Private Investor: Russia & CIS

Leading wealth-management conference helping Russian HNWIs to achieve investment goals in a rapidly changing world

11 - 12 December 2017

The Waldorf Hilton, London

Early speaker confirmations for 2017

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Roland joined Verno Capital in January 2011 as Senior Partner and Chief Investment Strategist and has 20 years of experience in the Russian and FSU markets. Prior to this Roland was Co-Head of Renaissance Capital’s Equity Product Group, responsible for managing a 200-strong sales, trading, and research team in New York, London, and across Africa and Russia/FSU.  From 2003 until 2010, he was Head of Research at Renaissance Capital, managing a team of 85 research analysts across Russia, the FSU, and Africa. At the same time, Roland was also Chief Equity Strategist, advising Renaissance Capital’s client base on investment opportunities across Russia/FSU and between 2006 and 2010, Roland sat on the Executive Committee of Renaissance Capital, developing business strategy for the bank. In every year during his time at Renaissance Capital, the team was voted the best research house in Russia in the annual All-Europe Institutional Investor survey and between 2004 and 2009 Roland was voted the number one strategist for Russia in every All-Russia Institutional Investor survey.

He began his career in 1994 as a senior economic expert at the Russian European Centre for Economic Policy (RECEP), where he was involved in advising the Russian government on economic policy. During that period he was one of the authors of “Russian Economic Trends,” Russia’s leading macroeconomic journal, and acted as advisor to the Ministry of Economy and the Centre for Economic Reform.

Roland graduated from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he received a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He is a British citizen and fluent in Russian.

Eugenia has over 20 year of experience in the financial sector. Prior to joining Sberbank Private Banking, Eugenia was Vice President and CFO at Summa Group since 2009. Before that, she was Director of Treasury and Tax Planning at West Siberian Resources Ltd (Alliance-VSR). In 2005-2006 she was CFO at Kommersant publishing house. She started her career at BFG Credit in 1994, which she later left from the post of CFO.

Eugenia Tyurikova graduated from Moscow State Legal Academy with a degree in Law and was certified as professional tax consultant by the Russian Ministry of Finance. She also holds an ACCA IFRS certificate. Eugenia holds an MBA in Finance Management. She is a member of The Independent Directors Association and a Board Member at several companies.


Sberbank Private Banking

Who we are

One of the Sberbank Group businesses, providing personal service to wealthy private clients (the entry threshold is the equivalent of $2 million).

Reliable team with unique expertise (111 employees).

Leader of Russian Private Banking market


What we offer

Forming a client portfolio based on risk profile. Individual management of the client's portfolio (selection of tools, strategies, solutions)

Comfortable service conditions based on principles of confidentiality and high-class service

Access to the products and services of Sberbank Group, as well as our partners in Russia and abroad, "open architecture" in a number of product lines

Broker platform in Cyprus, Russian Federation (services to individuals and legal entities)

Family office in Switzerland, Russian Federation

Advanced solutions based on the best world practices in both financial instruments and lifestyle products

Phanos Theophanous is a Managing Director in the Key Clients and Family Offices team. He is based in London and focuses on advising international private clients, large family holdings and family offices on their investment and wealth management affairs.

Prior to joining Barclays, he was a Partner at Deloitte where he spent over 10 years in the UK and Cyprus. Whilst at Deloitte he specialised in advising international clients on their wealth management needs. Mr. Theophanous holds a MSc in Mathematics from the University of York. In addition he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (Chartered FCSI) and a Chartered Wealth Manager.


Mr Peshnev-Podolskiy graduated with honours from the Russian Government’s Finance Academy, and also has a degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has held managerial positions at Alfa Bank and Uralsib. Before joining Gazprombank, in 2008-2012 Mr Peshnev-Podolskiy was Vice-President and CEO of BKS Financial Group. He has been a lecturer on securities and financial engineering at the Russian Government’s Finance University for 10 years. Since 2013 he has been the director of Gazprombank Private Banking.

