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Baker McKenzie - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Large, market-leading team at this well-established international firm covering the full scope of non-contentious taxation issues, including assistance with M&A transactions and transfer pricing as well as individual tax planning and compliance. Also represents clients in tax disputes. Leverages its broad global links to advise clients with a presence in Russia on complex cross-border cases. Client roster includes major international companies, including media and technology clients as well as pharmaceutical companies.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's client-focused approach, with a source saying that "they understood immediately what our issues are." Another client praises the lawyers' pragmatic attitude.

Sources also note the team's deep bench and broad capabilities.

Work highlights Advised Repsol on the tax elements of establishing and financing an upstream joint venture, Eurotek Yugra, with Gazprom Neft.

Notable practitioners

Arseny Seidov focuses on non-contentious tax structuring, advising international clients on cross-border mandates often involving transfer pricing and indirect taxation. "He's very good at explaining the complexity of Russian legislation to someone who operates in a different kind of environment," a client says.

Sergei Zhestkov focuses on tax in relation to M&A transactions and also regularly assists high net worth investors with tax structuring matters.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

Baker McKenzie Tax Team in Russia has a very broad-based practice, which includes:

(1) tax planning and structuring (cross-border tax structuring);

(2) tax advice for M&A (tax due diligence, which most law firms do not normally handle);

(3) tax controversy work (preparing clients for tax audits, handling tax audits, administration tax protests, tax litigation in the courts and competent authority – which latter item we believe is a very unique experience in Russia that only we have among any of the tax advisory firms in Russia);

(4) VAT (indirect tax advice under the 2017 regime on taxation of electronically supplied services applicable mainly in the area of e-commerce and “digital economy” in a broader sense);

(5) taxation of employee benefits and share incentives;

(6) private wealth management;

(7) transfer pricing (full-scope functional, economic / benchmarking analysis, preparation of transfer pricing documentation and development of defense file and strategy in advance of potential litigation, advice on mutual agreement procedure;

(8) capital markets and financial products taxation;

(9) customs (customs valuation);

(10) trade sanctions; and

(11) export control.

While we closely cooperate with our colleagues in our other practice groups, we also frequently attract top-notch deals for other practice groups, e.g., where a complex tax and legal due diligence and/or structuring is necessary, solely as a result of the unique position and leverage of our tax practice.

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Dentons - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-tier team highly regarded for its standout litigation practice. VAT issues are another area of particular expertise, as well as complex cross-border and domestic tax structuring for major multinational clients. Also advises on tax compliance and structuring matters. Additionally assists clients with tax audits and investigations by state authorities. Acts predominantly for multinational clients.

Strengths Sources emphasise the team's strong client care skills. "They are always ready to help and answer questions patiently," a client says, while another source praises the team's "readiness to support and fast reaction."

Work highlights Advised Severstal on the application of the beneficial ownership concept in a dispute with the tax authorities.

Assisted Immofinance with a case regarding the applicability of a reduced withholding tax rate on interest payable by a Russian borrower to a foreign sister company lender under an intra-group loan.

Notable practitioners

Boris Bruk is an experienced practitioner advising on taxation matters involving cross-border transactions and international financing. He also assists companies and private individuals with tax optimisation matters. Sources recognise his substantial knowledge of international tax issues.

Department head Dzhangar Dzhalchinov represents client in tax disputes and pre-trial negotiations. "He is a talented negotiator and manager," a client says, while another reports: "He can explain everything in a very simple way."

Igor Schikow is a long-established name in international and domestic tax advice matters, assisting with disputes and audits.

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Pepeliaev Group - Tax Department

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What the team is known for Formidable tax litigation practice with an exceptional track record of acting on high-profile tax disputes, including representation in the Supreme Court. Offers strong coverage of regulatory and advisory matters, assisting with a particularly broad selection of issues. Additionally advises on international taxation issues. Clients include blue-chip international and Russian names from a variety of sectors. Also represents private individuals.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's solution-oriented approach. "They always try to get a deep understanding of business and come up with comprehensive, detailed responses," a client says, while another adds that the team's advice is "very accurate and clear."

