Private Investor: Russia & CIS

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

11 - 12 December 2017

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Dr. Gregg S. Robins is a business and thought leader in wealth management.  He has deep experience and expertise in Russian & East European markets.  Currently based in Geneva, he is Managing Director, Russia & CEE, Private Investment Management, part of the Credit Andorra Financial Group. His distinguished career in corporate banking and wealth management includes Citigroup, UBP, and UBS, where he was the UBS Head of Wealth Management in Russia.

Throughout his professional career, Gregg has worked as an advisor to a number of high-profile corporations and financial institutions. His global experience is accompanied by language proficiency in Russian, Spanish, French and German. He holds a doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He was a recognized professor at the New York University Stern School of Business, in the Executive MBA Program, and has taught and lectured in various business schools. Gregg has written and presented extensively on the financial services industry: the author of Banking and Transition: East Germany After Unification (Macmillan Press: 2000), he has also published columns, feature interviews, and various articles in leading international business media outlets.

Veronika has over 15 years of experience in the banking sector, most of which is in wealth management. Starting in 2003, Veronika held various positions at Citibank’s Clients department. She was also responsible for the bank’s retail office network, investment products offering launch, corporate sales development. During her last year at Citibank she was Head of Citigold in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (Singapore HQ). Veronika’s project portfolio includes business transformation at both Client and Citigold departments, as well as participation in transformation at the bank’s London HQ. Prior to this, Veronika held various positions at Nordea Group (formerly MeridaNordbanken), Allianz Capital Managers and Shell.

With over 25 years of commercial experience in a variety of industries, including retail, pharmaceuticals, commodities trading and insurance, Gary has acknowledged expertise in Business Intelligence, Data Analytics and Business Analysis.  He is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and is well recognised in the Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technology arena, with particular expertise in the commercial insurance and legal sectors.  He has been a keynote speaker, panellist, moderator and chairperson at numerous conferences, summits and events since 2015. 

 

An emerging aspect of blockchain is cryptocurrencies and ICO’s (Initial Coin Offerings).  These are areas that global regulators are taking an increasing interest in as they are perceived as extremely high risk and highly volatile.  Gary runs the ICO Meetup London group and the Buckinghamshire crypto currency trading group.   He is a founding partner of Team Blockchain a global virtual consultancy specialising in distributed ledger, crypto and ICO’s.  He’s an advisor to several startups going through ICO phase and is Managing Director of Distlytics a boutique blockchain analytics consultancy.

Andrew is a partner in the private client and tax team and leads the Russia and CIS practice.


He has practised tax law in the City of London since 1985, and is experienced in all aspects of international and UK domestic corporate tax law (both direct and indirect).

Andrew has a deep interest in VAT and was a member of the original VAT practitioner group. He also advises ultra high net worth families based outside the UK on personal tax planning issues and the establishment of offshore trusts.

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience of advising clients from the countries of the former Soviet Union across a range of sectors including mining, oil and gas, construction, shipping, mobile telecoms, food distribution and pharmaceuticals.

He has been advising clients from Central Asia since 2001 and has worked extensively in the gold mining and telecom sectors in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

His work frequently involves advising on the restructuring of international groups of companies including prior to an IPO, debt capital issue, private equity investment or trade sale. Increasingly, Andrew’s work involves consideration of tax issues regarding intellectual property and, in particular, where to locate a corporate group’s valuable intellectual property rights.

Andrew travels extensively in the countries of the former Soviet Union and is a regular conference speaker both abroad and in the UK. Andrew was one of the first practitioners working with private wealth in the region. Andrew’s international tax experience encompasses more jurisdictions worldwide including Asia, Africa, Australia and South America. He has long standing experience of acting for clients from Greece, the former Yugoslavia and Scandinavia.

Andrew also acts for US high frequency traders undertaking cross-border US/UK activity. He also has specific experience in dealing with the insurance and reinsurance transactions involving operations in the UK, Bermuda and the US.

Anastasia Soldatova, Retail Product and Segment Head at Citi Russia

Anastasia is Head of Investment, Insurance and Banking Products as well as CPC, Citigold, Citi Priority and IPB. She is also Head of Retail Product and Segment, which handles investment, insurance, treasury and banking products offered by Citi Russia.

 

Anastasia is continuously working on providing Citi’s consumer clients with a remote access to investments, insurance, treasury and banking products and services. Her department’s main goal is to support and further improve the already best-in-class investment opportunities on global markets offered to private clients.

In previous years, thanks to Anastasia’s strong leadership as Wealth Management Head, Citi has repeatedly been recognized by clients as one of the best banks by its product line and quality of service. For two years in a row, Citi has received a prestigious award from Frank Research Group as winner in the Best Investment Offer category.

