Countries Update: Regulatory snapshot for Russia. Business Opportunities in Central Asia and the Caucasus region

17 January | 10:00-12:00 | (GMT+1)  | 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT+3) | online

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Language: English

About the event

Join our online-event co-hosted by SCHNEIDER GROUP, Lodi Export and Confapindustria Piacenza for your first-hand update of business opportunities in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus region. 

SCHNEIDER GROUP law experts and the heads of company’s local branches in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Armenia will provide you key figures and useful insights on doing business in these regions. Ask your questions during the conference or send them ahead of the event at

Please register on the SCHNEIDER GROUP WEBSITE or directly via your LODI EXPORT or CONFAPINDUSTRIA Piacenza contact. 


Introduction Lodi Export Dott, Fabio Milella

About SCHNEIDER GROUP, Luca Orselli


  • Overview of sanctions against Russia
  • Russian regulatory changes, rules for western companies operating in Russia


Alexander Titov, Lawyer, Moscow, Russia

Natalia Dobrova, Head Internal Controls, Moscow, Russia  

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

  • Countries overview
  • Tax system and investment opportunitiesstem and investment opportunities


Kirill Afanasyev, Partner, Head of Office, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan

  • Economic development
  • Investment opportunities
  • Business incentives


Nodir Ayupov, Partner, Head of office, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Bayram Rahimov, Head of office, Baku, Azerbaijan

Armenia and Georgia

  • IT sector in Armenia
  • Armenia as a transit country to the region and to Russia
  • Georgian economic environment with the influx of many Russian citizen


Yeva Voskanyan, Director, Head of Office, Yerevan, Armenia

Main topic: sanctions and counter-measures update

  • 9th EU sanctions package (new restriction for consultancy services, mining sector, holding management position in state companies).
  • New restrictions for a liquidation and MBOs
  • New presidential decrees: How to transfer money abroad?
  • Foreign banks compliance: Status quo of working with Russia
  • Q&A

Special topic: shipping through third countries – new options for logistics – new compliant shipping models, сase studies

  • Searching for alternative shipment structures
  • SCHNEIDER GROUP as an exporter from the EU to Russia
  • Practical experience of new supply models’ development.
  • Q&A

Contact person for all event-related questions

Hans Kuepper:, +7 495 956 55 57

About speakers

Alexander Titov
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. 

Natalia Dobrova
Head of Internal Controls, Moscow

Natalia joined the company in 2011 as accountant. During her first 4 years she was responsible for accounting and tax reporting for SCHNEIDER GROUP’s clients, and contributed greatly to the internal control projects, aimed at improvement of internal standards, policies and procedures.

In 2015, Natalia moved to a large international certification services company, where she worked for 3 years as deputy chief accountant.
Natalia returned to SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2018 to focus on internal control projects: development of internal policies, risk assessment, and business process automation. 

Natalia has over 12 years of experience in accounting, tax, compliance and internal controls.

She graduated from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics with a degree in Accounting, Analysis, and Audit and is a certified expert in international financial reporting of the ACCA (DipIFR RUS).

Kirill Afanasyev
Partner, Kazahstan

Kirill joined the company in 2009 as a senior tax expert and gradually worked his way up to Partner, leading 3 SCHNEIDER GROUP offices in Kazakhstan.

Kirill is in charge of development of the company services portfolio, including accounting outsourcing and HR administration, legal and tax consulting, IT solutions implementation and HR support, interim management, business setup and manufacturing localisation projects.

Kirill manages a team of 60+ experts in 3 offices in Kazakhstan.

He has extensive experience in finance and risk management, as well as deep knowledge of international taxation. Kirill has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) since 2014. Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Kirill worked for EY Kazakhstan.

He actively contributes to the professional community, presenting at local and international conferences and preparing professional articles for industry media. 

Kirill graduated from the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP) with a degree in Finance. 

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.

Bayram Rahimov
Head of Office, Azerbaidjan

Bayram became Head of the Baku office in October 2022. He is responsible for the development of services provided by the Baku office, including accounting automation, ERP implementation and integration, HR services and recruiting, accounting outsourcing, outstaffing, interim management, business setup, market research,  legal and other services.

Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Bayram worked as a partner for 3 years at a local consulting company Atlas Consulting, where he was engaged in business development, clients consulting and HR management. Bairam held the position of Finance and Tax Manager at SIEMENS in Azerbaijan. He has experience of working as a chief accountant in the branch office of Cape Industrial Services (UK). After his graduation, Bayram worked with international clients as a consultant, and later as a chief accountant in the local audit company Alfa Audit. Byram has more than 20 years of professional experience in finance and international consulting.

Graduated from Azerbaijan State Economic University in Baku with BA degree in Construction economics and Organization of trade with the means of production, received a MBA degree with specialization in Finance at Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University.

Bayram speaks English, Russian and Azerbaijani. 

Yeva Voskanyan
Director, Armenia

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. 

Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Yeva had gained extensive experience advising customers on accounting, taxation and finance; particularly in one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Armenia. Customers from IT, construction, and medical industries rely on her professional expertise 

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

Anastasia Kostyukovskaya
Import Business Development Manager, Moscow

Anastasia joined the company in 2021. She supervises import and certification projects.

Anastasia has extensive experience in establishing business relationships with international partners from Europe and Asia.

Anastasia studied in Germany (Hochschule Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg) and graduated from the Russian Foreign Trade Academy with a degree in Foreign Trade Management. She has a master’s degree in Logistics and speaks Russian, English and German.

Luca Orselli
Representative in Italy, Milano

Luca represents our company in Italy since 2016. He has 40 years experience in the management of international business, initially managing the sales and marketing activities of multinational companies on Italian ad European markets, then as a business consultant assisting clients of multiple industries in the entry and development on international markets.

He’s the first contact point of our company with Italian clients interested in understanding their opportunities in Russian, CIS and Central Asia markets, as well as in being updated with the latest developments of these markets and the services that SCHNEIDER GROUP can offer.

He speaks English, French and Italian.


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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