Tax in Russia

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited handles a wide array of contentious and non-contentious tax issues, and clients single out recently promoted principal Arseny Seidov, who specialises in tax planning work and the restructuring of complex cross-border transactions. Kirill Vikulov is the name to note in the cross-border tax planning space; the team also has strong capabilities in indirect tax matters. Marina Tokunova is a noteworthy practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Sergei Zhestkov

Testimonials

I see Baker & McKenzie’s tax team as a team of strong professionals which cares about the quality of services it is providing.

Marina Tokunova is an excellent specialist in issues at the intersection of corporate and tax law, and has great skills in building strong relationships with clients.

We appreciate the work which Arseny Seidov has done for us. Arseny is polite and smart, reacts to our requests very quickly, and is always available if we have something urgent going on.

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading French multinational luxury conglomerate on the Russian tax aspects of a cross-border acquisition.
  • Advising a large international supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases on tax, corporate and other matters concerning its reorganisation in Russia.
  • Advising a leading international manufacturer of IT and telecoms equipment on the Russian aspects of its global post-acquisition integration.

Dentons

Dentons’ tax and customs department provides the full scope of tax advice and includes specialists in finance, economics and accounting alongside its legal practitioners. While the team is traditionally focused on a wide range of sectors, it has been increasingly active in providing private wealth advice to high-net-worth individuals. Dzhangar Dzhalchinov heads up the department and has a strong track record in tax litigation. In 2019, counsel Anna Zvereva returned to the firm from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP. Lidia Charikova was a new arrival from LP Law Firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Dzhangar Dzhalchinov

Testimonials

A brilliant level of service, fast response time, and great seminars for clients.

The team organises very interesting events, where the team members share their deep knowledge and trends with other professionals. Indeed, the team is open for communication.

The team stands out for the unique combination of a practical approach coupled with knowledge of the law and relevant court practice.

Our key contact at Dentons is Dzhangar Dzhalchinov. Dzhangar is an outstanding expert leading one of the best teams on the market. Dzhangar is always available and fully committed to our matters, and so is his team. We are delighted with his personal and professional qualities – he is bold, independently thinking and creative – a true rock star f the legal world.

Key clients

Abbyy

Airbus

Auchan

AvtoVaz

Baxi

Campari

Cargill

Colgate

Gemalto

HeidelbergCement

Immofinanz

Ipsen

Jaguar Land Rover

Karl Storz

Kimberly-Clark

Orco Property Group

Ozon

Pilkington Glass

Renault

Roche

Samsung

SRV

Sumitomo

Whirlpool

WND

X5 Retail Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a Russian water management company in a ₽2bn tax litigation case concerning intra-group services.
  • Successfully represented an offshore drilling contractor in a ₽6.6bn case concerning the application of the beneficial ownership concept for the purpose of contesting treaty benefits in respect of bareboat charter fees.
  • Successfully acted for a leading player in the global branded beverage industry in a ₽400m tax litigation case concerning the receipt of financial aid from EU and its reclassification by the Russian tax authorities.

FBK Legal

The practice at FBK Legal expanded its expertise through its merger with St. Petersburg-based firm NB Legal Agency in 2019. The group is led out of the Moscow office, where managing partner Nadezhda Orlova, tax litigator Galina Akchurina and tax consulting expert Tatiana Matveicheva are the key contacts. The department garners praise for its tax work across contentious and non-contentious mandates, and provides the full scope of tax-related advice at a domestic and cross-border level. The team also increasingly focuses on tax monitoring services, and has recently launched a new tax monitoring group, chaired by Alexander Grigoriev. Tatiana Golovaneva and Mikhail Golovanev are also noted by clients. Dmitry Paramonov joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nadezhda Orlova; Galina Akchurina; Tatiana Matveicheva

Testimonials

FBK Legal’s specialists can resolve the most complex tax issues; they are well aware of the practices of the local tax authorities and of the Russian courts, which enables them to successfully represent our company for many years now.

We have been working with FBK Legal for over eight years. Taxation is a main practice area for the firm and we believe that the team is the best at what it does. Unlike multiple other firms, the firm houses a sizeable team of tax lawyers, who solely specialise in tax. This is why everyone in the team is aware of recent trends and precedents in the area. Also, the group consists of specialists not only in the area of law, but also in the fields of accounting and economics.

We have always been satisfied with our cooperation with the team during all these years; there has not been an occasion when the lawyers have appeared at a meeting unprepared. It is great that everyone goes beyond formally answering our questions; the team members try to gain a deeper understanding of the situation and explain to us issues and problems which we did not initially notice.

Our main contact is Galina Akchurina. We sincerely appreciate Galina’s expertise and we trust her opinion. She is highly responsive and always goes deep into detail. We appreciate that Galina’s legal opinions are always well reasoned, very clear and practical; they also contain relevant parts for our top management and a more detailed analysis for specialists. We do not need to ask for further explanations. Everything in very clear and easy to understand.