Interviewees appreciate the team's meticulous approach. "They are always well prepared, they work with documents very well, they are good at gathering evidence," a client says.

Work highlights Assisted Gazprom with developing a methodological approach for calculating and classifying the tax base of controlled foreign companies in the Gazprom Group.

Represented Engelhart CTP in an appeal to the tax authority on the issue of a VAT refund that was withheld as a result of claims against its subcontractors.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner and managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev is a revered name in the market. He offers strategic assistance with tax advisory and contentious issues. "Pepeliaev is clearly great and one of the best," a source declares.

Rustem Ahmetshin is a long-standing practitioner with notable experience of representing clients in contentious matters, including in the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. He is particularly well versed in international taxation matters. A client says he highly values Ahmetshin's honest advice on tax risks.

Andrey Nikonov is an experienced practitioner offering expertise in VAT as well as profit and mineral extraction tax. He also represents clients in contentious matters. A client notes that he "always demonstrates a solid and comprehensive opinion."

Sergey Sosnovsky is a St Petersburg-based tax specialist representing clients in disputes with the tax authorities and advising foreign investors on the tax aspects of business structuring.

About the Team (content provided by Pepeliaev Group)

The tax practice is one of the key practice areas at Pepeliaev Group. More than 60 lawyers including 12 partners at our firm deal with the issues of analysing tax risks and minimising them.
Pepeliaev Group’s tax expertise is considered to be among the very front rank in Russia. Independent ratings and international publications have acknowledged this on numerous occasions, recommending our lawyers as ‘outstanding specialists’. 
We are members of the international association Taxand. Our knowledge of the intricacies of international taxation that the network’s experts have allows us to safeguard business interests taking account of international experience. 
Over the last several years, we have helped our clients to save more than USD 8 billion by settling disputes both in and out of court, including in the Russian Supreme and Constitutional Courts. 
We offer our clients a wide range of services and ensure an integrated approach to handling issues that arise in a company’s day-to-day operations and strategic decision-making. 


Advising in the following areas

    • Legislation on controlled foreign companies (CFCs) and deoffshorisation
    • Transfer pricing
    • Tax support in a company’s and in a group’s day-to-day operations 
    • Taxation of mineral resource use 
    • Administrative and judicial practice with respect to profit tax, VAT, corporate property tax, tax on securities transactions, etc.
    • International taxation
    • Taxation in the context of investment activity
    • Tax audit

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid tax team offering expertise in contentious matters as well as tax advisory issues such as structuring and indirect taxation. Particularly recognised for its tax disputes work and also assists with customs issues. Assists clients from a wide range of industries.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's business-friendly approach. One source praises its "excellent communication skills and deep understanding of how to deliver the legal solution to the business in the most simple and convenient way."

Work highlights Acted for John Deere against the customs authority appealing the decision to raise the customs value of goods imported by the client.

Advised TechnoNICOL on corporate restructuring that included tax issues.

Notable practitioners

Evgeny Timofeev is a highly praised tax expert, advising clients on both the dispute resolution and non-contentious sides of tax law. "He has very versatile expertise and he can look at the picture from various viewpoints," comments a client.

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Goltsblat BLP focuses on identifying unrecognised issues and designing solutions to difficult strategic corporate tax, VAT, customs and personal wealth challenges:

   Maximising business income by helping clients increase their profit and improve their cashflow through optimal tax planning;

   Maximising value in a transaction by helping clients minimise the negative impact of taxes on the transfer of cash and assets in a transaction;

   Defending taxpayers against Tax and Customs authorities, starting from development of a defence strategy to representation during the appeal procedure and in Russian courts;

   Designing and revising corporate structures to manage transfer pricing issues and minimise the negative impact of taxes on business growth;

   Preserving and enhancing personal and family wealth by helping clients protect their assets, assisting with succession planning or selling their business.

