Practice
Resolving the most difficult and complex legal issues
specialism
Since 2006, we have been providing legal assistance to business owners, state corporations and authorities, private clients, and non-profit institutions. Our key competencies are support for complex investment projects and resolving complicated disputes, including cross-border lawsuits.

people
90+ lawyers and attorneys in the firm’s Moscow and St. Petersburg offices protect the interests of our clients.

experience
We combine high legal proficiency with the skills of juridical protection of corporations before public authorities. Beyond that, we have unrivalled experience in Russia in the area of Public International Law.

expertise
The main areas of our work are corporate and finance transactions; litigation and bankruptcy proceedings in Russia and abroad; infrastructure / PPP projects and real estate investments; compliance and public procurement; Public International Law and economic sanctions; and private clients and tax structuring of assets in various jurisdictions.

scale
Ivanyan and Partners is in the Top-10 of the largest and most successful law firms in Russia. The total volume of the projects we have advised on over the past five years (2015-2019) exceeds $63 b, and the geographical reach of our work covers 29 countries on three continents.

tax

Resolving typical and unconventional tax issues

We advise corporate and private clients on all matters of tax planning strategy and tactics, both in Russia and abroad. Experience in managing large projects in various jurisdictions and partnerships with the best foreign tax advisors allow us to offer fully integrated business solutions that work efficiently on a global scale. The main areas of our work: tax structuring of Russian and cross-border M&A transactions, wealth planning and management for HNWI / UHNWIs, and tax disputes with a strong emphasis on pre-trial settlement.

Experience

Tax structuring as part of all-around support for a multi-stage and multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring of a leading Russian investment group in the context of its deoffshorisation. Matter value: $ 2b+ (2015-2016)

Advised a large international construction company on the compensation of VAT surcharges in the framework of a large-scale project for the construction of a liquefied gas production complex in Yamal. Contract value: ₽35.5 b ($550 m+) (2018)

Represented a Russian distribution company, a subsidiary of a global spirits producer, in (i) a tax dispute related to tax deductibility (as well as VAT deduction) of various promotional fees to retailers, and (ii) a court dispute with tax authorities which claimed to be charged additional income tax and VAT. Matter values: (i) ₽500 m ($8.5 m) (2016-2017); (ii) ₽60 m+ ($1 m+) (2016-2017)

Representing the interests of the Russian subsidiary of Fels, Europe’s leading supplier of lime, in a precedent-setting tax dispute related to the tax treatment of a debt to equity swap under dept restructuring. Matter value: ₽300 m ($5 m) (2017-2018)

Represented Aquanika, a Russian drinking water producer, in a tax dispute related to appealing tax audit results. Matter value: ₽100 m ($1.6 m+) (2016-2017)

Advised a Russian business aviation company on a complex investment restructuring project in connection with the exit of one of the investors, a major airport operator. Matter value: ₽1 b ($16.5 m+) (2017)

Advised a Russian subsidiary of the CRH group, a large international supplier of building materials, on the tax implications of using the group’s global trademark in Russia and settling a turnover-based royalty for it (2018)

Advising a local Russian manufacturer of dairy products on tax matters concerning forming a joint venture with a global major in the food industry. Joint venture value: €25 m (2019-present)