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ALRUD Law Firm‚Äôs ‚Äėknowledgeable and plugged-in‚Äô team advises on family and inheritance matters, wealth management and estate planning with a niche expertise in fine art collections. Department head Maxim Alekseyev¬†specialises in advising high-net-worth individuals on asset structuring, cross-border succession matters and divorce proceedings. Counsel Kira Egorova¬†is ‚Äėresponsive, commercial and keenly aware of the international context within which her advice fits‚Äô.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s private client practice provides 'a top service' and is regularly assists Russian high-net-worth individuals with private wealth matters including estate and business succession, tax planning and investment strategies and immigration issues. Tax specialist Sergei Zhestkov focuses on wealth management and designing cross-border tax efficient structures, and is supported by Artem Toropov on international tax planning and corporate restructurings mandates.

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Alimirzoev & Trofimov Law Firm

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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The ‚Äėextremely responsive‚Äô team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners¬†is¬†‚Äėeffective at coming up with solutions to even the most difficult problems‚Äô. The team¬†advises private clients on real estate acquisitions, immigration activities, family law matters and succession planning and criminal law issues. The ‚Äėdynamic and personable‚Äô¬†Denis Arkhipov¬†has 'a very nuanced understanding of the interrelationship between English and Russian aspects of a case'. Other names to note include¬†Evgeniya Fedoreeva, Alexander Kiselev¬†and¬† Oleg Bouiko, who is 'efficient and¬†establishes an excellent rapport with clients'.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal CIS B.V.) combines 'an extensive knowledge of the sector' with 'a client-friendly approach'. The team advises on developing domestic and cross-border private trust and asset ownership structures, the acquisition and protection of real estate and fine art collections and other assets as well as on inheritance matters. Diana Kalyaeva stands out for her 'proactive approach' and 'knowledge and understanding of the needs and demands of the private client'.

Alexander Ermolenko at FBK Legal is representing a private individual in a complex hereditary dispute that raises Russian and Ukrainian citizenship issues. Other areas of expertise include advising on real estate sales and purchase transactions, investment strategies and wealth planning. Dmitry Paramonov is a name to note for private international tax planning matters.

Ivanyan & Partners 'has well-established personal relationships with its high-net-worth clients’, which it advises on tax structuring, real estate and asset protection, business strategy, philanthropic activities and succession. According to one client, the firm has 'remarkable capabilities in handling cross-border private client matters'. Name partner Khristofor Ivanyan is 'a good strategist and a subtle negotiator'; Mark Rovinskiy advises on private tax matters; and Yulia Chekmareva assists charitable foundations with taxation and operational matters.

O2 Consulting is lauded for its ability to 'develop optimal tax strategies as a result of its strong connections with tax authorities in multiple jurisdictions'. The firm has notable strengths in tax aspects concerning wealth planning and the use of trusts, tax structuring pertaining to business ownership and investments, and advising on real estate and luxury goods transactions. Managing partner Olga Sorokina, Natalia Kuznetsova,  Natalya Pushkarskaya  and Inna Perelekhova are the key contacts and are recommended for their 'professionalism, accuracy and practical experience'.

Pepeliaev Group's team assists private clients with family and inheritance issues, asset ownership structuring, and family law and immigration matters. The firm is also well known for its strong tax and wealth planning practice.  Julia Borozdna is noted for immigration, inheritance and international real estate planning. Olga Puchkova is a name to note for family law matters.

Alimirzoev & Trofimov Law Firm's team thinks 'strategically' and provides 'prompt and accurate’ advice on personal tax planning, use of trusts and asset protection. Ilya Aleshchev’s experience in family law includes cross-border separation, pre-nuptial agreements and probate disputes. Name partner Sergei Alimirzoev is acting for an individual in a cross-border divorce and child relocation litigation involving proceedings in Cyprus, Russia and the UK.

The 'cooperative, flexible and results-oriented' team at ALTHAUS Legal focuses on tax aspects concerning wealth planning and business structuring. Maxim Klyuchnikov is 'excellent in private tax matters for Russian clients'. Other key figures include Sergey Gerasimov and Alexander Nepomnyaschiy, who focus on international tax planning and business structuring, and Marina Vlasenko, who is 'instrumental in providing administrative and documentation support'.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advises beneficiaries and high-net-worth clients on corporate restructuring, immigration and family law matters. Evgeny Timofeev heads the team, which includes Anna Zvereva, Alla Zverkova and Anna Zelenskaya.

Capital Legal Services' '¬†results-driven team' has 'a rigorous approach and in-depth knowledge' of private wealth matters, the creation of personal holding structures using trusts, asset protection and immigration issues. 'Responsive and client-oriented'¬†Anastasia Kuzmina¬†is 'very experienced in tax and private wealth'; she is handling a number of cases involving corporate restructuring, protection of assets and tax compliance for high-net-worth clients. St Petersburg‚Äďbased Vladislav Zabrodin¬†advises on tax compliance and residency matters in multiple jurisdictions.

Maxima Legal has notable expertise in assisting high-net-worth clients with managing and structuring personal investments, real estate transactions and succession planning. Maxim Avrashkov and Natalia Demina are the main contacts.

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners is well known for representing high-net-worth individuals in high-value court cases. On the non-contentious side, the firm advises on wealth planning, private taxation, purchase and sales of real estate and family law issues.

Tertychny Agabalyan has expertise in advising on wealth and estate planning, Russian and foreign investment projects, private taxation and real estate. Marat Agabalyan and Ivan Tertychny are in family law and immigration matters and dispute resolution.

Tatiana Starikova¬†at YUST Law Firm¬†is 'an outstanding family lawyer', who is lauded for her ‚Äėprofessionalism and intuition‚Äô; she is representing an ultra-high-net-worth private client in a complex suit brought by his former spouse concerning ownership rights of shares in a publicly listed company. Starikova is also active in cases relating to parental rights and the rights of minor children. The practice also advises on domestic and cross-border estate structuring, protection of business assets and inheritance matters.

Zheleznikov & Partners advises private clients on a diverse range of areas including business-related matters, such as corporate structuring, protection of assets and subsidiary liability resolution, as well as on real estate transactions and family law issues including divorce proceedings and inheritance matters. Roman Scherbinin and Vyacheslav Golenev are the main contacts.

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