Firms in the Spotlight Private client
Private client in Russia
As one the longest-established private client practices in Russia, ALRUD Law Firm has 'a wealth of expertise' in personal taxation and international wealth structuring; family, immigration and inheritance law; estate planning; and cross-border real estate and asset acquisitions. The practice led by Maxim Alekseyev has a further niche specialisation in advising on the purchase, export and import of fine arts objects. Counsel Kira Egorova is also recommended for her 'very hands-on and solution-driven approach to private client matters'.
‘Alrud’s private client team is second to none in the Russian market.’
‘Maxim Alekseyev always makes himself available to his clients.’
‘Alrud is one of the few Russian law firms with a private client team that has a deep understanding of international private wealth planning and structuring, as well as concrete experience in advising on such structures.’
‘Kira Egorova is one of the best specialists in the private client area, combining a wealth of knowledge with a very hands-on and solution-driven approach.’
‘Maxim Alekseyev and Kira Egorova are both serious, technical lawyers but have a personal touch too, and they understand the importance of cross-border collaboration, making them a pleasure to work with.’
Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited advises Russian ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families with international business interests, as well as family offices, private banks and trust companies, on cross-border matters ranging from tax structuring and planning, particularly in Russia, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the UK, to onshore and offshore tax-efficient corporate structures and trust disputes. Sergei Zhestkov, Kirill Vikulov and senior associate Artem Toropov are the key figures in the team.
The team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is highly recommended for its 'depth of knowledge and experience across all areas of private client practice'. Denis Arkhipov has significant experience in structuring business and private asset ownership in Russia and abroad, the establishment of personal holding structures, and family law matters. On the contentious side, he also represents clients in the settlement of family disputes, including divorce and division of marital property. Tax specialist Sergey Kalinin and senior associates Oleg Bouiko, Evgeniya Fedoreeva and Denis Golubev are also of note.
‘The practice is very professional, reliable, strategic, efficient and result-oriented. They provide win-win decisions in complex, sensitive personal cases, including personal insolvency and family and inheritance law matters. The lawyers are the best litigators on the market and their clients can be confident that their personal assets have been reliable defended.’
‘Depth of knowledge and experience across all areas of private client practice. The ability to provide plain English advice with clear road maps and action points.’
‘Evgenia Fedoreeva is responsive, dedicated and precise. She keeps in touch constantly about all the available options. She is able to discuss diverse topics in a very clear and result-oriented manner.’
PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal)
PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal) handles the full gamut of domestic and cross-border private client issues, such as business ownership and asset ownership structures, succession planning, personal taxation and assisting with the relocation of high-net-worth families. The practice also advises on private investments, including in real estate, private jets and yachts, artwork and other valuable assets. Diana Kalyaeva's practice encompasses trusts, Russian and foreign corporate law, family and inheritance law, and philanthropy.
‘The team have very broad experience and a high level of awareness in the field – they are not only aware of academic issues, but have a real-life approach and advice.’
‘Diana Kalyaeva provides a highly professional level of legal support, has deep knowledge of legal issues in specific jurisdictions (most popular with private wealth clients) and internationally, and a client-friendly approach.’
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP's team incorporates specialists from the firm's tax, dispute resolution, real estate, corporate and white-collar crime defence practices and its worldwide network of offices. Managing partner Andrey Goltsblat focuses on the private acquisition of assets, real estate purchases and trusts. Tax partner Evgeny Timofeev and white-collar crime specialist Anton Gusev are also key figures in the practice.
With a strong focus on the contentious side, FBK Legal represents clients in personal bankruptcy procedures and advises on various aspects of family law and inheritance planning, such as pre and post-nuptial agreements, divorce and separation proceedings, and estate planning. Alexander Ermolenko is the key contact.
Name partner Khristofor Ivanyan leads the team at Ivanyan and Partners and advises individual clients on the Russian aspects of the investment and acquisition of real estate and other assets, as well as succession planning and the mediation of disputes among shareholders in private companies. Mark Rovinskiy focuses on private taxation, and asset and capital restructurings for private clients.
O2 Consulting primarily advises high-net-worth clients, their families and businesses on the legal and tax aspects of private equity and venture capital investments. It also assists in the drafting and implementation of trusts, family wealth planning, personal tax and the purchase of real estate and luxury goods. The practice is led by managing partner and 'excellent mediator' Olga Sorokina.
‘Olga Sorokina is an excellent mediator, a great professional and is extremely good at her job. Olga can find out-of-the-box solutions as quickly as possible.’
Pepeliaev Group's full-service practice handles a myriad of private client matters, ranging from family law - including pre-nuptial agreements, the division of property and dealing with custody issues - to representing clients in contentious cases involving the tax authorities, debt recovery, defamation and breach of confidentiality. Julia Borozdna, Yulia Litovtseva and Olga Puchkova are the lead lawyers.
Name partner Sergei Alimirzoev leads the team at Alimirzoev & Trofimov Law Firm, specialising in corporate law, real estate, international business transactions, and Russian and US tax law. The firm also assists with estate planning and wealth preservation through trusts and foundations, and with citizenship and immigration issues.
ALTHAUS Legal focuses on Russian and international taxation, with an emphasis on the structuring of personal holding structures through funds, trusts and cross-border investments and succession planning. Maxim Klyuchnikov is the key figure in the practice, specialising in international tax planning and structuring.
Capital Legal Services focuses heavily on taxation, particularly representing clients before the federal tax authorities and advising on personal taxation. The team is led from the St Petersburg office by senior associate Anastasya Kuzmina, who is also experienced in capital amnesty issues and the declaration of real estate, securities and other assets.
Maxima Legal assists high-net-worth clients and their families with the structuring of family property, succession planning, personal investments, acquisitions and other transactions relating to real estate, securities, yachts and aircraft in Russia and in other jurisdictions. Maxim Avrashkov and Natalia Demina are the key contacts in the St Petersburg office.
Specialising in handling personal corporate transactions, Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners often advises private investors on complex joint ventures and investments in real estate and IT start-ups, as well as in other sectors. Mikhail Motrich and Alexander Zyuba are the key figures.
Mikhail Motrich, Alexander Zyuba
The team at TA Legal Consulting is led by Marat Agabalyan, who specialises in dispute resolution, representing clients in general commercial litigation. He also advises private investors on the structuring and implementation of investment projects in Russia and abroad, including advising on the establishment of joint ventures, construction projects, and the purchase and sale of shares of companies and their assets, including real estate.
YUST Law Firm
Tatiana Starikova leads the team at YUST Law Firm and is the main partner for private clients seeking family law advice, particularly in relation to marriage and divorce. Key areas of specialisation include drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements, arrangements for children, inheritance law issues and representation in separation proceedings.
Roman Scherbinin leads the team at boutique law firm Zheleznikov & Partners and advises private clients on a diverse range of areas, including private investments and real estate transactions. On the contentious side, Scherbinin also represents clients in divorce proceedings and inheritance disputes.