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

29 - 30 January 2020

Zürich Marriott Hotel, Zürich

Speaker confirmations for 2019 include

Patrick O'Hagan specializes in trust and fiduciary matters at UBS in Zurich. He has practiced law in the UK, Bermuda and Switzerland and held lectureships in the UK and the West Indies.

Tim Parkinson has been advising HNW and UHNW clients of Credit Suisse Private Bank on matters relating to Wealth and Inheritance Planning since 2008. Over the last decade Tim has worked with clients, their families, family offices and close advisors to define, implement and maintain solutions that meet specific and highly varied needs. This work has brought him in to contact with personal and corporate clients from North America through Russia, Africa and the Middle East to Central and South East Asia. Aside from Family and Charitable Trusts Tim has also advised on establishing and maintaining Private Trust Companies, Guernsey and Liechtenstein Foundations as well as the establishment of Family Offices and the drafting of family governance rules. Prior to Credit Suisse Trust Tim worked for Cititrust based in Zurich administering a portfolio of trust and foundation structures for HNW and UHNW Mexican and Venezuelan families.


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.

Christian Gattiker-Ericsson, CFA, CAIA, is Chief Strategist & Head of Research at Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. Previously, he held positions at other Swiss banks including global equity strategist, equity analyst and economic editor. Mr. Gattiker-Ericsson's research has included the analysis of global industrial sectors, equity strategy, and investment decisions across asset classes. He is a leading economic commentator for Julius Baer in the media, known for his contributions on CNBC and Bloomberg as well as to newspapers such as the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Berne.

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 Global Head Family Office Advisory at the Swiss private bank Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) and Co-Founder of UBP’s FOSS Family Office Advisory unit. He assists families from all over the world with the establishment of their own single-family office or alternatively supports them with the selection of a multi-family office in Switzerland or abroad.
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 has extensive experience with complex international family office and 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 also regularly supports affluent families with relocation to fiscally (more) attractive jurisdictions. Jan has been a member of STEP since 2010.

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.

Vadim joined ZEDRA in 2018 as Managing Director of the Zurich office. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a director for a well known corporate service provider in Zurich and was responsible for business development and a portfolio of international clients. Vadim has also worked as a corporate tax adviser for Deloitte in Zurich and KPMG in Frankfurt am Main.

He is both a German and Ukrainian national and is fluent in German, Russian, English and Ukrainian. Vadim has a LLM degree in Swiss Tax Law and MAS in Global Management.

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.

Steven is a partner in the trust and succession disputes team.

He specialises in the resolution of disputes relating to the formation or administration of trusts and estates in a UK and international context. Recent cases have included disputes relating to trusts and estates in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cayman Islands and Bermuda. He also advises on charity law matters, including dispute resolution where UK charities are involved.

Steven has been described by Chambers Global as ‘a ‘leading figure’ and ‘esteemed litigator’. In 2017 and 2018 Steven was nominated in Legal Weeks Private Client Global Elite of international advisers. In 2011, Steven was included in The Lawyer magazine’s annual ‘Hot 100’ list of lawyers ‘who have consistently demonstrated nimbleness and innovation over the last 12 months’.

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.


  • 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

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).

Gerd is a partner at Tiberghien.

His tax practice covers professional and private estate taxation of the Belgian entrepreneur and HNWI, international corporate and private tax planning, death duties and estate planning and tax inspired migration from and into Belgium. He focuses amongst others on benefits & compensations, in particular with respect to 'tailor made' profit sharing schemes and stock option plans, both for Belgian and foreign corporations doing business in Belgium.

He also developed a special interest in tax issues relevant to Anglo-Saxon trusts, foundations and settlements and voluntary disclosure proceedings, anti-money laundering legislation and regulations especially in a world where banking secrecy is shrinking.

Gerd is a regular speaker on (inter)national seminars and author of various articles on tax issues in leading journals such as “Tijdschrift voor Fiscaal Recht”, “Fiscale Actualiteit”, "Vermogensplanning in de Praktijk" and "Journal of International Tax, Trust and Corporate Planning".

He is a member of the anti-money Laundering Action Group. He is former President & Vice President of the Tax Commission of AIJA (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats), where he is now a honorary member.

