Recent projects
Successfully represented one of the leading cosmetic companies in filing the objections related to the field tax audit to the Federal Tax Service; represented in the tax dispute in court
ALRUD Law firm is repeatedly mentioned, by the Best Lawyers rating, among the leaders, and received the highest recommendations on key legal areas. This year, specialists from ALRUD managed to expand their presence in the ranking. For the first time, this year, ALRUD was also named the 2020 "Law Firm of the Year" for expertise in the Labor and Employment Law.


  • Tax consulting within M&A deals and IPO projects
  • Tax assistance on the establishment and liquidation of business in Russia
  • Tax advice in corporate and business restructuring projects
  • Consulting non-residents on tax aspects of foreign investments to Russia
  • Advising Russian companies investing abroad
  • Tax expertise of commercial, financing and investment agreements
  • Tax advice and assessment of transactions
  • Advising financial and non-financial institutions on tax aspects of project financing
  • Advising on tax aspects of acquisitions and transfers of real estate in Russia and abroad
  • Tax disputes
  • Advising on transfer pricing issues
  • Assisting in preparation of corporate and personal tax returns (both for residents and non-residents)
  • Advising on personal income tax and social security issues
  • Advising on application of CFC (controlled foreign companies) rules
  • Advising on voluntary declaration of assets and foreign bank accounts by individuals

Recent experience includes: 

  • Represented one of the well-known and leading Russian producer of longitudinal welded pipes in ICC dispute against largest German heavy plate producer on collection of damages for more than EUR 150 mln arising from one of the major energy-related projects in Russia. ALRUD tax team provided tax opinion for the London arbitration court to support the Client in collecting part of the damages which included indirect taxes paid by the Client.  

  • Advised multinational power company on the tax incentives and special investment regimes available for foreign investors developing coal business in the Far East of Russia. ALRUD tax team supported the client in drafting a set of framework agreements on development of a coal deposit and negotiations with the Russian regional authorities on provision of tax and customs benefits and possibility to support the client during conclusion of an advanced transfer pricing agreement with the Russian tax authorities.  

  • Advised the largest world-wide Internet-based retailer with respect to the multinational project on launching an online marketplace. ALRUD tax team assessed the tax risks and provided advice on the tax considerations related to the client’s business structure, especially in the light of Russian VAT on electronic services, reviewed distribution and services agreements and suggested to amend the terms of use related to the marketplace.  

  • Advised a leading energy company and oil refiner in Korea on structuring of business activities in Russia and various tax aspects, including advising on tax risks connected with the Permanent Establishment issues, VAT, transfer pricing and currency control regulations. Additionally, ALRUD tax team drafted two requests to the Ministry of Finance and the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation in order to obtain their clarifications on disputable tax issues, in order to protect the client from future tax claims.  

  • Advised Japanese international trade corporation on establishment of a JV in Russia, including assessment of the tax risks related to the transfer of assets and further sale of JV, or its assets, VAT issues connected with in-kind contributions, etc.  

  • Provided tax advice for one of the largest oil and gas companies in the sale of its controlling stake in the company owning an oil service terminal and on the establishment of a JV with the major Russian oil company.

  • Advised one of the leading Russian manufacturers of innovative pharmaceutical products in attracting investment from the direct investment fund operating in Russia. ALRUD tax team supported the client on group restructuring and provided recommendations re. the most effective tax structure for investments, including restructuring of existing debts with the lowest tax risks, advising on tax implications connected with thin capitalization and CFC rules.  

  • Advised one of the leading producer of the electronic technologies on Russian aspects of the global purchase agreement, covering transfer of printer business over 50 jurisdictions and assisted with all tax matters related to completion of the asset transfer deal in Russia. ALRUD tax team drafted and negotiated the tax-related clauses of the agreements underlying the deal and advised the client on various tax matters connected with the deal (VAT, accounting matters, etc.).  

  • ALRUD tax and labour teams successfully represented interests of a multinational IT corporation in litigation with two former employees of a Russian branch claiming that the client made excessive tax withholdings from their income by applying incorrect tax rates. ALRUD tax team developed an effective defense strategy and drafted procedural documents that allowed the client to prevail in the dispute. All claims of ex-employees were dismissed entirely.  

  • This leading manufacturer of industrial machinery bearings and components engaged ALRUD to assess the tax risks and tax implications connected with creation of a Permanent Establishment (PE) in Russia. ALRUD analysed the structure of the client’s business in Russia and CIS, advised on steps required to reducing tax risks of the previous periods and elaborated a new structure of carrying out business in Russia and CIS, without PE risks for the client. As a result, the client decided to restructure its business in Russia.  

  • Provided tax support to the first-rate sovereign wealth fund in relation to infrastructure projects, connected with building, or reconstruction, of highways in Russia. ALRUD tax team advised the client on the most effective tax structure for financing the projects, considering tax risks and tax implications arising from the provision of the low-rate loans and assignment of rights in respect to the existing loan debts.

ALRUD is recommended for Tax.

(PLC Which Lawyer?)

Recommended for Tax.

(Chambers Europe, 2018)

Recommended for Tax.

(The Legal 500, 2018)

ALRUD is one of Russia’s leading tax firms.

(International Tax Review, World Tax 2011)

One of only 3 national firms recommended for Tax in Russia.

(Tax Directors Handbook 2011)

“I simply can’t remember tax problems having caused me a sleepless night since we’ve been using ALRUD, remarked one client”.

(Chambers Europe)