Mr Anton Nikiforov > Pepeliaev Group > Moscow, Russia > Lawyer Profile

Pepeliaev Group
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Work Department

Tax Practice


Partner, Head of Tax Practice Group


What he specialises in

Anton has been specialising in tax law for almost 20 years. He provides legal support to companies from the financial sector (banks, investment companies, insurance and leasing companies, non-state pension funds), as well as the energy, production, metallurgical and other sectors of economy.

His significant experience as a litigator allows Anton to provide practical advice when advising on complex taxation issues, and when he provides tax support in transactions to identify tax risks and overpayments.

In addition Anton has vast experience of being involved in providing support during tax audits (assisting in writing responses to requests from an inspectorate, representing clients during interrogations and so on) and challenging the results of audits at the pre-trial stage.

His main achievements

Projects include:

  • creating the first successful precedent on recovering court costs from the tax authority in the Russian Supreme Commercial Court;
  • successfully challenging claims of the tax authority regarding the reclassification of a personal insurance agreement in the banking and insurance sector;
  • providing support in litigation projects, including before courts of the highest levels (in particular, defending a taxpayer against unfounded accusations of the tax authorities that the taxpayer had received an unjustified tax benefit, and in relation to applying market prices, ‘insufficient’ capitalisation rules, the concept of the ‘actual recipient (‘beneficial owner’) of income’, provisions of international double taxation treaties, applying tax benefits, refunds of VAT and so on).

Anton gives lectures on tax law in educational institutions (the law department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, M-Logos Legal Institute and others), gives comments to the media regarding significant issues of tax legislation (Vedomosti, Kommersant, Dvoinaya Zapis, Glavbukh, Russian Tax Currier, etc.) and speaks as an expert in the Association of European Businesses, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, United Leasing Association.


The Nizhny Novgorod Commercial Institute