Sergey Likhachev

Associate Director, Tax Practice

Sergey specialises in tax law and tax support for restructuring projects. He has broad experience in advising on taxation matters and providing tax assistance to Russian and foreign companies involved in investments, retail, manufacturing, oil & gas, services and other industries.

Before joining Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia), Sergey Likhachev worked for famous Russian companies, such as FBK.

Sergey has accumulated considerable experience of successfully defending clients in disputes with the tax authorities. He has represented taxpayers in Russian state arbitration courts, in particular in disputes over deductibility of expenses for profit tax purposes, lawfulness of VAT deductions and recovery and/or offset of tax.

According to the legal community, Sergei is one of the best tax lawyers in Russia, based to the research of the authoritative expert publication Best Lawyers in 201 - 2021. Moreover, several years in a row, the well-known international publication International Tax Review includes Sergey as one of the leading professionals in Russia in the field of tax dispute resolution (Tax Controversy Leaders). Sergey is as well recommended by The Legal 500 2019 for taxation matters.

Projects implemented by Sergey include advice, negotiations with the tax authorities, participation in litigations and legal support, in particular:

  • Advised one of the largest mining companies on assessing the tax risks associated with intra-group reallocation of assets;
  • Rendered tax assistance during restructuring of international leader in wholesale trade “cash & carry”;
  • Developed and assessed the tax implications of different options for structuring export transactions for Russia’s largest petrochemical holding;
  • Advised one of the leading gas companies of the world on tax issues arising in registration of title to gas supply facilities;
  • Advised the largest national retail chain format discounter on assessing the tax implications and shareholder risks of going to an IPO;
  • Participated in tax audit of subsidiaries the leading gas companies of the world;
  • Advised a major Russian investment bank on the tax implications and risks arising in dividing and selling a range of real estate facilities;
  • Successfully defended a number of leading FMCG companies and other major retailers in Russian state arbitration courts challenging decisions adopted by the tax authorities further to both field and in-office tax audits.