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Nalco Company
Vaclav Harant, General Director for Russia and CIS
"The team of real professionals, each of them capable, when necessary, of providing robust legal support for achieving any business objective."
Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)
Alexander Redkin, Legal Director
"We would like to note the impeccable quality of the services provided to us and the high standard of professionalism demonstrated by the team, together with a profound understanding of our business specifics and strategic mission."
Sibur
Aleksey Nikiforov, Legal Support,
"… a profound understanding of how the Russian energy industry ticks and an impressive track record of energy and infrastructure projects, including with an international footprint."
RusHydro
Dmitry Panchenko, Legal Director
"An undeniable strength of the firm is its high level of competence and the ability to find the best solution to complex legal challenges."
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.

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.

VTS Group

Industrial Manufacturing
Represented VTS Group in a dispute against the Russian Customs over the customs classification of the ventilation equipment and illegal fiscal claims against the client filed thereby. Our actions made the Customs return to our client the funds they had recovered earlier and accept the client’s position regarding classification of the equipment.

OBI

Retail
Court representation of OBI in a dispute with the Customs over adjustment of the customs value of imported products (Christmas trees). We were able to prove that the Customs’ decision was unlawful. In its adjustment, the Customs had incorrectly compared the value of our client’s products with that of similar goods imported by others. Specifically, the comparison had used information on the value of the goods imported into Russia much earlier than the client’s products. Furthermore, the Customs had ignored the considerable differences between the volumes of supplies of the client’s products and those of the reference goods imported by others.

A major Russian gas company

Energy, Natural Resources, Mining & Infrastructure
Representing the interests of a major Russian gas company in litigation with the customs authorities over correct determination of the customs value for sale of goods to an affiliated entity at below cost price. All court rulings were in favour of the company

A number of major multinational companies

Successful litigation in the interests of a number of major multinational companies from various industries appealing against decisions and actions of state authorities: customs authority classifications of goods, decisions on levying customs payments and on imposing administrative liability.