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Alimirzoev & Trofimov Law Firm

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AT Lawyers, named after founding partners Sergei Alimirzoev and Maxim Trofimov, was founded in 1999 and is located in Moscow, Russia.

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ALRUD Law Firm

The 'leading team for private wealth advice' at ALRUD Law Firm receives the majority of its instruction from high-net-worth individuals and families, many of whom own international businesses, or have longstanding relationships with blue-chip multinationals, financial institutions and privately owned companies. When advising on private wealth planning, succession organisation, and banking and individual taxation issues, the firm is able to leverage its close working ties with law firms, investment advisers, banks and family offices all over the globe. The key contacts are practice head Maxim Alekseyev, of counsel Kira Egorova and senior associate Ekaterina Vasina.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Alekseyev

Other key lawyers:

Kira Egorova; Ekaterina Vasina

Testimonials

‘Deep understanding of the client’s needs and a business friendly approach.’

‘I have worked with the team on different private client matters, from succession planning to tax reporting and compliance. On every occasion, the approach was utterly professional, precise and straightforward. The team has demonstrated countless times their deep knowledge of the matter at hand, often pointing out subtleties and highlighting new important points. The expertise and the network they leverage to provide answers is second to none in the private client practice.’

‘The go-to firm for Russian cross-border work. They are knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘A leading team for private wealth advice in Russia.’

‘Maxim Alekseyev and Kira Egorova are the lead names. On client work we see more of Kira, who is thoroughly focused on resolving client issues and providing solutions that work across borders.’

‘Kira Egorova and Maxim Alekseyev are very well regarded in the market.’

‘Kira Egorova and Maxim Alekseyev are highly professional and exceptionally client-oriented advisors who are often advisors of choice for our clients.’

‘I have worked on several occasions with Kira Egorova and have found her to be very knowledgeable, very commercial and very responsive.’

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Described as 'an excellent choice' by one client, the team at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited is known for fielding 'definite subject matter experts' who are well versed in providing tax planning advice across multiple jurisdictions, including Russia, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the UK. Making full use of its global footprint, the firm 'demonstrates a thorough knowledge of private client tax and legal issues, both from a Russian perspective and in an international context'. Wealth management expert Sergei Zhestkov leads the team, which also includes Kirill Vikulov and senior associate Artem Toropov.

Practice head(s):

Sergei Zhestkov

Other key lawyers:

Artem Toropov; Kirill Vikulov

Testimonials

‘A private client team with the highest expertise supported by colleagues from various practices and countries.’

‘Definite subject matter experts and extremely responsive. Clear guidance and understanding at a high level, which translated into actions we could put into working practice. They also had the ability to analyse complex individual case studies and provide tailored guidance which we could use directly with our own clients. This was very valuable.’

‘Baker’s Moscow private client practice is an excellent choice and demonstrates a thorough knowledge of private client tax and legal issues, both from a Russian perspective and in an international context. Their advice is timely, well presented and practical.’

‘Artem Toropov is a leading private client lawyer who demonstrates a detailed understanding of relevant Russian tax and legal topics, related international issues and provides advice in a practical and coherent manner.’

‘Focus on specific needs of private clients.’

‘Flexibility and speed in providing advice.’

‘They are what you would expect from a leading professional firm. Their responsiveness and willingness to engage is what made them stand out, in particular senior associate Artem Toropov.’

‘Artem Toropov is exceptionally client oriented and knowledge, very reliable.’

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Equity capital distribution matters, including company appraisals and non-property rights issues, form a core part of the practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. Away from capital structuring, the team also advises on real estate acquisition, immigration and dual residency issues, succession planning and divorce proceedings. For tax-related mandates, Sergey Kalinin, who recently made partner, is the name to note, while Denis Arkhipov is the key contact for private asset ownership mandates, both in Russia and internationally. Newly promoted counsels Denis Golubev and Oleg Bouiko are also recommended. Away from the Moscow office, clients highlight managing partner Ivan Smirnov and counsel Evgeny Gurchenko, both based in St Petersburg. Senior associate Evgeniya Fedoreeva is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Kalinin; Denis Arkhipov

Other key lawyers:

Denis Golubev; Oleg Bouiko; Ivan Smirnov; Evgeniya Fedoreeva

Testimonials

‘Very client-friendly team characterised by attention to detail and strong technical skills.’

