Akchurina Galina
Partner
Head of Tax Litigation Practice

Galina Akchurina leads FBK Legal's Tax Litigation Practice and is one of the most effective tax lawyers in Russia. While Galina has worked for the FBK Group, the total of tax claims successfully disputed and tax refunded to companies exceeded $1.5 billion.

According to such law firm rankings as Chambers, The Legal 500 EMEA and Pravo.RU-300, the team of lawyers led by Galina Akchurina is among the best in Russia.

According to The Legal 500 rating, Galina is "a talented, if not prodigious, tax litigator".

Best Lawyers 2018 international ranking named Galina Akchurina among best tax specialists in Russia. She was also named among best tax litigators according to The Legal 500 EMEA 2017, Chambers Europe 2018, World Tax and World Transfer Pricing 2018, and Tax Controversy Leaders 2017.

Galina Akchurina has extensive experience in teaching and lecturing special courses and seminars, in particular at such institutions as the Moscow State Law Academy, the Higher School of Economics, the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation, and the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Service.

Major projects:

  • successfully defending the interests of Gazprom dobycha Krasnodar LLC before the Presidium of the Supreme Court of Arbitration of the Russia Federation in a dispute with the Interregional Inspectorate for Major Taxpayers No. 2. These proceedings have set a precedence for the application of one of the basic principles of tax law pertaining to tax inspections. The tax dispute totaled RUB 800 million;
  • supporting and defending the interests of a client on a pre-litigation stage in one of the first on-site tax audits of the consolidated group of taxpayers in Russia;
  • developing a method for transfer pricing for companies in the fuel and energy sector, chemical holding companies, transportation companies and consumer goods manufacturers;
  • successfully defending the interests of CJSC Gazprom YRGM Trading before the Presidium of the Supreme Court of Arbitration of the Russia Federation in a dispute with the tax authorities regarding foreign exchange losses in paying dividends to foreign shareholders;
  • successfully contesting tax claims against McDonald's (Russia), including claims regarding the application of the reduced rate of VAT;
  • successfully contesting extra taxes imposed on Glencore subsidiaries exceeding $1 million;
  • supporting tax inspections, tax audits, representing clients in court, tax consulting to Gazprom and many of its subsidiaries, Wintershall, TNS energo, ALROSA, Sovcomflot, Russian Helicopters and Home Credit Group.

Responsability

Tax disputes, supporting tax inspections, tax structuring and risk assessment, transfer pricing, tax due diligence.

Education

2000 Moscow State Law Academy (diploma with distinction)

2002 Special course read by Christopher Osakwe on Comparative Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

1999 Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (Moscow), Qualification as Accountant

Languages

English

Experience
  • Oil&gas
  • Chemicals and petrochemicals
  • Energy
  • Food industry
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