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Pepeliaev Group, Rustem Ahmetshin, Moscow, RUSSIA

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Rustem Ahmetshin

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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

Pepeliaev Group is led by Rustem Ahmetshin, who has a strong track record in contentious TMT sector cases. Tax expert Natalia Kovalenko regularly advises on regulatory issues in the media and telecoms space.

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Rustem Ahmetshin - 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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    On 19th February 2018, a legislative package on the extension of the tax capital amnesty and the tax-free liquidation of foreign companies came into force.
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    The Federal Tax Service of Russia issued Letter ‚ĄĖ CA-4-7/ 6152 @ of 16.08.2017, in which it clarified to its subordinate tax authorities the application of new Art. 54.1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation "Limits on the Exercise of Rights in Calculating the Tax Base and (or) the Amount of Tax, Levy, Insurance Contributions", which was included in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation by Federal Law ‚ĄĖ 163-FZ of 18.07.2017.
  • Information law for company participants ‚Äď the search for a balance of interests

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    It is well known that before making significant managerial decisions, the general director must obtain approval from the shareholders or the board of directors. Apart from that, if a director is personally interested in entering into a transaction, approval is also required to proceed with the transaction. In the absence of such an approval, the transaction can be challenged and, in certain circumstances, invalidated. In order to minimize such risks and to eliminate legal uncertainty for the parties to the transaction, the rules governing major transactions and interested transactions must be sufficiently clear. Previously, however, the application of these rules was associated with a large number of controversial legal issues, which were finally solved as a result of the legislative amendments, which will enter into force on January 1, 2017. According to the new amendments, the distinction between major and non-major transactions has been delineated more clearly, parties have been allowed more flexibility in relation to approving transactions, the burdensome obligation to obtain prior approval of interested transactions has been abrogated, and finally the procedure for challenging transactions in question has been made much more complex. Overall, the changes should have a positive influence on business, as they contribute to the establishment of firm legal certainty in this area of the law. 
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    Author: Valentina Orlova, Head of Intellectual Property and Trademarks Practice, Pepeliaev Group
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    Authors: Sergey Klimenko, Head of Life Sciences Group; Yuri Yahin, Head of IP Group, Pepeliaev Group
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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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