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Andrey Grachev, Counsel

Andrey Grachev


Head of Tax Practice, PhD in Law


Russian, English

Practice areas

  • Industrials
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Local government
  • Procurement strategies
  • Retail
  • Shipping, Ports and Logistics
  • Tax planning and consultancy
  • Technology
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Transport

Practice notes

Andrey leads our Tax practice in Russia. Andrey has vast experience in performing a wide range of Russian and multinational tax advisory and tax structuring engagements across various industries, negotiations with tax authorities, successful litigations, tax management projects and preparing tax law amendments as well as discussing them with Russian Government and Parliament as a member of Tax and Budget Committee of the Russian State Duma. International Tax Review recognizes Andrey as Tax Controversy Leader 2015-2017 in Russia.

Andrey has extensive experience in rail, aviation and shipping, ports, technology, e-commerce, diversified industrials, government and retail business areas.

Andrey’s recent projects include:  

  • Elaboration of VAT and CPT methodology, business-process mapping in relation to a number of international transactions for a large Russian aircraft company
  • Assistance in tax audit and tax dispute for a large aircraft company, shipping and railway companies regarding beneficial owner of income for the aircraft leasing contracts, VAT place of supply for various services issues, CPT deductions, CPT exemption and CFC rules in the total amount of more than USD 100 million
  • Assistance to a number of international e-service providers in tax structuring of their business in Russia due to enforcement of the new VAT rules for e-services
  • Development of new VAT rules for low-value goods in Russia based on OECD’s Action 1 BEPS Plan and best worldwide tax practice as well as ongoing representation of clients’ position under government authorities in this matter
  • Support of a VAT refund and VAT incentive application for a large telecom company in the amount more than USD 10 million
  • Preparation of internal tax policy on cooperation with suppliers and tax risk minimization for a large pharmaceutical retailer
  • VAT and CPT tax structuring on a service agreement for a large Russian oil & gas company in the total amount of more than USD 16 million
  • Tax dispute assistance regarding the taxation of a contribution to a charter capital for a large international manufacturing company in the total amount of USD 1 million

Andrey was one of the leading experts for the Federal Law # 163-FZ of 18.07.2017 (GAAR reform, new article 54.1 of the RF Tax Code) and for the Federal Law # 244-FZ of 03.07.2016 (VAT on the electronically supplied services in Russia).

Andrey is lecturing at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Institute of Tax Management and Real Estate Economics within the courses “Strategic tax planning and risk management”, “Tax advocacy” and others.

Andrey was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in advising companies in Transport and Logistics sector in the Kommersant Legal Rating 2021

“We would like to thank Andrey Grachev and Anton Borisichev for their professionalism, promptness, efficiency and engagement. We have received very well-structured and comprehensible tax advice concerning not only the Russian jurisdiction, but also Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates”, Legal 500 2020

"Andrey Grachev is 'highly competent, efficient and experienced' in domestic and international tax structures, due diligence and tax dispute resolution", Legal500 2019