About the event
2022 has been a challenging year for almost everyone, and many of us will be looking forward to starting the new year that will hopefully bring more optimism.
To prepare the closing of the books for 2022 and to start off right for 2023 SCHNEIDER GROUP prepares an event, online and in our Moscow office, to address the most important topics about year end closing 2022.
- Impact of strong Rubel on taxes, solvency and profits – and how to address ahead of closing the year
- HR related topics such as relocation of employees, mobilization matters and dismissal of employees – and how to reduce risk
- Impossibility to fulfill obligations due to sanctions and possible court disputes – latest information
0930 – 1000 Registration and Welcome coffee
1000 – 1030 Panel discussion Year End Closing 2022 and getting ready for 2023
Speakers: Ekaterina Lakatosh, Alexander Titov, Julia Cherenkova, Natalia Dobrova
1030 – 1230 Focused sessions with SCHNEIDER GROUP specialist on the following topics
- Preparing a year end closing plan
- Foreign exchange rate differences, influences on accounting and tax result
- Inventory taking process
- Practical different matters (Bank commissions, case using financial modeling for business decisions, warranty maintenance and VAT impacts)
Speakers: Olga Kravchenko and Julia Cherenkova (Finance Directors)
- Tax implications of different scenarios of continuation of companies’ activities in Russia, to stay, to become dormant or to liquate.
- Main issues to be considered in connection with the routine year-end closing process from the tax stand point in light of the current situation and decision taken by the company.
- Preparing the company for 2023, what should be considered from tax point of view.
Speaker: Ekaterina Lakatosh (Tax Team Lead)
- Corporate law aspects to consider in case of staying / going to dormant mode / liquidation
- Termination of agreements and practical recommendations in case of staying / going to dormant mode / liquidation
- Relocation of employees, matters of mobilization and practical issues with dismissal of employees
- Potential court disputes caused by the impossibility to perform obligations by a Russian subsidiary of a company from an unfriendly state
Speaker: Alexander Titov (Head of Corporate Law Practice), Evgenia Sinanova (Head of Commercial Law Practice), Denis Bushnev (Head of Labor and Migration Law Practice), Yadviga Pavlovich (Attorney at law, Head of litigation practice)
- Preparations IT budgets for 2023, especially if need to change to a Russian IT platform
Speaker: Ljubomir Karadshow (IT Director)
- Elimination of risks from customs perspective in case of leaving/going dormant (eco fee, customs declarations corrections, refund of cash balance from customs)
- Review of existing permissive documents in case of corporate changes and transformation
- Development of new compliant shipment models (EX Works services for companies in EU)
- Refining of contracts with customs aspects, warranty repair cases
Speaker: Anastasia Kostyukovskaya (Import Business Development Manager)
Staffing and GD
- Interim management services as solutions for dormant status or to back up or replace current General Director
- Out staffing as solution to keep employees in Russia without an own legal entity
Speakers: Sofia Reichel (Head of Business Development), Christopher Schagerl (Partner, Interim Management)
1230 - 1300 Closing panel and event recap
1300 - 1400 Small lunch and networking
All onsite and online.
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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.
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.
Christopher joined the company in 2016 and is responsible for interim management services (provision of temporary or permanent managerial resources to perform the functions of a General Director, a branch director or a head of a representative office) in the Moscow office of SCHNEIDER GROUP.
Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Christopher worked for 7 years as branch manager and financial manager for an Austrian engineering and construction company in Moscow, where he was responsible for commercial management and supervision of subsidiaries, branches and construction projects.
Christopher also handled liquidation of legal entities. He has in-depth knowledge in budgeting, financial planning and control, as well as in personnel management.
He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt (Austria) with a master's degree in International Business Relations and also studied International Relations at ESCE (Paris). He is currently enrolled in the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants as a student (ACCA).
Christopher speaks English, German and Russian.
Denis joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2018. He has extensive experience in legal support for Russian and international companies in labour, migration and sports law, personal data protection legislation, and trade secrets law.
Companies from IT, retail, sport (including cybersport), transport, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, mining, construction, and renewable energy industries rely on Denis’s professional expertise. He has more than 11 years of experience.
Denis specialises in employment agreements and internal labour-related documents development, legal support for corporate clients in negotiations with their employees, pre-court proceedings, and individual court disputes.
Denis graduated with a degree in Law from Lomonosov Moscow State University.
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.
Evgeniya joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2014 as associate. During her years in the company, she provided legal advice to SCHNEIDER GROUP’s clients on corporate and commercial law, and IP rights protection. In 2019, Evgeniya was promoted to head of commercial law practice. She has over 10 years of professional experience.
Evgeniya specialises in advising international companies on various aspects of civil law, including commercial law, and protection of intellectual property rights, anti-monopoly law, analysis of localisation criteria, and getting “Made in Russia” certification.
Companies from IT, retail, transport, manufacturing, agriculture, pharmaceutical, mining, construction, and renewable energy industries rely on Evgeniya professional expertise.
Evgeniya graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a degree in Law, and completed an internship at an international law firm in Nuremberg, Germany.
Evgeniya speaks English, German and Russian.