Tatiana Golovaneva properly calculates all tax risks and tax implications of all decisions to be made by our company. She assists us competently in our communication with the tax authorities.

Mikhail Golovanev is distinguished by his attention to detail, good presentation skills and his strict observance of deadlines.

Key clients

Gazprom

Aviaexport

Camozzi

DKV Euro Service GmbH + Co. KG Balcke-Dürr-Allee

Egger Group

EuroChem

Glencore

Herbalife

IBS

Knauf

Per Aarsleff

Ranbaxy

Rosatom

Russian Fish Company

Russian Fishery Company

Sovcomflot

Tarkett

Transneft

Veka

VTB

Yamaha

Home Credit Group

McDonald`s

M.Video

TNS Energo

Wintershall

Oil Processing Company

Russian Sea

Moldovagas

Work highlights

  • Advised McDonald’s on the recent legislative amendments applicable to VAT rates.
  • Assisted Gazprom with VAT-related advice relating to contracts.
  • Provided tax audit support to Achimgaz, particularly in relation to tax withholding and sums paid by the client to foreign entities.

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group is a key name in the tax market in Moscow and has substantial tax dispute resolution knowledge. According to clients, managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev is a standout practitioner and is regularly retained by companies in actions before the Russian courts. In addition to his contentious tax experience, Rustem Ahmetshin handles international taxation mandates and advises on the application of legislation concerning controlled foreign companies. The group’s non-contentious experience also stands out, where it is adept at handling regulatory issues, VAT matters and the tax aspects of M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Pepeliaev; Rustem Ahmetshin

Testimonials

High level of expertise, focus on the needs of the client, and an ability to solve complex legal issues

Sergey Pepeliaev is excellent in strategizing and in understanding tax law exceptionally well. Sergey also has great organization and presentation skills.

Rustem Ahmetshin is a calm and confident leader. He reacts quickly to freshly arisen issues.

Key clients

Alrosa

Bamtonnelstroi

British American Tobacco

Brunswick Rail Group

Burovaya Kompaniya Eurasia

De Lage Landen Leasing

Gazprom

Gazprom Zakupki

Kinross Group

Knauf Insulation

Metro Cash & Carry

Nizhnekamskneftekhim PJSC

Oriflame

Sony Mobile Communications

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Bamtonnelstroi in a case before the Supreme Court concerning issues relating to its allegedly premature VAT recovery.
  • Acted for Burovaya Kompaniya Eurasia in multiple disputes against the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources concerning the payment of charges for the placement of waste.
  • Representing Knauf Insulation in challenging the results of a field tax audit.

ALRUD Law Firm

ALRUD Law Firm fields a standalone tax practice consisting of specialists with legal and accounting experience. The team garners praise for its advice on private wealth tax planning to high net-worth individuals; senior partner and practice head Maxim Alekseyev is a key name in this space. The department also handles a wide scope of issues encompassing corporate tax, international tax and property-related tax work, and has notable expertise in the tax aspects of corporate restructurings and other transactions. Associate Sergey Artemiev is a key contact for contentious tax matters, and clients also single out counsels Elena Novikova and Kira Egorova.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Alekseyev

Testimonials

The team is great for advice on Russian law, but also has an understanding of tactics and strategies involving a foreign element, particularly due to its extensive experience assisting private clients. I would also like to note that the team delves into the details of the client’s situation and does not cut corners in doing so.

Of counsel Elena Novikova is strong in projects involving the preparation of tax-related reports to be submitted to the Russian tax authorities. Elena has a very professional approach and you can always get in contact with her quickly.

Of counsel Kira Egorova has extensive experience in advising on issues at the junction of Russian and foreign law, particularly in the area of taxation, family and inheritance law.

Key clients

Munich Re/ Ergo Group

Zuffa International

VTB Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Munich Re and Ergo Group on tax issues arising from the sale of Insurance Company Ergo Life LLC to Rosgosstrakh PJSC.
  • Advised Zuffa International, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), on tax issues relating to establishing and operating a UFC unit in Russia.
  • Assisted VTB Capital with the tax and accounting aspects of the purchase of LLC Novorossiysk Grain Terminal.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has notable experience in tax consulting work and tax litigation, which are areas of expertise for practice head Evgeny Timofeev. The group also provides customs and indirect tax advice through the knowledge of customs and international trade department leader Vladimir Tchikine. Counsel Alexander Erasov regularly defends clients against criminal tax allegations, and recently promoted counsel Anna Zelenskaya, who leads the tax advisory group, specialises in multi-jurisdictional tax restructurings. Counsel Anna Zvereva joined Dentons in 2019, and senior associate Dmitry Paramonov joined from FBK Legal in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Evgeny Timofeev

Testimonials

The professionals at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner keep their focus on the needs of the client and understand how businesses work. They also have expertise across multiple areas of law, which allows for any matter to be resolved by the same group.’

