Andrey Grachev

Partner, Head of Tax

- - andrey.grachev@birchlegal.ru

About

Andrey has more than seventeen years of experience in tax consulting and international business structuring in relation to:
  • investments of Russian companies abroad and foreign companies in Russia, including structuring Russian businesses in the Middle East – UAE, Qatar, Oman
  • M&A and corporate reorganizations
  • supply chain structuring in terms of tax, currency and customs aspects
  • intragroup financing and rendering different types of business services
  • due diligence of companies
  • preparation of policies and implementation of various business processes with a tax component
  • conducting tax investigations and solving tax disputes
  • development and discussion of tax bills

The clients of Andrey's tax practice include leaders of the Russian economy, international holdings, Russia's largest industrial, chemical, transport, agricultural and IT companies. Andrey is a lecturer at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) at the Institute of Tax Management and Real Estate Economics. In large part thanks to Andrey’s contributions to the development of the practice of customs law and foreign economic activity, his firm was deemed the leading practice in Russia by the Forbes Club Legal Ranking.

Experience

  • advising a German multinational engineering corporation on the comprehensive restructuring of contractual relations and developing VAT recovery options for advance payments

  • drafting a new policy for a major agricultural company that is applicable to its operations with suppliers in order to reflect the new Russian General Anti-Avoidance Rules

  • representing a major airline company in a tax dispute against the beneficial owner of financial leasing income

  • structuring an international bonus program as part of a tolling model of chemical component supplies

  • analyzing tax risks and structuring the sale of shares of a Russian joint stock company by an Italian shareholder structured via Luxembourg, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands

  • analyzing the tax aspects and optimizing the ownership structure of Russian assets for a major French industrial group

Education

2009Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), PhD in Law
2006National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Specialist’s Degree in Financial Law

Languages

  • English
  • Russian

Career

2022–pres.Partner, Head of Tax, BIRCH LEGAL
2018–2022Counsel, Head of Tax, Eversheds Sutherland
2010–2018Director of Tax Department, KPMG
2010Chief Specialist, SIBUR Holding
2008–2010Associate, Pepeliaev, Goltsblat and Partners
2005-2008Counsel, Ministry of Economic Development of Russia

Testimonials

Andrey has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Tax and Digital economy / Fintech by the Kommersant Legal Rating 2023

Andrey was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Tax in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2023

Andrey was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Тах, Customs and International Trade in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2024

Andrey was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in Tax, Customs and International Trade in the Pravo300 Legal Rating 2022

Andrey was personally mentioned as a leading lawyer in advising companies in Transport and Logistics sector in the Kommersant Legal Rating 2021-2022

Andrey has been selected by Best Lawyers in Russia 2020-2022 for his work in Tax law

Andrey is recommended in Tax controversy by World Tax 2021

“Counsel Andrey Grachev is very outspoken and very attentive to detail”, The Legal 500 2021

“We have known Andrey Grachev for many years, so for us, the main advantage is understanding the specifics of the industry in which our company operates. This greatly minimizes the need for additional explanations to lawyers about business processes. Moreover, in our opinion, this knowledge of our activities allowed us to apply tax rules in situations where there were no official explanations and court practice”, The Legal 500 2021

“Andrey Grachev proved himself to be a professional who knows how to draw clear and understandable conclusions on our issues and give useful recommendations suitable for our company. In addition, one of the important points for us is simplicity and ease of communication, which we can always count on”, The Legal 500 2021

“Andrey Grachev and Anton Borisichev directly provide us with tax consulting services. We are pleased with the progress of the project and the progress that our company has been able to achieve globally”, The Legal 500 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”, The Legal 500 2020

“Andrey Grachev is highly competent, efficient and experienced in domestic and international tax structures, due diligence and tax dispute resolution”, The Legal 500 2019