Mikhail Golovanev
Head of Practice, Tax Litigation Department

Mikhail Golovanev is a Manager and a Tax Litigation Project Manager at FBK Legal.

Mikhail successfully resolves legal issues providing support to customers during tax inspections, mandatory pre-trial settlements of disputes with tax authorities and challenges additionally charged taxes in courts.

Mikhail has also gained extensive experience of tax consulting for Russian and international companies on taxation of diverse deals and transactions (including intercompany transactions and business restructuring), assessment of tax risks, application of transfer pricing rules and appealing against administrative offence reports.

Mikhail has more than 12 years of practical experience. During this time, he has mastered the taxation in the oil and gas and chemical industries, technology of minerals extraction, studied the taxation specifics for electrical equipment production, retail trade and other sectors.

A speaker at many seminars and conferences, including St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.

Major projects:

  • setting an important judicial precedent in the case against the Pension Fund of Russia which allowed saving future pension assets for more than 49,000 employees and defending the client – a global fast-food leader – against multimillion fines;
  • successful representation of the client’s interests in a tax default dispute due to tax authorities challenging of the price used for supply of chemical products and accusing the taxpayer of obtaining unjustified tax benefit, as well as refund of overcharged taxes, penalties and fines;
  • assessment of the client’s tax risks and development of measures to mitigate such risks, which saved the client from paying additional VAT of $20 million;
  • implementing a project for Russia’s largest polyethylene production company under construction, including successful challenging of taxes additionally charged after an on-site tax audit;
  • comprehensive legal support during tax inspection at one of Russia’s largest chemical companies and further successful settlement of claims from tax authorities.

Practice areas

Legal representation in tax disputes, supporting tax inspections, pre-trial appealing of tax authorities’ awards, tax risks assessment


2011 Moscow Institute of Law, Degree in Law

2008 State University of Management, Degree in Taxes and Taxation

Professional community



Sector experience
  • Food industry
  • IT / TMT / Technology
  • Chemicals and petrochemicals
  • Energy
  • Oil&gas
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