Mrs. Sakharova has more than ten years of experience in private banking and wealth management industry, building up and managing Swiss offices for Russian-based investment companies, banks and private clients. Mrs. Sakharova has been working as a Vice President at Renaissance Group, overseeing private banking and wealth management business processes in Zurich, Moscow, London, Guernsey and Luxembourg, and prior to Renaissance, - in Citigroup Moscow.

Mrs. Sakharova holds a banking degree from the Financial Academy under the Government of the RF and a law degree from Moscow State Law Academy. She also graduated from BPP Law School in London, GDL. Mrs. Sakharova is a Member of the Association of the Independent Directors.

For 17 years (from 1995 up to 2012) Kirill Nikolaev was a successful IT entrepreneur. He collaborated with top-250 companies in Russia, including Gazprom, MTS, Shell, Nobel Biocare, Trust Kalina, Yota, Russian National Library, Saint Petersburg State University, Pyaterochka (X5 Retail Group), Sibneft (Rosneft), Baltika Breweries, Heineken, Lenspecsmu, and the consulates of Great Britain in Russia. 

Since 2013, after the successful sale of his business, Kirill Nikolaev found NICA Multi Family office and has been running his M&A boutique N Capital, helping entrepreneurs in closing cash-in & cash-out transactions on the basis of capital market in Russia, Europe and America. He has been a sponsor of State Hermitage Museum since 2003. 

He graduated from Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance (Marketing) and studied Financial markets and Corporate finance in Yale University in New Haven, USA. In addition, he has been giving master-classes and leading educational programs in Skolkovo (Moscow), Stokholm School of Economics, Higher School of Economics and the national summer camp at Seliger (Russia

Svetlana advises clients on the many aspects of wealth structuring, assets protection, family governance and succession planning. Svetlana is a qualified lawyer with more than 15 years of post-qualification experience. Prior to setting up Elgin (an independent International advisor to high net worth individuals and Family/Multi-Family Offices) Svetlana worked in senior roles at multi-family offices and was advising companies and their shareholders on efficient structuring of international operations and cross border investments. Svetlana graduated from Cambridge University and holds an MSc degree from Oxford University. Svetlana is listed in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Citywealth’s Private Office Honors List and has been included IFC Power Women Top 100.

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti
B.A., LL.M.(Warwick), LL.D., TEP
Managing Partner, Chetcuti Cauchi | Legal | Tax | Corporate

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, managing partner of Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, a leading law firm with offices in Malta, Cyprus, London and Zurich. Dr Chetcuti heads the firm's Private Client practice, specialising in private client tax planning, wealth structuring and citizenship and residency planning. Dr Chetcuti is a key advisor on Malta Citizenship by Investment, Cyprus Citizenship by Investment, the Malta Golden Visa, the Malta Global Residence Programme and buying property in Malta and Cyprus. Dr Chetcuti was the first to be licenced by the Identity Malta Agency (licence IIP 001) to directly file citizenship applications under the Malta Individual Investor Programme.  Within his tax planning and wealth structuring function, he specialises in the use of Cypriot and Malta holding companies, Malta & Cyprus participation Exemption regimes, Malta & Cyprus royalty companies, Malta & Cyprus trusts and foundations and Professional Investor Funds. Jean-Philippe spends his time between the firm's Malta and Cyprus office.

Dr Chetcuti is the Chairman of the Maltese branch of STEP, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and sits on the executive council of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners. He is also a co-founder and secretary of the MAFE Malta Association of Family Enterprises and has led proposals for the enactment of a world first Family Business Act in Malta.

The head of Private Client services working at EY Moscow for more than 17 years.

Anton has large experience with EY specializing in US and Russian personal income tax, social tax and immigration legislation, pension and labor law, tax optimization and planning. Extensive international tax and HR experience obtained by working on various projects in Moscow and London offices of EY; broad experience of serving private clients and global international corporations; has been dealing with complicated issues of international taxation; experience in managing complicated US tax projects including dealing with various business structures (trusts, passive companies, controlled corporations and partnerships), expatriation and voluntary disclosure.

