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Althaus Group

Althaus has been active in the tax legal market since 2009, assisting corporate and private clients on tax issues. The firm focuses on tax disputes, transactional tax, international tax, corporate tax and private client work. The team specialises in sectors such as IT, TMT, investment, banking and R&D. Rostislav Shatenok and Sergey Gerasimov are the managing partners leading the practice consisting of five partners and two tax managers. The firm is a member of the international network organisation WTS Global. Partner Igor Smirnov joined the firm in May 2018.

The tax team assisted an airline company with complying with and the application of the new Russian VAT rules regarding its IT services to its Russian customers. The team also assisted the client with registering in Russia to pay VAT.

Arbitrage.ru

Law firm Arbitrage.ru represents clients in tax disputes cases. Partner Denis Cherkasov specialises in tax dispute resolution and has experience representing clients up to the Supreme Court.

Baker McKenzie

Baker Mckenzie is highly recommended for tax advice and dispute resolution. The firm covers all tax areas and a one-stop-shop for its clients. The firm’s global network, which extends across more than 46 countries, supports the tax team on complex cross-border transactional tax work. Alexander Chmelev is the partner and head of the CIS tax practice. The team consist of seven partners. 

The team assisted the Suez Group on the acquisition of a Russian Subsidiary GE Water & Process Technologies from General Electric regarding the tax implications. The value of the transaction was $3.4 billion.

BDO Unicon

BDO Unicon has been active in Russia for more than 30 years. The firm provides all tax services include contentious matters. The team has extensive experience consulting corporate and private clients. The tax practice is a separate department advising independently and can act as a support to other departments on the tax aspect. Sergey Chelyshkov and Vitaly Ivanenko are the two tax partners leading the practice with two directors and one senior manager.

Capital Legal Services

Capital Legal Services formed a separate tax and private wealth department in 2017 to focus on its increasing demand on tax legal services. The team is supervised by managing partner Vladislav Zabrodin and Partner Irina Onikienko, who are supported by six associates. The tax practice advises on all tax areas including disputes, with experience in assisting private clients. 

Deloitte

BigFour firm Deloitte is highly recommended and experienced in tax dispute resolution, tax compliance, private client services and more. Svetlana Meyer is the managing partner that heads the tax practice.

The tax team assisted multiple pharmaceutical companies with implementing Track & Trace, a new legislation that requires the tracking prices and quantities of pharmaceutical goods, and assessing the client’s tax risks. 

Dentons

Dentons is highly recommended for tax advisory and dispute resolution services. The firm has two offices in Moscow and St Petersburg with more than 30 professionals advising on tax matters. The firm is comprised of lawyers, economists, accountants and finance specialists. Dzhangar Dzhalchinov is the tax partner heading the practice and is supported by a team of counsels and associates.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s tax practice has expanded with the addition of counsel Andrey Grachev heading the practice and two lawyers in May 2018. The tax team has the resources to provide full tax legal services for contentious and compliance matters. In addition, the firm consults its clients on managing VAT in supply chains, withholding tax risks policy and more. The team has experience in the real estate sector.

The firm represented a Russian airline company at the pre-trial stage concerning the tax authority’s audit result. The tax value argued was R3 billion. 

EY

Highly recommended BigFour firm EY is provides innovative solutions to MNEs and domestic companies. The firm has more than 13 partners focusing on separate tax areas and industrial sectors. The tax team has extensive experience advising clients in all tax work, including tax disputes. The firm has assisted numerous corporate clients with raising capital through IPOs, SPOs, bond issuances and more.

During the research period the tax team assisted a Russian bank with transforming its tax function to fit the bank’s digital development changes. Executive Director Skripnikov Ilya joined the firm in May 2018, and the firm saw three partners depart in March, June and September 2018: Luepke Tobias, Luepke Tobias and Kostyra Anna.

FBK Legal

FBK Legal is a highly recommended law firm with a strong tax practice. The firm offers full tax services including tax structuring, dispute resolution, tax due diligence and more. FBK Legal has merged with NB Legal Agency, from St Petersburg to operate under the FBK name. This expands the firm’s geographic growth. The firm has a combination of tax advisers and tax litigators at partner level.

