Practice Group Heads
The Sameta team consists of more than 70 professionals, including 50 lawyers and advisors with extensive experience handling the most complex of client instructions across a range of industries. We work with multinationals as well as leading companies from Russia and the CIS, and our achievements include many successful projects and favourable outcomes in legal disputes.
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Aleksei is one of the founders and the managing partner of Sameta. Aleksei has been responsible for overall strategy and firm management, as well as relations with major clients, since the foundation of the firm in 2002.
He personally supervises important legal support projects for clients, including advising leading Russian and foreign companies on structuring and legal formalization of transactions in Russia, as well as key tax issues, including transfer pricing, restructuring, and reducing tax losses.
Until 2002, Aleksei was a senior tax advisor at the Moscow office of a large French law firm specializing in tax advice. Aleksei was head of the legal department and member of the management board at one of the first French banks to open an office in Russia.
Head of M&A Practice
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Dmitry advises the firms strategically important clients, including on matters relating to the structuring of M&A transactions, establishment of international holding structures, and protection of competition on various goods markets. Before joining Sameta in 2009, Dmitry spent more than 10 yeas working for a top London-based international law firm. Working in Frankfurt from 1995, and in Moscow from 1997, Dmitry represented the interests of major foreign investors in Russian corporations.
Dmitry was directly involved in the establishment of subsidiaries of the first four foreign banks in Russia, and has served as senior vice president of a large Russian private company. Dmitry also has experience in general management of the Russian subsidiary of an international financial corporation.
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Since 2013 Igor holds the position of Managing Director of Sameta. He is responsible for the work of the company's administrative unit. Igor has essential experience in the realization of intracorporate consulting projects and the implementation of the ERP System (Enterprise Resource Planning – complex integrated system of planning, registration, control and analysis of all essential corporate business processes).
Igor was Chief Financial Officer and Partner of the leading local audit company Rosexpertiza for over 18 years. In his position as a Partner of Rosexpertiza he was responsible for the administrative and client unit of cooperation with the leading companies of the corporation Rosatom, large Russian holdings and international consulting companies.
Head of Tax Practice
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Andrei specializes in representing clients in tax disputes before the commercial courts, supporting tax audits, conducting tax due diligence, advising on complex industry-specific matters concerning the taxation of extraction and infrastructure companies.
Andrei has more than 16 years of experience as the head of tax departments in major Russian companies. Before joining Sameta, Andrei had been the head of tax practice in major Russian tax consulting company, for six years. He headed the tax department of FGUP Russian Post for a number of years and also worked for the internal audit departments of Norilsk Nickel and RusPromAvto.
In his years as head of major Russian tax consulting company tax advice department, Andrei advised some of Russia’s biggest and most influential companies, such as ONEXIM group, GAZ Group, Russian subsidiary of transnational corporation Continental, gold mining enterprises of Gazprombank and Polymetal, major transporter Sakhalin Shipping Company, metallurgical enterprises Krastsvetmet and Corporation VSMPO-Avisma, property developer Prominvest. Andrei represented an oil refiner within Surgutneftegaz, defense enterprises, and aviation enterprises of UTair before court.
As head of the FSUE Russian Post tax control department, Andrei created the system of tax accounting, control and methodology from scratch. Andrei also created and organized the working system of Russian Post tax experts across more than 80 branches around Russia and provided full support for all field and desk audits.
Head of L&DR
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Vladislav has more than 15 years’ experience representing clients in cross-border disputes and domestic litigation.
Before joining Sameta, Vladislav worked for a number of years at the international law firms Baker Botts, Simmons & Simmons, and Gide Loyrette Nouel.
Successful projects let by Vladislav include: representing leading oil and gas companies and the Russian Federation in litigation and international commercial arbitration, including under US and English law; advising on various aspects of M&A transactions in the oil and gas industry and other sectors; the establishment of joint ventures with the participation of the EBRD.
Vladislav graduated from Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO) (1994). He holds a Masters degree in Law (LL.M.) from the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, USA, (1996).
Vladislav has fluent knowledge of English.
Head of Corporate Practice
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Olga has extensive experience advising Russian and international companies on complex civil, corporate, and competition law issues. Olga has successfully led complex projects in the energy, oil and gas, gold mining, and automotive sectors, involving corporate restructuring, acquisitions, and asset protection and recovery.
Olga provides legal support to clients during action to prevent the initiation of bankruptcy proceedings, and in complex debt recovery cases. She has successful experience supporting M&A transactions.
Olga has won numerous court cases involving corporate conflicts, holding members of corporate governing bodies liable, and disputes arising in the course of bankruptcy, including involving the subsidiary liability of persons controlling the debtor.
Before joining Sameta, Olga spent seven years as head of the legal department at a large oil and gas sector holding company.
Olga has successfully led projects including:
- advising on asset consolidation transactions at a large metallurgical holding for the purpose of subsequently attracting a foreign investor;
- advising on the restructuring a developers group of companies during a corporate conflict;
- performing due diligence and advising a major retail chain on immovable property acquisitions;
- providing legal support for corporate dispute resolution.
Olga is the author of articles and commentaries on civil law subjects in the business press.
Head of Real Estate and Land Practice
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Rostislav Agapov graduated from Moscow State M. V. Lomonosov University (Law Faculty), he holds a Candidate of Law degree.
Rostislav specializes in real estate, land law, and legal support for construction and investment projects.
He began his career with a major property developer, before heading the legal department of an independent automotive holding.
At Sameta, Rostislav has successfully carried out numerous projects to acquire and sell land plots and other immovable property in many Russian regions, as well as other developer projects. The practices clients include leading international retailers, western banks, car manufacturers, and energy companies.
He is the author of many expert commentaries and articles in the business press and an active participant in drafting legislation.
Head of Corporate Restructuring Practice
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Margarita specializes in providing full-service support for mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and corporate restructuring, and advises clients on complex civil, corporate, and competition law issues.
Projects successfully completed by Margarita include:
- structuring and support for transactions involving the transfer of rights to assets;
- legal analysis of businesses and support for their restructuring;
- assessment and adaptation of foreign companies corporate policies and programs for compliance with Russian statutory requirements;
- review and development of option programs (remuneration programs) for company management, etc.
Before joining Sameta, Margarita was a senior lawyer with the legal department of a major Russia and CIS gas trader.