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 founded his SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2003. He is the President and owner of the well-established consulting enterprise that offers international companies services for their market entry and expansion
in Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, , Ukraine
He also is the CEO and Publisher of the owc Foreign Trade Publishing House, a German publishing house, rich in tradition, whose print and online media focus on Russia, CIS, China and Africa.
Before setting up SCHNEIDER GROUP, Ulf Schneider worked as CFO in the Moscow office of Allianz Insurance Company.
After studying economic sciences at the university of Kiel (Germany) and at the University of Illinois (USA) Ulf Schneider has worked for 5 years at Procter & Gamble in the financial management area at different offices in Germany and in Brussels, Belgium.
Ulf Schneider regularly gives public speeches with emphasis on the following topics:
- Business set-up and development in Russia and CIS
- Global trends in foreign trade
Common Economic Space from Lisbon to Vladivostok
Ulf Schneider is the Chairman of the board of the business-initiative for the creation of a Common Economic Space from Lisbon to Vladivostok which was founded in 2015. It is driven by companies, business associations and think tanks from the EU and the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union).
He is a longtime member of Rotary and held the presidency of the Metropol Club Moscow as well as he was the treasurer of the Russian district of Rotary.
In 2020 Ulf Schneider was appointed President of the Moscow Charity Service of the Order of Malta. Under his presidency the humanitarian service went through a major further development with a new focus on bringing people in need back to their own pro-active life.
In 2018 and 2019 Ulf Schneider was listed in the ranking of the 250 most influential General Directors in Russia – as one of only two Germans.
Philip Gudgeon joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2020 as CEO and is responsible for the management of all 12 SCHNEIDER GROUP offices with more than 500 employees.
Before moving to SCHNEIDER GROUP he was a Partner in the international consulting firms Oliver Wyman and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Moscow and consulted international companies on strategy, process improvement, risk management, organization optimization and governance issues.
Philip’s industry experience covers a broad range of financial services institutions (retail, corporate banking, and investment, insurance) for more than 25 years, including development of digital business models; additionally, he has led projects in other vertical sectors including Communications & Media, Oil & Gas, Metals & Mining and Retail.
Philip graduated from Cambridge University in Modern Languages before going on to further university studies in philosophy and theology. He is a qualified banker (Chartered Institute of Bankers, UK) and completed an executive MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, USA.
He started his career in banking as a Credit Analyst in Barclays Bank, UK before beginning his career in management consulting, initially in the UK and later in CEE and Russia.
Philip is active in thought leadership, publishing articles on management topics in leading business journals in Russia and elsewhere, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and facilitator of corporate strategy sessions.
He is fluent in 5 languages (English, Russian, German, French and Italian).
Kirill Afanasyev is a 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 a 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
- Risk mitigation solutions
Lars Flottrong is a Partner of the Moscow office of SCHNEIDER GROUP and a Member of the European Board of Leading Edge Alliance (LEA).
Lars specializes in projects in Digitalization, Innovation, Business setup, Business Process Management, IT and Finance.
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 senior management 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
- Digital transformation
Lars is an ISO 31000 certified Risk Management Trainer AT31000 and Risk Management Professional C31000.
Ekaterina Lozhkova, Financial Director, Partner, 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 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.
Areas of Expertise
- Investments in Russia
- Greenfield and brownfield projects
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Joint ventures
- Legal studies at the Freie Universität Berlin
- Worked at an international law firm in Germany
- Worked at international law firms in Moscow
- Recommended for Real Estate in Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA 2013 – 2019
- Notable practitioner for Real Estate in Russia, Chambers Europe 2016 – 2019
- Recommended for Corporate and M&A in Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA 2015, 2018, 2019
- Among the Best Lawyers for Trade Law in Russia, Best Lawyers 2014 – 2020
- Among the world’s leading Franchise lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Business and Franchise Lawyers 2012 – 2018
- Recognized in Construction & Real Estate in Russia, Who’s Who Legal 2010, 2011
Thomas Mundry has been living and working in Russia since 1994. He has extensive experience advising on investment, financing, and other projects for both Western and Russian businesses in Russia.
Dr. Mundry focuses on greenfield and brownfield projects, but also on M&A and joint venture projects. His sphere of activity covers a wide range of industries, including automotive manufacturing and supply, oil and gas, chemicals, engineering, retail, food, consumer goods, fashion, and IT.
Alexander Nuzhny is a 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
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.
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.
Natalia Wilke is a graduate lawyer (St. Petersburg State University) and a SCHNEIDER GROUP partner in St. Petersburg. For over 20 years, Natalia has been engaged in the field of legal consulting, working at Beiten Burkhard and Salans (now – Dentons). At the beginning of 2021, she became the Head of the SCHNEIDER GROUP St. Petersburg office.
She provides consultations to clients regarding production localization in Russia, investments in real estate, establishment and management of Russian joint ventures and subsidiaries of foreign companies, as well as other issues of corporate and labor law.
Her working languages are German, English, and Russian
Natalya Shulzhenko is a 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
Nodir Ayupov is a 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
- 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
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).
Artem Barinov is the Associate Director 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 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.
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.
Over 15 years of work in the SCHNEIDER GROUP St. Petersburg office, Olga Mastsevaya has risen from a senior accountant to become a financial director.
She graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Economics and earned a degree in Accounting, Analysis, and Audit and received additional higher education at Moscow State University and pursuing a degree in Financial Management
She is certified an accountant by the Institute of Professional Accountants of Russia. Currently, she is receiving additional higher education at Moscow State University with a degree in Financial Management.
In her professional activities, she is engaged in the following areas:
- accounting, taxes, and reporting in accordance with RAS standards, including audit,
- executing management reports in accordance with IFRS standards,
- communication with Russian tax authorities and off-budget funds,
- acting as CEO for subsidiaries of international companies.
Anna Afanasyeva holds a position of the Associate Director, Legal & Tax with SCHNEIDER GROUP. She is a legal advisor with a business-oriented financial and tax law background and has extensive experience in supporting local and cross-border IT projects in various tax and legal issues.
Anna studied law at the St. Petersburg State University (2001) and has a degree in accounting and economics (State Professional Development, St. Petersburg Law School, 1998). She is also a specialist in technical sciences (St. Petersburg State Technical University, 1996) and holds the diploma awarded by the Accounting Association (GAAP advanced training course at the International Banking School, 2005).