As any Russian tax practitioner knows, tax litigation is an inevitable element of the Russian tax landscape.  Russian tax authorities are notorious for having a fiscal focus during tax audits, with more than 90% of field audits resulting in an assessment. By extensively validating the conclusions through the relevant court practice, as well as addressing antimonopoly and civil law issues when necessary, we stand by our recommendations. If necessary, we will passionately defend the position in Russian courts. Our practice attorneys have won well over 1,000 case.


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DLA Piper Rus Ltd - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong advisory team assisting clients with tax aspects of cross-border company restructuring and M&A. Advises on transfer pricing matters and is also active in tax disputes. Represents clients from a broad selection of sectors.

Work highlights Represented Gett in international tax restructuring and tax-related dispute resolution.

Advised Avestra Group on Russian tax and currency control matters of its corporate restructuring project that included the transfer of a holding company to Russia.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Igor Venediktov has long-standing expertise in advising clients on corporate and restructuring-related taxation with industry-specific expertise in real estate. "He has the depth of experience, not only theoretical but practical as well," a client says.

Elena Mikhailkovskaia assists with international taxation, including transfer pricing, and related non-contentious matters.

St Petersburg-based Ruslan Vasutin is a long-standing name in tax, advising on transactions and tax planning.

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FBK Legal - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable team at a mid-sized domestic firm with a strong track record in tax disputes, particularly in relation to VAT. Offers a range of tax consultancy services, including tax structuring and support for M&A transactions.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's availability and commercial attitude. "They are very quick to respond," a client says, adding that "they are quick at finding solutions."

Work highlights Represented Transammiak in court appealing the tax authority's claim for an imposition of an additional tax due to allegedly falsely declared income.

Advised McDonald's on tax risks associated with the adoption of new product classification and VAT-related issues.

Notable practitioners

Galina Akchurina is a well-recognised tax litigation specialist with years of proven expertise in contentious tax cases. "She understands the essence of a problem very fast, she looks for the solution," a client says, also praising her ability to "communicate an idea and its legal explanation in understandable language."

Tatiana Matveicheva focuses on advisory matters, including tax consulting and planning. A client reports that she provides "extensive recommendations and solutions."

About the Team (content provided by FBK Legal)

Key services

Tax Advice

Tax consulting and expert reports:

  • corporate tax;
  • direct international tax;
  • global mobility services;
  • indirect taxes;
  • private client services

Tax audit / Tax due diligence

Structuring transactions

International tax planning

Development of methodological documentation and accounting policies

Tax Litigation

Tax audit support

Pre-trial defense

Representing clients in court

Tax credits / Tax refunds

Transfer pricing

Key facts about practice

  • Our team: 3 partners and 30+ lawyers (tax consulting plus tax litigation)
  • We offer diversified tax-related services: from tax consulting, tax planning and tax structuring (including international) to resolving tax disputes and performing tax due diligence.
  • Over 25 years of experience in successfully consulting clients on tax issues and representing them in court on this matter.
  • One of FBK Legal principal advantages is that its clients benefit from legal skills of our lawyers and back up support of consultants, auditors, accountants and appraisers from FBK Company and Grant Thornton International offices.


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Herbert Smith Freehills - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable team best known for transactional and advisory tax support. Active in cross-border restructuring of company groups, including de-offshorisation projects. Increasingly visible in tax disputes. Predominantly represents global clients from a broad range of sectors.

Strengths Sources praise the team for its client-oriented approach, with one saying: "They understand what clients' needs are."

Work highlights Represented Polosukhinskaya Mine in RUB600 million litigation against the tax authorities involving a dispute over the beneficial treatment of dividends.

Advised JOGMEC on cross-border tax matters in relation to the joint exploration project.

Notable practitioners

Oleg Konnov is a widely respected tax lawyer with many years of experience in consulting clients on non-contentious, often international, tax matters. Sources unanimously describe him as a brilliant lawyer and highly value his strategic advice.

