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Dmitri Nikiforov

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Corporate Governance, Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas, Finance, M&A, TMT, Compliance


Dmitri Nikiforov is a corporate partner and Chair of the Moscow office. For the past 27 years, Dr. Nikiforov has practised law in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In addition to his work at the firm, Dr. Nikiforov has occasionally worked for the Russian Government focusing on complex international transactions. Dr. Nikiforov is principally involved in such areas as oil, gas, natural resources, telecommunications, venture capital transactions, M&A, corporate financing and general corporate practice. He has participated in a number of major transactions in the Russian oil and gas industry in addition to many significant telecommunications projects.


Dr. Nikiforov joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 2004. Prior to joining Debevoise, he was a senior legal counsel in the Russian Ministry of Local Industries. In 1988, he served as a research intern with the Institute of State and Law of the USSR Academy of Sciences. From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Nikiforov was a Counsel to the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry Consultation Center.


English, Russian


Dr. Nikiforov is admitted to practice law in Russia.


Dr. Nikiforov received his J.D. with honours from the Moscow State University Law School and Certificate for Foreign Practicing Lawyers from Columbia University in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Economics (oil and gas industry investments) in June 1999. In 1988, he served as a research intern with the Institute of State and Law of the USSR Academy of Sciences. From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Nikiforov was a Counsel to the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry Consultation Center.



Within: Employment

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP primarily advises on employment issues arising from M&A, handling the due diligence into, and acquisition and retention of, key employees. The team also advises on the full spectrum of migration matters, including work permits, transfers and cross-border HR policy issues. Dmitri Nikiforov heads the practice.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is ‚Äėparticularly strong on the banking and finance side‚Äô, and also advises on privatisations, trade and direct investment matters. Alan Kartashkin has ‚Äėa deep understanding of Russia‚Äôs business environment and of the client‚Äôs requirements‚Äô, and Dmitri Nikiforov regularly handles oil, gas and natural resources transactions.

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A


Within: Moscow

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėresponsive team‚Äô provides ‚Äėa high level of service and strong project management‚Äô, and has been notably active in the energy, transport and telecoms sectors. Alan Kartashkin recently advised Polyus Gold on its sale of a 15% stake in PJSC Polyus, and Alyona Kucher acted for Petro Welt Technologies on its acquisition of a Kazakhstan-based oilfield services business. Dmitri Nikiforov is also a key figure.

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  • The coming into force of the legislative package on the second stage of "Capital amnisty"

    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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