Vladimir Tchikine has great presentation skills.

Key clients

Mars

Mobile TeleSystems

HeadHunter

Da Vinci Capital Management

Russian Gas Turbines

Siberian Generating Company

Fasten

Fujikura

LafargeHolcim

Work highlights

  • Advised Da Vinci Capital Management on investing in DataArt, including carrying out pre-acquisition tax due diligence.
  • Advising Vezet Group on tax issues relating to the sale of its IP and call centres business to MLU B.V.
  • Represented Russian Gas Turbines, a joint venture between General Electric and Inter RAO, in a tax dispute concerning the overcharge of VAT by the tax authorities.

DLA Piper

With offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg, DLA Piper’s tax group has considerable strength in non-contentious tax work including tax planning and tax structuring mandates. In the transfer pricing arena, the group also benefits from team members’ experience in economics. Department co-heads Ruslan Vasutin and Igor Venediktov are seasoned tax practitioners, and St. Petersburg-based Elena Mikhailovskaia has substantial experience in the field.

Practice head(s):

Ruslan Vasutin; Igor Venediktov 

Key clients

Gett

Avestra Group

Inditex Group

Bank Saint Petersburg

Recordati Group

TDM Friction

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)

Work highlights

  • Advised Zara CIS on the domestic and cross-bored tax implications of the global IT centralisation project launched by the Inditex Group.
  • Advised VFI International on various issues relating to the revision of its cross-border structure of its import operations.
  • Advised Sibeco Group on the Russian tax and currency control matters associated with the extension of its activities to foreign markets, particularly China.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners attracts private and corporate clients seeking assistance with matters spanning restructuring issues, tax planning and tax risk management. The department handles the tax aspects of large-scale projects, and acts alongside the firm’s private client, banking and finance, dispute resolution and corporate teams. Recently promoted partner Sergey Kalinin heads up the practice and assists with Russian and international contentious and non-contentious tax issues. Senior associate Ekaterina Roletr is also recommended. In 2020, the practice strengthened its international taxation expertise with the recruitment of counsel Igor Schikow, who returned to the group from Dentons.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Kalinin

Testimonials

EPAM’s lawyers have excellent knowledge of the law and exercise strict control over complex matters at all times.

The team understands standard and unique situations equally well; it also puts effort into fully grasping the specifics of each client’s situation and in understanding their business. It helps when clients and lawyers speak the same language and care about resolving the issues at hand.

The professional approach and the efficient support provided by Sergey Kalinin and senior associate Ekaterina Roletr helped our organisation in taking appropriate management decisions.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills has a solid reputation in the transactional and restructuring tax space, and handles contentious and non-contentious issues in the transportation, energy, mining, infrastructure and leisure sectors. The team also has notable experience advising on the tax aspects of capital market transactions. For international tax work, the team leverages the strength of the firm’s global network, and has recently cooperated with the teams in Paris and London. Practice head Oleg Konnov significantly contributes to the group’s international tax expertise, and senior associate Sergei Eremin is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Konnov

Key clients

Tigers Realm Coal

Willis Group Holdings plc

Polosukhinskaya Mine

China Chengtong International Investment Corporation

Beijing Gas Group

Silk Road Fund

Sinopec

Mitsui

China National Petroleum Corporation

Inpex Corporation

A.v.e Group

PW Power Systems

Schneider Electric Industries SAS

AGC

Gazprom

Work highlights

  • Advised Groupe Atlantic on the tax aspects of the acquisition of a 45% stake in the commercial division of SST group of companies.
  • Assisted Alstom Transport, in its capacity as a shareholder in CJSC Transmashholding, with tax regulation advice concerning Transmashholding’s merger with LocoTech-Service LLC.
  • Advised Tigers Realm Coal on the restructuring of its employees incentive plan and related tax matters.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal)

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal) has notable strength in tax litigation and regularly handles tax disputes at the pre-litigation stage; department head Raisa Alexakhina is a standout individual in this area. The team also has expertise in general tax consulting, tax restructuring, due diligence and compliance mandates. The group is also able to draw on the significant expertise of the firm’s global network. Legal director Maria Mikhaylova is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Raisa Alexakhina

Testimonials

The lawyers at PwC Russia have diverse work backgrounds, which enables an improved decision-making process. The team shows an ability to listen and proactively addresses potential challenges.

Raisa Alexakhina is an amazing tax litigator.

Key clients

Smith & Nephew

Heineken Breweries

RusHydro

PepsiCo

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.

Enel

China Communication & Construction Company

China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group

Samsung Electronics

Baker Hughes

Hempel

Nissan Manufacturing

Work highlights

  • Represented Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. in a tax dispute arising out of the liquidation of the its subsidiary.
  • Acted for Smith & Nephew in two disputes with the Russian customs authorities concerning its application for VAT relief.
  • Represented Enel Russia in a dispute concerning its property tax exemption.