‘Prompt and quick service always supported with technical arguments.’

‘Private client cases tend to be the most sensitive and therefore require a client-centred attitude and attentiveness to details. The team is nimble and well-experienced in these aspects and is always ready to defend the client. They’re very experienced especially in personal liability of stakeholders and top-manager cases, particularly in subsidiary liability disputes. They act in the most expensive and comprehensive disputes in Russian history in this sphere.’

‘The team is distinguished by its great judgement, efficiency at court and unprecedented victories. That’s thanks to Ivan Smirnov’s and Evgeny Gurchenko’s endeavours, and their result-oriented and business-like approach. Ivan is one of the most seasoned and experienced attorneys. He is thoughtful, commercial and he’s really able to get things done when others can’t. He is so calm and collected while being incredibly experienced and knowledgeable. Extraordinarily persuasive and smart Evgeny Gurchenko is a great dealmaker and always sees the endgame in advance which helps to adapt the strategy and win. He thinks like a business person and knows how to get a transaction done. He never lets us down and does his best to defend us.’

‘The case that I brought to the lawyers was in an extremely neglected and deplorable state – almost hopeless. Many law firms refused to take part in the resolution of mistakes already made by other colleagues. But this firm agreed and very professionally resolved the previous mistakes into strengths by finding the necessary arguments.’

‘EPAM lawyers are distinguished by their deep expertise, innovative approaches and, as a result, high performance, even in complex projects.’

‘Ivan Smirnov is a highly professional person, who impressed by his honest approach to doing business. He does not give false hopes. He leads and directs the team superbly. Evgeny Gurchenko deserves complete trust as a classy legal specialist and high-level manager. He has excellent erudition, understands both the specifics of the profile business and the approaches and specifics of the clients. We are pleased with the results, attention to the entire set of factors and details, the proposed approaches and solutions that give effective results.’

Key clients

Ex-owners of the former second largest air carrier in Russia Transaero

Work highlights

  • Representing the interests of the founders of the former second largest air carrier, Transaero, in a notable bankruptcy case, in which the total sum of the list of creditors totalled more than $4.3bn.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal)

Private wealth services are the focus of the team at PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal); the firm provides a wide range of tax-related advice to leading Russian entrepreneurs and individuals. Diana Kalyaeva brings her previous experience with a major Russian bank and the family office of an ultra-high-net-worth individual to her role as practice head, in which she assists with family and inheritance, financial and private international law issues. Associates Arslan Dyakiev and Asya Andreeva are also core members of the team, and the former frequently advises high-net-worth individuals on various matters related to their businesses and personal assets.

Practice head(s):

Diana Kalyaeva

Other key lawyers:

Arslan Dyakiev; Asya Andreeva

Testimonials

‘The practice is made unique as a result of the high technical ability of the team members and their ability to advise in a holistic manner on all the issues involved in a specific case. I feel very comfortable introducing my clients to this team as I am certain that they will get a top service.’

‘Excellent depth of knowledge, and willingness to take the time to understand the issues at hand.’

‘They are easily accessible and nice to speak with, offer comfort and confidence with what they say and earn the client’s trust.’

‘The team is able and willing to solve any problems.’

‘Professional and co-operative work. All issues are examined and considered from every possible angle, to find the best solution.’

‘Professional, knowledgeable, deeply interested in the client’s business.’

‘I would like to note the high level of competence of the practitioners in the creation of private foundations, family trusts and the protection of private assets. The PwC team is composed of competent professionals who easily solve complex issues in a friendly atmosphere. I would like to highlight Diana Kalyaeva and Arslan Dyakiev.’

‘Extensive experience and expertise in creating personal structures (both from a legal and tax point of view) for succession planning. Actively generate new ideas and exceed expectations.’

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

Under the leadership of managing partner Andrey Goltsblat, specialists from a number of departments, including employment, real estate and banking comprise the private client offering at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLPEvgeny Timofeev oversees the tax practice, while counsel Anna Zelenskaya leads the tax advisory group. The firm's expertise in tax-related mandates was further strengthened by the recent arrival of senior associate Dmitry Paramonov, formerly head of international tax at FBK LegalAnton Gusev, who heads the white-collar criminal defence team, acts in the full range of criminal proceedings and civil disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Goltsblat

Other key lawyers:

Evgeny Timofeev; Anton Gusev; Dmitry Paramonov; Anna Zelenskaya

Testimonials

‘Professionalism, speed of work, understanding of the client’s specific requirements.’

