Mr Rustem Ahmetshin > Pepeliaev Group > Moscow, Russia > Lawyer Profile

Pepeliaev Group
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Work Department

Tax Practice


Senior Partner, Head of Tax Practice, PhD in Law


What he specialises in

For over 20 years, Rustem has been providing advice regarding taxation and has represented taxpayers many times in the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Court, the Supreme Court and state commercial (‘arbitration’) courts.

Rustem’s professional interests include international taxation and the application of legislation concerning controlled foreign companies.

His main achievements

Rustem’s major projects include:

  • participated in preparing draft laws, particularly amendments to legislation connected with holding the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014;
  • represented a shipping company in the Russian Constitutional Court with its appeal of provisions in article 165 of the Russian Tax Code;
  • participated and managed a project to develop agreements and justify intra-group expenses for a major American FMCG company;
  • represented an international oil company in the Supreme Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Court in a case on a PSA operator’s right to refund VAT;
  • represented a producer of tobacco products in the Supreme Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Court in a case on whether intra-group expenses for licence payments were justified.

Rustem has regularly been involved in consulting projects dealing with taxation issues for foreign companies and their subsidiaries in Russia, as well as applying the rules of international double taxation treaties, and restructuring international holding groups to take into consideration legislative requirements concerning controlled foreign companies.

Rustem has authored numerous articles on topical tax issues and is a co-author of the Tax Law textbook edited by Sergey G. Pepeliaev (2000, 2003 and 2015 editions).


Rustem graduated cum laude from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Law. He presented his candidate thesis on “international law” and has focused since 1996 on legal consulting and tax dispute resolution.

Lawyer Rankings

Russia > Tax

(Leading individuals)

Rustem AhmetshinPepeliaev Group

Historically known for its unsurpassed tax law capabilities, Pepeliaev Group houses a large, full-service team, offering a mix of diversified tax services concerning both personal and corporate taxation issues. The group is an excellent proposition for clients seeking defence in tax litigation proceedings; managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev and senior partner Rustem Ahmetshin are stalwarts in Moscow’s taxation market, with multiple high-profile court appearances including Russian Supreme Court cases. The team is equally adept at handling the pre-trial stage of tax disputes, where Natalia Kovalenko’s recent work particularly stands out. On the non-contentious side, the department handles all types of regulatory and tax accounting issues, international taxation mandates, and tax risks and overpayments. Its broad industry-specific expertise spans telecoms, media, consumer goods, transport and pharmaceuticals, among other sectors.

Russia > TMT

At Pepeliaev Group, the cross-departmental team focuses on advising clients from the telecoms and media sectors. Tax issues and dispute resolution are areas of particular expertise for the firm. The group is also regularly involved with working groups created by legislative and executive authorities to respond to initiatives in the legal regulation concerning the TMT sector. Rustem Ahmetshin and Natalia Kovalenko are the names to note.

Russia > Private client

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.