Gerd is mentioned as 'notable professional' in the Chambers HNW Band 1 2017 rankings.
Gerd is mentioned one of the world's leading professionals in the field of private client related work by the Who's Who Legal 2017.

Julie’s specialisms include Residential Property, Corporate Services, Strategic Change and UK Resident Non-Domiciles.

She is a qualified accountant with over 16 years’ experience driving strategic growth through planned change and programme management for leading financial services organisations.

She has held a number of Executive Director positions for leading international finance companies. In 2009, she was invited to set up and lead a UK-wide Transformation Programme across the operations of one of the largest banks in the world. Four years later, Julie joined Barclays Wealth as Deputy Managing Director with responsibility for a global portfolio of HNW clients and a mandate for business strategy and operational design.

Julie has a BA (Hons) in International Business, a Diploma in Company Direction (MIoD) and is a Fellow of the ACCA. She is currently a Non Executive Director for The Jersey Employment Forum and Jersey Citizens Advice Bureau.

Matthias holds a PhD in Management and Economics from the University of Zurich. He is responsible for new business units at the division of Business and Economic Development of the Canton of Zurich. Previous to his currents position, Matthias was working in business development of the ETH spin-off company Biognosys AG in the field of proteomics.

Daniel Leu advises private clients and family offices on wealth and succession planning, on the handling of estates, in connection with foundations and trusts and on questions in connection with the place of residence. Other areas of work include advising clients who buy or sell real estate in Switzerland and art law.

Daniel Leu is a Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law and publishes regulary in the field of inheritance law. He has published extensively and frequently lectures on trust and estate matters in Switzerland and abroad (see also

Daniel Leu is recommended by Chambers, listed as a "Rising Star" in the Trusts and Estates category by Euromoney Legal Media Group (Expertguides, LMG Rising Stars 2016). Citywealth 2017 lists him as Leading Lawyer.

In addition to his practice, Daniel Leu is a lecturer at the University of Muenster, Germany (Master of Law in Inheritance Law & Corporate Succession). He lectures and publishes regularly on his areas of practice.

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.

Ambassador James B. Warlick works with international companies, focuses on development of strategic client relationships, and provides guidance on legislation and public policy.

Ambassador Warlick is one of the most respected senior diplomats, with decades of experience as a special envoy, negotiator, policy advisor, program manager, and educator. He has worked extensively with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other CIS countries, and has experience in emerging markets around the world.

Ambassador Warlick has worked for the U.S. Government for more than 30 years. His senior assignments included: Special Envoy and the U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group (2013 - 2016); Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the office of the Secretary of State; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Bulgaria; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, with responsibility for all aspects of U.S. foreign policy at the United Nations and a number of other multilateral organizations; Director of the Office of European Security and Political Affairs, responsible for political-military and security issues for Europe and the former Soviet Union, including NATO, OSCE, and related arms control and nonproliferation policy issues; Director of the United Nations Political Affairs in International Organizations; Principal Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador in Iraq, and Consul General in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Ambassador Warlick’s other foreign service assignments included Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the European Affairs Bureau; Acting Minister-Counselor/ Deputy Counselor for Political Affairs in the U.S. Embassy in Germany; Special Assistant to the Secretary of State; Operations Center Watch Officer in Philippines; and Political Officer in Bangladesh.

Ambassador Warlick graduated from Stanford University (1977), holds a Master of Letters in Politics from Wadham College (1979), Oxford University, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (1980) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Masters Graduate in Business Administration at the University of Bologna (Italy). After a period of training in England in 1994, he attained the State Degree in Professional Accountancy and Business Law Advisor (“Dottore Commercialista”). He is an equity partner in the Firm. He deals with corporate, tax and estate reorganisations, principally with regard to extraordinary finance operations and family business issues. He is Professor at SDA BOCCONI on the Executive Master’s Degree programme in Corporate Banking and Finance, in addition to publishing numerous articles in the specialist press, within Italy and abroad. 

Judith is a partner in the private client and tax team.

She focuses on tax, trust and estate planning work for individuals and trustees. In addition to a full range of UK work, Judith is frequently involved in projects requiring consideration of international tax and succession issues. After working in the firm’s London office for 18 years, she spent 6 in the firm’s Swiss offices, but is now back in London again.

