The team of SCHNEIDER GROUP consists of about 500 experts who combine a western management mindset with local know-how. We are there for you in Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, and Germany, speaking your language. Feel free to get in touch.
Ulf Schneider is the founder and CEO of SCHNEIDER GROUP. The group has offices in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg), Belarus (Minsk), Ukraine (Kyiv), Kazakhstan (Almaty, Aktau, Astana), Uzbekistan (Tashkent), Armenia (Yerevan), Poland (Warsaw), and Germany (Berlin) and provides consulting services to Western companies with a major focus on practical support in such areas as Market Analysis, Legal Entity Set-Up, Accounting Outsourcing, Import, Internal Audit/Due Diligence, Interim Management, Market Representative and CFO Function, Taxation, IT-/ERP-Systems, and Localization/Product Set Up.
Ulf Schneider is also CEO and Publisher of the OWC Foreign Trade Publishing House, whose print and online media focuses on Eastern European markets, China, Iran, and Turkey.
Before setting up SCHNEIDER GROUP, Ulf Schneider worked as CFO in the Moscow office of Allianz Insurance Company.
After studying economics in Kiel and at the University of Illinois Ulf Schneider worked for 5 years with Procter & Gamble in financial management at different offices in Germany and in Brussels, Belgium.
Ulf Schneider regularly gives presentations and speeches on the following topics:
Economic development and Business Set-up and Development in Russian speaking countries
Global trends in foreign trade
Common Economic Space from Lisbon to Vladivostok and the New Silk Road project
Ulf Schneider is co-chair of the working group on the creation of a common economic area from Lisbon to Vladivostok. He is a longtime member of Rotary, held the presidency of the Metropol Club Moscow, and supports the Charity Service of the Order of Malta in Russia.
In 2018 Ulf Schneider was listed in the ranking of the 1000 most influential managers in Russia, was among top 250 most influential personalities in the “General Directors” category, and was one of only two Germans.
Lars Flottrong is the Director – Partner of the Moscow office of SCHNEIDER GROUP. With his knowledge in economics and the expertise he gathered during his extensive work experience, Mr. Flottrong provides all of SCHNEIDER GROUP’s services to our clients and consults them in Russian, English, or German.
Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Lars Flottrong worked as Finance Director in the Moscow office of ED&F Man, one of the world’s largest physical commodity trading companies. During that time he was responsible for accounting, tax, and finance aspects of the Russian operations, including production.
After studying economics at the Moscow State University of International Relations, Lars Flottrong worked with international companies in both Russia and Germany at a senior level.
Lars Flottrong has made many presentations and held workshops all over the world on the following topics:
Market entry in Russia
- Business Set-up and Development
- Economic development and chances for exporting companies and investors
- Finance structuring of business
- Accounting and taxes in Russia
Kirill Afanasyev is the General Director of our SCHNEIDER GROUP office in Almaty. Together with his team of more than 40 experts, he provides our services to more than 60 multinational companies operating in Kazakhstan in various industries, such as construction, telecommunication, FMCG, subsurface use, logistics, consulting, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, and others.
In 2009, Mr. Afanasyev started as a Senior Tax Expert at SCHNEIDER GROUP after having worked in numerous companies, most recently Ernst & Young.
After his development within SCHNEIDER GROUP, he continues to share his expertise in the tax sphere with professional tax presentations, speeches, articles, and at our SCHNEIDER GROUP events.
Furthermore, Mr. Afanasyev uses his strengths to build and manage effective client relations and develop our business on the market in Kazakhstan. With his knowledge of the peculiarities regarding business in Kazakhstan, he has also supported the Canada-Eurasia-Russia Business Association (CERBA) as a Board Member since 2014. In representing CERBA in exhibitions, round tables, forums, and organizing events, he is working on devloping relations between Canadian and Kazakh businesses.
Yuri Donets is the Director of the Ukrainian office of SCHNEIDER GROUP and responsible for providing our services to clients in Ukraine. With his extensive business experience, including setting up operations, crisis management, and successful implementation of world-class financial controls, he is especially skilled in Commercial, Finance, and G&A matters.
Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP and after his economic studies, Mr. Donets climbed the corporate ladder through several finance and general management positions within well-known multinational businesses, the most recent being SC Johnson.
Mr. Donets has experience in the commercial activity of Ukrainian operations, customer leadership, growth benchmarks, and SAP projects, including multi-tier production, exports, imports, and local trade. His expertise additionally includes the areas of
- Risk mitigation
- Contingency planning
- Implementation of anticorruption procedures
- FCPA-related documentation
Furthermore, Mr. Donets has given several presentations and speeches on behalf of SCHNEIDER GROUP on the following topics:
- Business development
- Risk mitigation solutions
Adrian Branny is the General Director of the SCHNEIDER GROUP office in Poland and responsible for offering all our services at our Warsaw office. He is a Polish certified Tax Advisor with more than 12 years of professional experience in
- Income Taxation
- VAT and tax planning
- M&A Transactions
In addition, Mr. Branny is a World Bank consultant for corporate income tax in Poland.
Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Mr. Branny was an associate in the tax department of Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak Legal Office and worked as a Tax Manager for Deloitte in Poland in the Corporate Tax and Litigation team for more than 8 years.
He graduated from the Law Faculty at Warsaw University, where he got his Ph.D. in Tax Law.
Due to his expertise acquired from his education and work experience, Mr. Branny was a speaker at a number of conferences and has given presentations on topics related to
- Business setup in Poland
- Polish taxation
- Accounting environments
Natalya Shulzhenko is the Associate Director at SCHNEIDER GROUP’s Minsk office, and holds a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards “DipIFR-Rus АССА”. She has substantial experience advising clients in Belarus on:
- Current regulations for permanent establishment
- Practice of double tax treaties
After her Diploma in Accounting, Controlling, Analysis and Audit at the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics & Informatics, Ms. Shulzhenko gained experience as a Chief Accountant in different western companies and representative offices across a wide range of industries, including energy, construction, manufacturing, distribution, and the service sector.
Ms. Shulzhenko joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2009 and has made many presentations at seminars and conferences on the following topics:
- Peculiarities of Belarusian taxation
- Things to consider when importing into Belarus
- Accounting, taxes, and reporting – differences between subsidiaries and representative offices
Yuliya Sudnik is a Project Specialist and the Chinese Country Desk Manager of SCHNEIDER GROUP and is based out of the Moscow office. She has been the primary point of contact for many of our clients since 2013 and communicates with them in English, German, Chinese, and Russian.
As the Chinese Country Desk Manager, Ms. Sudnik helps SCHNEIDER GROUP participate in meetings with current and potential Chinese clients, developing our business direction, and providing communication support during negotiations and cooperation. As a Project Specialist, Ms. Sudnik provides our clients with consulting services in the area of payments, invoices, and other documents.
Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Ms. Sudnik gained a significant amount of knowledge over more than four years of studying abroad for her Master’s Degree and getting to know the peculiarities of the cultures she lived in. With her experiences in Germany, China, and Belarus, she helps to provide SCHNEIDER GROUP’s services for German, Russian, and Chinese clients.
Sergey Odintsov is currently responsible for our Tax and Legal Department at SCHNEIDER GROUP’s Minsk office, where he provides all of SCHNEIDER GROUP’s services to Western companies. He has a particular proficiency in practical support in legal entity set-up, restructuring, investment consulting, taxation, and tax advisory.
Odintsov is a tax and legal expert with more than 13 years of extensive experience in:
- Tax and legal advising
- Business set up and restructuring
- Corporate and commercial law
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Foreign investments
- Corporate and indirect taxation
- International taxation and tax structuring
Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Mr. Odintsov worked at numerous professional service companies, including one of the Big Four in Belarus. He advised international and local clients working in such economy sectors as engineering and construction, oil and gas, transportation and logistics, retail and consumer, pharmaceuticals, IT, and others.
