Gathering of experts across the globe who advise Russian & CIS HNWIs & UHNWIs

31 January - 1 February 2018

Zürich Marriott Hotel, Zürich

Early speaker confirmations for 2018

Michael Vlahovic graduated in Political Science at the Nottingham University and began his banking career at Hill Samuel. He moved to Switzerland in 1984 and worked at Bank von Ernst & Cie until 1990 when he became a Relationship Manager in the Private Banking Division of Nomura. 

Michael was at Credit Suisse between 1995 and 2010.  He held a number of roles including Regional Head, Northern Europe and Southern Africa Desks for Zurich and Geneva; Managing Director; Market Group Head for UK, Northern & Eastern Europe, Israel, South Africa and Russia and latterly was Market Group Head for Russia, CEE and Greece. In May 2010 he joined Coutts & Co, Ltd in Zurich as Global Head, Eastern and Central Europe, Chair/CEO of the Monaco Branch and was a Member of the Management Committee.

Michael joined EFG Bank in Zurich in July 2015 as Managing Director, Global Coordinator Russia/CIS and in July 2017 he moved to EFG Private Bank in London and was appointed Head of Private Banking.

Stefan is Chief Executive of Rothschild Trust. He advises entrepreneurs and families globally, helping them tackle strategic planning issues and address the challenges they face.
Stefan studied law at the University of Zurich (Dr.iur.) and at Cornell Law School (LL.M.). He is a member of the Swiss Bar, of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and regularly lectures on trusts and other wealth management topics.
Further to the completion of his legal studies, Stefan worked as a researcher at the University of Zurich, as a management consultant, and practiced law for over ten years, becoming a partner with Bär & Karrer, Zurich. Before joining Rothschild, Stefan created and led the wealth planning function at Goldman Sachs' Swiss bank.
He is a native German speaker, fluent in English and French.

Olga is English and Russian qualified tax and wealth planning expert with over 20 years of experience in major Anglo-Saxon law firms. At the end of 2016 Olga left her role as a partner of Withers LLP to launch her own boutique law firm “Boltenko Law” aiming to add greater value to her clients. Olga achieves this by devoting more of her own time to the select number of clients and by offering effective solutions to problems of wealthy families.

Olga’s firm  focus is on Russian, UK and international tax matters for wealthy entrepreneurs from the CIS region, with an emphasis on tax efficient cross-border financing structures and international corporate operations. In addition, Boltenko Law works with family offices providing solutions to complex tax, succession and private wealth management issues for wealthy families and entrepreneurs from Russia and CIS.

Olga is actively engaged in the wider profession.  She is a member of International Bar Association (Chair of Individual Tax and Private Client Committee, 2015- 2016), Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, International Academy of Trust and Estate Lawyers. 

She organizers and chairs a number of professional events on a regular basis and often is a guest speaker at major professional events.

Olga is named in Legal 500 Directory and in Chambers & Partners. She is listed in The Private Client Global Elite 2017 rating.

After a decade with the Trident Trust Group, Svetlana left the Group at the end of June 2016 to set up her own business, Carré Trust AG - Family Office.

Svetlana has launched Carré Trust in July 2016. Carré Trust is a multi-family office providing best-quality customized services.  Svetlana’s long professional  and successful experience in the trust- and company world, her established and trustful relationship with banks and providers enables her company Carré Trust to offer individual wealthy clients, their families and professional intermediaries qualified guidance and assistance regarding their requirements and needs, from structural challenges to personal customer solutions.

Svetlana joined the industry in 2000 bringing over 17 years of experience in the fiduciary and financial services sector. Being born in Soviet Union and then lived more than 17 years in Western countries, provides good knowledge of the two/ both sides.

Paul Stibbard joined Rothschild in 2012 as Executive Vice Chairman with primary focus on Trusts and Wealth Management. Paul was formerly Co-Chairman of the Global Wealth Management Practice and Head of Wealth Management Department, Baker McKenzie London. He graduated from Cambridge University (Natural Science and Law) and INSEAD International Business School (MBA, Dean’s List) Fontainebleau. He specialises in advising individuals extensively on cross‑border tax, trust and succession issues, advising on issues relating to succession of substantial family-owned businesses and creation of complex offshore structures for wealth preservation.  Paul lectures extensively on many of these topics.  Paul also completed an Islamic Diploma Course at the Islamic College, London in 2010.  He is an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. In May 2008 he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from CityWealth. Chambers Global and Chambers UK Directories rated Paul in the top tier as a private client adviser and Spears Wealth rated him as one of the top five Private Client Lawyers in June 2010. In September 2012, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the STEP Annual Awards. He was Chairman of the Presiding Judges of the STEP Awards 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and is a Presiding Judge again in 2017.