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).

Roi is Managing Director of the Swiss offices of Sqope S.A based in Geneva and responsible for Switzerland, Monaco and Liechtenstein.

Roi joined the Group in 2014 and provides due-diligence services for leading Swiss banks, external wealth managers and family offices as part of KYC process. He works together with senior managements and compliance officers on sensitive cases and as part of large projects.

Before joining Sqope, Roi worked several years as an Israeli attorney in prestigious law firms in Tel-Aviv for large corporate clients and later as senior consultant in the Risk & Advisory department of Ernst & Young, advising international financial companies on different regulatory topics and monitoring process.

Roi holds LL.B (Law), B.A in Business Administration and Executive MBA from The University of Geneva (with distinction).

Robert Amsterdam is an international lawyer with 35 years experience working on high-profile cases in emerging markets. His law firm Amsterdam & Partners LLP, with offices in London and Washington DC, is frequently sought after for its unique practice areas which explore synergies between public international law, international criminal law, and political advocacy.

Amsterdam has been retained by multinational mining and energy corporations on issues pertaining to resource nationalism and expropriation, while also representing sovereigns in disputes with foreign investors. His unique blend of political advocacy and international law has led to his retention by several world leaders, such as the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, among other high profile figures.

With significant experience on the ground in emerging economies across Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, Amsterdam has successively settled disputes for major corporations such as PWC and the Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts Group, while also advising companies on opening new markets and managing political risk.

The law firm is well known for its pro bono practice in human rights, including the defense of the award-winning democracy activist Dr. Chee Soon Juan of Singapore, Ilya Ponomarev, an exiled Russian State Duma Deputy, and the journalist Stephan Templ, who recently became the first Jewish political prisoner of Austria. The firm has also represented Georges Tadonki, a United Nations employee who survived a campaign of intimidation by officials in Zimbabwe – a case which resulted in Amsterdam & Partners LLP being awarded the 2013 Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year Award from American Lawyer.

Amsterdam has also represented high profile political prisoners, such as the former head of the Yukos oil company in Russia, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was successfully released into freedom.

As a prolific columnist and blogger, Amsterdam’s writings have been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Fordham International Law Journal, among other publications. Amsterdam has made several television appearances on networks such as CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, and Fox News. A profile feature of Amsterdam was published in the magazine American Lawyer in February 2012.

Amsterdam is a member of the Canadian and International Bar Associations, and is licensed as a solicitor in the United Kingdom. He earned his BA from Carleton University in Ottawa, and studied law at Queen’s University in Ontario (LLB).

Ekaterina Mavrenkova is a Managing Partner of Henley & Partners, Switzerland. Before joining Henley & Partners she had a successful career at Asea Brown Boveri — a leading international group of companies specialized in power and automation technologies and at Landis & Gyr. As a Managing Partner of Henley & Partners Switzerland, Ekaterina is responsible for all company's operations. She also performs business development functions for Russia and other CIS countries, including solutions research for customers who want to take residence in Europe, and advises clients on international citizenship.

Sergey has considerable experience in advising corporate clients on a wide range of Russian and international tax issues, in particular, in the field of tax structuring of transactions and investments, taxation of financial instruments and derivatives. Sergey successfully represents clients in tax disputes. He also has a wealth of experience in advising private clients on deoffshorization and amnesty of capital.

Before joining the Firm, Sergey Kalinin was a Tax Partner at Liniya Prava, he also he also worked at Russian law firm, international law firm and at one of Big Four accounting firms.

His experience highlights include:

Advising Bank Saint Petersburg, the largest privately-owned universal bank in North-West Russia, in the transaction involved the sale of the bank's portfolio of mortgage loans to a special purpose vehicle (a mortgage agent) and the subsequent issue of bonds backed by mortgage collateral comprising prime mortgages. Matter value: RUB 3.7bn.
Advising one of the largest airlines in Russia on tax issues related to their new bonus program.
Advising VTB Capital on tax consequences and risks related to a REPO transaction; advising on tax consequences and risks associated with the issue of ruble bonds with a variable coupon tied to inflation index, and transactions of interest-bearing promissory notes.
Drafting the securities prospectus description of taxation of income paid to resident and non-resident holders of the bonds for VTB Capital Finance.
Advising Vnesheconombank on the investment tax consequences with regards to the investment partnership agreement and the contract of trust management.
Advising Rusnano on various issues related to the floating and business of the investment partnership – a legislative instrument for Russian pooled investment.
Advising a Russian venture company on tax and other issues related to the analysis of the incentive mechanisms of the direct and venture investment, as well as drafting relevant amendments to the current tax legislation.
Sergey’s experience in representing clients in tax disputes includes:

