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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP — Russian Practice of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, international law firm.
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Private Client

Our global Private Client team advises Russian and international high and ultra-high net worth individuals and their families on all matters affecting their business, personal and family wealth, as well as the institutions entrusted with effectively managing that wealth.

In Russia, we focus on helping high and ultra-high net worth individuals of Russian origin and with an international presence and work together seamlessly across our global network to deliver to our clients, many of whom have complex affairs in multiple jurisdictions, advice tailored to their needs, objectives, values and future plans.

Each of those exacting clients have relied on our expert team of lawyers to take care of the fine details of cross-border tax, property investment, trusts and foundations, dispute resolution, long-term succession plans, risks to privacy, and many other issues facing them and their businesses. Our work is characterised by: succinct, commercial legal advice that identifies the best path through complex problems; tax efficiency; tailored thinking; discretion; and demonstrating an exceptional personal commitment.

Personal service and attention to individual, business, and family circumstances are hallmarks of our private client practice.

Our global Private Client team has helped over 5,000 wealth owners around the world, their families and their other advisers, to protect, grow and pass on their personal and business wealth. Over 600 of those clients have been with us for 10 or more years.

Globally, we are ranked as a Tier 1 firm by Legal 500 for both Personal tax, trusts and probate and Contentious trusts and probate and in Tier 2 by Chambers and Partners.


Our services for high and ultra-high net worth individuals and their families of Russian origin and with multijurisdictional presence include:

  • Succession planning, wills & probate:
    • International asset holding structures to govern succession to business and personal wealth
    • Planning for the succession to family businesses
    • Wills for Russian and non-Russian assets
    • Cross-border conflicts of succession laws
    • Post-death inheritance tax mitigation
    • Estate planning for Russian assets of non-Russian individuals
    • Probate and estate administration for cross-border estates
    • Disputes relating to cross-border estates
    • Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney – including acting for attorneys and deputies
    • Pre and post nuptial agreements
  • Tax planning, disputes & compliance:
    • Residence and domicile, pre-immigration tax and wealth planning and emigration planning
    • International and cross-border personal and corporate tax planning
    • International asset holding structures for personal and business assets, including art, private jets and yachts
    • Tax efficient remuneration and the tax efficient extraction of business profit
    • Tax efficient structuring of investments for Russian and non-Russian domiciled individuals
    • Corporate tax planning for trading compliance
    • Taxation of real estate investment, development and trading
    • Tax authority enquiries and investigations
    • Advising on and conducting tax litigation
    • Voluntary disclosure of undeclared tax liabilities
    • Obtaining formal revenue clearances
    • Dispute prevention
    • Tax profile risk management
    • Reporting obligations

  • Wealth structuring:
    • International asset holding structures to govern the control and succession of business and personal assets for high-net-worth families
    • Private trust companies and private foundations
    • Family trusts, succession of value and control
    • Family constitutions/family governance
    • Asset protection – including trust planning and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreement

  • Philanthropy:
    • Tax efficient charitable giving
    • Charitable structures - including family controlled philanthropic vehicles
    • Advice on investments that produce a social as well as a financial return
    • Charities: fundraising ventures, licensing arrangements, intellectual property and commercial transactions; governance; regulation and compliance; dual qualified charitable structures; trustee risks and responsibilities

  • Privacy & reputation protection:
    • Privacy advice and litigation
    • Advice on data protection and information security
    • Dealing with data breaches
    • Protection of legal privilege
    • Protection of trade secrets
    • Defamation advice
    • Protection from harassment
    • Use and abuse of social media
    • Litigation involving mainstream media
    • Public relations
    • Crisis management

  • Real estate – commercial and residential in Russia / internationally:
    • Purchases and sales of residential and commercial real estate
    • Funding, structuring and taxation of residential and commercial real estate
    • Tax planning on real estate investment, trading and development
    • Non-resident landlords
    • Estate planning for Russian real estate
    • Pre-sale portfolio reorganisation
    • Fiduciary real estate holding structures
    • Development and servicing agreements
    • Residential Joint Ventures
    • Wealth Management – buying and selling high value homes for personal use

  • Family asset protection:
    • Divorce
    • Pre and post-nuptial agreements
    • Arrangements for children and children disputes
    • Cohabitation
    • Civil Partnerships
    • Trust planning and corporate structuring of assets

  • Family businesses & family office:
    • Tax efficient structuring for investment and trading activities
    • Shareholders’ agreements and shareholder disputes
    • Business succession planning
    • Family constitutions/family governance agreements
    • Sale of a family business
    • Regulatory and compliance issues for family offices
    • Preventing and resolving family disputes
    • Confidentiality issues, including online risks
    • Service and administration agreements
    • Personal, trust and corporate tax advice
    • Philanthropy and charitable giving; and
    • Privacy and reputational protection for family members

  • Wealth Management Institutions:
    • Structuring products and services for the high-net-worth clients of private wealth management institutions
    • Situs of assets and source of income for tax purposes
    • Segregated account structuring
    • Establishing investment and trading platforms
    • Remittance advice in banking and investment structures
    • Powers of attorney in banking arrangements
    • Domicile and residence
    • Fiduciary duties and obligations
    • Regulatory and compliance disputes
    • Tax issues
    • Estate and succession issues
    • Reputational and risk management

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Andrey Goltsblat
Country Managing Partner (Russia), Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia), Senior Partner, Private Client, M&A, Investment Projects
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