The firm assisted Home Credit & Finance Bank with analysing the tax and legal implications of various types of instalment credit card programmes.  

Five Stones Consulting

The boutique consulting firm Five Stones Consulting assists clients in all tax matters focusing on Russian and the CIS. The firm is in a partnership with the Shanghai Everbright Law firm. Partner Ekaterina Boldinova and her team joined the firm in 2019 to lead the practice.

The firm assisted Chiesi Farmaciuticals conducting due diligence, this involved analysing all tax obligations.

FTL Advisers

FTL Advisers is a boutique law firm providing full legal services including tax advice to corporate and private clients. The firm specialises in international tax work with two managing partners Natalia Patseva and Maria Chumanova both experienced in cross-border tax work. The team consists of three partners and has 15 employees.

Patseva assisted an investment company on loan restructuring and tax implications. This involved drafting legal coduments, negotiating schemes of debt restructuring and more.

Ivanyan & Partners

Ivanyan & Partners law firm provides tax legal services in all tax areas such as tax planning, tax controversy and other tax advice. Some of the firm’s biggest clients are Gazprom, SGC (Stroygazconsulting) and Xella Gruppe. Partner Dmitry Mikhailov and Mark Rovinskiy focus on tax.

Kiap Attorneys at Law

KIAP Attorneys at Law provides full tax services with a focus on tax dispute resolution. The team has extensive experience representing clients on pre-trial cases and before the courts. Some of the other tax areas the firm also specialises in include tax risk management, tax due diligence, tax strategy, international and domestic tax planning, and tax compliance. Andrey Zuykov is the partner leading the practice.

The firm represented Rockwool, a mineral wool producer, in a dispute regarding VAT and corporate tax claims valued at $130,000. 

Lemchik Krupskiy & Partners

Lemchik Krupskiy & Partners specialises in tax legal and advises MNEs and large Russian companies such as Lacoste, Sportmaster, TD Upakovka and more. The firm assists on tax controversy and tax compliance issues. Managing partners Alexander Lemchick and Andrey Krupskiy lead the tax practice.  

The tax team represented Sportmaster with preparing an argument against the tax authority’s tax audit.

Liniya Prava

Liniya Prava offers its clients full tax services encompassing tax compliance and disputes. Some of the tax services include international tax structuring, tax due diligence, capital markets tax expertise and more. The tax team is experienced in consulting MNEs on all tax matters. The firm cooperates with Indian law firm Maratha & Co on cross-border projects concerning Russia and India. Partner Lidiya Charikova leads the practice.

The tax team advised RT-Invest Finance concerning tax effective methods of financing a project company for all its investors.

PwC

Big Four firm PwC has one of the largest tax practices in Russia, counting more than 23 tax and legal partners who lead 15 tax and 14 legal groups focusing on specific industries and tax areas. The firm offers a one-stop-shop service covering all tax work. The tax team client portfolio includes Gazprom Group, Russian Railways, Aeroflot, Boeing and other top-50 conglomerate companies. The tax team incorporates its in-house data analytical tools to visualise charts and figures when presenting to clients.

The firm assisted Russian retailer X5 Retail Group on all tax aspects of the client’s development and transition to its new target group management structure.

Sameta

Law firm Sameta has had a focus on tax consulting and dispute resolution since 2002. The tax legal services cover all areas such as transactional tax, due diligence, analysis of draft agreements, VAT, tax planning and more. The firm’s industry sectors include utilities, metals and mining, transportation, leasing, investment and more. The firm is a member of the Ally Law network with more than 60 firms in more than 40 jurisdictions. Andrey Vladimirov heads the tax practice supported by partner Dmitry Sherstobitov and three tax lawyers.

Shapovalov Petrov Law Firm

Shapovalov & Petrov offers full tax legal services to a variety of clients worldwide. The team has individual tax advisers focusing on different sectors such as energy, natural resources, aviation, media and FMCG. One of the sectors the firm is strong in particular in is mining. Its portfolio includes 14 gold mining companies, six oil producers, seven mining companies and more. The two partners leading the case are Kirill Petrov and Sergey Shapovalov.

The team represented TENEKS Service at the pre-trial stage against the tax authority regarding the validity of the client being the single lease operator for its parent company Rosatom Group for the purchase of equipment for the group’s generating companies.