Representing Shell Oil in an arbitration with the tax authorities on the legal recognition of consulting services expenses rendered within the group.
Representing a client in a dispute with the tax authorities on reasonable costs for the payment of the external loan interest used for the intra-group financing.
Representing one of the largest international oil and gas companies in an arbitration with the tax authorities on costs arrived at by the PSA operator in the calculation of income tax, as well as other contentious PSA application issues.
Successfully representing ANO "Center of arbitration proceedings" in a dispute with the tax authorities on VAT exemption of the arbitration fee.
Sergey graduated from the law faculty of The State University of Land Use Planning. He holds a Ph.D. (Graduate School of the financial faculty at Kutafin Moscow State Law University) and an LL.M. in international taxation (Vienna University of Economics and Business).

He is a permanent member of the Russian branch of the International Fiscal Association (ROS-IFA) and the Moscow Bar Association.

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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.

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.

Walter H. Boss' practice focuses mainly on domestic and international tax law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate law and commercial law. He also advises private clients and represents his clients in tax-related litigations.

Admitted to the Swiss Bar since 1980.

Professional career
Poledna Boss Kurer Attorneys at law, Partner (2008-2015)
Blum Attorneys at law, Partner (2001-2007)
Pestalozzi Attorneys at law, Partner (1991-2001)
Ernst & Young, New York, International Services Office, Partner (1988-1991)
Ernst & Young, Zürich, Tax Department (1986-1987)
Attorney at law in Lugano (1984-1986)
Federal Tax Administration, International Law Department, Legal Counsel; Swiss Delegate at the OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs in Paris (1980-1984)

Hans joined AKD as a partner in March 2018. He is part of the tax practice group, which consists of some 30 lawyers and tax advisers. Before joining AKD, Hans was a partner at Loyens & Loeff and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and at a boutique firm. He worked in Germany for several years.

Hans Galavazi is a highly experienced lawyer and tax consultant, who focuses on national and international tax law. Hans advises national and multinational companies on mergers and acquisitions and on structuring and restructuring investments, and helps clients solve complex corporate tax issues. In addition, he provides strategic tax advice to companies and entrepreneurs on issues with a tax component.

Hans was educated at the University of Utrecht (notarial law) and Amsterdam University (tax law). He is a member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers (Nederlandse Orde van Belastingadviseurs, NOB), the Netherlands Bar Association (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten, NOvA), the Tax Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), and the International Fiscal Association (IFA).

Boris Bruk is of counsel in Dentons’ Moscow office. He specializes in general corporate and international tax law and has considerable experience in advising on tax aspects of corporate restructurings.

In particular, Boris advises clients on tax structuring in connection with financing joint ventures in Russia, cross border transactions, and inbound and outbound investments. His work has involved the development of tax-efficient personal and corporate holding structures and the structuring of financing and IP holding activities, as well as counselling with regard to the mitigation of identified tax exposures. Boris' background also includes IPO-related tax consulting services.


  • An international oil & gas industry group: Advising on  corporate reorganisation of its Russian operations.
  • International hotel management groups, as well as the hotel owners: Advising on various tax issues arising from hotel operations and management in Russia.
  • A pharmaceutical company: Reviewing and restructuring the domestic supply structure.
  • Russian shipping company: Advising on tax structuring.
  • International R&D, consumer goods and hospitality industry companies: Advising on ensuring tax compliance and obtaining tax refunds.
  • Russian construction group: Advising tax structuring of its operations in the EU.