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PwC Russia - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed tax litigation team that also benefits from a large associated tax consultancy practice. Recent instructions cover tax structuring, transfer pricing and VAT-related disputes. Also represents clients in pre-trial negotiations.

Strengths Clients appreciate the attention paid to their needs. One source says that the lawyers "know how to listen to clients' needs," while another client adds: "They think strategically and look at an overall picture."

Work highlights Advised RusHydro on a pre-court dispute concerning multiple tax issues after an audit.

Represented a Russian precious metals refinery in court in a tax dispute concerning the calculation of taxable base for income tax and VAT deductions.

Notable practitioners

Raisa Alexakhina and Maria Mikhaylova are key contacts for clients.

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TaxAdvisor - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Domestic tax boutique offering expertise in both disputes and advisory matters. Regularly handles issues related to tax inspections and VAT disputes, also offering regulatory and tax structuring advice. Instructed by significant international and domestic corporates active in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and leasing sectors.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's business-friendly presentation of advice, with a source saying that the recommendations are "very precise, clear and logical."

Work highlights Acted for RESO Leasing on a dispute with the tax authority concerning the methodology of calculating corporate assets tax.

Represented RBP Agroprodukt in a dispute with tax authorities involving VAT deductions.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Dmitry Kostalgin offers strong litigation expertise and also advises on non-contentious matters such as transfer pricing. "He can explain a complex problem in a very clear way," a client says.

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TAXOLOGY - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active Russian tax boutique focused on tax disputes. Enjoys a strong track record in cases against the tax authorities in matters concerning income tax, VAT and tax overpayment. Regularly represents clients before the Supreme Court. Also has an increasingly prominent advisory practice assisting major Russian and foreign clients. Industry-specific expertise includes retail, consumer goods, manufacturing and mining.

Strengths Sources note the team's availability, creativity and strong performance in court.

Work highlights Advised Danone Russia on the conclusion of investment agreements with Moscow and Samara regional authorities that included obtaining tax incentives.

Represented EuroChem in the Supreme Court regarding the tax recognition of compensation to dismissed employees.

Notable practitioners

Mikhail Uspenskiy joined the team from KIAP in early 2018. He advises clients on various tax issues, including litigation. A client compliments him, saying that "he is a very creative person."

Sergei Semenov is a recognised tax litigator acting for major domestic and international clientele.

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White & Case LLC - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Known for advising on the tax aspects of cross-border and domestic M&A and joint ventures. Also active in multi-jurisdictional intra-group restructuring and refinancing arrangements. Advises clients from a range of sectors.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's business-focused approach, with a client noting that "the tax team is always open to our needs and gives us really practical advice," further praising the "high level of expertise and 24/7 support."

Notable practitioners

Irina Dmitrieva is a market-leading tax law expert focusing on the non-contentious side of taxation, particularly in relation to international tax. "Everyone knows her as one of the top advisers in Russia," a source says, with other sources describing her as sharp and systematic in her approach.

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To learn more about our practice, please visit: whitecase.com/law

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ALRUD Law Firm - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists clients with the tax aspects of transactional and compliance matters. Predominantly represents international clients from a variety of industries and also acts for Russian companies. Additionally instructed by high net worth individuals.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's availability and practical approach. "They are able to explain which options are the most beneficial to us," a client says, adding: "They can work even at weekends, they try to help ASAP."

Notable practitioners

Maxim Alekseyev is a key point of contact for clients.

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Clifford Chance - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Known for its non-contentious tax practice, the team focuses on regulatory compliance and advisory services. Regularly supports the firm's strong banking and corporate teams, also advising on tax elements of capital markets and structured debt transactions. Often instructed by major international financial institutions.

Work highlights Assisted Norilsk Nickel with the tax aspects of the sale of an office building in Moscow to UFG Real Estate.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Anichkin is a well-known practitioner focusing on advisory work and regulatory aspects of taxation. An interviewee says that "he is very practical and pragmatic."

