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"Coming up with hidden critical issues."
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."
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."
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

HeadHunter Group PLC

We have been advising HeadHunter Group PLC (the leading online recruitment platform in Russia and the CIS focused on providing comprehensive talent acquisition services) on various tax issues related to the group restructuring, while the company was engaged in the IPO process, including relocation to Russia in terms of effective management and tax residence status obtained by foreign companies, advice on various intragroup financing and profit repatriation issues, employee option plan taxation.

Guardian Industries

Industrial Manufacturing
Represented the Guardian Group in complicated tax disputes, in several Russian regions, following Russian tax authorities’ refusal to allow VAT and costs relating to intragroup service contracts to be deducted.

Abbott Laboratories

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
Developed a cooperation model between Abbott Laboratories and pharmacy chains to encourage the latter to promote pharmaceutical products and purchase bigger volumes of products when bought from independent distributors rather than directly from manufacturers.

Wine Brandy Plant Alliance-1892 LLC

Defended Wine Brandy Plant Alliance-1892 LLC, a major Russian cognac and whiskey producer, in a landmark tax dispute. We proved to the Supreme Court that the adjustment made to VAT deductions upon importation of goods into Russia had been illegal.


Industrial Manufacturing
LafargeHolcim: evaluated whether the client correctly applied or intended to apply regional property tax benefits in two different Russian regions: for one property, application of the above tax benefit in the elapsed period was to be assessed, while for the other property, located in a different region, the possibilities of the benefit being applied were to be assessed given established court practice and the risks the taxpayer might face in applying it evaluated. 

Ferronordic Machines AB

Advised Ferronordic Machines AB, an authorised dealer of Volvo Construction Equipment, Terex Trucks, Dressta and other related equipment in Russia, on the tax aspects of having ordinary company shares offered and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange NASDAQ. We conducted a tax due diligence and analysed tax risks and tax assets in connection with the IPO contemplated by the client.

Sealed Air Kaustik

Industrial Manufacturing
Food & Beverages / Restaurants
Sealed Air Kaustik JSC: the team won a complicated tax dispute related to bad faith suppliers in the Povolzhskiy District Commercial Court (case No. А12-11807/2017). Even though this type of dispute currently sees very few taxpayer wins, the team managed to convince the court by developing effective defence tactics and providing comprehensive evidence that the client had not received any unjustified tax benefit.

X5 Retail Group NV

Advised X5 Retail Group NV listed in London on tax and corporate aspects of cross-border restructuring of the group’s IP and real estate assets. The advice covered multi-jurisdictional issues (including the respective domestic laws of a number of European jurisdictions) and the possible implications from the Russian law and case law standpoint.


Food & Beverages / Restaurants
Mars: extensive ongoing tax assistance to  and their Russian subsidiaries in relation to their distribution activities in Russia aimed at tax-efficient structuring of the client’s advertising, promotion and distribution activities in Russia, including adaptation of distribution agreements, structuring of the distribution of point-of-sale materials (POSM) and justifying a no-VAT status of bonuses paid to retailers.