Since joining Citi in 2002, Anastasia took various positions at Citi Private Client and Commercial Bank, where she contributed greatly to the launch and expansion of Citi’s retail business in Russia. She was in charge for the development of a product line for small and medium-sized business and for helping business clients achieve their goals. During her 16-year-long career at Citi, Anastasia gained a diverse experience in retail, commercial bank and credit risk management.

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.

 

Prior to joining ATON, Grigory has been working as a Director of the Private Clients Department in the Moscow region at Troika Dialog for 8 years, became a partner of the company.

Graduated from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation, Finance and Credit faculty.

Since 1995 Kirill Nikolaev has been a successful IT enterpreneur.

He collaborated with top-250 companies in Russia, including Gazprom, MTS, Megafon. 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 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. At the same time he has started own family business called NICA.

Kirill has been developing the interbank platform Bitcoin VIP since 2017, he is also one of the Board members of the VIMANA company - the leading project in the field of autonomous aerial vehicle flight routes in smart cities all over the world. 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).

Maxim Alekseyev is a co-founder and Senior Partner of ALRUD, head of ALRUD Private client and Tax practices. He graduated from the Moscow State University of International Relations.


Maxim is an expert in foreign economic and business activity, investments, corporate and commercial issues. Maxim Alekseyev leads projects dealing both with Russian and foreign partners within the territory of Russia and abroad. In his private client practice, Maxim Alekseyev has extensive experience in advising high wealth individuals on various types of issues to help them manage and secure their assets, business and family relations. He advises clients on different aspects of estate planning and administration, personal wealth management, as well as family business governance, risk management in respect of assets protection. Maxim is also highly recognized in domestic and international taxation projects, including resolution of tax disputes. Maxim Alekseyev is acknowledged as a leading Russian expert focusing on private wealth planning, succession, on-shore and off-shore structures, private banking and individual taxation.


Maxim is an author of numerous publications, including Russian chapters for Thomson Reuters' Private Client Tax and Art Collecting Legal Handbook editions, STEP - Family Office and Getting the Deal Through - Private Client.


Maxim Alekseyev is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is also a frequent speaker at foreign and domestic conferences and seminars.


Maxim Alekseyev is fluent in Russian and English. 

Rankings and Awards

- Best Lawyers, 2017 recommends Maxim Alekseyev for Corporate law and M&A
- Recommended in Band 1 by Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2017
- Russia’s Best Lawyers 2013 edition recommends Maxim Alekseyev as one of the best lawyers in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions 
- Maxim Alekseyev is recommended by The European Legal Experts 2013 for Corporate and M&A law and Tax
- Who’s Who Legal, 2013 recommends Maxim Alekseyev for Corporate Tax
- PLC Which Lawyer 2012 recommends Maxim Alekseyev as an expert in tax practice in Russia 
- Tax Directors Handbook appreciates Maxim Alekseyev as “highly regarded senior partner”

James was recognised as 'private client lawyer of the year' in the Wealth Briefing Awards (2017) and 'tax and trusts lawyer of the year' in the Spears Wealth Management Awards (2016).

The Legal 500 describes him as a “very experienced tax lawyer with commendable professionalism and responsiveness ” and Chambers describes James as "the fount of all knowledge". He has a wide ranging practice, advising on international trusts, taxation, pensions and disputes.

James is currently named in the eprivateclient's "50 Most Influential in Private Wealth" and his team is the holder of various awards, including "Private Client Law Firm of the Year" in the Wealth Briefing Awards (2015 & 2017) and the British Legal Awards (2015). He lectures widely and frequently appears in the press and broadcast media (such as BBC TV News, BBC Radio 4, Radio 2, Bloomberg TV).

As well as being a solicitor, James is a Registered Tax Technician and is regulated by the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT). He is an active member of STEP and the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA). James is also a contributing editor for Lexis/Nexis. 

Dr Antoine Saliba Haig is a legal associate at Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, a leading European law firm based in Valletta and Nicosia, with offices in London, Zurich and Hong Kong. Dr Saliba Haig forms part of the firm's Residency & Citizenship practice, specialising in private client tax planning, wealth structuring and citizenship and residency planning.   Dr Saliba Haig advises on Malta and Cyprus residency & citizenship programmes including the Malta Citizenship by Investment, Cyprus Citizenship by Investment, Malta Golden Visa,  the Malta Global Residence Programme and buying property in Malta and  Cyprus.  Having written his doctoral thesis on the modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship in Malta, Dr Saliba Haig also advises client on modes of obtaining Maltese citizenship through all naturalization and registration routes available including citizenship by birth, citizenship by marriage and citizenship by descent. 

 

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.

Danilo is one of the most experienced and honored financial consultants in Russia.