Anton graduated with honors from Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics, diploma in finance; Agent enrolled to practice before the IRS; Certified Public Accountant in the US (CPA).

Anthony Corbett is an investment banker with 22 years’ experience of mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity capital raising, restructuring and investments. He is the co-founder of Lucrum Wealth Partners, a multi-family office advising Russian and CIS families on their corporate and personal investments. Lucrum offers advice on corporate and legal advisory, project management, tax, high value litigation management, wealth protection and investments, trust and fund structuring, immigration, reputation and PR management, capital-raising, property advisory, education advisory, and concierge services. Anthony has worked at international investment banks such as UBS, ING Barings and Bear Stearns, as well as major Russian companies such as VimpelCom. Anthony has worked with clients in the financial services, telecom, technology, media, energy, natural resources and industrials sectors in over 70 countries.

Anthony speaks fluent Russian and French and has spent much of his career focused on, or working in, Moscow. Anthony was educated at Ampleforth College and graduated from Bristol University. He is a member of the Securities Institute.

Anton Storozhenko is a consultant in Spencer Stuart’s Moscow office and leads the efforts of the firm’s Industrial, Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Financial Officer practices in Russia. He focuses on family businesses as well as the CEO and COO functions. He has performed searches across Russia and various Commonwealth of Independent States countries, most notably Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

Global executive search and consulting expertise
Anton has worked in executive search consulting for nearly 20 years, serving Russian and multinational clients. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Anton led the Moscow office of another international executive search and management consulting company. His clients included industrial and media companies, in addition to family businesses across numerous industries.
Previously, Anton co-founded the Moscow office of another global executive search firm, which he co-managed for 11 years. During his tenure, he also supervised the firm’s office in Kiev.
He is a frequent speaker at international and Russian conferences and the author of various publications about business and leadership issues. Additionally, Anton facilitated the introduction of the Association of Executive Search Consultants and its professional code into the Russian market.
Anton holds an M.D., honors, from RPF University in Moscow. A Russian national, he speaks Russian and fluent English.

Described as very professional and with a strong personality and an uncanny ability to understand client needs, Josef brings a wealth of knowledge and over a decade of experience to the company. This includes asset management, private banking, portfolio management, and export and trade finance to name a few. His knowledge of the Russian market extends to the language, culture and mentality of the people. This was gained while reading Eastern European history and literature at the University of Zurich and from his career start in Yekaterinburg in the Ural in the early 1990s. His network of contacts in Switzerland extends to banks, financial institutions and beyond. He is a recognized private banking expert and pioneer in introducing the asset manager-client-bank idea to the Russian and Eastern European market. Prior to his chairmanship at AXIOMA, Josef was Director for Regional Development at Renaissance Investment Management. He also worked at UBS AG in Zurich as a client advisor. Josef is a member of the Swiss Association of Asset Managers. He is married and has a daughter. Apart from Russian, Josef is also fluent in German, English and French.  

Speakers and Panellists in previous years

Andrey heads up the Investment advisory practice at LEON Family Office.

He has over 15 years of experience in wealth management. Prior to joining LEON Family Office, Andrei was responsible for investment management in global markets at multifamily office Quinta Capital Partners and was a Managing Director at Renaissance Investment Management, in charge of portfolios with a total size of more than $1.5 billion. Andrey also acted as a member of the Management Board and the Head of Asset Management in BCS Financial Group. Andrey has considerable experience in equity research and project evaluation from companies such as Troika Dialog and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Andrey is a recognized expert in wealth management. On several occasions, the funds under his management were rated among the best performing funds in Russia and EMEA according to Bloomberg and RBC reviews.

Andrei graduated from the Physics Faculty of Moscow State University (MSU). He has also obtained international qualifications in investment analysis and financial accounting (CFA and ACCA), as well as certificates on asset management from the Russian Federal Service for Financial Markets (FCSM) and the Cyprus Ministry of Finance.