Taxology

Taxology provides boutique advice to domestic and international clients across all regions of Russia, and is noted for its market presence in the retail sector. Tax litigation is at the core of the firm’s focus; Alexey Artyukh has significant tax litigation experience including at the Supreme Court level. Managing partners Ilya Mokryshev and Sergey Semenov are also key contacts, and Leonid Somov and Mikhail Uspenskiy are active in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ilya Mokryshev; Sergey Semenov; Alexey Artyukh; Leonid Somov; Mikhail Uspenskiy

Testimonials

To put it simply — this is the dream team.

Competent lawyers who are able to understand all various areas of a client’s business activities, consider the particular controversial situation and offer adequate methods for improving it.

Key clients

Metro Cash & Carry

Teva

Leroy Merlin

AB InBev Efes

EuroChem Group

Danone

Giperglobus

Rostelecom

X5 Retail Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented NAK Azot, a subsidiary of EuroChem Group, in a precedent tax exemption case concerning the application of federal property tax incentives to operations between associated parties.
  • Successfully acted for Lesozavod-25 in Supreme Court proceedings concerning the criteria for differentiation between movable and immovable property.
  • Successfully represented Inkar in a case at the Constitutional Court concerning the application of federal property tax incentives to operations between associated parties.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has a comprehensive approach to tax-related issues with particular expertise in tax management and tax advice work. Led by Andrey Grachev, the team also stands out for its depth of expertise in tax investigations, which are undertaken during tax-related disputes. The department is a key name for clients active in the aviation, rail and agricultural industries. Senior associate Anton Borisichev is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Grachev

Testimonials

The group stands out for the high quality of rendered services, its individual approach to each client, as well as the possibility to receive legal support in relation to tax matters across several jurisdictions.

Eversheds Sutherland is distinguished by its deep knowledge of Russian law and its specifics. The team can help clients in very difficult situations, where often there is no established legal practice.

We would like to thank Andrey Grachev and Anton Borisichev for their professionalism, promptness, efficiency and engagement. We have received very well-structured and comprehensible tax advice concerning not only the Russian jurisdiction, but also Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.

Key clients

XPO Logistics

Hitachi Vantara Austria GmbH

Stora Enso

Kablo Vrhlabi

Video Management

Viking Life Saving Equipment Russia

TransСontainer

Aeroflot

Cherkizovo Group

Freight One

Work highlights

  • Assisted a large international tank container operator with restructuring its tank container lease business in Russia.
  • Drafted a new policy for XPO Logistics incorporating recent amendments to the Russian Tax Code.
  • Assisted a large IT corporation with structuring its business in Russia, taking into account changes to the VAT of electronic services for B2B operations.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law) assists Russian and foreign companies with contentious and non-contentious tax matters including disputes against the tax authorities, tax compliance and due diligence work, and tax planning mandates. The team's sector expertise encompasses the manufacturing, metals, oil and gas, and financial services industries. Certified tax adviser and highly praised department head Andrey Zuykov has expanded the department’s client portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Zuykov

Testimonials

A great tax practice with a really strong team of professionals. This firm stands above the rest as it sees solutions where other lawyers see problems. High level of service, excellent client focus, unmatched in terms of industry knowledge.

I have always found the team to be professional and competent, providing practical and pragmatic legal advice.

A rare mix of high professionalism, intellect and modesty — this can be said about every lawyer at KIAP.

Andrey Zuykov is able to deal with the largest and most complex cases and quickly propose constructive business-oriented solutions; Andrey is also great at providing his competent opinion on potential commercial risks and complications.

For tax-related issues, we work with Andrey Zuykov. Andrey always goes above and beyond our expectations, he is very caring and polite, and always provides very good legal advice.

We value the ability of Andrey Zuykov to explain risks in a simple way and to find sustainable solutions.

Key clients

Sharp

TCC Retail Marketing

Karl Storz

Globus

nVent

Russian Export Center JSC

Palma Group

Primula

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Rockwool in a tax case involving VAT and corporate tax claims.
  • Acted for TCC Retail Marketing on tax assessment issues.
  • Advising hypermarket chain Globus on counter-tax audits.

KPMG in Russia and the CIS

KPMG Russia has notable market presence beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg, and has strength in tax disputes, where recently promoted partner Andrey Ermolaev is particularly active. The team has been increasingly active in the oil and gas sector; practice head Mikhail Orlov and Victoria Turgeneva stand out in this field. The department’s expertise in tax planning expanded in 2018 with the arrival of Victor Kalgin from EY Law.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Orlov

Testimonials

We appreciate the team’s systemic approach, the involvement of partners for high-quality strategic advice, and the appropriate use of legal professionals from other departments for the purpose of projects demanding cross-practice cooperation.