Since 2006 Mr. Odintsov has been closely working with the IFC and World Bank on the Doing Business project by contributing his expertise to Paying Taxes Surveys for Belarus. Furthermore, he has participated in a number of promotional events and business conferences in Belarus and abroad that focus on foreign investments and market entry, corporate taxation, and transfer pricing.
Odintsov holds a degree in international law and has been admitted by the Ministry of Justice as a Tax and Legal Advisor (license No 471).
In her 5 years at SCHNEIDER GROUP, Daria Shelkova has progressed from Senior Accountant to Deputy Finance Director. She has led several major projects in finance, accounting, and taxation, including projects with staff located at our clients’ offices and projects in IFRS.
She has also participated in various internal projects and has vast experience as a trainer in our starsacademy. Now, she is not only a supervisor of an accounting group and a trainer, but leads the starsacademy project within our company.
Before Ms. Shelkova started working for SCHNEIDER GROUP she worked as Chief Accountant in a large research institute in the machinery industry and in a company developing banking software. Furthermore, she has experience in finance accounting within the fuel industry,the economics and accountancy side of machine-building, and metallurgical factory operations.
Shelkova graduated from the State Chuvash University as an economist with a qualification in Finance, Audit & Accounting, and has certificates as a Professional Chief Accountant, Tax Consultant, and a diploma in IFRS.
Shelkova’s work experience at SCHNEIDER GROUP and her previous experience in accounting and finance covers the following areas:
- Clinical research
- Construction and premises renting
- Industrial production
- IFRS accounting (transformation from RAS to IFRS; provisions on onerous contracts according to IAS 37)
Additionally, Ms. Shelkova has held seminars on the following topics:
- Taxation – property, land and vehicle taxes
- Taxation – profit tax
- Transfer Pricing
Artem Barinov is the Head of the Legal Department in SCHNEIDER GROUP’s Kyiv office and is responsible for providing legal and tax services to our clients in Ukraine. He mainly assists our clients with solving complex issues of corporate, tax, labor and, migration law. In addition, Mr. Barinov has proven experience in the areas of transfer pricing regulations and anti-corruption legislation in Ukraine.
Barinov graduated from the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University with a Master’s degree in Law, and has since gathered work experience for more than 9 years with international companies in the area of professional consulting services, insurance, and production.
Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Mr. Barinov worked as a Legal and Tax Consultant with KPMG, focusing on projects in the area of tax law, M&A, labor law, migration law, and foreign investment structuring.
He has given many presentations at different seminars and events on the following topics connected with business activities in Ukraine:
- Business set-up
- Taxation rules
- Transfer pricing
- Employment of foreigners
- Migration requirements
- Investments and financing
- Anti-corruption legislation
Christopher Schagerl works both for Kazakh and Moscow offices. In Moscow he is the Director of the HR department. He supports all Kazakh offices (Almaty, Astana, and Aktau) with Business Development and coordination between them. He effectively supports SCHNEIDER GROUP’s Managing Partner, Mr. Ulf Schneider, in Moscow as well as the General Director in Kazakhstan, Mr. Kirill Afanasyev.
Christopher Schagerl is in charge of the following tasks:
- Management of Human Resources and Recruiting team of Moscow headquarters
- Implementation of internal and external HR projects
- Development of the offices and business in Kazakhstan (Almaty, Astana, and Aktau)
- Support and promotion of the company’s activities in Chambers of Commerce in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Austria
- Contact partner for Austrian businesses and Austrian desk of SCHNEIDER GROUP
Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Christopher worked for 7 years as the Head of the Representative office and branches and as Financial Manager for an Austrian engineering and construction firm in Moscow. He was in charge of commercial administration and control of daughter companies, branch offices, and projects. Furthermore, he organized liquidation of business entities. There he had the chance to improve his strategic and product management skills, especially his knowledge of Budgeting, Financial Planning, and Controlling.
Christopher graduated from the Austrian University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt where he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in International Business Relations focusing on international finance, accounting, and controlling. He is an ACCA student and spent a semester at the ESCE Paris, had an internship in Kazan, and finished studies at Moscow State University and the Academy of Labor and Social Relations in Moscow.
Christopher’s native language is German, but he is also fluent in English and Russian and has basic proficiency in French.