  • Chambers Europe 2017: leading tax expert in Russia; "He's very strong in international taxation." "His advice is amazing."
  • Best Lawyers 2017: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Tax Controversy Leaders 2017: leading tax litigator in Russia
  • Indirect Tax Leaders 2017: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Chambers Europe 2016: leading tax expert in Russia; “Very well-known tax specialist”
  • Tax Controversy Leaders 2016: leading tax litigator in Russia
  • Indirect Tax Leaders 2016: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Best Lawyers 2016: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Chambers Global and Europe 2015: leading tax expert in Russia; “He is a visible figure on the market, frequently contributing to industry events.”
  • The Legal 500 2015: recommended international tax law expert in Russia
  • Tax Directors Handbook 2015: recommended tax expert in Russia
  • Best Lawyers 2015: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Indirect Tax Leaders 2015: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Chambers Global and Europe 2014: leading tax expert in Russia; “Clients appreciate Boris Bruk's ‘exact and effective advice’ and describe him as an ‘intelligent lawyer’.”
  • The Legal 500 2014: recommended tax expert in Russia; “Boris Bruk combines ‘a deep theoretical knowledge of the law’ with strong expertise in corporate restructurings.”
  • Tax Directors Handbook 2014: recommended tax expert in Russia
  • Best Lawyers 2014: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Chambers Global 2013: leading tax expert in Russia; “Boris Bruk is noted for his knowledge of international tax law, particularly in respect of double tax treaties. Clients appreciate his understanding of their needs, as well as his enthusiasm and creativity.”
  • The Legal 500 2013: recommended tax expert in Russia; “Competent, fast and accurate.”
  • World Tax 2013: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Best Lawyers 2013: leading tax expert in Russia

Philip van Hilten (1952), tax attorney at law, is a member of the Finance and Structuring practice group. He specialises in corporate law and tax law with a focus on ongoing international clients and cross-border operational, asset, acquisition and finance transactions. Philip advises international clients since 1976 on tax and legal efficient structures, whereby also asset protection and governance play vital roles. He has worked in many foreign places such as Paris, Luxemburg and Dubai.

He is former chairman of the Tax Committee of the International Bar Association and member of the Council of the International Bar Association and member of American Bar Association with particular focus on international taxation, bilateral investment treaties, corporate law and international wealth management+estate planning .

He is board member of various Associations and Foundations in and outside the Netherlands having served for many years as member of the executive committees of 2 privately held, major multinationals. He has published a variety of books and articles a.o. on corporate and tax optimisation of multinationals, bilateral investment treaties and corporate and family governance and has lectured numerous times about these and other tax and legal topics.

Stella is the Head of the International Corporate Department of Chryssafinis and Polyviou LLC since 2006.

She studied law in England where she obtained her Law Degree from the University of Leicester in 1991 and then she continued her studies in the United States and obtained her LLM in International Banking Law from the Boston University in 1992. Upon her return to Cyprus she became a qualified lawyer and member of the Cyprus Bar Association.

Her main area of expertise is corporate, commercial and banking law as well as advising on international wealth management and planning, with special focus on succession planning and trust and on international tax structuring. Based in Cyprus she is liaising with a number of international law firms and is also organising international conferences in co-operation with associate law firms in various jurisdictions and also in co-operation with the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce.

She has been for many years the Legal Adviser of an international banking unit in Cyprus and other international companies and prior to that she has been extensively involved in the Litigation Department of Chryssafinis and Polyviou LLC with daily appearances before all courts in Cyprus.

She is a member to the boards of various companies, organisations and associations including, inter alia, the Housing Finance Corporation (being the Vice-Chairwoman appointed by the Council of Ministers in July 2016), the board of STEP Cyprus (being its Secretary since 2015) and the boards of the Cyprus-Ukraine, Cyprus-Polish and Cyprus-Czech Republic Business Associations, both operating under the auspices of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is also on the board of the BPW Cyprus (Organisation of Business and Professional Women) and she is the President of the Legal Committee of BPW Cyprus (elected in December 2015)

Stella is also the representative of her law firm in InterAct Law which is a global collaborative network of specialist legal firms.

She has been ranked as a leading lawyer by Citywealth leaders List for two successive years in 2015 and 2016 and also made the Citywealth Power Women List of 2015 and 2016.

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.

Andrew joined Edwin Coe as a Corporate Tax Lawyer in February 2018.