Work highlights

  • Assisting a large online retailer with a tax audit.
  • Representing a consumer goods supplier during the pre-litigation stage of its dispute with the tax authorities.
  • Successfully represented Kit Ekaterinburg in a corporate property tax dispute with the Russian authorities.

Noerr

The tax department at Noerr punches above its weight for general taxation advice and assistance with due diligence projects, transfer pricing matters and structuring issues. The team is also noted for its experience in mandates involving tax legislation and local and foreign tax authorities. Led by Maxim Vladimirov, the practice has expanded on its traditional strength in the automotive and retail industries with increasing instructions from life sciences clients.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Vladimirov

Testimonials

Noerr has a highly professional and knowledgeable tax team. We see clear value in that the quality of the services are on par with the quality of services of local Big 4 firms. Also, we value that there is very low staff turnover, as we appreciate our long-term cooperation with familiar team members.

Excellent knowledge of Russian tax law, including new developments.

We work mainly with Maxim Vladimirov, who is up to date with the trends in interpretation of quite complex tax laws. This improves our understanding of relevant risks.

Key clients

Porsche

Sap

X5 Retail Group

Leo Pharma

Rulog

MCM Klosterfrau Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH

H&M

Marel Holding B.V.

Volvo Finance Service Vostok OOO

Volvo Construction Equipment AB

Nutreco

LLC “East-West Logistics”

Beiersdorf OOO

Jungheinrich Lift Trucks

Work highlights

  • Assisting multiple clients with comprehensive advice on the VAT treatment of electronic services.
  • Advising Marel Holding B.V. on the tax aspects of a construction project.
  • Assisting Nutreco with general accounting and tax advice relating to the corporate restructuring of its local subsidiaries.

O2 Consulting

O2 Consulting has substantial expertise in domestic and international taxation matters, and also has notable strength in tax structuring mandates and the tax aspects of M&A transactions. Practice co-heads Natalya Kuznetsova and Tatyana Safonova are the key figures, alongside managing partner Olga Sorokina. The team expanded its capabilities in the taxation of financial and derivative transactions following the recruitment of Safonova from an in-house role in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Natalya Kuznetsova; Tatyana Safonova

Testimonials

O2 Consulting has an excellent client-oriented team, which can be trusted with even the most sophisticated issues. Lawyers assist in a timely manner and always manage to find the best up-to-date solutions.

The team is experienced in designing tax-efficient structures and in handling M&A-related matters.

O2 Consulting stands out for its ability to work under tight deadlines.

Natalya Kuznetsova is a widely recognised expert on tax issues. She is very knowledgeable and always pays attention to every tiny detail of the issue.

I would like to note Natalya Kuznetsova’s expertise in tax planning and restructuring of cross-border transactions. Olga Sorokina has a strong understanding of the Russian and international tax environment and practice. Both are specialists who are pleasant to work with.

Key clients

Humans Net Inc.

Hyperion Ico

iTech Fund

Cifra LLC

Family Friends LLC

Prisma Labs, Inc.

Wrike Inc.

Orbita Capital Partners/ RusBioVentures Capital

Wellington Properties Ltd.

Capture Technologies, LLC

Wallarm Inc.

Cherry Labs

Work highlights

  • Assisted Wellington Properties with tax structuring matters.
  • Assisted Prisma Labs, Inc. with the tax consequences for the company and option holders on options acceleration under the employee equity incentive plan.
  • Assisted Efco Management Company with tax structuring advice.

VEGAS LEX

Recent work highlights of VEGAS LEX’s tax team demonstrate its significant strength in the tax litigation space, where practice head Yuriy Ivanov leads on disputes with the Russian tax authorities. The group also handles tax audits, tax structuring mandates and the tax aspects of M&A transactions, and clients single out managing partner Alexander Sitnikov.

Practice head(s):

Yuriy Ivanov

Testimonials

Vegas Lex established itself as a leading tax adviser — the lawyers at the firm are experts in tax law, on whom we can always rely.

The team always demonstrates a professional approach, exceptional tax-related competencies and expertise. The tax practice is also notable for its ability to solve complicated issues that involve different subtasks associated not only with tax law, but with finance and investment as well. The advice always seems to be practical and client-oriented.

I would like to express my gratitude to Yuriy Ivanov and Alexander Sitnikov for their great contribution to the development of an effective tax strategy for our company.

Yuriy Ivanov is an outstanding professional. Being a good tax expert, he also understands business processes, which allows him to oversee all associated risks. His support is crucial and ensures the most positive and competent final result.

Key clients

Mosenergo

Sojitz Corporation

Steklonit Group

Russian Post

AFG National

Claas

Bel Development

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Lukoil-Nizhnevolzhskneft in court proceedings brought against a contractor for the non-performance of its contractual obligations.
  • Acting for Mosenergo in its appeal of a $2.5m overcharge of corporate property tax.
  • Representing AF Group Trading Company in a tax dispute involving the application of thin capitalisation rules.

