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Alarius Consulting

Alarius Consulting is a boutique consulting firm specialising in tax legal advice and transfer pricing matters. TP pricing advisory brings in 70% of its revenue. The team consists of one partner, two senior lawyers and five junior specialists. The key industries the firm is experienced in are retail, finance and insurance services, pharmaceuticals, trade and production of industrial equipment.

Client feedback

“Very professional.”

Althaus Group

The Althaus Group, a member WTS Global, is a Russian adviser. It employs more than 150 professionals in finance, tax, law, evaluation and engineering. It has worked with large companies such as Gazprom, Rosneft, Vnesheconombank and Rosgeo.

The team advised Mega Center Management Astana in services regarding diverse international tax issues.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie offers a comprehensive range of tax services such as planning and structuring, M&A, controversy, VAT, employee benefits and share incentives, private clients, TP, capital markets and financial products taxation, customs, trade sanctions and export control. It has more than 660 tax lawyers in 77 offices and 47 countries facilitating structured cross-border transactions across jurisdictions.

The team advised a large Italian engineering and construction service provider on its joint venture agreement with a Russian partner to produce a new facility in Russia. The tax legal advisory team advised the client regarding tax issues between Russia and Italy related to the complex structure of the project financing and profit allocation.

Baker Tilly

Baker Tilly has introduced its innovative tax product, Baker Tilly Global Tax Solutions. It uses an Irish entity to provide international tax services to medium-to-large companies effectively, with all Baker Tilly international independent member firms at its disposal. It means each group company’s global tax affairs are effectively managed and governed from one advisory firm. Baker Tilly Russia is operating with a partner model to ensure high quality for its clients.

The firm is strong in the nuclear industry, machine building, real estate and construction, oil and gas, entertainment and pharmaceuticals to name a few. The team includes 20 experienced partners and directors and more than 300 highly qualified specialists working from offices in Moscow, St Petersburg and Kazan.

The team is advising a large wine production company in a corporate tax matter valued at R160 million. The matter concerned a dispute about a tax audit from the tax authority. The firm was required to prepare objections of the tax claims from the authority, analysing existing arguments and planning an in-depth strategy for a positive resolution.

Client feedback

“Every member of the team is an experienced lawyer and takes serious approach to their clients need. Their strengths are real individual approach and a flexible pricing policy. We were impressed by the quality of rendered services.”

BDO Unicon

BDO Unicon is an audit and consulting group with more than 1,500 employees at its network of offices in Moscow, St Petersburg and other cities in Russia. Its subsidiary are all part of the BDO international network of independent audit and consulting firms in 162 countries. Sergey Chelyshkov and Vitaly Ivanenko, both partners, lead its tax department. The tax service provided includes transactional tax, tax due diligence and tax disputes.

BGP Litigation

BGP Litigation has engaged clients on cases concerning deoffshorisation since it has become a crucial area in the Russian tax legal domain. Because of the significant changes in Russian legislation, and the connection to asset disclosure being a part of these changes, the firm has been busy in the recent year advising clients regarding the former.

The firm is advising Alfa Capital Management in the area of controlled foreign companies. The case focused on the deoffshorisation concerning the client’s controlled foreign companies abroad. It consulted the client on analysing the CFC Russian regulation impact on its business.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s tax team includes 19 associates and two partners. More than half of its staff have more than 11 years of experience. The US law firm Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner, with its Russian practice Goltsblat BLP, merged to create Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. The merger was to offer clients services from 32 offices in 11 countries and a platform of around 1,600 lawyers. It offers full tax services in the Russian market and assist international teams located in other countries on tax issues as well. Evgeny Timofeev, with 26 years’ tax experience, heads the tax practice.

The firm advised Ferronordic Machines, an authorised cars and trucks dealer of Volvo, Terex trucks and Dressta, and other related equipment in Russia. The client was seeking advice on its share issue. The firm acted as the client’s counsel in its share issue and listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange. It involved tax due diligence, analysing tax risks and tax assets related to the planned IPO.

Cliff Legal Service Law Firm

Cliff Legal Service Law Firm has been offering tax legal services for more than 20 years to Russian and foreign companies. The law firm specialises in financial and tax restructuring cases and has its own tool that allows implementing the proposed model in practice. Cliff Legal Service Law Firm provides full tax legal advice and has experience in consulting holding companies on various tax matters.

The firm advised a holding company in Russia, in the construction sector, by assisting with building an effective model for financing subsidiaries regarding tax risks and corporate risks. The deal was valued at €500 million.