Andrew is known for his experience as an international tax practitioner with detailed knowledge of the Russia/CIS market. He was one of the first practitioners to use trusts as a planning and asset protection tools for Russian and CIS clients. Andrew has over 33 years experience practising tax law in the City of London.

Andrew advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals from the above regions on trust and foundation structures and the business underlying such structures. He also provides corporate tax support for corporate transactions including M&A and banking, and VAT consultancy advice.

Andrew has experience of working with the following industries:

Transportation (shipping and aircraft)
Pharma and food distribution
Mobile telecoms
Oil and gas

Varvara Knutova is a partner at TRUBOR Law Firm. Before joining TRUBOR Varvara for 6 years was head of the International Arbitration Group within the Dispute Resolution and Mediation Practice at a renowned Russian law firm, and then was Head of Group within a Dispute Resolution Practice of a renowned international law firm.

As part of her private practice, Varvara was in charge of projects involving complex judicial defense of business against attempted raids, coordination of litigations in Russia and abroad as part of a concerted client defense strategy, acted for investors in disputes to take / retain control over a business, provided full legal support to bankruptcies (including defense against controlled bankruptcy and asset stripping, subsidiary liability for controlling persons).

Varvara Knutova enjoys vast experience of advising major Russian and international companies. She specializes in conflict of laws, international trade, internal disputes and arbitration, international commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, jurisdictional disputes, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, bankruptcy proceedings. Varvara participated in enforcement in Russia of foreign court judgments (including on the grounds of the reciprocity and international comity principles) and international arbitral awards. Varvara frequently acted as a Russian law expert in international litigations, inter alia in England, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy.

Varvara’s track-record includes: representation of a major Russian North-Western oil refinery plant in a dispute with a general contractor before the ICAC by the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Trade; support to a major American steelmaking company in an international ad hoc arbitration based on the UNCITRAL Rules administrated by LCIA in part concerning the applicable Russian law, and subsequent successful recognition and enforcement of the arbitral award in Russia despite the debtor’s attempts to evade the litigation; consultations to an international financial investor in relation to a dispute before the ICAC by the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Trade out of a multi-million international sale and purchase contract regulated by the General Terms of Delivery from the USSR to China and from China to the USSR; representation in courts (International Arbitration Court of ICC in Paris, ICAC of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Trade, state arbitration and general jurisdiction courts of various regions) of a foreign investor of a major company and of the target asset in a conflict to obtain and secure control over the target asset.

Mikhail is Moscow-based advisor to business owners on high-stake decisions of complex business and organizational issues.
His clients include C-suite/Board level senior executives in multinational corporations, private investors, business partners striving to arrive at viable agreements, business founders concerned with succession planning, inheritors facing succession dilemmas.
Mikhail is a seasoned and recognized consultant, executive coach, strategic facilitator, an opinion leader in business/corporate L&D industry, ranked in top five business team facilitators of Russia in the decade of 2004-2014. He uses systemic business modelling as a method of X-ray scanning of business situations, scenario modelling, arriving at best-fit viable solutions and actions.
As a professional, Mikhail has an academic status of Leading Researcher at Russian Academy of Education. He holds a PhD and Dr Sc degrees. He serves as a Board Director at The Great Russian Encyclopedia, Professor at Moscow City University. Mikhail is a Co-founder of the Association of Russian-Speaking Coaches, Co-chair, Coach Professional Standard Development Group in Russia.
Mikhail authors books and articles on adult learning, leadership development, facilitation and group work, strategy development.
Mikhail’s professional membership includes International Coach Federation (ICF), Association of Russian-Speaking Coaches, Association for Coaching (AC, UK), and International Systemic Constellation Association (ISCA).

Mark Rodino was hired in 2018 to drive Amun’s global distribution strategy. Amun launched the world’s first 100% physically-backed crypto currency index exchange traded product (ETP) in November, 2018 on the SIX Swiss Exchange. This launch will be followed throughout 2019 by other exchange traded products based on crypto currencies.

Mr Rodino was previously global head of client coverage at Deutsche Börse’s Stoxx subsidiary, managing director and head of ETF sales for EMEA at HSBC and an executive director in equity sales at UBS and Morgan Stanley. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and also has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.