Andrei Vladimirov

Head of Tax Practice
+7 (495) 937 54 85 (-244)


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 Russias 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.


  • Advising on field tax audits of companies that are among the largest Russian vertically integrated oil holdings, contesting the results of the audits in court, and providing legal support in claiming back VAT, including under export operations; advising companies of holdings on various issues related to taxation of oil production, oil refining and the sale of petroleum products.
  • Projects related to taxation of subsidiary and dependent entities of two of the largest Russian gas-fuelled power generation companies: appealing/contesting the results of field tax audits; advising on tax implications and consequences of entering in the books the new value of investments and transactions with securities traded on the organized market, as determined through revaluation.
  • Advising Russian companies that are part of a leading international industrial group in the aluminium sector during the course of field and desk tax audits; appealing/contesting the tax authorities decisions taken on the basis of the audits.
  • Projects involving taxation of a leading French retailer and its affiliates: advising on field and desk tax audits, lodging appeals and contesting the results in court; legal support in claiming back VAT.
  • Advising subsidiary leasing companies of Western banks and industrial corporations and group companies of one of Russias largest private investment funds investing in mining, real estate, and innovative energy and nanotechnology projects on claiming back VAT.
  • Conducting tax due diligence and contesting decisions of the tax authorities taken on the basis of field and desk tax audits of Russian companies and Russian representative offices of foreign companies that are part of an international real estate development group specializing in upmarket residential construction projects.
  • Advising a major jewellery company on asset acquisitions, steps to be taken to pledge a participatory interest to a bank, and business expansion abroad (UAE).
  • Advising one of Russias largest airlines on claiming back VAT; tax due diligence; tax aspects of the companys business operations; litigating disputes with the tax authorities and lodging appeals against their actions through administrative procedures; liaising with industry regulators; appraisal, structuring and support of transactions; employment law advice.
  • Advising the exclusive dealer of a leading Swedish vehicle and construction equipment manufacturer on claiming back VAT in Russia; tax aspects of the companys business operations; legal outsourcing; support of investment processes to expand the dealership network.
  • Advising a major Russian gas holding on tax issues in connection with production on the continental shelf.
  • Tax due diligence of a leading Russian cosmetics manufacturer prior to a planned M&A transaction.
  • Representing the branch of a major leasing company before the tax authorities; advising on tax audits, claiming back VAT, and various tax issues faced by the branch.