Jan van Bueren, LLM, TEP, is Head Wealth Planning Zurich at the Swiss private bank Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) and Co-Founder of UBP’s family office advisory service - FOSS Family Office Services Switzerland (FOSS).

Jan holds a Master’s degree in Tax Law (1997). He worked, among others, as a tax advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers with a focus on large family-owned companies and their owners, and as a senior legal counsel with the financial supervisory authority in the Netherlands. He joined ABN AMRO Bank (Switzerland) AG in 2006, which was acquired by UBP in 2011.

Jan van Bueren deals, on a daily basis, with complex international wealth planning issues for internationally oriented affluent families, tax efficient corporate structures, universal life insurance, international relocation schemes and (wealth protection) structures such as trusts and family foundations. He has been a full member of STEP since 2010.

Through FOSS Jan assists families with the establishment of a single-family office or alternatively supports them with the selection of a multi-family office in Switzerland or abroad. FOSS also regularly supports affluent families with relocation to fiscally (more) attractive jurisdictions.

Vassily Rudomino is a co-founder of ALRUD Law Firm, Head of the firm’s Competition/Antitrust and Dispute Resolution practice areas.

He is an advocate, member of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Legal Practice Division Council, member of the Moscow Chamber of Advocates, Arbitrator of the Association of European Businesses Arbitration court, and member of the Commission on Ethics and Standards of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation, former member of the Council of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation. Vassily Rudomino holds the position of the Chairman of the Board Committee of the Non-Commercial Partnership “Competition Support Association in the CIS Countries”. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of All-Russia State Library of Foreign Literature named after M. Rudomino.

Vassily Rudomino is an expert with profound experience in supporting global international and major national M&A transactions. He is recognized as the foremost legal practitioner in the field of antitrust regulation, dispute resolution and business restructuring and insolvency.

Vassily Rudomino takes active participation in preparation of the latest amendments to the Competition Law within the framework of the Non-Commercial Partnership “Competition Support Association” activity in Russia.

He was granted with Certificates of Honor of the Federal Antimonopoly Service for active participation in modernization of the antimonopoly legislation and development of competition policy, as well as for substantial personal contribution in implementation of the state policy regarding competition regulation and fruitful collaboration with antimonopoly authorities. He was also awarded with Certificate of Honor of the Interstate Council for substantial personal contribution in development of cooperation among CIS countries with regard to competition policy.

In 2015 Vassily Rudomino was awarded the medal «For Merit to the Fatherland»  II class for his merit in the formation of effective practice of the competition law enforcement and active participation in the antitrust lawmaking.

Vassily Rudomino participates in professional conferences and workshops in Russia and abroad. He is the author of articles on topical issues in corporate/M&A law, antitrust regulation and investing which are published by the leading Russian and foreign media.

Denis Arkhipov, PhD, specialises in IP litigation, corporate and contract law, antitrust law, protection of titles to real estate and sole rights, securities and insurance-related disputes. He is also experienced in energy supply, landline and mobile communications. Denis has expertise and significant experience in representing individuals within the settlement of family disputes, including litigation, divorce and division of marital property.          


Prior to joining Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, Denis worked with the government of the Kemerovo Region and a Moscow-based law firm where he represented major federal landline and mobile operators in various disputes, including those related to titles to real estate, corporate and antitrust law, bankruptcy proceedings of a number of coal mining and automotive companies.


Denis graduated cum laude from the Law School of Kemerovo State University in 2000. He obtained a Master’s degree in Private Law cum laude from the Russian School of Private Law in 2004. In 2011 he earned a PhD degree at the Law Department of the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Denis was admitted to the Moscow Bar Association in 2002.

Victoria Burkovskaya provides legal advice on issues of corruption and financial crimes, including unlawful business practices, money laundering, smuggling, tax evasion and fraud, as well as crimes against government services and state and municipal authorities.


She has extensive experience in representing both Russian and foreign clients in legal proceedings at various stages: from opening a criminal case to court hearing, including investigative actions; examination of transactions for possible penal risks; preparing recommendations and conducting staff training in a case of an unexpected raid on a company. Victoria can also provide support in conducting internal investigation of reported abuse by the company’s employees.


Victoria is a member of Criminal Law and Arbitration Board of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris) and Expert Board of the Human Rights among others. She also acts as Co-Chair of the Business against Corruption public centre (under the auspices of the Delovaya Rossiya chamber). In addition to her legal practice, Victoria is involved in drafting amendments and supplements to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, other Russian regulations (including Criminal Procedure Code), legal opinions on cases reviewed by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. She also prepares documents for the Supreme Court.


