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

30 - 31 January 2019

Zürich Marriott Hotel, Zürich

First speaker confirmations for 2019 include

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.

Evgenia is Senior Associate in Boltenko Law qualified in Russian law with more than 15 years experience in tax consulting. She is working for Boltenko Law since September 2017 with focus on Russian and international tax consulting, coordination of international wealth planning and corporate projects.
In 2012 – 2017 Evgenia worked as Senior Tax expert for Withers LLP in its Zurich office with focus on international tax and wealth planning for private clients.
In 2006 – 2011 she was a part of tax consulting team in Deloitte in Moscow and Zurich with focus on corporate Russian and international tax planning. Being in Zurich Evgenia was responsible for development of Russia and CIS Desk in Deloitte Switzerland and coordination of international projects.
In 2004 – 2006 Evgenia worked as inhouse tax specialist in TNK-BP Management.
In 2001 – 2004 she was a part of tax consulting team in Arthur Andersen International B.V./ Ernst & Young (CIS) Limited.

 

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.

Charlie is a Director of Stonehage Fleming and responsible for the implementation of the US FATCA, UK FATCA and OECD CRS regimes, across the Group.

Charlie joined the Group in 2006 and was based in our London office before moving to Switzerland in 2009. Prior to this he worked at the UK Financial Services Authority for five years where he was responsible for the supervision of Corporate Finance and small Asset Management firms. Before this he worked for the NatWest Group, where he initially started his career and for the last ten years he was responsible for the oversight of the offshore centres for the Coutts Group. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Maria is Executive Chairman of Stonehage Fleming Art Management, serving a client base that includes individuals, family offices, foundations and trusts and estates.

Maria joined the group in 2017 from OmniArte, a Zurich based art management and advisory business which she founded in 2005. Maria is also a Trustee of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and of the Estorick Collection and serves as a member of the board of Advisers of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. Prior to establishing OmniArte, Maria was gallery Director of the Villa Favorita in Lugano (Thyssen-Bornemisza collection), has organised exhibitions for the Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt and taught museum management at the University of Genoa.

Education:

  • Primary School, Vaduz/LI , 1973-1978
  • Secondary School Liechtensteinisches Gymnasium, Vaduz, 1978-1986
  • St. Gallen University, 1986-1992, lic. iur. (1992), Dr. iur. (1996)
  • Cornell University, Ithaca (NY), 1994-1995, LL.M. (1995)
  • Admitted to the Liechtenstein Bar, 1999

Professional Activities:

  • Associate, Marxer & Partner, Attorneys-at-Law, 1996-1999
  • Partner, Marxer & Partner, Vaduz, 1999-2010
  • Of Counsel, Marxer & Partner, Vaduz, since 2011
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Confida Trust and Auditing Ltd., Vaduz, 1999-2015
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Centrum Bank AG, Vaduz, 2000-2011
  • President of the Board of Directors, Continor Fiduciary Establishment, Vaduz, since 2011
  • Member of the Board, Liecht. Institute of Professional Trustees and Fiduciaries, 2000-2003
  • President of the Board, Liecht. Institute of Professional Trustees and Fiduciaries, 2003-2009

Azmina is a senior associate in the Art and Cultural Property Law Group of Constantine Cannon LLP and concentrates her practice on all aspects of art law. She is dual qualified to practice law in New York and England & Wales, and has significant experience working with international collectors, large and small galleries, auction houses, professional advisers, dealers and financial institutions on contentious and non-contentious matters.

In 2018, Legal 500 ranked Azmina as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in the area of Art and Cultural Property Law, describing her as being “meticulous”, “client-oriented” and “well versed in both UK and US laws”. Also in 2018, Chambers and Partners ranked her as an “Associate to Watch” in the area of Art and Cultural Property Law, describing her as someone who “goes above her duty to make sure that the client is happy and understands all angles of the topic at hand” and who is “enthusias[tic]” about “being a lawyer and the field she works in”.

Azmina advises clients on the sale and purchase of important works of art bought and sold privately or at auction, on consigning works to auction houses and galleries, on using art as collateral for loans, on loaning artworks to museums or special exhibitions, on copyright and other intellectual property rights, and on operating an e-commerce business, particularly online-only auctions. In addition to her transactional experience, she has substantial litigation experience in the area of copyright infringement, authenticity, title disputes, consignment disputes, general contract and complex commercial disputes, including fraud and World War II restitution.

Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, Azmina spent four years as an associate in the New York office of Withers Bergman LLP, where her primary focus was art litigation. While at Withers, Azmina successfully litigated a seminal case in the area of copyright infringement and the fair use defense in the United States, Cariou-v-Prince, Gagosian Gallery and Gagosian. She also spent two years as an associate in the New York Office of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where she advocated on behalf of corporate and hedge fund clients on matters relating to securities fraud and contractual disputes.

Azmina received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Queens College, City University of New York.

Known as The Family Wealth Mentor, Diana is committed
to helping her clients manage their wealth in emotionally
intelligent ways. She has always been a trailblazer. Not
only was she the first woman hired into management as a
member of the strategic planning team at Redland PLC, a
major British company, but also she subsequently became
the fundraiser for an educational project in Bosnia during the
war, and then the team director launching schools of servant
leadership in the United States. In these settings and others,
Diana has reflected on the impact of money on her own life and become a trusted
confidant to others as they address the challenges and opportunities they and their
families face when owning, spending, and allocating their wealth wisely.
For the last fourteen years, Diana has managed a private client practice working
closely with individuals and families of significant wealth. She is passionate in
helping her clients to understand the impact of their resources on their lives and
relationships, communicate effectively about their wealth, manage challenging
situations such as preparation for a prenuptial agreement or a leadership transition,
develop their capacities as family and business leaders, plan for the legacies they
leave, and prepare for and enjoy their roles as both philanthropists and social
leaders. She brings to light underlying values, beliefs, and aspirations, and empowers
individuals around life-defining money decisions. Grounded in her extensive
strategic planning experience, non-profit leadership roles, and volunteer experience,
Diana understands the needs of both donors and recipient organizations, and is
well positioned to advise in the philanthropic domain. As her clients clarify their
objectives and intent, they clear the path to fulfilling wealth ownership.
A third generation member of a UK business family, Diana was educated at Edinburgh
University and The Wharton School. In the late eighties, Diana moved to the United
States where she directed three charitable organizations before founding The
Chambers Group, LLC in 2002. Today, she continues her work through The Chambers
Group Sàrl in Switzerland, where she now resides.
Diana’s success has been hard earned through decades of personal experience,
education and training. She guides her clients gracefully through their challenging
decisions and is known for her extraordinary results.
Diana recently distilled the experience and wisdom she has gained over the years in
her book True Wealth: Letters on Money Life, and Love.

Marc Weber is a Zurich based attorney and has been studying at the Universities of Zürich, Stanford and Berkeley where he received his LL.M. degree in 2005.

As a doctorate candidate he was a sub-member of the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World War (the so-called „Bergier-Commission“) and was contributing on an expertise on looting art (1999). His prize-winning dissertation on the inalienablity of cultural property in the national and international commerce (2001) is considered as an important part of private art law as an independent field of law.

As an expert in art law he is counselling private collectors, auction houses, museums, foundations, banks and insu-rance companies.

Marc Weber is involved in international restitution cases on Nazi looted art, among others, in the dispute on the Beethoven Frieze in Austria.

Besides his work as a lawyer and partner in a law firm in Zurich he teaches art law at the Universities of Zürich and Vienna and is a visiting professor at the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki.

He regularly contributes in conferences in Switzerland and abroad and published more than 30 scientific articles in art law, international private law, law of succession and civil procedure law.

Filippo is a Partner in Mishcon Private. A dual qualified English solicitor and Swiss lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) he advises clients on international tax and estate planning issues. Able to approach both common law and civil law issues from a practical perspective, he routinely advises on the establishment and restructuring of both trusts and foundations as well as on UK and international tax and succession planning issues, including family governance and disputes. Filippo has also advised a number of governments on the introduction of private foundations' laws and successfully lobbied the Swiss government on the recognition of trusts in 2007 (various amendments to ratification bill).

More recently, he appeared as an expert before the Council of Europe and the EU data protection authorities in connection with the introduction of the OECD's Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and the EU's Beneficial Ownership Registers.

Filippo is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.

