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BUILDING 1, 39 3RD TVERSKAYA, YAMSKAYA STREET, 125047, RUSSIA
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Moscow, St Petersburg
Pepeliaev Group, Rustem Ahmetshin, Moscow, RUSSIA

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Rustem Ahmetshin

Tel:
Work +7 495 767 00 07
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Pepeliaev Group

Work Department

Tax Practice

Position

Senior Partner, Head of Tax Practice, PhD in Law

Career

What he specialises in

For over 20 years, Rustem has been providing advice regarding taxation and has represented taxpayers many times in the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Court, the Supreme Court and state commercial ('arbitration') courts.

Rustem's professional interests include international taxation and the application of legislation concerning controlled foreign companies.

His main achievements

Rustem’s major projects include:

  • participated in preparing draft laws, particularly amendments to legislation connected with holding the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014;
  • represented Far-Eastern Shipping Company in the Russian Constitutional Court with its appeal of provisions in article 165 of the Russian Tax Code;
  • participated and managed a project to develop agreements and justify intra-group expenses for a major American FMCG company;
  • represented Total in the Supreme Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Court in a case on a PSA operator’s right to refund VAT;
  • represented JTI in the Supreme Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Court in a case on whether intra-group expenses for licence payments were justified.

Rustem has regularly been involved in consulting projects dealing with taxation issues for foreign companies and their subsidiaries in Russia, as well as applying the rules of international double taxation treaties, and restructuring international holding groups to take into consideration legislative requirements concerning controlled foreign companies.

Rustem has authored numerous articles on topical tax issues and is a co-author of the Tax Law textbook edited by Sergey G. Pepeliaev (2000, 2003 and 2015 editions).

Education

Rustem graduated cum laude from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Law. He presented his candidate thesis on “international law” and has focused since 1996 on legal consulting and tax dispute resolution.


Russia

TMT

Within: TMT

At Pepeliaev Group, Natalia Kovalenko heads the practice, which provides corporate and tax advice to large TMT firms, including Vimpelcom and Steccom, among others. Alexander Kosov led the team in successfully representing local subsidiary Samsung Electronics Rus Kaluga LLC in a dispute with customs authorities concerning the classification of power units imported into the country. Rustem Ahmetshin is noted for his expertise in handling contentious matters.

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Rustem Ahmetshin - Pepeliaev Group

Within: Tax

Pepeliaev Group’s 'client oriented team' maintains a strong reputation for domestic tax regulatory matters, where it is 'highly experienced in tax compliance and the operations of tax authorities', corporate and private taxation and M&A and security market transactions. Andrey Tereschenko is assisting Hitachi Zosen Inova with tax and customs structuring concerning a large-scale waste incineration construction project in Moscow and Kazan. In other matters, practice head and tax disputes lead Rustem Ahmetshin is representing Atrium Europe Real Estate Group in a series of cases challenging the orders of the tax authorities. Andrey Nikonov has particular experience of profit tax, VAT, and mineral extraction tax and Ivan Khamenushko specialises in currency regulation and securities transactions. Valentina Akimova is recommended for transfer pricing and VAT disputes. Managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev is 'a leading expert' in corporate and private taxation. Viktor Arhipov joined Nadmitov, Ivanov and Partners Law Firm LLC and Lyudmila Merkulova is now with Danilov & Partners. Andrey Kirillov was anew arrival from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal CIS B.V.).

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