Elena Vasilyeva

+44 (0)20 7203 5144

Elena Vasilyeva

Senior Associate  |  Charles Russell Speechlys
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales
Russia

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal tax
Succession
Immigration

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Finding solutions for clients with complex matters, has been a pleasure and fulfilling. Where lawyers from various departments from across the firm put their heads together and work as a team. Being involved in a project like this gives the greatest satisfaction as it shows that together we can navigate the client through cross discipline and cross border matters to find the best possible solution for them.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Constantly try to expand your area of expertise. Your clients will come to you with real life questions, which are complex and complicated (as life is) and quite often not limited to personal tax or succession only. Be prepared to identify red flags from neighbouring areas of law (corporate tax, family, immigration etc.) and involve other experts, in order to avoid solutions which are technically correct but have the potential to create problems for the client when other aspects of their position have not been taken into consideration.

What is your favourite quote?

Brought up with Russian literature, a quote from the world famous Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, comes to mind. With his tribute to things which really matter - “There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth” (Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace).


Michael Kunzi

Michael Kunzi

Chief Representative  |  Marcuard Heritage
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Russia

RECOMMENDED SPECIALISMS

Asset Manager


Evgeny Timofeev

+7 (495) 287 4444

Evgeny Timofeev

Senior Partner  |  Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Russia

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Asset holding structures
Tax


Olga Boltenko

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Olga Boltenko

Managing Partner  |  Boltenko Law
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Russia
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Tax

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Growing my own firm Boltenko Law from 1 person to 3 and achieving recognition for the firm by peers and clients.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Be innovative and keep your mind open.

What is your favourite quote?

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour,” Elon Musk.


Artem Toropov

+7 903 2211668

Artem Toropov

Senior Associate  |  Baker McKenzie
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Russia

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Succession planning
Asset holding structures
Tax

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

In 2017 and 2018 our team and I have been actively instructed by many leading private banks in Switzerland and their clients on the matters of Russian tax compliance and disclosure, including in relation to: Russian voluntary disclosure program that has been restarted for 2018-2019 to meet the increased demand of Russian high net worth individuals; CRS-related compliance prior to commencement of the exchange with Russia in 2018; compliance with the Russian CFC rules that affect, among others, Russian clients with personal and business assets aboard, including offshore trusts and foundations; and Russian currency control (RCC) rules that apply to foreign personal accounts of Russian residents.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Anticipate the current and future needs of clients, be bold and proactive in addressing these needs in ways that reflect your own values and beliefs, even if it means going against market trends and the usual way of doing things.

What is your favourite quote?

“Nuclear physics is much easier than tax law. It's rational and always works the same way,” Jerold Rochwald.