Julia joined the company in 2007 as accounting assistant and has worked her way up to the position of finance & accounting director, leading a team of 25 accountants. She supervises internal projects on development of add-ons for 1C systems to automate routine accounting tasks and operations.
Julia is a regular trainer at SCHNEIDER GROUP’s internal Starsacademy, conducting workshops for accountants and the author of internal standards for preparation of management reporting and transformation of reporting according to Russian accounting standards (RAS) into management reporting according to customer’s requirements.
Julia graduated with an honours degree in Accounting, Analysis and Audit from the Academy of Budget and Treasury of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation (merged with Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation in 2012) and holds a diploma in International Financial Reporting from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in Russian (DipIFR (Rus)).
Ljubomir joined the company as IT director in 2016. He is responsible for projects on ERP and WMS implementation in Russian divisions of global enterprises, integration of local IT solutions with ERP systems in the head offices, automation of international accounting and financial reporting, electronic document interchange and digital marking of consumer goods.
Ljubomir's most notable projects in SCHNEIDER GROUP include:
• integration of local accounting systems in several Russian subsidiaries with the head office’s ERP system in Germany for one of the leading international mining companies, including automatic transfer of entries from 1C to SAP;
• implementation of ERP system for the Russian manufacturing facilities for WABCO, a U.S.-based provider of electronic braking, stability, suspension, and transmission automation systems for heavy-duty commercial vehicles;
• implementation of an integrated solution for digital marking of goods exported to Russia for a German premium fashion brand.
Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Ljubomir gained extensive professional experience in consulting industry working for Accenture. He also worked for Partnerships Germany, a public-private partnership based in Germany.
Ljubomir has more than 25 years of professional experience and speaks 4 languages: Russian, English, German and Bulgarian.
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).
Olga joined the company in 2013 and got promoted to the head of accounting group in 2015. Since 2017 Olga is also responsible for SCHNEIDER GROUP import services.
One of Olga’s first projects at SCHNEIDER GROUP was accounting and management reporting for a world-famous toy manufacturer. She successfully guided the customer through multiple mandatory audits and tax checks and prepared the client’s accounting for migration from 1C to SAP.
Olga's accounting team specialises on projects of accounting, tax and management reporting set up, restoration and adaptation for companies from a wide range of industries: from professional services to manufacturing and construction.
In 2017, Olga took over operational management of SCHNEIDER GROUP import department, providing export, import and customs clearance services. She has strengthened greatly the SCHNEIDER GROUP's team of foreign trade consultants and assists the company's customers in solving complex tax and customs law issues, helping them to achieve better financial results.
Olga often serves as a financial advisor to the management of SCHNEIDER GROUP's clients.
She has more than 15 years of professional experience in finance, including 8 years in financial consulting.
Olga has a university degree in Accounting, Analysis and Audit. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Business Management at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (IBS Moscow).
Olga speaks Russian and English.
Sofia joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2017 as an intern in the business development department under the DAAD trainee programme. She was preparing contracts and assisting colleagues. After six months Sofia was already permanently employed as junior project manager. She moved from pure contractual tasks to full-time business development and started to manage client projects independently.
Two years later, Sofia was promoted to team lead business development, supervising the team responsible for processing of incoming requests and in 2022 – to the head of business development.
Sofia graduated from Justus Liebig University (Giessen, Germany) specializing in modern foreign languages, cultures and economy.
Sofia speaks English, German, French and Russian,
Yadviga joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2020. She is responsible for litigation services.
Yadviga is an advocate, member of the Moscow City Bar since 2013. In 1994-2005, she worked as an in-house lawyer in major Russian banks and oil and gas companies. Since 2005, she worked in Moscow offices of US and European law firms, specialising in representing client’s interests in Russian arbitrazh and regular courts. She has represented clients in international and Russian arbitration courts in the cases for acceptance and enfrorcement of foreign court decisions.
Yadviga also represented clients in corporate disputes, for example, in the legal dispute between Norwegian telecommunication services provider Telenor and Russian Vympelcom, as well as in disputes arising from agreements on construction, goods supply (including international supplies) and logistics, in tax disputes, bankruptcy cases, labour disputes, banking services for private clients, etc.
She also participated in legal disputes in international regular and arbitration courts in the USA and Great Britain, has prepared expert opinions on Russian Law for the High Court of England and Wales, US district courts and arbitration courts in commercial disputes, including the cases “Boris Berezovsky vs. Roman Abramovich” and “VTB Capital plc vs. Nutritek International Corp”.
She has in-depth knowledge in corporate law, and M&A, and took part in projects on due diligence of Russian oil and gas exploration and oil-processing companies, and telecommunication services providers, where she was responsible for assessment of intellectual property rights, licensing and court proceedings. Yadviga advised clients on the Russian commercial law, including corporate restructuring, and control change, corporate approval of deals, mandatory share buyback, main shareholders’ and management responsibility.
Yadviga graduated with degrees in Law and Foreign Languages and Literature (English) from Lomonosov Moscow State University, she continued her studies there, pursuing a postgraduate degree in Civil and Private International Law at the Faculty of Law. She has a PhD in Independent Documentary Obligations, and a PhD in Law.
Yadviga is recognised by the international Legal 500 and “Best Lawyers in Russia” rankings, and listed in the Russian Pravo.ru 300 rating.
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