‘I would like to especially note the professionalism of Evgeny Timofeev and Anna Zelenskaya. Deep knowledge of Russian and international legislation, an integrated approach to solving the client’s tasks, accuracy of assessment and speed of work. Fluency in English, which simplifies communication with colleagues abroad and allows you to quickly achieve results.’

FBK Legal

FBK Legal's 'excellent' private client team is sought out for litigious work, handling a range of bankruptcy procedures, hereditary disputes and corporate conflicts. On the advisory side, the team assists with a multitude of employment and immigration issues, and real estate deals' it is also noted for tax amnesty matters, where Nadezhda Orlova and Liliya Yulgusheva are the names to note. Family and inheritance law is an area of growing strength for the firm, and is a particular focus for Moscow-based practitioner Alexander Ermolenko. In St Petersburg, Nina Boer is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Ermolenko; Nina Boer; Nadezhda Orlova

Other key lawyers:

Liliya Yulgusheva

Testimonials

‘A down to earth team, practitioners understand what is their purpose and they are ready to achieve it.’

‘They are highly qualified and honest!’

‘Partner Alexander Ermolenko is wise and thoughtful and sees into the core of the matter. Senior consultant Liliya Yulgusheva is great at following through, writing text and then elaborating on questions. They gel magnificently as a team and always make themselves available via email, WhatsApp, and phone. If you ask a question, you can just forget about it and be certain that it will be addressed professionally in due course with maximum attention to detail.’

‘FBK Legal is a unique firm in its ability to effectively utilise the firm’s hierarchy to address questions. Working with FBK was a no-frills no-stress effort. For someone who values his time, I now trust FBK to address the crux of my question rather than just citing laws. At first, I would try to agree on the scope and budget, but now I trust them to just bill me by the hour (something I try to avoid with other firms), because I know that I their focus will be on me as the client and the right answers on time are priceless. I spent years looking for a firm, where I could just email my questions and trust in a reasonable amount of time to receive a structured answer coordinated with all the firm’s resources. FBK really knows how to listen. They internalise what you already know and don’t need, and then they focus on the substance of your question.’

‘The main thing is the stability of the core of the team. Your problem is instantly addressed to a specialist.’

‘An excellent team.’

‘I would highlight Alexander Ermolenko and of course Nadezhda Orlova. I have been a client for many years, and every time I get new knowledge or at least a different view of the problem.’

Work highlights

  • Carried out due diligence and structuring of a transaction for the purchase of real estate in a business centre in Moscow on behalf of a private client.
  • Acting for a private client in a complicated $10m hereditary dispute.
  • Advising a private client on the legal and tax due diligence concerning a $62m group of high-technology companies.

Ivanyan and Partners

Ivanyan and Partners focuses on providing ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their families with a full-service offering, including advising on assets, real estate, business interests, and inheritance planning. The scope of assistance provided by the 'excellent strategists' at the firm ranges from complex multi-jurisdictional tax structuring work to ongoing support with day-to-day issues. The key contacts are Khristofor IvanyanMark Rovinskiy and Yulia Chekmareva; Chekmareva brings her prior experience of working for a major international charitable foundation to her current focus on handling a wide range of work on behalf of domestic and foreign non-profit entities.

Practice head(s):

Khristofor Ivanyan; Mark Rovinskiy; Yulia Chekmareva

Testimonials

‘Their local connections are exceptional.’

‘Mark Rovinskiy can co-ordinate complex international matters smoothly.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and pro-active. They work with enthusiasm on all projects and they are always on top of all the issues which might arise during the process.’

‘Deep knowledge of material combined with an understanding of commercial processes and client requirements, as well as the ability to extrapolate knowledge of national tax systems when analysing new jurisdictions.’

‘Experienced team, professionals in their field. They are excellent strategists and can always provide pragmatic advice for solving our problems. They calculate possible circumstances several steps ahead.’

‘Mark Rovinskiy is a competent and commercially-oriented partner.’

‘Mark Rovinskiy has leadership skills and he is inspiring his team throughout the projects. He has exceptional knowledge on many issues and he is coming with tailor-made solutions for each of his clients’ problems.’

