Sameta has extensive experience on projects for various airlines. We have advised clients on a wide range of issues, from the creation of fleets of aircraft (leasing, purchase, aircraft finance), technical maintenance, international registration, insurance, refuelling arrangements, navigational services, airport and ground services, meteorological services and in-flight catering to employment issues and problems related to employee leave, social welfare benefits, disputes with Russian aviation regulator Rosaviatsia and the Federal Antimonopoly Service, and other issues.

The firms Corporate, Tax and Real Estate practice groups not only focus on their respective areas of expertise, but also work in close conjunction to provide clients with integrated services of the highest calibre.

Sametas tax-related services include:

  • advising on taxation of various operations (leasing, borrowing etc.), tax accounting of various types of expenditure (on repairs, upgrading, refurbishment etc.), transfer pricing (intra-group financing) and cross-border taxation;
  • assistance in creating accounting policies for tax purposes, tax accounting purposes and document control;
  • evaluation and analysis of tax implications (tax risks) of transactions and full-scale tax due diligence, including advice on recommended courses of action;
  • advising on tax audits, including assistance claiming back VAT;
  • tax planning;
  • representing clients before the tax authorities and in the courts at all levels, including the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the RF.

Sametas services in the sphere of corporate law include:

  • advising on contract law (lease agreements, agreements on air carriage, charter agreements, agency contracts etc.) and issues related to application of the legislation on aviation, employment law, customs law and competition law;
  • implementation, establishment, reorganization and liquidation of corporate structures, drafting and analysis of corporate documentation, participation in preparing for and assistance in holding shareholder meetings, advising on transactions with participatory interests, shares and securities, increases/decreases of charter capital, payment of dividends;
  • legal advice on transactions, drafting contracts, analyzing draft agreements to identify and exclude legal risks, outsourcing of legal services;
  • due diligence;
  • representing clients in Russian commercial courts and courts of general jurisdiction at all levels, including the Supreme Arbitrazh Court and the Supreme Court of the RF, and representing clients before various regulatory agencies (Rosaviatsia, customs and labour inspectorates, etc.).

Sametas services in the field of real estate:

  • due diligence of title to real estate;
  • advising on, structuring and supporting real estate transactions (lease, sale and purchase etc.);
  • advising on and supporting real estate investment projects, including projects involving the city of Moscow.