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Pepeliaev Group, Alexander Kosov, Moscow, RUSSIA

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Alexander Kosov

Work +7 495 767 00 07
Pepeliaev Group

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Customs and Foreign Trade Regulation Practice


Partner, Head of Customs and Foreign Trade Regulation Practice


What he specialises in

Alexander specialises in customs law, currency law and foreign trade regulation, including the WTO rules. For over 18 years he has been providing legal assistance to clients with respect to structuring transactions and business models taking into account foreign trade regulation, possible changes of rates of customs duties, customs value, classification of goods for customs purposes, applying customs benefits and preferences, using simplified customs procedures, currency control, technical regulation, protective measures, subsidies. He also handles challenges to the decisions of the customs authorities in pre-trial and in court proceedings, as well as challenging regulations, including before the Court of the Eurasian Economic Union.

His main achievements

Alexander's professional background has involved defending clients in more than 300 cases in which he has acted for major Russian and foreign companies.

His achievements include:

  • developing a regulation regarding the regime of ‘industrial assembly’ for major car manufacturers and assisting 6 companies in entering into contracts;
  • identifying a code according to the Commodity Classification for Foreign Trade with a zero rate of import duty for the manufacturing of cars;
  • owing to the documents he had prepared confirming that the relationship did not influence the price of goods, we managed, at the pre-trial stage, to remove the claims of the customs authorities regarding a significant reduction in purchase prices resulting from transfer of supply from independent distributors to the client’s Russian subsidiary;
  • successfully representing a major Russian manufacturer when challenging in a commercial (‘arbitration’) court a decision of the customs disallowing the application of customs benefit in the amount around USD 20,000,000.


  • Moscow State Open University
  • Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL)



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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