CIS Legal Autumn Conference

Russia, South Caucasus and Central Asia

24 November | 09:30-14:00 | House of German Economy and online
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Language: English

About the event

SCHNEIDER GROUP presents in a concise and hands on way the most important legal updates in Russia as well as an overview of the economic situation, market entry opportunities as well as business and employee relocation options in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

A special focus on IT related business opportunities in Central Asia and South Caucasus.

930 - 1000 Registration

1000 - 1010 Opening Speech by Thomas Mundry (Partner, Head of Legal and Tax Department, Moscow)

Session 1: Russia

1010 - 1025 Risks of local management in light of current reality and actions to minimize them

  • Impossibility to fulfill contractual obligations due to sanctions
  • Non-return of pre-payments and loans by foreign contractual partners
  • Restructuring of business
  • Contradiction between interests of the Russian companies and foreign sanctions

Speaker: Natalia Wilke: Partner, Legal, General Director, St. Petersburg

1025 - 1040 Requisitioning of property of legal entities in case of mobilization and martial law

  • Martial law - transport obligations of legal entities
  • Requisition of other property
  • Compensation of damages
  • Special case: leasing of vehicles

Speaker: Ekaterina Kalinina: Head of Commercial, Real Estate and Regulatory Law Practices, Moscow

1040 - 1055 Update on currency control limitations: what to consider in the new reality

  • Limitations in the field of cross border trade transactions
  • Limitations in the field of loan repayments, loan provision, dividends and profit distribution and liquidation payments
  • Consideration of possible solutions and practical aspects of implementation

Speaker: Ekaterina Lakatosh: Head of Tax Practice, Moscow

1055 - 1110 Management buy-out (MBO) – the solution to all issues?

  • To which company types fits an MBO
  • Timeline for an MBO
  • Recent experiences with MBO

Speaker: Alexander Titov: Head of Corporate Law Practice, Moscow

Session 2: South Caucasus and Central Asia

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan:

Review of economical situation, opportunities for market entry, business and employee relocation.

A special focus on IT related business opportunities in Central Asia and South Caucasus.

1110 - 1130 Armenia

Special topics:

  • IT opportunities in Armenia
  • Case study: Transfer and set up of an entire IT development team in Armenia from Russia

Speaker: Yeva Voskanyan, Head of Office, Head of Accounting, Yerevan

1130 - 1150 Uzbekistan

Special topic: Investment start up of an IT company

  • IT industry in Uzbekistan
  • Case study: Turnkey start up of IT company in Uzbekistan

Speaker: Nodir Ayupov, Partner, Head of Office, Tashkent

1150 - 1220 Kazakhstan

Special topics:

  • Labor and Migration aspects of relocation
  • Benefits provided by SEZ Park of Innovation Technologies, Astana Hub and Astana International Financial Center

Speakers: Maria Nazarova: Head of Tax, Almaty

Olga Nezgovorova: HR Director, Almaty

1220 - 1235 Kyrgyzstan

Speaker: Maria Nazarova: Head of Tax, Almaty

1235 - 1255 Azerbaijan

Speaker: Bayram Rahimov: Head of Office, Baku

1255 - 1300 Closing of the Conference

1300 - 1400 Lunch and Networking

Contact person for all event-related questions

Hans Kuepper:, +7 495 956 55 57

About speakers

Yeva Voskanyan
Head of Yerevan Office
Yeva was appointed head of SCHNEIDER GROUP Yerevan office in November 2021. She is in charge of developing the services portfolio offered to local and international customers in Armenia: accounting outsourcing, financial, tax and legal consulting, interim management, personnel recruitment, and business setup.

Yeva graduated from the State University of Management (Moscow) with a degree in Organization and Tax Management. She speaks Armenian, Russian, and English.
Head of Corporate Law Practice, Moscow

Alexander joined the company in 2021. He has more than 25 years of professional experience and specializes in advising international companies on joint ventures, restructuring, M&A, and executive dispute resolution. 

Companies from a wide range of industries, such as machinery, engineering, automotive, pharma, chemicals, food, consumer goods, professional services, fashion and retail rely on Alexander’s expertise.

Alexander graduated from Moscow State Linguistic University with a degree in Translation; a degree in Law from Lomonosov Moscow State University; a master's degree in Law from the University of Konstanz (Germany).  
He speaks Russian, German and English. 