‘The firm’s specialists have a high level of technical knowledge. They are well versed in changes to Russian and foreign tax legislation, and give precise and practical recommendations.’

O2 Consulting

The team at O2 Consulting leverages the expertise of practitioners from its Moscow, Zurich and Nicosia offices to advise wealthy families and individuals on the preservation and increase of their capital. Managing partner Olga Sorokina and Natalya Kuznetsova oversee international corporate and tax structuring work.  Natalya Pushkarskaya focuses on mandates concerning private and family assets, including providing legal and administrative support for investment plans, family budgets, real estate purchases and inheritance transfers. Inna Perelekhova, who was instrumental in opening the firm's offices in Cyprus and Switzerland, is singled out by one client for her 'accuracy, politeness and diplomatic persistence'

Practice head(s):

Olga Sorokina; Natalya Kuznetsova; Inna Perelekhova; Natalya Pushkarskaya

Testimonials

‘I am very pleased to work with O2 as a private client. The company provides a wide range of services and is able to help in any situation, including serious conflicts. O2 employees are highly ethical, independent and honest, support the client to the end and are fantastic lawyers, financiers and psychologists.’

‘Olga Sorokina deserves the deepest respect and recognition as a lawyer who strictly adheres to the standards of decency of both the profession and the person. The highest standards of professional ethics, critical thinking, excellent knowledge of law and a colossal network allow me to declare with confidence that I am ready to continue working with Olga in any foreseeable future. I would also like to mention Inna Perelekhova, whose accuracy, politeness and diplomatic persistence allow us to achieve a lot in situations that initially seem hopeless and unsolvable. I really appreciate Inna.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting a private client with obtaining tax residency and citizenship.
  • Protecting the interests of a private client who has a majority share in a Spanish company and a large amount of real estate in Alicante.
  • Advising a longstanding private client on issues related to the financing of a German project.

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group is distinguished by its highly specialised team, which comprises a large number of experts. Managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev brings a wealth of experience in handling contentious and advisory taxation issues to the group, as does Rustem Ahmetshin, who heads up the tax practice. For family and inheritance law mandates, Julia Borozdna and Olga Puchkova are the names to note. On the litigious side, the key contacts are Yuri Vorobyev and Yulia Litovtseva; the latter is particularly active in bankruptcy proceedings and is frequently appointed as a mediator at both the pre-trial and trial stages.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Pepeliaev; Julia Borozdna; Rustem Ahmetshin; Yuri Vorobyev; Yulia Litovtseva

Other key lawyers:

Olga Puchkova

Work highlights

  • Advising a high-net-worth individual on the establishment of a joint venture between the client and the largest Moscow Region residential developer.

Alimirzoev & Trofimov Law Firm

The cross-border protection of personal assets, including aspects of family and succession law, forms the cornerstone of the practice at Alimirzoev & Trofimov Law Firm. As part of this focus, the firm also advises on various aspects of wealth management, including taxation and compliance. Founding partner Sergei Alimirzoev and Ilya Aleshchev are the core team members; the latter is also noted for his expertise in matrimonial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sergei Alimirzoev; Ilya Aleshchev

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and capable team. It provides efficient and pragmatic advice. The team is proactive and they meet strict deadlines for closing a transaction. The firm offers clear and timely advice to clients, speed of service and clarity.’

‘A responsive team who seem to be on top of the facts.’

‘They are responsive and knowledgeable which allows them to deliver speedy and commercially-aware advice.’

‘Sergei Alimirzoev has worked persistently to obtain good results for clients. Ilya Aleshchev is  an outstanding technical lawyer with a good grasp of common law principles relating to private client issues.’

Capital Legal Services

All matters with a nexus to tax law are expertly handled by the team at Capital Legal Services. St Petersburg-based practitioner Anastasia Kuzmina heads up the tax and private wealth practice, and provides regular support to charitable organisations as well as wealthy individuals. Managing partner Vladislav Zabrodin in Moscow and Irina Onikienko in St Petersburg oversee many of the mandates. Domestic and international inheritance issues are an area of growing strength for the practice.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Kuzmina; Vladislav Zabrodin; Irina Onikienko

Key clients

Malkov and Partners Consulting AG

Work highlights

  • Assisting a private client with the fulfilment of the tax authority’s requirements during the pandemic.
  • Advising a private client on the possible administrative liability for currency violations.
  • Developing an effective business structure and cash-flow for a private client involved with the IT industry.