ALTHAUS Legal

At ALTHAUS Legal, managing partner Rostislav Shatenok and Igor Smirnov jointly head up the tax department, which has key strength in the technology, TMT and financial services sectors. The team advises on all aspects of corporate tax matters including domestic and international corporate taxation, disputes against tax authorities, the tax elements of M&A transactions and transfer pricing issues. Another area of focus for the group is private tax work; managing partner Sergey Gerasimov is the key contact in this arena.

Practice head(s):

Rostislav Shatenok; Igor Smirnov

Testimonials

The team has a strong business-oriented approach. It achieves the best result for the client and avoids the narrow-minded behaviour that may interfere with achieving the simplest but best solution for the business.

Igor Smirnov is a great tax expert with vast experience and deep knowledge in the field. Apart from that, he is also smart and quick.

Key clients

Man Truck & Bus Production Rus LLC

DHL

Companies of Continental Group

TD Media

Work highlights

  • Assisted DHL with high-value transfer pricing matters.
  • Assisted TD Media with tax due diligence.

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners’ tax department provides tax counselling services with notable emphasis on tax audits and the tax-related aspects of M&A transactions. Thanks to the experience of practice head Valentin Moiseev and senior associate Evgeny Kalinin, the team is also well-equipped to handle tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Valentin Moiseev

Testimonials

The team demonstrates high professionalism in tax and corporate matters and adopts a proactive approach to handling issues. It is also excellent in coordinating matters with foreign lawyers based abroad.

Valentin Moiseev has deep knowledge and excellent management skills.

Key clients

Luxe Hotel

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Leader Invest

Otkritie Management

Parallels

Mitsubishi Motors

Vardanyan, Broitman and Partners

Quinta Capital

Alcomax

Interportfolio

BMW

Coralina Engineering

Telecom Express

KIT Finance

Work highlights

  • Assisted Luxe Hotel with taxation issues relating to the loan-backed financing of a hotel renovation project.
  • Advising Luxe Hotel on property tax matters.
  • Assisted software developer Parallels with submitting complaints concerning unlawful actions undertaken by local tax inspection authorities.

Clifford Chance

Alexander Anichkin heads up Clifford Chance's tax department, which is regularly instructed by foreign investors and domestic companies on Russian and international tax matters. The team is also adept at handling indirect tax work and tax litigation. Senior associate Dmitrii Tolkachev is now at the firm's London office.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Anichkin

Infralex

Infralex’s tax department works closely with the firm’s competition, corporate and dispute resolution teams, and is adept at handling contentious and non-contentious matters encompassing tax structuring work, corporate taxation, audits and disputes with the tax authorities. Recent work highlights demonstrate the breadth of the team's expertise in the oil and gas, real estate, financial services, airspace and defence, and education sectors. Ivan Shienok heads up the department, which fields Alexey Popov and Maxim Rovinskiy as key figures.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Shienok

Testimonials

A robust combination of legal advice coupled with a strong litigation practice makes this team a provider of a solid-quality product.

I have known Maxim Rovinskiy and Ivan Shienok for more than ten years. We have cooperated with them on a variety of tax issues, and they have always done their best. I especially like that they are passionate about their work and are willing to take up the most difficult cases.

Maxim Rovinskiy is a very qualified and clever professional who delivers quick and reliable results.

Advocate Alexey Popov has great organisational skills. Alexey mapped out a very clear strategy for each case we had to handle.

Key clients

Sberbank PJSC

MobileTeleSystems PJSC

CNOOC Limited

BaltTransServis LLC

DDB

United Aircraft Corporation of Russia

Rail Pro LLC

Buongiorno Mobile Rus LLC

Rusfond Charity Foundation

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sberbank with forming a strategy for protecting its interests during disputes with the tax authorities.
  • Advising leading telecoms operator MobileTeleSystems PJSC on complex tax consulting issues including the taxation of digital services and the application of tax relief to IT companies.
  • Successfully assisted the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee with terminating its activities and applying for tax exemptions.

Ivanyan and Partners

Ivanyan and Partners utilises its strength in dispute resolution to act for its clients in tax litigation, cases involving tax controversies, and disputes at the pre-trial stage. The team is also experiencing an increase in instructions relating to tax structuring in the construction and infrastructure sectors. Practice head Dmitry Mikhailov is a seasoned expert in tax planning and contentious work, and Mark Rovinskiy handles complex international tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Mikhailov

Testimonials

Proactive approach to problem solving, coupled with strong expertise in domestic and cross-border tax issues

The team has great, extensive experience which serves as a foundation for its high professionalism.

Mark Rovinskiy is an absolute professional, very client-oriented and attentive to clients’ needs. His clients can be confident that they receive business-tailored advice rather than a theoretical memo.

