George Gutiev

Senior Associate

George specialises in tax consulting and tax litigation. He has been advising on various taxation matters and providing assistance to Russian and foreign companies on their activities in Russia. George supported clients acting in such spheres of business as construction, pharmaceuticals, FMCG and other industries.

George has also broad experience in providing clients with legal assistance during tax audits and in handling tax disputes both on pre-court and in-court stages.

Some of the recent projects in which George has been involved include:

  • Successfully resolved tax disputes following desk and field tax audits for such companies as Rolf, Shell Neft, Toros, Kronospan, REHAU, Frito Lay Manufacturing, Metinvest Eurasia, Natixis Bank, Pioneer Rus and others.
  • Assisted one of the leading companies in dairy and child nutrition products in Russia during the final stage of a field audit, including developing the action strategy and representing them before the tax authorities.
  • Proved in Volga Circuit courts the lawfulness of property tax exemptions applied by the client, a European multinational group that designs and sells furniture, home appliances and accessories,  for the seven years since it launched its investment project in the Samara Region.
  • Advised a company that manages a major international hotel chain on tax structuring of its contractual relations with hotel owners. 
  • Successfully supported a major construction materials manufacturer, during a field tax audit in relation to application of thin capitalization rules.
  • Successfully defended for a top manager of a major international oilfield service company in a criminal investigation relating to tax evasion on an especially large scale.
  • Provided legal assistance during a field tax audit and prepared a defence file substantiating intercompany services. As a result, the tax authorities refrained from including this item in the tax audit report.
  • Successfully defended officers of a major developer of premium warehouse properties in Russia in a criminal case related to VAT exemption.
  • Successfully represented Metinvest Eurasia in Moscow Circuit courts proving that transfer of advance payments to the treasury more than 6 years before filing an appropriate application for tax overpayment recovery does not mean that the taxpayer has missed the 3-year limitation period for such notification, since the tax authority automatically applied the overpayment against future payments and, in reality, the claimed overpayment refers to a later period.
  • Reimbursed VAT in the pre-court stage in connection with new plant construction.
  • Successfully appealed a substantial amount of tax charges in pre-court stage.
  • Provided legal assistance to a major pet food producer as a seconded lawyer.
  • Developed various documentation for a global company with sales exceeding USD 1 bln aimed at mitigating possible tax claims related to products promotion.
  • Participated in tax due diligence review of a major Russian company.
  • Prepared transfer pricing documentation for Russian pharmaceutical and perfume distributors.