Maxima Legal

A recent expansion of its services means that the private wealth practice at Maxima Legal now handles family matters, including nuptial agreements and divorce proceedings, as well as maintaining a high workload of mandates relating to personal assets. Managing partner Maxim Avrashkov and practice head Natalia Demina are instructed by high-net-worth individuals, most of whom are business owners or top managers in Russia or overseas.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Demina; Maxim Avrashkov

Testimonials

‘A broad outlook on almost all economic and legal issues of interest. Clear presentation for the average man in the street. The presence in the team of both consultants and a notary. Availability for consultation at any time. Nice to communicate with.’

‘I communicated with such team representatives as Natalia Demina and Maxim Avrashkov. I am sure that both lawyers are professionals in their field. Natalia is a very experienced specialist in private client support. I feel comfortable doing business with her.’

‘An individual approach to each case. A strong team of experts and willingness to help solve problems at any time.’

‘Natalia Demina is an excellent expert with all the necessary competencies.’

‘Good professionals and correct communication. Fast problem solving and ability to work in an international team.’

‘The team at Maxima Legal are truly professionals in their field. I think the key differences of this team are efficiency in providing information, clarity, competence and responsiveness. Any question is analysed in as much detail as possible, and the practitioners find various ways to solve it.’

Natalia Demina is a highly professional lawyer, knows foreign languages, intelligent in communication.’

Key clients

VTB Capital

VTB private Banking clients and managers

Bank Saint Petersburg private banking

BCS Ultima private banking

ATON Investment company

Sberbank private

Work highlights

  • Providing full legal support to clients and managers of the VIP-offices of key Russian state and private banks.

TA Legal Consulting

Mandates with a nexus to corporate issues, investment projects and dispute resolution comprise the workload of the group at TA Legal Consulting. All the core practitioners bring extensive experience of working at major international law firms to their roles, and the group stands out for its ability to handle matters both under Russian and English law. Key team members Marat AgabalyanIvan Tertychny and associate Alisa Kadzhoyan were recently joined by counsel Pavel Kozyrev, who joined from an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Marat Agabalyan; Ivan Tertychny

Other key lawyers:

Alisa Kadzhoyan; Pavel Kozyrev

Testimonials

‘Very responsible approach to the preparation of documents and analysis of the business situation.’

‘Professionalism and honesty with the client.’

‘The experience of Marat Agabalyan in foreign law firms was transferred to his own practice in Russia. In particular, punctuality, deep study of issues, an atmosphere of mutual respect both in working with a client and within the team. Cooperation with strong partners abroad helps this practice to understand the problems as clearly as possible, regardless of jurisdiction.’

‘Marat Agabalyan initially managed all our affairs personally. He is distinguished by punctuality and respectful attitude towards the client in any situation. Excellent knowledge of English and the basics of English law.’

‘Alisa Kadzhoyan is an excellent lawyer who does not miss a single detail.’

‘Speed of issue resolution. Depth of task development. Positive, client-oriented team.’

Key clients

Owners of R.A.W.Life

Owner of MySportExpert

Work highlights

  • Advising the owners of R.A.W. Life, a Russian start-up producing healthy bars, on various legal issues related to their business, including the potential purchase of a land plot in the Moscow region.
  • Assisting the owner of MySportExpert with all Russian law matters related to his business.

YUST Law Firm

YUST Law Firm stands out as 'one of strongest family law teams' in Russia; the group handles the full gamut of advisory and contentious work relating to marriage contracts, divorce proceedings, inheritance issues, and matters concerning children. Practice head Tatyana Starikova frequently represents clients before courts, as well as acting in international arbitration proceedings, and is noted by one client as 'a truly outstanding family lawyer'. Attorney Dmitriy Malbin is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tatyana Starikova

Other key lawyers:

Dmitriy Malbin

Testimonials

‘YUST Law Firm is well known and recognized among the best Russian law firms. This firm was recommended to us as one of strongest family law teams, and our cooperation fully met our expectations. They are focused on the quality of work and level of service they provide. They developed very effective strategies and more than successfully solve our problem.’

