SCHNEIDER GROUP has been offering consulting services since 2003. On April, 1st 2003, a German entrepreneur Ulf Schneider along with a couple of employees took over the important mission of building bridges between the East and the West and supporting international businesses with their expansion into the growing markets of ex-Soviet countries. Together with his team Ulf has been pursuing this mission for more than 19 years already.
Opening of the office in Austria, Vienna
After 5 years as Chief Financial Officer at the Moscow office of the international insurance company Allianz, Ulf Schneider founded his own company to help European companies entering the Russian market navigate the tricky local accounting and tax environment. "Starting my business in 2003 I thought that if everything went well, I would be running a team of 20 employees. Now I'm really proud of SCHNEIDER GROUP 500 people strong international team."
Right from the start Ulf planned to open offices in both Russian capitals: the political and economic capital, Moscow, and the cultural capital, St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is the twin city of Hamburg, Ulf's hometown in Germany. Today the company’s office in St Petersburg is one of the biggest and most successful ones. The team in St Petersburg provides a full range of services to international clients, ranging from market analysis and partner search to full accounting support, legal and tax consultancy, business process efficiency review and optimization based on the best of breed local and international IT solutions.
Kazakhstan and the business opportunities offered by the country were in the focus of discussions among Western business community in Moscow in 2006. Ulf Schneider, president and founder of SCHNEIDER GROUP, decided to open an office in Kazakhstan following his brief visit to Almaty and Astana: SCHNEIDER GROUP became one of the country's first international consulting companies. As of today, the Kazakhstan team has more than 60 employees in the Almaty, Atyrau and Nur-Sultan offices.
Opening of office in Minsk. The country’s geographical location between Russia and the EU and the availability of skilled workforce make Belarus an excellent site for the manufacturing and further export of goods, whether to Russia or to Europe. During his visit to Minsk in December 2008 Ulf Schneider was inspired by the hospitality and hard-working nature of the Belarusians. Short afterwards the company’s office in Minsk was opened.
In 2010-2011, more and more SCHNEIDER GROUP customers were increasingly interested in expanding their operations outside of the CIS countries. Opening of the office in Warsaw meant crossing new borders and unlocking new business opportunities. SCHNEIDER GROUP Polish office was opened in 2012. The Polish team advises international companies on business setup, offers accounting outsourcing and management reporting services, HR administration and payroll calculation, as well as legal and tax consultancy.
In 2018 two offices – in Yerevan (Armenia) and Tashkent(Uzbekistan) – were opened.
Armenia's rich cultural and historical heritage and high-skilled workforce, particularly in IT, make the country an attractive destination for international investors, while SCHNEIDER GROUP Armenia takes over all supporting business functions, allowing customers to entirely focus on business development.
In 2017 Uzbekistan saw a range of far-reaching economic, political and social reforms that made the country more open to investors and attractive for major international companies. The demand for professional business advisory services was constantly growing. SCHNEIDER GROUP addressed this demand by opening the office SCHNEIDER GROUP office.
The office in Vienna was opened with two objectives in mind: to be closer to the head offices of our Austrian customers and to provide local support to CIS companies, seeking to expand into the EU market.