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What he specialises in

For over 25 years, Rustem has been providing advice regarding taxation and has represented taxpayers many times in the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Court, the Supreme Court and state commercial ('arbitration') courts.

Rustem's professional interests include international taxation and the application of legislation concerning controlled foreign companies. 

His main achievements

Rustem’s major projects include:
  • participated in preparing draft laws, particularly amendments to legislation connected with holding the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014;
  • represented Far-Eastern Shipping Company in the Russian Constitutional Court with its appeal of provisions in article 165 of the Russian Tax Code;
  • participated and managed a project to develop agreements and justify intra-group expenses for a major American FMCG company;
  • represented Total in the Supreme Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Court in a case on a PSA operator’s right to refund VAT;
  • represented JTI in the Supreme Commercial (‘Arbitration’) Court in a case on whether intra-group expenses for licence payments were justified.
Rustem has regularly been involved in consulting projects dealing with taxation issues for foreign companies and their subsidiaries in Russia, as well as applying the rules of international double taxation treaties, and restructuring international holding groups to take into consideration legislative requirements concerning controlled foreign companies.

Rustem has authored numerous articles on topical tax issues and is a co-author of the Tax Law textbook edited by Sergey G. Pepeliaev (2000, 2003 and 2015 editions).

What they say

Clients describe Rustem Ahmetshin as “a well-known local expert with strong experience on the Russian market who always delivers what we need” (Chambers Europe).

Rustem Ahmetshin acts on tax litigation mandates, particularly those with cross-border aspects (Chambers Global).

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