Deloitte

Svetlana Meyer is the managing partner of Deloitte Russia’s tax and legal practice. It advises clients in tax legal matters covering all areas. It has offices in Russia in Moscow, St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Ufa, Novosibirsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The team specialises in outsourcing and tax compliance, TP, tax dispute resolution and private client services. It has been focused in some of the following sectors: automotive, real estate, retail, consumer goods and industrial products, among others.

The firm advised a client in a complex joint project with a Dutch partner relating to the construction of windfarms in Russia. It provided the necessary tax legal and financial advisory service. This included analysis of financial and economic implication, analysis of tax and legal consequences of the transactions and legal analysis, examining intangibles use within business activities. The joint venture project was valued at $1 billion.

DLA Piper Rus

Ruslan Vasutin, working from St Petersburg, and Igor Venediktov, working from Moscow, are the two partners co-heading the tax team for DLA Piper Rus. They both have more than 20 years’ experience in tax. The tax practice provides a one-stop-shop, providing comprehensive tax services to international and domestic clients. The Russian tax team has a professional relation with DLA Piper’s global tax advisory teams, which offers its clients a wide range of experience in foreign jurisdictions. 

DLA Piper Russia advised Bank Saint Petersburg in the structuring of its venture capital fund and innovation lab, specialising in primary projects in financial technology. It is valued more than $30 million. The tax advisors analysed the tax and regulations in the relevant jurisdictions, regulating the establishment and activities of the VC funds and Russian viewpoint on the fund key parameters. 

DLA Piper Russia assisted the client to structure the VC fund, complying with the new complex Russian residency rules, CFC regulation of income recognition, different aspects of capital gain non-taxation, distribution of income and more.

EY

The EMEIA Tax Center at EY is organised as a supranational entity covering the entire Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region, with its Intercompany Effectiveness and operational transfer pricing practice serving clients’ needs across all jurisdictions.

Led by Oslo-based partner Sveinung Baumann-Larsen, it brings together multi-disciplinary experience and resources focused on IT, accounting, and tax from the entire region in its work. This work covers some of the leading global companies in their respective fields and includes those involved in retail and consumer products, energy and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few.

FBK Legal

FBK Legal, a Russian audit and consulting firm, is part of FBK Company. FBK Legal is a bar association established in 2012 as a spin-off from FBK’s tax and legal department. The tax team offers diverse tax legal services such as tax consulting, tax planning, tax disputes, performing tax due diligence and TP. The law firm has experience in the following sectors: energy, oil and gas, machine engineering, chemical, retail, pharmaceuticals, credit and finance, real estate and investment, IT, transport, private clients, and construction and materials. FBK Legal has more than 40 professionals and five partners. Nadezhda Orlova is the managing partner for tax. 

FBK Legal advised Neglinnaya Management in the restructuring of real estate assets and the minimising of the tax risk by optimisation of its management structure. This included analysing the ownership by a group of individuals, preparation and analysis options for restructuring the scheme, and evaluating the options in relation to tax implications.

FinExpertiza

FinExpertiza’s tax department is experienced in providing tax legal services in industries such as oil and gas, transport (aviation and rail), retail and wholesale, financial and investment companies, construction, electricity and machine construction. The key tax advice areas offered by the team are corporate tax, indirect tax, tax dispute, transactional tax, TP, commercial, M&A, real estate and construction, dispute resolution. In addition, FinExpertiza offers a hot-line for its clients to get online support on their tax issues. 

FinExpertiza has conducted full analysis of financial and economic activities in relation to tax legislation and identifying tax risk. Some of the clients are NPO Energomash, REGIONS-Finance and more.

Five Stones Consulting

Tilling Peters is a merger of Ekaterina Tilling and Oxana Peters, two independent tax legal advisors. Ekaterina Boldinova, tax practice leader, is an experienced lawyer and has been practicing tax law and litigation since 2004. Tilling peters has advised clients active in sectors such as construction, pharmaceutical and telecommunication. The team consists of four practitioners and is planning to add another member.

Boldinova and Peters are representing Company Glavmosstroy in a dispute with the tax authority regarding VAT obligations and income tax. There are nine concurrent cases, of which seven were successful. During the cases new court practices were formed, which focused on tax disputes and VAT.

Client feedback

“Every member of the team is an experienced lawyer with serious approach to their clients need. Their next strengths are a real individual approach and a flexible pricing policy. We were impressed by the quality of rendered services.”

Kiap Attorneys at Law

KIAP merged with law firm Architecture of Law in 2018 to strengthen its position in the tax legal market and offer clients new services. Former managing partner Andrey Zuykov joined KIAP as partner and head of the tax practice. He adds 17 years of experience in tax, specifically tax planning, tax compliance, corporate and international tax, tax dispute resolution and management of other areas. KIAP is particularly strong in the following sectors: gold industry from a commercial and tax discipline, oilfield and tax controversy. In March 2017, KIAP joined LawExchange International, an association of Independent law firms. 