‘We are completely satisfied with the cooperation with YUST Law Firm: they are always in touch, to all our requests lawyers, respond professionally, on time, and very carefully, offering the best solutions that work.’

‘I would like to highlight Tatyana Starikova. She is a truly outstanding family lawyer, the most effective lawyer I ever worked with. She is a very professional attorney, experienced, considerate and very tactful at the same time. I also would like to highlight attorney Dmitriy Malbin. He is very experienced, friendly and effective lawyer. ’

‘The YUST team has participated in many projects in our office and positive results have been achieved in many cases, which confirms the correctness of the approach taken by the YUST team.’

‘Tatyana Starikova is an attentive and wise person, nothing escapes her professional view. I love her responsiveness and communication skills.’

Key clients

Ms. Irina Grudinina, the wife of a well-known Russian businessman and candidate for President of the Russian Federation in 2018

Shareholders of Lenin State farm

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Irina Grudinina in property division proceedings with her former spouse, Pavel Grudinin, a candidate for President of the Russian Federation in 2018.
  • Successfully represented a private client in $14bn divorce proceedings.
  • Assisting a Russian State Duma Deputy with the protection of his honour and dignity against internet media sources.

Boutique firm Zheleznikov & Partners provides comprehensive legal advice to notable high-net-worth individuals, including both Russian and foreign citizens. Team lead Roman Scherbinin's broad practice includes corporate structuring, protection of assets and subsidiary liability resolution, as well as real estate transactions and family law issues. Scherbinin is particularly noted for his dispute resolution expertise, and his 'iron will to win'.

Practice head(s):

Roman Scherbinin

Testimonials

‘Roman Shcherbinin’s assistance was always provided on time and professionally, which favourably distinguishes them from other law firms.’

‘The whole company works smoothly and quickly, but I would especially like to highlight Roman Shcherbinin. He is distinguished by a deep, thoughtful approach to solving legal problems, an unusual view of the facts and an iron will to win. Roman is a talented leader who has gathered an effective young team around him.’

‘I am very comfortable working with Roman Shcherbinin, I sincerely consider him one of the best representatives of the legal profession. On occasion, I recommend Roman and his firm for solving difficult situations, including complex family and inheritance cases, bankruptcy, taxes, real estate. Additionally, it is worth noting the organisational and pedagogical abilities of Roman Shcherbinin, his responsibility and self-control.’

‘Roman Scherbinin and his team provide advice tailored to client needs at a very reasonable price!’

‘All team members are highly dedicated to the achievement of client goals. I appreciate their efforts very much.’

‘Roman Sherbinin is a professional with whom it is easy to work. I know that the job will be done.’

‘All these years and joint projects give me reason to talk about ZhIP as a reliable and experienced partner who can be entrusted with a delicate issue with the expectation of a high-quality result. A clear understanding of the specifics of the business, the search for optimal, sometimes non-standard solutions, strategic planning within projects, readiness for various scenarios of events are the qualities that distinguish the company favourably.’

‘Roman Shcherbinin demonstrates a high level of professionalism, is able to solve complex problems with high quality, and keeps confidentiality. He has a deep understanding of working with individuals, which is of great benefit to his clients. In the course of representing clients in court, he demonstrates a high level of training, endurance, and oratorical skills. That is why his pool of clients includes top clients with complex tasks.’

Key clients

Lubyanskaya Angelina, Development Director Bulldog Moda

Linkov Kirill, Head of Human Resources Department of SC

Dynamo

Belyakov Mikhail

Eat Film Festival

DailyFood

Work highlights

  • Representing one of the owners of restaurant DailyFood during an acute corporate dispute which led to division of the business.
  • Advising a private client on the division of property partially located in a foreign jurisdiction and worth over $2m.
  • Representing the development director of Bulldog Moda in divorce proceedings.

ALTHAUS Legal

Private tax specialist Maxim Klyuchnikov is the key contact at ALTHAUS Legal; he is regularly instructed by high-net-worth individuals to assist them with the implementation of international holding structures. As well as global tax planning and structuring work, the firm also advises on various business structuring issues and inheritance planning matters.  

Dentons

The private wealth offering at Dentons has seen significant growth in recent years; the team is now well able to advise high-net-worth individuals, family offices and business owners on global inheritance issues, international tax matters and mandates concerning ownership of private jets and yachts. Practice head Dzhangar Dzhalchinov was recently joined by counsel Lidia Charikova, formerly head of the tax group at LP Law Firm.  