Victoria graduated from Moscow State Law Academy. She also completed graduate studies at the Research Centre of Enhancement of Rule of Law and Public Order of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation. In 2000 Victoria received Ph.D. degree in criminal law, and in 2006 she was awarded Doctor of Laws degree at Management Academy of the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry. Victoria is a member of the Moscow Bar Association.

Dr. Johannes Gasser is managing partner of GASSER PARTNER Rechtsanwälte, formerly Batliner Gasser, one of the leading law firms in Liechtenstein and a Chambers Global top tier firm, which was established in 1954. Dr Gasser is ranked by Chambers Global as a “leading individual” in Liech-tenstein. He is admitted to the Liechtenstein and Austrian Bar and specializes in challenging and defending Liechtenstein foundations and trusts in international and cross border litigation and ar-bitration. In recent cases, he has handled complex litigation on trust matters involving trustee re-movals and liabilities. Dr. Gasser is a frequent speaker at the Liechtenstein University on foundation and trust law issues, legal expert witness in UK and other courts on Liechtenstein law, a member of the Judiciary Selection Panel by appointment of H.H. the Prince of Liechtenstein, a member (Trust Estate Practitioner) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), chair-man of the Liechtenstein Arbitration Association ( and member of the board of the Liechtenstein Trustees Association ( In 2017, the American Lawyer and Legal Week have awarded Johannes as member of the Private Client Global 2017.

Roderick Balfour TEP, Co-Founder, Director and Head of Business Development, has been involved in the international trust and estate planning industry for over 20 years. With an investment and landed estate background, he has worked with families and advisers globally, in particular in the Americas. He is based in the London representative office. Citywealth Trustee of the Year 2009.

Damian Evans joined Walkers' Jersey office in December 2014 where he is an Advocate and partner in the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Trust Disputes Groups.

Damian specialises in commercial litigation including insolvency, contractual disputes, fraud, regulatory and trust disputes.

Damian is head of the Trust Disputes group, advises trustees, beneficiaries and protectors on all matters of Jersey trust law and appears before the Royal Court and Court of Appeal of Jersey on a regular basis.

After his admission to the Bar of England & Wales in 2000, Damian completed pupillage at 3 Pump Court, London.

Prior to joining Walkers, Damian practiced for 12 years within the litigation and international trust and private client practice groups at Mourant Ozannes, Jersey.

2017 - Legal 500 - (Dispute Resolution), Leading Individual - Jersey

"Damian Evans ‘always has an excellent grasp of the facts, and has an amazing ability to know precisely where everything is in voluminous bundles’."

2017 Legal 500 - (Private Client, Trusts and Tax) – Recommended Lawyer - Jersey

2017 CityWealth Leaders List

2017 - Chambers UK Guide:

"Damian is a 'superb litigator who provides clear, practical advice'."

2016 Who's Who Legal - Private Client

2016 - Legal 500 - (Dispute Resolution), Leading Individual - Jersey. Damian is "fantastic" and an "extremely hardworking, razor sharp in his analysis of every case, and a real team player"

2016 - Legal 500 - (Private Client, Trusts and Tax), Recommended Lawyer - Jersey. Damian is "very impressive"

2016 - Citywealth, Listed as a Prominent Figure for Contentious Trusts: "Damian is one of the rising stars amongst Jersey litigators. In court he is well-prepared and demonstrates an unerring ability to locate relevant documents within increasingly voluminous documentation with ease. He never loses sight of the importance of pragmatism in litigation and is well-liked by clients."

2016 - Chambers Global Guide, "Damian Evans heads the trust disputes group and has expertise that stretches across both contentious and non-contentious trust work. Sources say: 'He is diligent and looks at the bigger picture'."

2015 Who's Who Legal - Private Client

2015 - Citywealth, Listed as a Prominent Figure for Contentious Trusts​

2014 - Citywealth, Listed as a Prominent Figure for Contentious Trusts

2014 - Legal 500, Damian is recommended as "knowledgeable" for Dispute Resolution

2014 - Legal 500, Damian Evans is highlighted for his "outstanding quality of work" within the private client and trust field

2013 - Citywealth, Top 20 Jersey Future Leaders list - "his advice is pragmatic and timely... he has a strong grasp of the commercialities of cases, as well as an in depth knowledge of the law."

2013 - Citywealth, Listed as a Prominent Figure for Contentious Trusts

2009 - Private Client Practitioner magazine, Named in the Top 35 private client practitioners under the age of 35