Maxim Alekseyev

Maxim Alekseyev

Senior Partner
Maxim Alekseyev

Chambers Europe

Maxim Alekseyev is an extremely good lawyer, who we have no hesitation in recommending. He is tenacious and strong at fighting the client’s corner.

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Maxim Alekseyev is a co-founder and Senior Partner of ALRUD, head of ALRUD Private Clients and Tax practices.

Maxim specialises in advising corporate and private clients on international trading matters, regulatory and economic developments, domestic and international tax planning, strategic M&A, onshore and offshore business structures, risk management, good governance, contentious investigations and dispute resolution. He leads projects in Russia and overseas involving both domestic and international clients.

In his corporate practice, Maxim has extensive experience in advising on major cross-border and domestic transactions across a wide range of sectors including the oil and gas, manufacturing, food, retail, wholesale, media and communications industries.

In his private client practice, Maxim specialises in helping high net-worth individuals and family offices to manage their business interests, asset collections and family relations. He is acknowledged for his expertise in estate planning and administration, personal taxation, onshore and offshore structures, private banking and wealth management, family business governance, succession planning and risk mitigation.

I like the knowledge that he has of the law and the internal knowledge he has about Russia and Russian clients. He understands the law and how it will impact clients. He’s very good at interpreting the law, not only the law now, but what it might become later. Chambers HNW

Maxim has a particular focus on advising clients in Asia as head of ALRUD’s practice in that region.

Maxim is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is an author of numerous publications including the Russian chapters for Thomson Reuters’ Private Client Tax and Art Collecting legal handbooks, and STEP’s Family Office and Private Client guides.

Maxim is a graduate of Moscow’s State University of International Relations. In common with ALRUD’s multi-lingual approach, he provides legal advice in English and Russian.

Thomas Cook

on its acquisition of Russian touristic company Intourist and launching client’s business activity in Russia. JVC on tax issues related to its activity in Russia. The services covered a wide range of general tax issues as well as stand-alone tax consultancy regarding specific transactions.

Joint venture of the leading European satellite operator

regarding potential tax risks and implications for the Russian part of the business due to recent changes to the Russian tax law.

Leading European real estate management firm

regarding Russian taxation of prospective M&A transaction.

Comprehensive project on development of optimal structure of offsetting the debt within the group of Russian and foreign oil companies, taking into consideration the tax consequences and risks. The total amount of transactions in the course of the restructuring is about USD 74 mln.

A number of clients from Asia-Pacific region

in connection with regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union and antidumping investigations held by Russian state authorities and subsequently by Eurasian Economic Commission in relation to the products originated from the region.

Major European vehicle manufacturer

in the antidumping investigation initiated by Eurasian Economic Commission.

A Russian citizen and UK resident (planning to marry a Russian citizen)

on the conclusion of a pre-nuptial agreement under Russian law, but complying with the requirements of the English law.

Russian citizen

in the divorce case with foreign citizen. The client got aware that she was divorced after one year after the court decision. The goal of ALRUD involvement was to restore the term of appeal of the court decision and cancelation of divorce judgment. As per result the term for appeal was restored however finally the decision of the court of the first instance was confirmed by the court of appeal instance.