Main career stages:

·         In 2009-2015, he was one of the founders of the Third Rome Group. He started in a role of a Senior Partner and then became the Group’s President and CEO. Danilo was in charge of strategy, clients relations and business development

·         In 2004-2009, he was the Director in Renaissance Investment Management, part of Renaissance Capital Group, being responsible for clients portfolio of $500 mln

·         Before that, he was responsible for management of key accounts of Luxoft, part of IBS Group (NYSE: LXFT)

In 2011, he was rated as one of the most successful young top-managers of financial companies by Finance magazine (Russia) and in 2010 he was named the Best Financial Consultant by  SPEAR’s magazine (Russia).

Danilo graduated from the faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics of Lomonosov Moscow State University, master’s degree.

 

Regency Project Management

 

Regency Project Management is a London based investment company that focuses on club financing of construction projects in the UK. The portfolio of Regency Project Management consists of more than 15 projects in 13 cities across the country. The overall area of all projects is 270 000+ sq. m., with GDV GBP 300+ million.

The company invests in affordable housing, residential developments and hotels, as well as provides consulting services and expertise services of the third-party projects.  Our projects cater the permanently growing mass demand from the average-income population.

Regency Project Management is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

FP Wealth Solutions
A Swiss Multi-Family Office specialized in a wide range of services for High Net Worth Individuals and companies from Eastern Europe including asset management, private equity, trading, financial advisory & engineering and asset structuring.

Company serves more than 100 active clients and has more than 2000 direct contacts. An average asset management account exceeds USD 2 mln. FPWS was founded in 2012 by a team of ex-top managers of Renaissance Investment Management (the leader of asset management industry in Eastern Europe at that time). FPWS management team members have long track records in the fields of investments, asset and wealth management, financial engineering and law.

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.

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.

Mr. Kyler R. James serves both as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Economist for CMB Regional Centers. In his governmental affairs role, Mr. James is involved in the legislative, regulatory and policy environment of EB-5 to ensure integrity and long-term continuity of the program. Mr. James educates congressional offices, industry associations and lobbyists to better understand the need of a quality EB-5 program. As Chief Economist, Mr. James oversees a team of economists in analyzing and monitoring each of the projects receiving EB-5 investment funds through CMB. Mr. James has authored economic impact studies supporting all but the very earliest of CMB EB-5 limited partnerships. Prior to joining CMB Mr. James spent two years in Russia as a religious missionary and has obtained a Master’s degree in Russian studies from the University of Oregon. Mr. James’ educational background also includes degrees in economics from Boise State University (Bachelor’s) and University of South Florida (Master’s). Mr. James enjoys free time spent with his wife and four children and volunteering with his local church and the Boy Scouts of America.

Worked in the investment field as an equity analyst, porfolio manager, head of research and as a hedge fund manager. Companies that I worked for were China Asset Management, Lusight Research (Goldman Sachs), Daiwa Asset Management and Elgin FO, in North America, Europe and China. I use my experience and network to invest directly into start-up companies and SME's and to advise them on structure & value optimization and assist with equity or debt financing.

Specialising in the business development of citizenship and immigration, through real estate investment. Providing personable and tailored client solutions for high net worth individuals and families.

Providing clients with holistic solutions, ranging from banking, and wealth strategy, to tax and legal complexities. Citizenship being the key driver.

London Based.

With an booming property market, driven by the Cyprus Citizenship by investment program, demand for a safe haven, and its beneficial tax laws, Cyprus is the place to invest. A true jewel ,of the Mediterranean, with a beneficial strategic location, one of the fastest growing EU economies, and hub for business and for the high net worth due to its advantageous personal and corporate tax laws. Its low crime rate, 320 days of recorded sunshine and UK common law, make it an ideal country to relocate to.

Speakers and Panellists in previous years

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.

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.

After a decade with the Trident Trust Group, Svetlana left the Group at the end of June 2016 to set up her own business, Carré Trust AG - Family Office.

Svetlana has launched Carré Trust in July 2016. Carré Trust is a multi-family office providing best-quality customized services.  Svetlana’s long professional  and successful experience in the trust- and company world, her established and trustful relationship with banks and providers enables her company Carré Trust to offer individual wealthy clients, their families and professional intermediaries qualified guidance and assistance regarding their requirements and needs, from structural challenges to personal customer solutions.

Svetlana joined the industry in 2000 bringing over 17 years of experience in the fiduciary and financial services sector. Being born in Soviet Union and then lived more than 17 years in Western countries, provides good knowledge of the two/ both sides.

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.

 

 

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.

Mr Ryabov joined UniCredit Bank as Head of Private Banking Russia in 2011 from the position of the Head of Business Development at Allianz ROSNO Asset Management. He started his career in finance at CitiBank in 2002, where he gained a wide experience of operating with private equity. In 2005 from the position of Senior Citi Gold Executive Mr Ryabov assumed his new responsibilities as Mutual Funds Sales Director at UFG Asset Management where in 2008 he was transferred to the position of Director at Deutsche UFG Capital Management.