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Pepeliaev Group, Natalia Kovalenko, Moscow, RUSSIA

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Natalia Kovalenko

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Pepeliaev Group

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Cross-Sectoral Group


Partner, Head of Cross-Sectoral Group, PhD (Law)


What she specialises in

Natalia specialises in taxation including advising on Russian and international taxation. She provides support during tax audits, represents clients when tax disputes are resolved at the pre-trail stage and in courts, conducts tax audits and creates systems for tax risk and asset management that cover tax and other (including corporate, contractual, customs, IP, antimonopoly and property) aspects.

Natalia provides legal support to companies in the TMT (telecom, media and technologies) sector. This includes searching for and offering legal solutions for business tasks, implementing new products taking account of special aspects of industry regulation, formalising solutions from the legal standpoint, advising on industry-specific matters and analysing legal consequences and risks arising when projects are implemented.

Her main achievements

Natalia's major tax projects include, among others:

  • litigated in court for major Russian companies, including those with foreign capital, in 60 tax disputes, winning 55 of them, in which a total of RUB 7.05 billion of additional tax had been charged (excluding the default interest and fines);
  • represented clients at the pre-trial stage in 34 tax disputes;
  • represented clients in tax litigations in the Russian Supreme State Commercial Court (the lawsuits were resolved in the taxpayers’ favour);
  • provided legal support during tax audits in 5 large projects;
  • managed projects connected with creating systems to manage the companies’ tax risks and assets (including preparing a tax risk map);
  • structured international groups of companies taking account of Russian and foreign tax legislation, double taxation treaties, the OECD model convention and commentaries to it, as well as trends in Russian tax case law;
  • structured cross-border transactions taking account of tax matters;
  • managed comprehensive projects that included corporate, commercial, tax, IP and other aspects;
  • has been advising for 12 years on different tax matters.



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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