Ekaterina Kalinina
Head of Commercial, Real Estate and Regulatory Law Practices, Moscow

Ekaterina joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2020.  She has over 17 years of experience in advising international and Russian companies on legal aspects of Russian market entry and investment projects, greenfield and brownfield manufacturing localisation projects, EPC-contracts, real estate, and construction. 

Ekaterina specialises in quality claims, certification, preparation of permissive documents for import. Companies from machinery, automotive, FMCG, pharma, renewable energies, and retail industries rely on her professional expertise. 

She graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a degree in Law, and holds a Master of Law degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Ekaterina Lakatosh
Head of Tax & Currency Control Practice

Ekaterina joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2017 as senior tax expert. She has in-depth knowledge in value-added tax, corporate taxation, foreign currency control, and international tax structuring, including double taxation treaties.  She has over 20 years of experience. 

Ekaterina specialises in supporting SCHNEIDER GROUP’s customers during tax audits, in tax dispute resolution, and in comprehensive tax due diligence. International and Russian companies from pharmaceutical, construction, consulting, insurance, retail, and IT industries rely on Ekaterina’s professional expertise. 

She graduated with an honours degree in Law from the Academic Law University at the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), and completed an advanced course in Tax Consultancy at Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation in 2017.

Maria Nazarova
Head of Tax Almaty, Kazakhstan

Mariya joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2018. She advises the company's customers on local and international taxation, provides accounting and tax review services, assists SCHNEIDER GROUP’s clients during tax audits, supports them with filing appeals for tax refunds, reviews and drafts investment agreements. 

Mariya has more than 15 years of professional experience, including working at PwC.

She earned her master's degree in Business Administration from KIMEP University.

Natalia Wilke
Partner, Legal, General Director, St. Petersburg, Russia

Natalia is SCHNEIDER GROUP Partner and General Director of the St. Petersburg office. She is a lawyer with more than 20 years of practical experience in legal consulting.
Natalia provides tailored-made, practically-oriented legal solutions in establishing and managing subsidiaries of international businesses in Russia, manufacturing localisation, acquisition of real estate, as well as corporate and labour law.
Big international enterprises, medium-sized and family-run businesses benefit from Natalia’s legal advice. Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Natalia worked for Beiten Burkhardt and Salans (now Dentons).
Natalia is a qualified lawyer with a degree in Law from St Petersburg University. 
She speaks Russian, German and English.

Nodir Ayupov
Partner, Uzbekistan

Nodir became Director of the Tashkent office in September 2018.
He is responsible for the development of services provided by the Tashkent office, including accounting outsourcing and automation, ERP implementation and integration, interim management, business setup and manufacturing localisation.

Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Nodir worked for 18 years for Uzbekistan Airways in increasingly responsible positions, starting as Head of External Affairs and completing his job for the airline as Head of representative offices in Kazakhstan, Greece, and Spain. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in finance and international consulting.

Nodir earned a degree in Finance, Consulting, and Venture Management from Emory University (Atlanta, the USA) and a degree in International Business from the Tashkent State University of Economics, where he taught Management Accounting course after the graduation.
Nodir speaks 5 languages: Russian, English, Uzbek, Spanish and Greek.

Thomas Mundry
Partner, Legal, Tax & Interim Management, Moscow, Russia

Thomas joined the company in 2019 as Partner for legal and tax. Thomas is a German lawyer, ranked among top lawyers in franchising and is regularly included into the “Best Lawyers in Russia” rating.

He specializes in manufacturing localization (greenfield & brownfield), joint ventures, M&A, franchising & distribution, bankruptcy and restructuring.

Thomas advises businesses from a wide range of industries, including machinery, construction and engineering, automotive, logistics, chemicals, mining, energy and utilities, pharmaceuticals, food, real estate, agriculture, fashion, and IT.

Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, he was Partner in the international law firm Noerr.
He holds a doctorate in Law from Freie Universität Berlin.

Thomas speaks German, English and Russian.


SCHNEIDER GROUP has been helping businesses to expand to new geographical markets since 2003, offering a full range of business support services: from developing strategy for successful market-entry to helping arrange or optimize accounting, reporting and financial planning processes and establishing efficient IT infrastructures.

500 top experts in 11 countries take care of all resource-consuming non-core business tasks, so our customers can focus on achieving their business goals. We offer services in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Russia and Uzbekistan, with minor regional variations. Get in touch via our contact form to request details of specific service packages available in your target country.

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