Practice head(s):

Dzhangar Dzhalchinov

Other key lawyers:

Lidia Charikova

FTL Advisers

The specialised offering at FTL Advisers advises local private clients on a range of mandates with a nexus to family and succession legislation, tax matters and immigration issues. The team 'understands the specifics of working with high-net-worth individuals' and is singled out for its 'understanding of trends and innovations'. Natalia Patseva and Daria Nevskaya are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Patseva; Daria Nevskaya

Testimonials

‘Rich work experience and thorough knowledge of their field.’

‘Highly professional the team which has extensive experience in working with private clients and understands the specifics of working with high-net-worth individuals.’

‘Daria Nevskaya has excellent knowledge of tax, currency, inheritance, immigration and family law and an integrated approach to solving client problems.’

‘Daria Nevskaya and Natalia Patseva have a good level of communication, quick feedback, high level of professional knowledge, an understanding of trends and innovations, high level of soft skills, and an understanding of the client’s needs for a specific project.’

‘The practice has vast experience in working with private clients and has a good knowledge of their needs, as well as all the trends in legislation. The company not only responds to the challenges that have arisen in connection with new judicial practice or changes in laws, but also predicts in advance “risky” areas and warns customers about the necessary steps to minimize risks.’

‘I can call the warm, individual approach to each project unique. The FTL team keeps its finger on the pulse of events and in its activities takes into account not only the norms of Russian and foreign legislation, but also current judicial practices, as well as various initiatives and trends that allow making long-term forecasts and helping clients develop their business.’

‘Darya Nevskaya is always in touch and ready to answer urgent questions, which is invaluable for us.’

‘I am very satisfied with working with FTL for over 12 years. The uniqueness of the practice lies in the fact that colleagues from FTL accompany projects both in the Russian Federation and abroad. Therefore, we work with them on all cross-border projects. We see that the company is developing and growing, this is important for us. Great team.’

Work highlights

  • Providing succession planning for three generations of a family with both Russian and foreign assets.
  • Advising a private client on the restructuring of a personal assets ownership structure.
  • Assisting a private client with relocation, including advising on tax, immigration and administrative issues.

Leon Family Office

The team at Leon Family Office provides cross-disciplinary advice on wealth coordination and investment management to families with assets in multiple jurisdictions; according to one client the group's 'work is carried out to perfection'. Roman Reshetyuk takes the lead, supported by counsel Gleb Kopysov and project manager Olga Krasnobryzhaya.

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners

At Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & PartnersMikhail Motrich and Alexander Zyuba take the lead on advising high-net-worth individuals on complex corporate and M&A deals in various sectors of the Russian economy. The team is well placed to handle all stages of complex transactional work, from comprehensive due diligence exercises to drafting and negotiating deal documentation.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Motrich; Alexander Zyuba

Key clients

Marcuard Heritage

Forum Properties

Mangazeya

Merservice

Work highlights

  • Advising the Russian shareholder of a domestic satellite and broadcasting business on the sale of his stake to the controlling shareholder, a European satellite and broadcasting group.
  • Assisting a private investor with the purchase of a restaurant in Moscow.
  • Advising a private client on investments into real estate development projects in Russia and the UK.

S&K Vertical

Notable artists and key players from the show business and sporting industries frequently instruct the team at S&K Vertical, which is well versed in advising on issues of taxation, investments, family and inheritance law and patronage. In Moscow, the names to note are Sergey Slagoda and Konstantin Krutilnikov, while Liubov Duyko, counsel Julia Andreeva and attorney Tatyana Mikoni are the key contacts in St Petersburg.

Practice head(s):

Liubov Duyko; Sergey Slagoda; Konstantin Krutilnikov

Other key lawyers:

Julia Andreeva; Tatyana Mikoni

Testimonials

‘It is impressive that lawyers do not limit themselves to trivial answers to narrowly focused questions, but look at how certain actions will affect the state of affairs in general, including in the long term.’

‘Konstantin Krutilnikov has high professionalism and vast experience. In the process, he proved himself to be an excellent strategist.’

‘In the work of Julia Andreeva, she impresses by her sensitivity, attention, individual approach and efficiency in solving the assigned tasks.’