Key clients

Gazprombank

Gazprombank Leasing

Xella Gruppe

Fels

Stroytransgaz

Neumann Group

Aquanika

Work highlights

  • Acting for Aquanika in a tax dispute arising out of its tax audit.

LP Law Firm

At LP Law Firm, the team acts for corporate clients and private individuals in disputes with the tax authorities and handles domestic and international tax structuring mandates, the tax aspects of M&A transactions, transfer pricing work and due diligence projects. Lidia Charikova left the firm in 2020.

Testimonials

My main impression is that the team provides continuous and efficient support. The manner in which the team members work with us is very comfortable due to their style of communication —I do not need to send them a written request for services and wait for several days, I can call during any time of the day and discuss everything very quickly.

Key clients

Severstal

Vnukovo International Airport

ZAO “Sky Food Vnukovo”

Amond Smith Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted International Vnukovo Airport with a tax audit and acted in a dispute with the tax authorities.
  • Advised Sky Food Vnukovo on tax audit matters including interrogations held by the tax authorities.

Schekin & Partners

Schekin & Partners is a key name in the market for clients seeking tax consulting and tax audit advice. Led by managing partner Denis Schekin, the tax department is also adept at providing tax litigation support. Elena Bogdanova has niche expertise in tax and financial reporting work.

Practice head(s):

Denis Schekin

Testimonials

The strength of the team lies in its strong knowledge and its integrated approach to solving clients’ problems.

Services provided by Schekin & Partners LLC are of high quality. The team members are up to date with issues and developments in the tax field, particularly in relation to recent court practice as well as the application of tax legislation.

Denis Shekin and Elena Bogdanova are surely the specialists which I would contact, should there be a difficult matter.

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in claims concerning the overcharge of VAT at the pre-litigation stage.
  • Represented a chemical manufacturer in the pre-trial and trial stages of its dispute with the Federal Tax Service concerning its corporate tax assessment.
  • Represented a client in an administrative dispute challenging a denial by tax inspectors to deduct interest accrued under a loan agreement.

White & Case LLC

At White & Case LLC, the tax department acts on the Russian tax aspects of complex cross-border transactions. The group provides standalone tax advice and also works in conjunction with the firm's corporate and M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, and real estate and construction teams. The ‘highly regardedIrina Dmitrieva heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Irina Dmitrieva

Testimonials

White & Case is well known for its sophisticated tax structuring work, particularly in relation to big-ticket M&A deals and greenfield construction projects. The team has an outstanding leader – Irina Dmitrieva, who is highly respected.

The team is small but highly qualified and has suitable expertise to assist foreign companies which require English-speaking lawyers. Although the team is focused on tax, it is also able to work on issues arising in other practice areas as well. The department always goes the extra mile to provide detailed reports and opinions, explained in a clear manner to those who are not familiar with Russian tax law.

Irina Dmitrieva has demonstrated her deep knowledge of both domestic and international tax law. She is always available for urgent requests. Her high-level technical skills show during face-to-face meetings.

Key clients

Telia Company AB

ESN Group

Nord Stream AG

Garanti Bankasi

Marubeni Corporation

JBIC

Verny Capital

Zorlu

Novasep

VTB

Abbyy

Group Auchan

VTTI

Lukoil

Work highlights

  • Advised Tenaris on complex tax issues concerning the establishment of its $240m joint venture with Severstal.
  • Advised Mera Switzerland on all complex tax structuring issues related to the sale of its holding company, Mera International.
  • Advised a number of high-profile financial institutions as underwriters on tax issues concerning the $220m IPO of American depositary shares by HeadHunter.

BGP Litigation

The tax disputes and international tax planning team at BGP Litigation stands out for its tax litigation capabilities. Practice head Alexander Golikov has expertise in the resolution of disputes at the pre-trial and litigation stages. Senior associate Anastasia Baskova is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Golikov

Testimonials

Very good experience and understanding of the Russian tax system. Creative and client-tailored solutions.

I was impressed by the team’s ability to go into the details of a project quickly and to understand the specifics of our industry, which later showed in the accuracy of the delivered advice and the high-quality representation during the dispute. The team’s preparedness to work on complicated cases under extremely demanding timelines is also important.

I would like to point out Alexander Golikov’s willingness to commence working at a project immediately, proposing the best solutions for reducing costs and minimising tax risks.

Anastasia Baskova is a great professional with deep knowledge and understanding of Russian tax law and its application.

Key clients

Alfa Capital Management Company

Aton Investment Company

Banque Cramer & Cie SA

PJSC PIK Group

LLC «Russialoppet»

Work highlights

  • Assisting LLC «Russialoppet» with general tax advice.
  • Providing tax advice to private clients of management company Alfa Capital Management Company LLC.
  • Provided general tax advice to Аton Investment Company.

