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Nalco Company
Vaclav Harant, General Director for Russia and CIS
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Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)
Alexander Redkin, Legal Director
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Sibur
Aleksey Nikiforov, Legal Support,
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RusHydro
Dmitry Panchenko, Legal Director
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United Metallurgical Company (OMK)
Vladimir Markin, President

Alltech

We successfully defended Alltech (one of the top ten animal health companies in the world) in arbitrazh (commercial) courts in a dispute with the Customs. We proved that the customs classification of the goods was correct, thereby enabling the client to recover overpaid customs charges.

LG Electronics

FMCG
Advised LG Electronics Rus on paying customs duties on certain types of imported domestic refrigerator at specific EEU customs tariff rates. In certain cases, the ad valorem equivalent of such rates could exceed the ad-valorem duty rate fixed as the bound tariff rate level in the Protocol on the Accession of the Russian Federation (to the WTO Agreement). By following our recommendations, the client recovered more than RUB 70 m from the government through the courts.

Alcoa, Barilla, Guardian, Icopal, Inalco, Mars and others

FMCG
Energy, Natural Resources, Mining & Infrastructure
Food & Beverages / Restaurants
Mining & Metals
Advised a number of major companies, including Alcoa, Barilla, Guardian, Icopal, Inalco and Mars, on importing equipment as an in-kind contribution to authorised capital, providing legal support for customs clearance of imported goods and assisting in preparing the requisite documents for obtaining customs duty and VAT exemptions.

Russian Gas Turbines

Energy, Natural Resources, Mining & Infrastructure
Russian Gas Turbines: we proved that the importer was entitled to apply customs benefits to imported goods (power plant gas turbine components) even when the goods’ designated purpose underlying the benefits was formally confirmed by a competent authority only after the goods had already been cleared through customs (we represented Russian Gas Turbines, a GE joint venture).

Sanofi

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
Won a series of customs classification cases for Sanofi in the Commercial Court of Central region, despite negative customs and court practice of classifying similar goods in other regions of Russia. The value at stake was over RUB 100 m a year.

STS Logistics

Transportation & Logistics
STS Logistics: contested a customs authority BTI decision and associated demands for customs payments and also represented the client in administrative case proceedings. Despite the negative case history and extremely ambiguous legislation currently regulating classification of the goods imported by the client (hydrocracking reactors), we succeeded in proving that all decisions rendered by the customs authorities on the matter were illegal and in having the administrative case closed. The fiscal claims against our client totalled over RUB 0.5 bn.

L'Oreal

FMCG
Fashion & Beauty
Advised L’Oreal on techniques for adding royalties and assists (due to a related party) to the customs value of imported goods (the amount of royalties is not known at the time of importation).

Major agroindustrial corporation

Industrial Manufacturing
Major agroindustrial corporation: arranged for import into Russia of industrial equipment required for expanding the company’s business. The project covers drafting of international trade contracts, negotiations on contractual terms and conditions and control over compliance with the customs legislation rules during transport of the equipment. Conducted an expert review of compliance by accompanying documents with international trade contracts and the customs legislation. The project has also involved contacting and communicating with carriers, customs representatives, suppliers and the buyer in relation to practical aspects of equipment import.

Chrysler

Automotive
We advised Chrysler on customs activities as part of a project to equip foreign-made vehicles with the ERA-GLONASS system. Our work scope included reviewing matters relating to exporting the system from Russia, applying customs regimes, etc.