This comprises amendments to Law No. 135-FZ 'On Protecting Competition' (the "Law on Competition") as well as to the Russian Administrative Code. The measures have already been passed in the first reading and are expected to make it onto the statute book before the end of 2015.
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