We have been advising entrepreneurs, high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other countries in the CIS region for over 10 years. Having English qualified fluent Russian speakers in our team means that we can explain and discuss complex English law concepts with our clients in their own language. Our deep understanding of cultural differences between the CIS and the UK enables us to provide comprehensive advice tailored to our clients' needs so that our clients are well placed to take decisions which are best for them, their families and businesses.  

We have leading specialists in:

  • UK and international taxation
  • estate and succession planning
  • probate and estate administration
  • trust management
  • property taxation and structuring of UK property ownership
  • property conveyancing, construction and property disputes
  • aircraft, yacht and real estate financing
  • investment funds
  • charity law   

We advise individuals and families from CIS countries who are resident or thinking of taking up residence in the UK or who own property here on how to structure ownership of their assets and organise their financial affairs tax efficiently to preserve their wealth and control its destination. Many of our Russian speaking clients own business interests and other assets across many jurisdictions. Our experience of working with other jurisdictions allows us to find solutions to complex international tax, succession and management issues. We obtain expert advice on local taxation and succession laws as and when required and have regard to relevant double taxation treaties. We assist clients with purchases, sales and financing of residential and commercial property in prime London locations and elsewhere. We look after every aspect of a property transaction and have extensive experience in carrying out substantial property transactions tax efficiently. We have expertise in and act for ultra high net worth individuals on the financing of aircraft, yachts, art work and share portfolios.

We are the largest dedicated Russia & CIS Group in the City comprising over 50 dynamic and highly experienced specialists drawn from key practice areas within the firm, out of which over 20 are Russian speakers. To learn more about our Russia & CIS Group, please visit About Russia & CIS Group.

 

Notable deals and highlights

  • Advising Russian speaking HNW individuals resident outside the UK on relocating to the UK and establishing UK residence. Advising on steps to be taken prior to relocation.
  •  Advising Russian speaking HNW individuals (both UK and non-UK resident) on non-domicile taxation.
  • Advising Russian speaking HNW individuals who are resident in the UK and own assets in multiple jurisdictions in relation to international taxation and estate planning.
  • Advising Russian speaking HNW individuals (UK and non-UK resident) on taxation of their high value UK residential property and tax efficient structuring of property ownership.
  • Advising HNW Russian speaking individuals on the tax consequences of the disposal of high value UK residential property on divorce.
  • Assisting prominent Russian speaking individuals with setting up UK charities.
  • Assisting ultra-high net worth individuals from Russia and the CIS region in connection with acquisition of and lending secured on yachts, aircraft, investment products and collections of art.
  • Acting for high net worth individuals from Russia and other CIS countries in connection with acquisition and financing of high value residential and commercial property in prime London locations and elsewhere.
  • Acting for high net worth individuals in connection with major construction projects and renovation works in their UK property.
  • Representing high net worth individuals in property and construction disputes.

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