our profiles

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, Managing Partner

Ulf Schneider founded SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2003, and is currently the CEO and President of SCHNEIDER GROUP, and also CEO and Publisher of the OWC Foreign Trade Publishing House, whose print and online media focuses on Eastern European markets, China, Iran, and Central Asia.

Before founding SCHNEIDER GROUP, he worked as CFO in the Moscow office of Allianz Insurance Company.

After studying economics in Kiel and at the University of Illinois he worked for 5 years with Procter & Gamble in financial management at different offices in Germany and in Brussels, Belgium.

Mr. 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 also  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 he 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, Director-Partner at SCHNEIDER GROUP

Lars Flottrong is the 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 Director at SCHNEIDER GROUP in Almaty

Kirill Afanasyev is the Partner 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 Director at SCHNEIDER GROUP in Kyiv

Yuri Donets is the Partner of the Ukrainian office of SCHNEIDER GROUP and responsible for providing our services to clients in Ukraine and Armenia. 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
  • Finance
  • Risk mitigation solutions
Adrian Branny is General Director at SCHNEIDER GROUP Warsaw

Adrian Branny is Partner and head of the Polish office of SCHNEIDER GROUP in Warsaw and responsible for both Poland and Belarus. He is a certified tax advisor with more than 15 years of professional experience.

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. In addition, Mr. Branny was a World Bank consultant for corporate income tax in Poland.

He studied at the Law Faculty of Warsaw University, where he also lectured in public finance and tax law.

Natalia Shulzhenko is Head of Office at SCHNEIDER GROUP Minsk

Natalya Shulzhenko is the 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:

  • Accounting
  • Taxation
  • 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
Yulia Sudnik works at SCHNEIDER GROUP

Yuliya Sudnik is a Project Manager 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 works at SCHNEIDER GROUP

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).

Daria Shelkova works at SCHNEIDER GROUP

In her 5 years at SCHNEIDER GROUP, Daria Shelkova has progressed from Senior Accountant to Finance Director, responsible for financial management. She has led several major projects in finance, accounting, and taxation, including projects with staff located at our clients’ offices and projects in IFRS.

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
  • Trade
  • 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 works at SCHNEIDER GROUP

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 is Director at SCHNEIDER GROUP

Christopher Schagerl heads the interim management department in the Moscow office of SCHNEIDER GROUP and is responsible for the following areas:

  • Management of the Interim Management service line, providing management resources for the general director, branch, or representative office manager functions.
  • Organisation of business processes in interim management in cooperation with local companies and owner representatives.
  • Acting as the authorised representative for bank authorisations
  • Support and promotion of business services in the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Russia, Austria, Germany, and Australia
  • Contact for Austrian and Australian service desks at SCHNEIDER GROUP.

Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Christopher Schagerl worked for 7 years as representative, branch manager, and financial manager at an Austrian engineering and construction company in Moscow. His tasks included the commercial administration and control of subsidiaries, branches, and projects in plant construction. He was also involved in the liquidation of legal entities. He was able to develop and improve his management skills and acquire deep knowledge in budgeting, financial planning and controlling, and HR management.

He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt (Austria) with a master’s degree in international business relations, specialising in international finance, accounting, and controlling. He is currently an ACCA student. In addition, he studied at the ESCE in Paris, supplemented his education with practical work in the city of Kazan (Russia), and attended courses at Moscow State University and the Academy for Labour and Social Relations in Moscow.

His mother tongue is German. He is also fluent in English and Russian and has a basic knowledge of French.

Katharina Barthel works at SCHNEIDER GROUP

Katharina Barthel as a director 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 works at SCHNEIDER GROUP

Alexander Nuzhny is the Partner Accounting, Financial Management  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
Ekaterina Lozhkova works at SCHNEIDER GROUP

Ms. Lozhkova has a more than 12 years of experience in Accounting and Finance. Prior to entering SCHNEIDER GROUP, she started her career as accountant in a Russian IT company, with further promotion to chief accountant. She also has experience as a finance controller in a French company specializing in recruiting services. She started as an accountant at SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2009.

Ms. Lozhkova graduated from the Government University of Management with a 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. Lozhkova also speaks English fluently and has intermediate skills in German.

Alex Stolarsky now works at SCHNEIDER GROUP

Alex Stolarsky is a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) and Partner of SCHNEIDER GROUP in Moscow. He has been advising German and international investors on their activities in Russia and Russian investors in Germany for almost 15 years. Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2017, he worked in the Moscow offices of the major international law firms Beiten Burkhardt and Dentons.

He has been advising German and international investors on their activities in Russia and Russian investors in Germany for almost 15 years. Before joining SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2017, he worked in the Moscow offices of the major international law firms Beiten Burkhardt and Dentons.

Mr. Stolarsky’s practice covers a broad range of corporate and legal matters with a particular focus on M&A, joint ventures, commercial and corporate law, and compliance. He primarily represents foreign investors in all phases of their business activities in Russia – from market entry, expansion, and production localization to liquidation. His work also includes advising Russian investors in the German market.

Mr. Stolarsky is a regular guest speaker at conferences in Germany and Russia on current legal issues and German-Russian economic relations.

Ljubomir Karadshow works at SCHNEIDER GROUP

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 50 experts.


Dr. Mathias Weber is the 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.

Nodir Ayupov

Nodir Ayupov is the Director 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.


Diana Movsesyan has extensive experience in advising Armenian as well as international companies and foreign investors on various aspects of tax, labor/migration, civil law, including contract law. She supports preparation of all types of contracts under Armenian law as well as their negotiation with the contract parties. Diana Movsesyan focuses also on aspects of the company’s operations, including, but not limited to business, financial, procedural, staff and legal matters including business with government agencies and other authorities as required, as well as presentation in courts. Her sphere of competence covers many industries, including IT, telecommunication, pharma, automobile and banking.


  • Tax, labor/migration, civil law
  • Telecom and IT
  • Pharma


  • Providing legal support in fluent Armenian, English and Russian
  • Legal studies at the Moscow Academy of Business
  • LLB in common law, International Programmes, University of London, United Kingdom
  • In-house experience with a large telecommunication and pharmaceutical company


  • Arvato Bertelsmann
  • Medice
  • HEEL
  • Uniserve