Andrey Zuykov

Partner
  • A top choice for mid-market cases, representing both international clients and notable local names

    Chambers Europe 2018
  • KIAP areas of expertise include financial liability and insurance disputes as well as debt recovery claims. Acts on contractual disputes and assists with local enforcement proceedings

    Chambers Europe 2018
  • Represents clients from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail and pharmaceuticals

    Chambers Europe 2018
  • The team has a very practical and can-do attitude

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  • KIAP team provides comprehensive legal advice that combines a strong breadth of resources with deep knowledge of the client’s business

    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • The team is praised for their ability to resolve complex cases quickly

    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • KIAP has notable expertise in the gold and oilfield sectors, and regularly advises on tax compliance, VAT, and tax disputes with state authorities

    Legal 500 EMEA 2018

Partner, Head of KIAP Tax practice. Andrey is a renowned tax expert with more than 17 years of experience in the market. A certified tax advisor since 2002, a member of the Chamber of Tax Advisors and the Advisory Board of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation for the Improvement of Tax Legislation and Law Enforcement Practice. Personally recommended by the Best Lawyers 2018 legal rating in the Arbitration and Mediation area and rated one of the best lawyers in Russia by Who’s Who Legal in the Thought Leaders 2018, Corporate Tax 2016-2017, and Government Contracts 2016-2017 nominations. His most prominent projects include legal and tax support for NTV-PLUS (Gazprom-Media), Otkrytie Holding, ROSVODOKANAL Group, Korporatsiya Razvitiya, etc. He is a speaker at tax and legal conferences and forums organized by Vedomosti, The Moscow Times, Infor-media Russia, CFO-Russia, Russian Business Forum, etc.

Education:

  • Faculty of Law, Academic University of Law under Institute of State and Law of The Russian Academy of Sciences (2001)
  • Faculty of Economy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) (2006)
  • Moscow Institute for Gestalt Therapy and Counseling (2016 – now)

Projects:

Tax disputes:

  • Successfully represented a Russian private investment company, a major owner of Class A office real estate in Moscow, in commercial courts in a landmark case for RUB 31 million, related to the non-assessment of property tax on a fixed asset after commissioning and until completion of all fit-out works in the building. Successfully contested all claims brought by the tax authority.
  • Represented a major Russian private water supply and discharge operator in commercial courts of three instances in a case related to carrying prior year expenses to the current period according to Article 54 of the Russian Tax Code. All claims brought by the tax authority were successfully contested, for a total of RUB 20 million.
  • Successfully defended a Russian company, the only domestic producer of medical products for patients with sensitive needs, in commercial courts of three instances in a case regarding business splitting. The total claim amount exceeded RUB 100 million. Successfully contested 100% of claims brought by the tax authority (80% in a pre-trial procedure, which is faster and less costly for the client, and 20% in arbitration).
  • Successfully represented a leading Russian industrial real estate developer in Russia in commercial courts in a case in connection with a rejected VAT refund in the amount of RUB 180 million. Successfully contested 100% of claims brought by the tax authority.
  • Successfully represented a Russian company operating in forestry and wood processing in a pre-trial contestation of claims regarding cooperation with unscrupulous contractors. The client received a VAT refund exceeding RUB 25 million in a pre-trial procedure.
  • Successfully represented a Russian television company operating as part of a leading media holding company in Russia and Eastern Europe and owning assets in all segments of the media market, in a case related to unscrupulous contractors, controlled debt (thin capitalization), and tax recharacterization of transactions for a total amount exceeding RUB 80 million.
  • Successfully represented a major Russian company in the food industry in commercial courts of three instances in a case regarding the invalidation by tax authorities of transactions and application of the consequences of their invalidity in the form of additional tax assessment. Successfully contested 100% of claims brought by the tax authority.

International tax planning: 

  • Advised a privately-owned Russian financial group, one of the top 35 major Russian companies, one of the top 5 leaders in the financial sector, and the largest private company in the segment according to RBC-500, regarding the tax consequences of applying Russian CFC rules, including the analysis of existing group structures, analysis of the implementation of CFC-related novelties in the Russian legislation in the international tax law system and national laws of other jurisdictions, and analysis of tax residency and foreign exchange legislation matters.
  • Advised a leading Russian real estate developer, owner and manager of retail centers operating in the Moscow retail property market, on accounting and reporting matters (IFRS, tax authorities, banks). Jurisdictions: the Netherlands, Luxembourg.
  • Successfully defended a Latvian-based television company before its Russian contractor regarding VAT payment.
  • Advised a top manager of a leading Russian and global mineral producer and exporter regarding the analysis of the novelties in the Russian legislation concerning the amnesty of capital, their implementation in international tax law and national laws of other jurisdictions.

Structuring in Russia (consulting, tax due diligence, tax audit, etc.): 

  • Carried out a tax audit of a Russian company, the only domestic producer of medical products for patients with sensitive needs, to prepare for an on-site tax audit and to identify tax reserves.
  • Advised a subsidiary of a leading telecommunications operator in Russia and CIS regarding preferential tax treatment in respect of Skolkovo residents.
  • Advised a Russian privately-owned financial group, one of the top 35 major companies in Russia and one of the top 5 leaders in the financial sector, to develop a mechanism for applying VAT credits in a questionable, unregulated situation.
  • Carried out tax audit of, and provided advice to, a major Russian private water supply and discharge operator to identify internal tax reserves of prior years and report them in the current period.
  • Advised a strategic town-forming enterprise on offsetting additional tax assessments resulting from an on-site tax audit, without contesting the decision based on the audit results.
  • Prepared and provided support during the questioning by tax authorities of a top manager of a leading Russian industrial real estate developer.
  • Advised to heirs of a world-renowned author regarding the most favorable tax regime in connection with copyright management.

Public-private partnerships:

  • Provided comprehensive legal support to the first concession agreement in Moscow Region, as part of private initiative.
  • Provided legal and economic support in a number of projects, performed coordination at the level of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation and at the municipal level (concession (initiative)) in various areas, including heat supply, water supply, road construction, with investments of RUB 0.4 billion to RUB 7 billion.

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