Residency issues of 2020
This year has forced changes to the plans of many people around the world. A few months ago, it was hard to imagine that meetings and deals would be arranged only by video link, offices equipped at home, and that vacation, or a long-awaited meeting with your family, would depend on the measures of a particular state to prevent the spread of the virus and policies to close borders. This new way of private and business life may lead to new realities of taxation, residency and application of currency legislation. It is already clear that earlier strategies for living in certain countries, making investments, performing different types of transactions and taxation of certain types of income may not work, due to the forced stay in a country different from the country of your “ordinary”, or intended residence. Despite the fact that, in certain cases, the provisions of the Double Taxation Agreements may still be applicable, and states may adopt special tax-residency rules for the year 2020, individuals may nevertheless face new requirements that apply to them in the country of their actual residence, for the current year. The above-mentioned refers in particular to the following groups of individuals: Those, who mainly live outside the Russian Federation and are subject to taxation under foreign law, but due to the pandemic situation, will spend more than 183 days in Russia in a calendar year, ended 31st December 2020; Those, who currently stuck outside the Russian territory, but normally live in Russia and are Russian tax residents. The change of tax status may lead to a number of legal consequences, both for the individual and for his/her business in Russia and abroad. In addition, the number of days spent on the territory of the Russian Federation affects not only taxes, but also obligations (and in some cases restrictions) under the Russian currency legislation. ALRUD team has prepared guidance material for better understanding of the specifics of Russian tax and currency resident status: Currency control issues for special residents 2020 Download file Tax issues for individuals, Russian tax residents 2020 Download file The tax issues for individuals, who are non-residents in the Russian Federation, but receive income from Russian sources, should be analyzed separately. If, due to the current situation in 2020, a non-resident individual is not able to obtain a Tax Residency Certificate in the “usual” jurisdiction (e.g. due to a long stay outside the “usual” jurisdiction), the following is recommended: To check the criteria for tax residency in the country (countries) of stay in 2020, analyze possible consequences of being recognized as a tax resident in that jurisdiction (those jurisdictions); To check the applicable Double Taxation Agreement between that jurisdiction (those jurisdictions) and the Russian Federation, if income from Russian sources is received; To contact the tax authority of the “usual” country of residence to clarify the possibility of obtaining a Tax Residency Certificate for 2020, taking into account the current situation. We hope that the information provided herein will be useful for you. If you or any of your colleagues would like to receive our newsletters via e-mail, please fill in the 'Subscribe' form at the bottom of the page. Practice: Tax Note: Please be aware that all information provided in this letter was taken from open sources. Neither ALRUD Law Firm, nor the author of this letter bear any liability for consequences of any decisions made in reliance upon this information.
Maxim Alekseyev and Kira Egorova spoke at the Russian Wealth Advisors Forum
On January 29th and 30th, the 6th Annual Russian Wealth Advisors Forum was held in Zurich, Switzerland. Maxim Alekseyev, ALRUD Senior Partner, and Kira Egorova, ALRUD Private Clients Practice Counsel, attended as speakers and active participants in discussions. Russian Wealth Advisors Forum is the principal and most well-established event of the client’s private clients industry calendar. Every year, this Forum gathers on the same platform: clients and leading consultants, lawyers, bankers, as well as representatives of family offices, from Switzerland, the UK, the USA, Russia, Italy and other countries. The event is organized by Adam Smith Conferences in partnership with Boltenko Law. Agenda 2020 was a review of current issues of preservation and management of private capital in our modern environment of transparency and exchange of information. Experts discussed the topic of finding effective strategies and solutions for clients at the time of increasing attention from Russian and international regulators. Maxim Alekseyev took part in the main panel discussion «The World Has Changed: What Russian HNWIs Should Do to Stay Wealthy», giving an overview of key trends in Russian practice and private capital industry. He also spoke at the session «Family Governance: How to Have a Happy Family and Stay Rich» on the family governance instruments and issues. Kira Egorova was a leading expert at the session «Importance of Nuptial Agreements: I Am Getting Married, What Should I Do?» devoted to nuptial agreements and ongoing court practice on their use in Russia and the United Kingdom.
ALRUD experts helped produce an article for "Kommersant"
Maxim Alekseyev, ALRUD Senior Partner, and Alexander Zharskiy, ALRUD Partner, helped produce an article for 'Ъ'. This article discusses the most important innovations in the tax sphere for 2018-2019. You can find out more about changes in the Russian law, the application of the Russian law to M&A transactions and other important trends, from the full text of the article.
The Legal 500, 2020 recommends Maxim Alekseyev for Tax and Private Clients.
Chambers HNW, 2019 recommends Maxim Alekseyev for Private Clients (Chambers High Net Worth Guide).
Best Lawyers, 2020 recommends Maxim Alekseyev for Corporate/M&A, Tax Law, Regulatory Practice.
Who’s Who Legal, 2019 recommends Maxim Alekseyev for Private Clients.
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