Capital Legal Services

Following its launch in 2018, the tax practice at Capital Legal Services has been notably active in the non-contentious space. The team particularly excels in compliance issues, matters concerning the recent amendments to Russian tax legislation, and transfer pricing mandates. Anastasya Kuzmina heads up the department in St. Petersburg.

Practice head(s):

Anastasya Kuzmina

Testimonials

The team provides practical and highly professional tax advisory services. The team members remain flexible and understand the needs of the clients.

Good knowledge of tax legislation and court practice, coupled with a good understanding of the client’s business — this is what makes the support of Capital Legal Service efficient. The firm also has the ability to introduce other specialists along the way who have previously been briefed internally. This is refreshing; most firms are able to pass on referrals to other departments, but we rarely see everyone come to the table prepared, up-to-speed and with understanding of our business and the issues at hand.

Anastasya Kuzmina is easy to communicate with and strives to simplify all complex tax matters for benefit of the client.

Key clients

OJSC Foodline

Malkov and Partners Consulting AG

Associated Press Television News

Work highlights

  • Assisted Associated Press with advice concerning the taxation on foreign organisations providing e-services to Russian companies.
  • Assisted a large timber industry client with a pre-verification tax examination of its activities.
  • Assisted a large food processing company with tax compliance issues.

CMS

CMS’ tax practice handles domestic and cross-border tax matters and leverages the firm’s strong foothold internationally. The team also has notable expertise in the tax aspects of M&A transactions and due diligence issues; department head Dominique Tissot is the key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Dominique Tissot

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal’s tax disputes department is led by Anton Zykov, and has particular strength advising clients seeking tax controversy advice. Clients also single out the team’s expertise in cross-border work, particularly concerning the application of double taxation treaties.

Practice head(s):

Anton Zykov

Testimonials

Strong professionals with wide experience in tax matters and good knowledge of clients’ business. The lawyers demonstrate a highly proactive approach by providing strategic advice without waiting to be asked by clients.

The team is really experienced, open for discussion, and has deep understanding of the tax industry.

The team is particularly strong in complex cross-border tax matters and in the application of double tax treaties.

Anton Zykov has great experience. Anton is very responsive and remains engaged in each client’s project during the whole period of cooperation.

Key clients

Kinross

Nestlé

Colgate-Palmolive

Papa John’s Pizza

Saipem

Arconic

Owen Scorning

Candy Hoover

ED&F Man

Work highlights

  • Represented X5 Retail Group in a tax dispute against the Russian tax authorities.

Forte Tax & Law

Based in St. Petersburg, boutique firm Forte Tax & Law provides advice on international taxation matters. The team has a particular depth of expertise in  mandates relating to transfer price adjustment mechanisms and customs law. Anton Kabakov leads the group.

Practice head(s):

Anton Kabakov

Testimonials

High-quality advice, timely solutions to problems, excellent communication.

Forte Tax and Law has a strong tax team focusing on international taxation.

Anton Kabakov is able to understand and comprehend his client’s situation easily and to provide advice very quickly.

Anton Kabakov is a unique legal specialist and consultant, as he is competent across a variety of areas, ranging between tax legislation, judicial practice and accounting. This allows Anton to comprehensively consider a particular scenario and to provide practical recommendations. Anton is also very client-oriented and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Lindström Group

Deme Group

Luxottica Rus

LujaBetomix

Leipurien Tukku

Imerys Aluminates

Waukesha Bearings Russia

Wipak Oy

Symphony Retail

Vinci Construction

Work highlights

  • Represented Normet in a dispute concerning customs charges.

TaxAdvisor

TaxAdvisor assists large domestic clients with complex tax audits and transfer pricing matters, and also has a strong track record in the tax litigation space; managing partner Alexey Yakovlev has substantial experience in the contentious arena. Other key practitioners include managing partners Dmitri Kostalgin and Alexandra Alexeeva, who draw upon their experience in transfer pricing and tax regulation matters respectively.

YUST Law Firm

YUST Law Firm is regularly engaged by domestic and international clients for representation in administrative and court disputes against the Russian tax authorities. Yuriy Pilipenko and Igor Pastukhov head up the practice, which also has strength in general tax advisory work.

Practice head(s):

Yuriy Pilipenko; Igor Pastukhov

Testimonials

Excellent team of professionals who are prepared to respond quickly to any request by clients. The lawyers handle all tasks on time; their high responsiveness is of utmost importance to us, especially in a rapidly changing environment and in light of the tight deadlines specified by the regulators.

Key clients

Sberbank of Russia

Rusfinance LLC

Porsche Russland / Porsche Center Moscow

RusGazDobycha

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Gazprom Gas-Engine Fuel LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sberbank of Russia in a $1.5m tax dispute arising out of a tax audit.
  • Representing Rusfinance LLC in a $4.5m tax dispute.
  • Advising the Russian Football Union on general taxation issues.