Dmitry Klenov joined UFG Wealth Management in 2005 as a legal Counsel. In his current position as UFG Wealth Management Partner, Mr. Klenov oversees law practice. His area of responsibilities include capital structuring, inheritance, tax and immigration law, and also legal support of M&A deals. Dmitry specialises in international corporate law and has advised clients on acquisition of real estate, structuring of investment projects, development projects, real estate financing, leasing of commercial property and property management.

Prior to taking up his position, he worked for one of the leading development companies in Moscow. The position entailed a wide range of responsibilities in optimising real estate management, analysis of construction investment projects and the reorientation of real estate to match development objectives. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Klenov held the position of project manager of construction company, working on such significant construction projects as the Lefortovo tunnel (on Moscow's third ring road), the bridge over the Moscow river (by Christ the Saviour Cathedral).

He holds a Master's degree in International and EU Law from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Timur Artemev is a Russian investor, entrepreneur and co-founder of the largest Russian mobile phone retailer, Euroset. Currently Timur supports the studies and research of revolutionary aging and degeneration theory. At the same time, he works on development and popularisation of innovative personal transportation devices at Uniwheel. At the moment, Artemev and his wife are two of 11 Russians planning to become space tourists.

Timur Artemev was born in Moscow on 19 July, 1974. His mother is an engineer, his father is a professor of Theoretical Electrical Engineering.

Before graduation from high school he set up an automatic number recognition phone production facility.

From an early age Timur was interested in engineering and new technologies. 

In 1997, Timur Artemev and his friend Yevgeny Chichvarkin started a business, Euroset, a mobile phones retailer. Timur Artemev emigrated to the UK in December 2008.

Anna Matveyeva joined the Sberbank Private Banking team in April 2012. Her responsibilities include developing business infrastructure and interacting with various divisions of the Sberbank Group. Anna joined Sberbank in 2009 as Project Director of the Strategy and Development Department. Prior to this she spent over ten years working in the investment banking industry at companies such as Troika Dialog and Renaissance Capital, and was a Senior Analyst at Standard & Poor’s. Anna graduated from the People’s Friendship University of Russia with a major in Mathematics. She is a Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and also holds a master’s degree with a major in Economics from the Higher School of Economics.



Ekaterina Zammit has received a law degree at Perm State University in Russia with specialisation in International Law. After graduating as a lawyer, she continued to study for the Masters degree in Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies in Malta. She has also graduated from Malta Institute of Taxation. From 2011 to 2014, Ekaterina was practicing law in multinational companies in Vienna, Moscow and Malta. In 2014, Ekaterina was invited to Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates for the post of Head of Russia and CIS desk. Ms Zammit is a key advisor on the Malta Citizenship by Investment, Cyprus Citizenship by Investment, the Malta Global Residence Programme and buying property in Malta and Cyprus. Within her tax planning and wealth structuring function, she specialises in the use Malta holding companies, Malta participation Exemption regimes, Malta royalty companies, Malta trusts and foundations and Professional Investor Funds.

Ruslan is a Chief Analyst in the SKOLKOVO Wealth Transformation Centre. He manages research projects focused on private wealth in Russia. Prior to joining SKOLKOVO business school, Ruslan managed high-profile investments and M&A projects in Russia, CIS and EUROPE in a Russian private equity fund.

Ruslan graduated from the Russian Foreign Trade Academy and started his legal career with a BIG4 firm in Moscow, where he advised Russian and international clients on various issues related to transactions / M&A, corporate and commercial law.

Ruslan is a certified arbitrator and a member of the International Bar Association and the Association of Lawyers of Russia.


Martin has enjoyed a distinguished career in the financial services industry. He has achieved significant success in creating transformational growth strategies through leading teams with deep client focus.

In addition to Oracle Capital Group Martin has been appointed to a number of Boards including Otkritie Capital International, where he chairs the Board Risk Committee, the Moscow Stock Exchange and Piton Capital. He also provides specialist consultancy services to some of the world’s leading financial organisations.