Kira Egorova advises private clients, families with dynastic wealth, family offices as well as their counsels. Her clients also include corporate executives, business owners (and former business owners who have experienced a liquidity event), professionals, fund managers, private foundations and others. She counsels clients in connection with the significant number of projects involving purchase of luxury items and other property.

Kira has extensive experience in advising the high net worth Russian individuals on development of ownership and succession structure for diversified private and business assets, located in different jurisdictions. Kira leads projects of negotiations and conclusion of shareholder agreements and associated matters; supports the firm’s M&A projects in respect of the completion procedure and administration of the deals. She has also gained substantive experience in Financial and accounting consulting and participates in the development of the financial business schemes.

Kira is a regular contributor of articles publications and a frequent lecturer at conferences and seminars on current legal issues within her areas of practice.

Kira Egorova is a member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the International Bar Association (the IBA).

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.

Brian L. Zimbler advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate and financial matters. He has more than 25 years' experience with international transactions, having practiced in London and Moscow, and is dual qualified as both a US attorney and a solicitor in England and Wales. Brian represents clients in a wide range of industries including technology, media and entertainment, energy, and life sciences.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Brian was a partner in the corporate practice of another international law firm. He is fluent in French and Russian, and conversant in Portuguese.

Selected Representations:

  • Representing a leading Russian online advertising firm in obtaining equity financing from an investment fund.
  • Acting for a private seller of shares in Russia’s largest social network.
  • Advising a US financial institution on the sale of its Russian bank in an auction process.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a substantial stake in an independent oil and gas company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advising an international television network on arrangements to cover the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
  • Advising a public company on acquisitions of high-profile commercial property in Moscow.
  • Advising a Swiss-listed investment fund on the sale of a majority stake in two prominent commercial properties in Moscow.
  • Advising a global satellite company on the establishment of new broadband and Ka-band telecommunications services in Russia, and the sale of a Russian subsidiary providing fixed satellite services.
  • Advising a consortium of investors on the $625 million purchase of a 26% stake in OJSC Enel OGK-5, a leading Russian power producer.
  • Advising one of the world's largest companies on a joint venture with Inter RAO and Russian Technologies to manufacture gas turbines in Russia.
  • Advising one of the world's largest companies on a joint venture with Russian Technologies to manufacture sophisticated healthcare equipment in Russia.
  • Acting for a leading Japanese manufacturer of construction and mining equipment in establishing a greenfield production facility in Tver, Russia, and obtaining related financing.
  • Advising one of France's largest companies on a strategic joint venture with Transmashholding, Russia's largest producer of locomotives and rail cars, and JSC Russian Railways, the national railway company.
  • Advising the world's largest canmaker on its acquisition of two Russian companies that manufacture aluminum cans.
  • Advising private equity funds on their investment in a leading Russian online shopping club.
  • Advising one of China's leading companies on its acquisition of a 50% stake in JSC
    Mangistaumunaigas, a major oil producer in Kazakhstan, through a joint venture with KazMunaiGas.
  • Advising one of China's leading companies on its $4 billion acquisition of PetroKazakhstan, a Canadianlisted company and prominent oil and gas producer in Kazakhstan.
  • Acting for a leading international automotive parts supplier in establishing a manufacturing joint venture Russia with steel major Severstal.
  • Advising a number of international media companies on various issues relating to the distribution of films, television programs and related merchandise in Russia, including antipiracy and regulatory matters.
  • Advising one of the world's leading software companies on a trademark infringement dispute with Russian software vendors, resulting in termination of the infringement.
  • Advising international pharmaceutical companies on their business in Russia, including commercial and regulatory matters.

Philippe is Head of our Fiduciary Division in Neuchâtel and the Group’s Fiduciary services in Switzerland.

He joined the Group in 2007 after working for several years as an Attorney at law in Berne and Geneva specialising in corporate and commercial law. Philippe graduated from the University of Zurich in 1996 with a Law degree (Lic.iur.). He qualified as an Attorney at law and was admitted to the Bar of the Canton of Berne in 1999. Philippe also obtained a Post Graduate diploma in Law from the University of Geneva in 2004. Philippe is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a member of the Committee of the Swiss Association of Trust Companies (SATC).