About the Team (content provided by Clifford Chance)

We provide strategic, practical and timely advice on a full range of tax and regulatory issues, backed by our understanding of domestic rules, how different tax systems operate in practice and how they interlink,​ensuring that we add real value

Corporate Transactions

  • M&A, joint ventures and demergers
  • Corporate restructuring, debt and equity corporate restructuring
  • Partnership structures
  • Management buy-outs and buy-ins and management packages

Customs

  • Customs regime and exemptions
  • Foreign and preferential customs treatment
  • Customs issues related to repossession

Banking & Finance

  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Lending
  • Acquisition finance
  • Securitisation
  • Asset or project finance

General Tax Advisory

  • Project finance and PFI/PPP
  • Share and debt issues
  • VAT and indirect taxes
  • E-commerce and online services
  • Complex remuneration arrangements

Real Estate

  • Establishment of real estate funds
  • Structuring real estate investments
  • Tax returns on real estate investments

Tax Dispute Resolution

  • Risk assessments and management
  • Tax audits and tax raids
  • Tax compliance related advice
  • Investigations (both civil and criminal)
  • Negotiation with tax authorities
  • Tax litigation before national courts / enforcement proceedings.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Tax Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers a full-service tax practice, encompassing both transactional and contentious work. Tax structuring and compliance, including cross-border projects related to de-offshorisation, has been an active area of late. Acts for clients in pre-trial negotiations and represents them in disputes with tax authorities in court. Also instructed by private clients.

Work highlights Assisted Russalt with a major corporate holding restructuring to bring it in line with Russian de-offshorisation rules and help the company to benefit from the related tax incentives.

Advised Bank Uralsib on the tax implications of a securitisation project.

Notable practitioners

Department head Sergey Kalinin advises on tax-related transactional and compliance matters and is also involved in contentious cases. Clients appreciate his problem-solving skills, with a source saying that he "can balance his deep knowledge of technicalities and intricacies of Russian tax law with a practical approach and realistic assessment of risks."

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Eminent Practitioner

Sergey G Pepeliaev

Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner and managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev is a revered name in the market. He offers strategic assistance with tax advisory and contentious issues. "Pepeliaev is clearly great and one of the best," a source declares.

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White & Case LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Irina Dmitrieva is a market-leading tax law expert focusing on the non-contentious side of taxation, particularly in relation to international tax. "Everyone knows her as one of the top advisers in Russia," a source says, with other sources describing her as sharp and systematic in her approach.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oleg Konnov is a widely respected tax lawyer with many years of experience in consulting clients on non-contentious, often international, tax matters. Sources unanimously describe him as a brilliant lawyer and highly value his strategic advice.

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Evgeny V Timofeev

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evgeny Timofeev is a highly praised tax expert, advising clients on both the dispute resolution and non-contentious sides of tax law. "He has very versatile expertise and he can look at the picture from various viewpoints," comments a client.

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Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rustem Ahmetshin is a long-standing practitioner with notable experience of representing clients in contentious matters, including in the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. He is particularly well versed in international taxation matters. A client says he highly values Ahmetshin's honest advice on tax risks.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Boris Bruk is an experienced practitioner advising on taxation matters involving cross-border transactions and international financing. He also assists companies and private individuals with tax optimisation matters. Sources recognise his substantial knowledge of international tax issues.

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Dzhangar Dzhalchinov

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Dzhangar Dzhalchinov represents client in tax disputes and pre-trial negotiations. "He is a talented negotiator and manager," a client says, while another reports: "He can explain everything in a very simple way."

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Victor Matchekhin

Linklaters CIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victor Matchekhin of Linklaters CIS is a highly praised tax specialist advising international clients on tax structuring of their business activity, M&A deals and various financial transactions. Peers describe him as a very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer.

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Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrey Nikonov is an experienced practitioner offering expertise in VAT as well as profit and mineral extraction tax. He also represents clients in contentious matters. A client notes that he "always demonstrates a solid and comprehensive opinion."