Between 2003 and 2009 Martin was Director of Markets and Chairman of AIM at London Stock Exchange PLC where he had direct responsibility for over $500m of revenues and 75% of group profits. Martin personally led the exchange’s transformational growth strategy focussed on driving market efficiency and resulting in a fivefold increase in market size between 2003 and 2008. In addition he was instrumental in building the company’s international franchise, significantly outperforming all other major competitors. Martin has been closely involved in the flotation of numerous companies both on the LSE’s Main Market and AIM.

Prior to joining the London Stock Exchange, Martin held a series of senior positions in the global financial services industry including Head of Pan European Equities and Global Head of Equity Sales at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Martin started his career as an asset manager. He graduated from the London School of Economics and has also studied at Stanford University.


Maria is a managing partner based in London. Prior to setting up Salient Group, Maria worked as the General Counsel for an English company which advises high net worth individuals on the whole spectrum of private client related work, including setting up and managing complex family business structures. Her most recent experience includes acting as a Deputy Managing Director of a large single family office established in London for a Russian-speaking family.

Nadya originally hails from Tver, a city north-west of Moscow in Russia. After starting a course in Psychology at the University of Moscow, she moved to London to further her studies and was soon scouted by a modelling agency, thus launching a fashion career which has spanned almost two decades and taken her across the globe. She has walked at shows including Chanel, Gucci and Tom Ford and went on to secure advertisement campaigns for Calvin Klein, AVON Cosmetics and Marks & Spencer. Her face and form have since graced the pages of Vogue, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. In 2007, she became brand ambassador for the Beckham’s Jeanswear label DVB Denim.

Alongside husband Marlon Abela’s renowned restaurant group, MARC Ltd, Nadya also runs a Bespoke Events service, which has established a reputation for creating exciting new event experiences in exquisite surroundings, pairing cutting edge cuisine and impeccable service.

Nadya is a celebrated philanthropist and supports an orphanage in her home town of Tver. She is an ambassador and spokesperson for her charity Hope, which is a non-profit charity registered in August 2015 providing medical, emotional and educational support to abandoned and vulnerable children in Russia. Through these various channels of support, Hope aims to provide opportunities for forgotten children, by making it possible for them to develop their potential and to learn skills that will enable them to face a better future and to ensure they grow up to be integrated, supportive members of their community.

Nadya currently lives in London with her husband Marlon Abela and their children.

Silvia Beereuter is a Legal Advisor at Henley & Partners Switzerland AG. She advises clients who relocate to Switzerland on all major legal fields within Swiss law with a strong focus on immigration and tax-related topics. Silvia joined Henley & Partners from an international law firm in Zurich and prior to this she acted as a trainee in a law firm in Hong Kong and as advisor for international clients to a family office in Monaco. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from University of Zurich and an Executive Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International taxation from University of Liechtenstein. She is fluent in German, English, French and Italian.

Alessandro has had senior roles and collaborated with some of the most important and influential luxury brands in the world in the past 20 years.

His passion for diamonds and colour stones has led him in advising his clients on alternative investments; how, when and what to buy.

Alessandro has a degree in economics and a masters from Boston University.

He has a work experience of more than two decades in both the US and Great Britain.

Alessandro has often been called on by institutions like UBS or Credit Swiss in round tables and market simulation, giving speeches and Q&A on diamonds and alternative investments.

Alana advises families, businesses, and the charities they establish on a range of issues including tax-efficient giving, structuring of chartable and non-profit entities, venture philanthropy, and social investment.  She has a particular interest in family involvement and succession issues in family philanthropies, as well as the interplay with family business.

Alana also focuses on international issues facing both donors and charities, including governance for global charitable groups, cross-border operations, local recognition of foreign organisations, and the establishment of US/UK ‘dual qualified’ charities which enable tax-efficient giving in the US and the UK.

In addition, Alana advises giving intermediaries, including donor advised funds, community foundations and 'friends of' organisations.  She has experience advising trustees, companies, royal charter bodies, CICs, and associations on a variety of operational matters including: fundraising, sponsorship and trading, grant-making, constitutional reorganisations, campaigning and elections, and social enterprise.

