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.

Biography
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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.

Private Clients practice prepared an article for the IAFL
Ekaterina Vasina, Senior Associate at ALRUD, prepared an article 'Marital agreement and cross-border divorce: a view from Russia' for the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). The article is devoted to particularities of marital agreements in Russia, their advantages for families with international lifestyle. Ekaterina explains the principals of the community property division between spouses if no marital agreement is concluded, the features of court disputes, in particular, in case of initiation of the proceedings by the spouses in several jurisdictions or existence of complicated ownership structures. Ekaterina also describes proposed amendments to the Russian Family legislation that may have significant impact on wealth planning. You can download it here.
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Kira Egorova spoke at the STEP Lugano webinar
On July 9, 2020, Kira Egorova, Of Counsel at the ALRUD Private clients practice, took part in the webinar “Global mobility and Swiss-based planning solutions for Russian UHNW families”, organized by the international Association STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), of which she is a member. The event was attended by professional experts in private wealth planning and management – bankers, lawyers, service providers for wealthy clients from Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Kira Egorova's speech was devoted to the topic “Wealth planning structures for Russian clients - how to use them today?”. She spoke about the structures that have historically been used by Russian clients for structuring property ownership and inheritance planning, about the specifics of their current regulation and taxation by Russian legislation, and shared with the audience answers to practical questions about how such structures can be used by Russian private clients and wealthy families today. Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP) is one of the world's largest associations of recognized experts in the field of private wealth. ALRUD and other STEP members help families with an international lifestyle plan their future.
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ALRUD leads in Chambers HNW 2020
On July 9th international ranking agency Chambers & Partners published the results of Chambers HNW research. The guide rates law firms and professional advisers active in Private Clients area. Private Clients practice of ALRUD is recommended in Band 1 as «first-rate specialists» with a «stable position as a market leader». Ranked Individuals: Maxim Alekseyev, Senior Partner and Head of the Private clients practice, remains in Band 1 as expert with «enormous experience», «charisma» and «a strong strategic sense of the needs of the top-end clients». Kira Egorova, Private clients practice Of Counsel, is recommended in Band 2. Clients note her ability of «working on complex, multijurisdictional matters». She «always shows the long term impact of any decision taken, or to be taken, by a client». Ekaterina Vasina, Private clients practice Senior Associate, is Associate to watch. Market Commentators and clients highlight Ekaterina as «a well-rounded», «heavily involved» specialist with a «strong knowledge and experience in Russian domestic law». We are proud of the ALRUD Private Clients Practice Team which has been consistently holding the first place since 2016. Congratulations! Chambers and Partners is one of the most respectable and experienced international legal publishing houses. It annually reviews the legal market worldwide, rating the best professional advisers and law firms.
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ALRUD experts hold leading positions in the Best Lawyers rating
Best Lawyers – one of the most authoritative international legal ratings – has published the results of the Russian legal market research 2021. The rating is based on the estimates of internationally recognized market players. This is not the first time that ALRUD has taken a leading position in key practices, and this year our experts have managed to expand their presence in the rating. Maxim Alekseyev, Senior Partner, is the winner of the Lawyer of the Year 2021 rating in the field of business administrative regulation. For the second year in a row, the labor practice team brings ALRUD the title of the Law Firm of the Year in Russia 2021. This year, Irina Anyukhina, Partner and Head of the Labor practice, becomes the winner of the Lawyer of the Year 2021 in the field of Labor law. Best Lawyers recommends ALRUD experts in the following fields of law: Arbitration and Mediation - Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, Magomed Gasanov and Sergey Petrachkov, Partners and Dmitry Kuptsov, Senior Associate Banking and Finance Law - Alexander Rymko, Partner Capital Markets Law - Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner and Alexander Zharskiy, Partner Competition / Antitrust Law - Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, German Zakharov, Partner, Ruslana Karimova and Ksenia Tarkhova, Senior Associates, Roman Vedernikov, Associate Construction Law - Irina Anyukhina, Partner and Stanislav Veselov, Senior Associate Corporate Law - Maxim Alekseyev and Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partners, Alexander Zharskiy, Partner, Olga Pimanova and Oleg Ezhov, Of Counsels, Sergey Khanaev, Senior Associate, Dmitry Pashkov and Alexander Kleschev, Associates Corporate governance and Compliance - Alla Azmukhanova, Associate Criminal Defense - Alexander Mikhailov, Associate Information Technology Law - Irina Anyukhina, Maria Ostashenko and Anton Dzhuplin, Partners and Ksenia Erokhina, Senior Associate Insolvency and Reorganization Law - Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, Sergey Petrachkov and Alexander Zharskiy, Partners Intellectual Property Law - Irina Anyukhina and Maria Ostashenko, Partners and Ilya Khodakov, Associate Investment - Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner Labor and Employment Law - Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, Irina Anyukhina, Partner, Olga Pimanova, Of Counsel, Margarita Egiazarova and Anastasia Petrova, Senior Associates Litigation - Vassily Rudomino, Senior Partner, Magomed Gasanov and Sergey Petrachkov, Partners, Boris Ostroukhov, Senior Associate, Denis Bekker, Associate Media Law - Irina Anyukhina and Maria Ostashenko, Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Law - Vassily Rudomino and Maxim Alekseyev, Senior Partners, Alexander Zharskiy and Andrey Zharskiy, Partners, Timur Akhundov, Senior Associate Privacy and Data Security Law - Irina Anyukhina, Partner Real Estate Law - Irina Anyukhina and Alexander Zharskiy, Partners and Aleksey Kalinkin, Associate Regulatory Practice - Maxim Alekseyev, Senior Partner and Dina Kravchenko, Associate Tax Law - Maxim Alekseyev, Senior Partner, Elena Novikova, Of Counsel, Sergey Artemiev, Associate Technology Law - Anton Dzhuplin, Partner Telecommunications Law - Irina Anyukhina and Maria Ostashenko, Partners Trusts and Estates - Kira Egorova, Of Counsel, Ekaterina Vasina, Senior Associate
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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