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Schekin & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Denis Schekin of Schekin & Partners is a highly appreciated tax practitioner advising Russian and international clients on tax structuring, transfer pricing and dispute resolution. Interviewees recognise him as a well-known name in the tax sphere.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Igor Schikow is a long-established name in international and domestic tax advice matters, assisting with disputes and audits.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arseny Seidov focuses on non-contentious tax structuring, advising international clients on cross-border mandates often involving transfer pricing and indirect taxation. "He's very good at explaining the complexity of Russian legislation to someone who operates in a different kind of environment," a client says.

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FBK Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Galina Akchurina is a well-recognised tax litigation specialist with years of proven expertise in contentious tax cases. "She understands the essence of a problem very fast, she looks for the solution," a client says, also praising her ability to "communicate an idea and its legal explanation in understandable language."

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Alexander Anichkin

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Anichkin is a well-known practitioner focusing on advisory work and regulatory aspects of taxation. An interviewee says that "he is very practical and pragmatic."

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Tatiana Kirgetova

Gide Loyrette Nouel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tatiana Kirgetova of Gide Loyrette Nouel is recognised for advising on international and Russian tax law as well as customs issues. "It is very easy to work with her, she writes very good memorandums," a client says, adding that "she's always available."

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Pepeliaev Group

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergey Sosnovsky is a St Petersburg-based tax specialist representing clients in disputes with the tax authorities and advising foreign investors on the tax aspects of business structuring.

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DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Igor Venediktov has long-standing expertise in advising clients on corporate and restructuring-related taxation with industry-specific expertise in real estate. "He has the depth of experience, not only theoretical but practical as well," a client says.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergei Zhestkov focuses on tax in relation to M&A transactions and also regularly assists high net worth investors with tax structuring matters.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Sergey Kalinin advises on tax-related transactional and compliance matters and is also involved in contentious cases. Clients appreciate his problem-solving skills, with a source saying that he "can balance his deep knowledge of technicalities and intricacies of Russian tax law with a practical approach and realistic assessment of risks."

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TaxAdvisor

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Dmitry Kostalgin offers strong litigation expertise and also advises on non-contentious matters such as transfer pricing. "He can explain a complex problem in a very clear way," a client says.

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Band 4

Tatiana Matveicheva

FBK Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tatiana Matveicheva focuses on advisory matters, including tax consulting and planning. A client reports that she provides "extensive recommendations and solutions."

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Band 4

Elena Mikhailovskaia

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elena Mikhailkovskaia assists with international taxation, including transfer pricing, and related non-contentious matters.

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Band 4

Infralex

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maxim Rovinskiy of Infralex focuses on representing clients in tax disputes as well as advising them on corporate taxation matters. He is praised for his availability and analytical skills.

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Band 4

Sergey Shapovalov

Shapovalov Petrov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergey Shapovalov of Shapovalov Petrov specialises in high-level tax dispute resolution, representing energy and resources companies in contentious technical matters related to mineral extraction tax. Clients note his industry expertise and practical advice.

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Band 4

Mikhail Uspenskiy

TAXOLOGY

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mikhail Uspenskiy joined the team from KIAP in early 2018. He advises clients on various tax issues, including litigation. A client compliments him, saying that "he is a very creative person."

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Band 4

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

St Petersburg-based Ruslan Vasutin is a long-standing name in tax, advising on transactions and tax planning.

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Band 4

Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maxim Vladimirov of Noerr is a well-regarded tax practitioner advising international and domestic clients on non-contentious tax matters including transfer pricing and due diligence. A client comments that "he is very accurate, confident, responsive and always available."

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Up and Coming

Liniya Prava Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lidiya Charikova of Liniya Prava Law Firm advises both domestic and international companies on transfer pricing, tax structuring and related dispute resolution. Sources highlight her responsiveness and creativity.

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Up and Coming

TAXOLOGY

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergei Semenov is a recognised tax litigator acting for major domestic and international clientele.

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Up and Coming

KPMG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anton Zykov of KPMG is a well-regarded tax lawyer focusing on contentious tax matters.

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