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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Alexey is one of the founders and the managing partner of Sameta. Alexey 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, Alexey was a senior tax advisor at the Moscow office of a large French law firm specializing in tax advice. Alexey 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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Dmitry advises and represents clients in tax audits, successfully defends interests of taxpayers before arbitration courts of all levels, conducts tax due diligence, performs comprehensive restructuring of company operations and transactions.
Dmitry has proven experience of advising gold-mining enterprises, companies of financial, production and IT sectors.
Recent successful projects:
performing complex legal due diligence and identifying tax reserves of a major Russian metallurgical company;
advising and pre-trial representation of a major Russian IT company in a dispute with tax authorities;
developing a target structure for a group of companies of a major Russian industrial producer and the leading Russian optimizer.
Dmitry has extensive experience of public speaking at business and professional events. Dmitry is the author of expert commentaries and articles in the business press, including practical aspects of taxation in the Russian gold-mining industry.
The Legal 500 EMEA 2016
At Sameta, Dmitry Barskiy has “notable arbitration expertise”.
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.