KIAP advised SOKOLOV, a Russian leading jewellery brand, in VAT claims in supply of gold plates. The case focused around the tax authorities’ new approaches of tax for particular precious metal loans issued by banks, and purchasing of such metals from third parties. KIAP recruited partner Andrey Zuykov from Architecture 

Client feedback

“We can describe the work that was carried out as high-levelled, extremely professional and effective. All lawyers possess a wide-ranged experience in tax matters and this makes them able to evaluate the tax situation and offer the best solution for the client.”

KPMG

KPMG has been offering tax advisory in Russia for more than 27 years with nine offices in Moscow, St Petersburg and other regions. There are around 500 dedicated professionals in Russia, 40 of which are lawyers. KPMG tax law practice in Russia has a focus in tax disputea, and recently opened offices in Vladivostock and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The key sectors it is involved in are oil and gas, construction, chemicals, consumer goods, heavy industry, among many others. 

KPMG Russia has advised more than 30 retailers, real estate and industrial companies in Russia over the past year in tax litigation cases concerning tax exemption. The clients were rejected tax exemptions regarding the Russian legislation of tax exemption to facilities with a high level of energy efficiency. KPMG Russia’s achievement of receiving overturned previous negative rulings from the court are precedential in that market area.

Mazars

Mazars has been providing its clients tax legal advice in all tax areas for eight years in Russia. The tax practice initially offered advice in tax compliance, income tax matters, audit support, TP compliance, and tax due diligence. Mazars started to then offer corporate tax and organisational restructuring from 2016. The tax team, led by Maria Semenova, has experience in industries such as consumer goods, machinery production, professional services, IT, pharmaceuticals and financial services. It also has specialists in oil and gas, metals and mining.

Mazars assisted a group company in its acquisition of a majority stake in a machinery construction and transportation business. Mazars role was to conduct a limited tax due diligence of the vendor, the tax team developed a method allowing them to address key tax risks and missing information. The advising team proposed another option to assess the transfer pricing risks and propose the client a different quantitative estimate of transfer pricing risks.

Pepeliaev Group

Pepeliaev Group, led by managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev and Ksenia Litvinova as head of tax, has one of the largest tax practices in Russia, with 50 attorneys and 12 partners. The practice assists its clients with complex project implementation, providing support to various day-to-day operations and resolving taxation issues in financial cases. The tax practice is well experience in tax areas such as taxation of group companies, subsoil use taxation, taxation of securities market transaction, tax exemptions, VAT, excise taxes and private client. Pepeliaev Group’s litigators represent clients in all courts including the supreme courts. Some of its key clients are BMW, FIFA, Rosneft, Total, Nissan and many more.

Pepeliaev Group advised Hitachi Zosen Inova, a leading engineering company, in tax and customs structuring a project to erect five waste incinerator valued at R150 billion. The advice provided included tax restructuring—direct and indirect taxes—of the project, customs excise on imported equipment.

PwC

Partner Riyadh Al Najjar leads the PwC tax practice in Saudi Arabia. His team advises clients on tax matters such as tax policy and administration, local and international tax consulting, legal services, indirect tax, tax compliance, mobility and individual assignment services.

Shapovalov Petrov Law Firm

Shapovalov Petrov Law Firm offers full range tax legal advice, for example, tax litigation, TP, due diligence, M&A tax and more. The law firm has strength in the media, mining, transportation and logistics industries. It offers examination of transfer prices, risk assessment, develop and assess TP policies and benchmark study. The two founders, partner Sergey shapovalov and partner Kirill Petrov lead the firm.

Shapovalov Petrov law firm assisted Darial TV (CTC Media sub) in its burden of proof for its dispute with the tax authority. Shapovalov Petrov Law Firm succeeded in winning this case. The case was about Darial proving the legality cost of the production for its TV content among a large number of service providers associated in the filming process, and meeting the criteria of One-Day companies.

Taxology

Taxology law firm is an independent law firm focusing exclusively in tax legal matters. The tax practice provides full tax advice in areas such as tax controversy, M&A, transfer pricing, etc. The tax team has acquired multinational clients such as Alpha Bank, Continental Tires among others. Taxology is expanding its services in tax restructuring with the addition of a partner and a cryptocurrency expert Mikhail Uspenskiy.

Taxology assisted Detskiy Mir, a major distributor of goods for children, in its application for special tax incentives on profit and property tax. This was concerning the client’s newly built logistic hub. Taxology conducted the due diligence of the tax accounting and construction documents. The client claimed R300 million, which was accepted and all returned from the tax authority.