Lidings Bolsters its Tax and Customs Practice With Hire of the New Counsel

Lidings is pleased to announce Dmitry Kirillov joining the Firm as counsel in Tax and Customs practice.

Prior to joining Lidings Dmitry Kirillov was a senior associate in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia). Dmitry brings more than 20 years of legal and tax practice to the Firm including strong expertise gained from working in large international consulting companies such as Arthur Andersen и Ernst & Young.

Dmitry’s clients are large Russian and international companies, representatives of different industrial sectors, such as: oil and gas, software, financial markets, air transportation, energy, heavy machinery, construction and development, food and confectionary products, and many others. Dmitry also has a special interest in advising on tax and regulatory issues in the sphere of digital economy (taxation of IT companies, regulation of digital financial assets, investment platforms activities).

At Lidings Dmitry will focus on advising clients on various tax and legal issues, including business structuring, tax and legal audit during acquisitions, as well as protecting clients' interests at all stages of pre-audit analysis and tax audits, pre-trial and judicial challenging of the results of tax audits, as well as during the investigation of criminal cases on tax crimes.

Among Dmitry’s representative projects: representing one of the worldwide leading software companies in a successful resolution of a tax dispute on transfer of intellectual property rights resulting in immunity from VAT and profit tax valued in total about $6 million, as well as $400 000 of fines; development of rules and regulations of the blockchain investment platform to be launched by the major Russian telecom operator; representing a major software company in the successful resolution of the tax dispute at the pre-litigation stage resulting in profits tax and VAT relief, as well as immunity from collection of fines and interest totaling to over $600.

Dmitry is a graduate of the Moscow University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He is the author of multiple publications and is frequently invited to act as expert and speaker at key events of the professional legal community in Russia and abroad. Ranked by Best Lawyers in Tax Law, FinTech Practice and Arbitration & Mediation in Russia.

Partner and Head of Tax and Customs practice at Lidings Stepan Guzey The decision on admission of a tax expert with such a high level of qualification is based on significantly increased number of large-scale projects entailing tax legislation issues the Firm is currently involved in. And in its turn, this is born out of the Lidings collaboration with Andersen Global international association. Dmitry’s extensive experience in managing projects involving major Russian and foreign companies from various industries will also allow us to strengthen industrial expertise of the Tax and Customs practice. We are pleased to welcome Dmitry to our team and wish him success.