Katharina Barthel leads SCHNEIDER GROUP’s marketing and event management department, and is responsible for its activities in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Poland, Germany, and target markets.
Barthel leads the event team, which organizes events on the premises of SCHNEIDER GROUP and in other venues. She has experience in developing concepts and organizing different formats from exclusive discussion rounds, seminars, and conferences, to large events and corporate outings.
SCHNEIDER GROUP rents out its state of the art facilities and takes over the organization of clients’ events via turn-key concepts and complete coordination.
Barthel has more than nine years of experience in marketing, procurement, and event management. In the past, she has worked in retail, for service providers, and hotels.
Katharina Barthel has a diploma in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing. She has studied in Berlin and Istanbul and has been living in Moscow for over four years. She is a native German, speaks fluent English, has good Russian skills, and a basic knowledge of Turkish.
Alexander Nuzhny is the Finance Director in the Moscow office of SCHNEIDER GROUP and has been with the company since 2007. With over 10 years of experience in financial economics, a Master’s in Finance, and knowledge of three languages (German, English, and Russian), Mr. Nuzhny is a highly skilled professional who furthered his development while working as an Associate Professor at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics in Financial accounting and IFRS.
Before SCHNEIDER GROUP Mr. Nuzhny worked as Chief Accountant at an oil and gas trading and manufacturing company.
Presently, Mr.Nuzhny is dedicated to sharing his expertise with his colleagues and SCHNEIDER GROUP clients. Among his professional activities are the following:
- Commercial and tax accounting
- Preparation of annual financial statements and audits in accordance with German GAAP and IFRS standards
- Preparation of managerial reports in accordance with IFRS standards
- Development of internal instructions for accounting record-keeping purposes
- Preparation of tax statements (income taxes, turnover tax, net worth tax, property taxes, vehicle tax, and social security contributions), separate VAT-detection, holding of import transactions, preparation of all accounting reports, relations with Russian tax authorities, and Non-Appropriated Funds
- Managing of Due Diligence projects
- Execution of General Director functions in international companies’ subsidiaries
Ms. Lozhovka has a total experience in Accounting and Finance of more than 12 years. Prior to entering SCHNEIDER GROUP, she started her career as accountant in Russian IT company, with further promotion to Chief Accountant. She also had experience as Finance Controller in a French company specializing in recruiting services. She started as Accountant in SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2009.
Ms. Lozhovka graduated from the Government University of Management with degree in Economics and from Moscow State University with a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Systems. She is a member of the Chamber of Tax Advisers, and an ACCA student with more than 11 passed exams.
Her business expertise is in the wholesale, trade, services, and logistics fields. She also leads SCHNEIDER GROUP’s starsacademy and Account Outsourcing Departments. She has special experience in accounting in SAP and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and Management reporting in IFRS and US GAAP.
A native Russian speaker, Ms. Lozhovka also speaks English fluently and has intermediate skills in German.
Alexander Stolarsky is the Director of the Tax and Legal Departments of SCHNEIDER GROUP in Moscow.
He is a German lawyer with more than 10 years’ experience in consulting clients in German and Russian jurisdictions. Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Alex worked as a Counsel in international law firms. Furthermore, he successfully completed his Legal Training at the Superior Court of Justice in Berlin, worked inter alia at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the German Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and at the Consulate General in New York City.
His business fields of expertise are M&A transactions, establishment and operations of joint ventures, comprehensive advice on market entries to Russia, localization, expansion, and exits.
Stolarsky regularly holds seminars on current economic topics and legal questions in regards to business in Russia and Germany. He is fluent in German, English, and Russian. Additionally he has basic knowledge in Hebrew.
Topics of presentations:
- Regulatory and Corporate Compliance
- Cross-Border Transactions
- Foreign Investments
- Production Set up in Russia
Ljubomir Karadshow is the IT Director and a member of the board at SCHNEIDER GROUP.
The IT services of SCHNEIDER GROUP, for which he is responsible, include consulting and the implementation of projects in KLR, accounting, financial management, and high-availability IT services such as business process outsourcing, cloud computing, and software-as-a-service (SaaS).
Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Ljubomir Karadshow worked in senior management for several consulting firms in Germany, including Accenture and “Partnerships Germany”. There, he assisted with modernization projects in federal ministries and authorities.
Ljubomir Karadshow studied computer engineering and computer technology at the Technical University of Ilmenau.
Ljubomir Karadshow gives presentations on ERP and IT systems in Russian speaking countries and leads a team of more than 30 experts.
Dr. Mathias Weber is the Director-Partner of our SCHNEIDER GROUP office in St. Petersburg. Together with his team of about 40 experts, he guarantees the best quality services to our clients in St. Petersburg and northern Russia. In particular, he strives to strengthen and extend our IT services, legal, and tax consulting.
Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Mr. Weber worked as an audit partner at EY CIS in Moscow. He also worked as a finance director for a GSA distributor of IT equipment. He worked as a licensed German auditor and tax advisor, as well as a CPA.
He has strong experience in
- External and internal audits
- IFRS, HGB, and Russian Accounting Standards
- Leading project teams
- Implementing different accounting systems in midsized companies
Dr. Weber shares his rich experience with the St. Petersburg business community.
Sergey Leoshko is the Head of the Tax Department of SCHNEIDER GROUP in Moscow.
He is a tax adviser with more than 15 years’ experience in consulting and in-house tax affairs management for clients in doing business in Russia and other jurisdictions. Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Sergey worked as a Head of the Tax Department and Group Tax Manager in various international firms from different industries such as FMCG, IT, and Consulting. His experience includes inter alia successful building of in-house tax functions and long term sustainable business solutions, tax planning, and defense for global industry leaders across Russia, CIS countries, EU member states, the UK, the US, and the Asia-Pacific region.
His business fields of expertise are IP structures, pre-IPO restructuring, M&A transactions, supply chain structuring, transfer pricing, tax audits, market entries, business expansion, and exits for Russian and CIS markets.
Leoshko regularly holds seminars on current local and international taxation topics in relation to doing business in Russia. He is fluent in English and Russian. Additionally he has good knowledge of Spanish.
Topics of presentations:
- Corporate Income Taxation
- Beneficial Ownership on Income from Russian Sources
- Currency Control in Russia
- VAT and Supply Chain Structuring
- Tax Evasion and Responsibility of Management and Business Owners
Nodir Ayupov is the Head of SCHNEIDER GROUP’s Office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, providing consulting services to Western companies with a major focus on practical support in such areas as Legal Entity Set-Up, Accounting Outsourcing, Import, Internal Audit / Due Diligence, Interim Management, Taxation, and IT-/ERP-Systems.
After studying Finance, Consulting and Venture Management at Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA) and International Business at Tashkent State Economic University, he joined Uzbekistan Airways where he was promoted to the Chief of Foreign Relations Department. During his 18 years of experience in Uzbekistan Airways, Mr. Ayupov successfully managed the airline’s foreign offices in Kazakhstan, Greece, and Spain.
His extensive experience in a western business environment and with the government – private sector interaction process plays a key role in the efficient implementation of his projects.
Mr. Ayupov has taught courses on Managerial Accounting in Tashkent State Economic University.
Felix Paytyan is the Head of SCHNEIDER GROUP’s office in Armenia and is responsible for offering our services in the region.
He received his Master’s degree in Marketing and Commerce at the French University in Armenia (Jean Moulin Lyon 3). After graduating, Felix started working in the HoReCa sector as a Marketing Manager and then as a Marketing Director. He later established his own company in sports brand promotion and distribution in Armenia and Ukraine.
In 2009 Felix joined the Belgian-Armenian Chamber of Commerce and later became its Vice President and Director for Armenia in 2013. He has since been organising and coordinating business missions between Belgium and Armenia to promote and deepen bilateral commercial relations. Felix has extensive experience in cooperation between the private and public sectors, international business communication, and trade.
The international profile of his work experience, as well as his extensive networking with Armenian and international business, makes Felix the ideal person to assist you in the region.