Evgeny Smirnov
External consultant on tax disputes

Evgeny specializes in solving tax disputes of any level both at pre-trial stage and in courts.

Over 15 years, Evgeny specializes in consulting on Russian and international taxation, and supports his clients in most complicated tax disputes.

Evgeny is a graduate of RANEPA North-West Institute of Management (Law School) and Saint Petersburg State University of Economics (Higher Economics School).

Before establishing his own consulting business, Evgeny worked in such companies as KPMG, Salans (Dentons), Herbert Smith Freehills, Debevoise and Plimpton.

In his free time, Evgeny goes in for sailing.
  • Representing a Russian gold mining company additionally charged of RUB 500+ million in a tax dispute. The penalties charged were decreased from RUB 80 million to RUB 20 million at the pre-trial challenging stage. The charges made by taxation authorities are going to be further challenged in courts;
  • Representing a Russian wood processing company accused of an illegal business splitting scheme in a tax dispute;
  • Consulting Media Markt Saturn for reshaping contractual relations with suppliers due to amendments made to the Russian Tax Code;
  • Consulting a UBO of a Swiss Group of Companies due to a Luxembourg alternative investment fund structuring;
  • Consulting a Swiss Group of Companies due to a Russian Holding Company tax restructuring;
  • Consulting a Group of Companies for effective relocation schemes in Cyprus, including tax effect and UBO risks assessment;
  • Consulting on US $1.5 billion Jersey fund restructuring and supporting investments into Russian business real estate;
  • Consulting TESS Energy Service Company on tax and legal risks, as well as restructuring issues, including tax effect and UBO risks assessment;
  • Consulting Superjet on structuring contractual relations with counterparties;
  • Consulting Heinz on tax risks and group restructuring issues;
  • Consulting Technoserv on Russian and international companies restructuring;
  • Consulting ОGK-2 and Polyus Gold on preparing prospects for GDRs and ADRs listings on LSE accordingly;
  • Consulting Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Aerflot-Don, Aeroflot-Cargo, Urals Airlines, Transaero on tax issues, as well as leasing and other agreements optimization;
  • Consulting agricultural companies on tax risks and holding structures legal issues, due to investments made by foreign companies into Russian real estate and agricultural lands;
  • Consulting CJSC MCFER (International Center of Financial and Economic Development) and Wolters Kluwer International Holding on structuring a joint venture in Netherlands.