Alana is ranked in Legal 500 for charity law and education and Citywealth as a leading adviser in charity law as well as being named as a 'Rising Star' in Superlawyers 2015.

Sergey Sander is an expert in the fields of investment, business relocation and international real estate. 

He is qualified as an international law, wealth and trust manager (Wealth Management, 2007, International Trust Management, 2008) and certified as a professional coach.  

Since 2010 he has been the director of The Leading Properties of the World - the leading international expert in individual property search and property development and investment. 


Artem Stavenka and Kiryl Chikeyuk – young entrepreneurs from Belarus have founded Kino-mo  - an award-winning company developing high-impact technologies that allow projecting 3D images and video in the air (holograms).

The company won several British accolades including Shell, Cambridge University and UCL Bright Idea Award and received award nominations from New York Next Idea, Lloyds TSB, Tata Oxford and Smarta.

At the early stage, just a few months since the company had been founded, the company received investment offers at the popular BBC’s TV-show Dragons’ Den. Later, the company’s first version of 3D holo-display was awarded Top 3 British inventions of 2015. In July 2015 Kino-mo got backing from Richard Branson as the UK Start-up of the Year (over 2,500 entries nationwide) winning £150,000 as a prize.

Evgeny Tsikunov

“Second Home” CEO and Founder


35 years, graduate law degree, PhD in law.

In 2007, he defended his thesis on tax law at the All-Russian State Tax Academy of the Russian Finance Ministry on “Abuse of rights in the field of taxes and fees”.

For more than 4 years he taught courses in law at leading law schools in Moscow.

At various times he has held the position of Commercial Director and then CEO of a Russian audit company. He is a certified auditor (Certificate no. A031364 Certificate, issued by the RF Ministry of Finance, Decree No. 242 of 21/04/2010).

In 2011, he lived in Cyprus and worked for a large law firm, where he dealt with international tax planning and structuring of transactions with the use of foreign companies.

He has extensive experience in international real estate, immigration law, taxation abroad, and the intricacies of banking legislation. He is an expert in the immigration law of Hungary, Latvia, Cyprus, Aruba (Netherlands) and Malta and in residential real estate of Cyprus and Latvia.

He is the author of articles and publications on international taxation, immigration law, and the legal regulation of real estate transactions in Russia and abroad.

Since 2012 Anastasia holds the position of Head of Eastern European Business Development Department of the Cyprus largest privately owned developing company Pafilia Property Developers LTD. Since 2001 Anastasia advises partners and clients on property purchase, maintenance and taxation matters. In early 2014 she is responsible for work within  “EU citizenship through investment program”. She has impressive practical experience  and knowledge in EU citizenship regulations. Anastasia provides recommendations on international investments, generates investment proposals for the clients and partners of Pafilia Property Developers LTD . Anastasia is competent advisor on  citizenship application process and represents Pafilia in negotiations with HNWI clients , Forums and Conferences.

In March 2014 the Cyprus Government announced changes to the legislation that enables foreign investors to become Cypriot (EU) citizens. Pafilia has 100% approval rate in submitting investor groups and provides legal guarantees. At the moment the Cyrus citizenship program is the easiest and the fastest in Europe. Pafilia appreciates its clients’ time and money and provides services of the highest level. Founded in 1977, Pafilia is the largest privately owned residential developer in Cyprus, dedicated to delivering the best in concept, design, quality and service. The company offers a diverse and innovative portfolio of property types and styles. Pafilia is also a market leader in the permanent residency and citizenship through real estate investment programs.  The Pafilia promise is to provide first-class properties with exemplary and contemporary facilities and service that offer exceptional choices for both living and investing. Pafilia selects world renowned partners to complement its skills and achieve its innovative project visions.  Our extensive and high-quality portfolio, strong partner network and professional personalized service make Pafilia the ideal immigration and property partner in Cyprus.

Anastasia graduated with distinction from Kazan Pedagogical University.  In 2013 Anastasia was elected President of Cyprus-Russian Association of Pafos which helps integrating Russian speaking community from Russia, CIS and Ukraine in Cyprus society.