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Ruslan Vasutin

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Ruslan Vasutin is a partner and co-head of tax at DLA Piper in Russia. Ruslan advises on transaction structuring and the reorganization of companies; he possesses international expertise in the field of cross-border tax planning and inbound investments into Russia, participates in the regulation of tax disputes including on transfer pricing issues, and provides transactional tax support to both domestic and multinational clients. Ruslan has experience in assisting multinational companies with their transfer pricing strategies for Russia and supervises the preparation of transfer pricing defense documentation required to comply with new Russian transfer pricing rules.


In 1995 – 1999 Ruslan worked at Arthur Andersen, the international consulting company; from 1999 through 2002 at Andersen Legal, the legal department of Arthur Andersen. When Andersen and Ernst & Young combined their operations in Russia, he joined EY Law of Ernst & Young, as a Senior Manager. Ruslan has been a Partner at DLA Piper since 2005.


Russian, English


St Petersburg State University, Degree in Law with honors (1995); St Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, Degree in Accounting (1997); DLA Piper Strategic Leadership Programme, Harvard Business School, USA (2012)


Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&a: St Petersburg and elsewhere

The ‘very responsive and commercially oriented’ team at DLA Piper Rus Limited acts for a strong international client base, counting Avestra Group and Bank Saint Petersburg among its roster. The practice is praised for ‘coming up with solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems’ and has recently advised Philip Morris on the launch and expansion of the company’s new products line, including assisting with the commercial operations of the client's factories in St Petersburg and the Krasnodar region. Natalia Vygovskaya ‘is a very experienced transactional lawyer and is always focused on the business objectives of her clients’. Ruslan Vasutin is experienced in industrial investment matters, cross-border M&A transactions and tax structuring. Denis Sosedkin heads the practice. Senior associates Maria Alterman and Rostislav Strigalev are also noted.

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Within: Tax

DLA Piper Rus Limited's team has 'a strong understanding of the local and international tax environment and practice'.  Ruslan Vasutin, Igor Venediktov and Elena Mikhailovskaia jointly lead the Russia-wide practice and are regularly supported by associates Bogdan Tereshkevich and Damir Zinnatullin in international taxation and transfer pricing, and senior associate Zaurbek Timaev  in contentious tax. Recent mandates include Venediktov advising Gett on international tax restructuring matters and Mikhailovskaia assisting the Avestra Group with a restructuring project and associated currency control issues. In other work, Vasutin is assisting Zara CIS with setting up a tax-effective structure, which involved advising on domestic and cross-border tax regulations, VAT, customs and transfer pricing implications.

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