Firm Profile > ALTHAUS Legal > Moscow, Russia

Proektiruemyi proezd 4062
6 bld 2
Business center “PortPlaza”

Private client Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Tax Tier 4

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.


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


Companies of Continental Group

TD Media

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 5



The best legal team I have ever worked with. Excellent lawyers, who are able to help with both local and international deals. They react quickly, their advice of the highest quality. At the same time they never charge more than a work costs. I am absolutely satisfied.

We appreciated such qualities of ALTHAUS Legal team as focus on delivering the best possible result to the client.

Ilya Smirnov is one of the best experts I have ever worked with. He and his team constantly tries new approaches comfortable for a particular client when it comes to M&A matters.

ALTHAUS Legal team met all our demands. They not only acted as a sole legal advisor for the Corporation Russian subsidiary, but performed in close cooperation with the headquarters in the UK. They were focused on delivering accurate practical solutions within our case of debt-to-equity swap under Russian law and fully integrated into the project representing us in negotiations and advising on regulatory issues.

Key clients

VTB Capital;

X5 Retail Group;

AC Damate Group

The firm: ALTHAUS Legal is an independent national law firm that represents clients’ interests since 2009. Established as a small team of professionals the firm has grown significantly and developed its own brand since then.

ALTHAUS Legal focuses on corporate and commercial law matters, investment and intellectual property. The mission of the firm is to facilitate progress of jurisprudence and legal business in Russia and to route the firm’s success to and  international level.

Currently ALTHAUS Legal has Russian and English law qualified lawyers in Moscow and London. Offices of the firm are located in Saint Petersburg and Novorossiysk.

Areas of practice: ALTHAUS Legal provides a full range of legal services including profound transactional work and advice on financial, commercial and private M&A transactions, legal due diligence, regulatory legal advice on domestic capital markets, covering debt, equity, derivatives and structured financings, legal advice on protection of IP rights, advising private equity and venture investors on investment transactions, representation of debtors and creditors on restructurings and insolvencies.

The firm operates in legal areas such as corporate, M&A, commercial, real estate and construction, capital markets, banking and finance, intellectual property and digital technology, TMT, private equity/ venture capital/ investments funds, dispute resolution and insolvency.

ALTHAUS Legal provides advice for private clients in the following areas:

  • Consulting individuals on matters of Russian and international currency legislation and taxation
  • Development, establishment and maintenance of personal holding mechanisms
  • Structuring of ownership and management of assets of individuals located in different jurisdictions, identification of tax risks in the structure of assets ownership
  • Consulting individuals on legal aspects of purchase and sale of real estate, vessels
  • Consulting and support of individuals in resolving tax disputes
  • Representation of interests of individuals in tax authorities on issues related to the payment of personal income tax
  • Consulting on immigration law in various jurisdictions
  • Succession planning
Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, Commercial, M&A Rostislav Shatenok
Corporate, Commercial, M&A Ilya Smirnov
Real Estate and Construction Rostislav Shatenok
Real Estate and Construction Ilya Smirnov
Capital markets Rostislav Shatenok
Capital markets Ilya Smirnov
Banking & Finance Rostislav Shatenok
Banking & Finance Ilya Smirnov
Intellectual property and digital technology Ilya Smirnov
Intellectual property and digital technology Victoria Merkudinova
TMT Rostislav Shatenok
TMT Ilya Smirnov
PE / VC / Investments funds Rostislav Shatenok
PE / VC / Investments funds Ilya Smirnov
Private clients Sergey Gerasimov
Private clients Maxim Kluchnikov
Private clients Alexander Nepomnyashchiy
Tax Igor Smirnov
Photo Name Position Profile
 Anatoly Fabrichnov  photo Anatoly Fabrichnov Director
 Sergey Gerasimov  photo Sergey Gerasimov Managing Partner
 Maxim Kluchnikov  photo Maxim Kluchnikov Partner
 Victoria Merkudinova  photo Victoria Merkudinova Director
 Alexander Nepomnyashchiy  photo Alexander Nepomnyashchiy Partner
 Rostislav Shatenok  photo Rostislav Shatenok Managing partner
 Igor Smirnov  photo Igor Smirnov Partner
 Ilya Smirnov  photo Ilya Smirnov Partner
English (fluent)
Other offices : St. Petersburg
Other offices : Novorossiysk
Other offices : London