Sergei Semenov
Sergei concentrates his practice in the judicial and extra-judicial settlement of tax claims.

He has had successful experience representing major taxpayers in recent landmark and major cases in courts, including the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

Sergei is an expert in obtaining and applying investment tax benefits and identifying tax reserves.

Clients appreciate Sergei for his quick reaction and ability to find the most optimal solution among many possible options, entrusting him with the implementation of the most challenging, ambitious and non-standard tax projects.

Sergei's professional victories have been recognized in key international and national annual legal rankings that list him among the top tax lawyers in Russia.
Managing partner
FMCG & Retail
20+ years of practice in the field of tax law
Personally recommended by Kommersant, International Tax Review, and Chambers & Partners based on his rankings
During his career, he has participated in more than 500 tax litigations
7 wins in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation between 2015 and 2018
Representing several airlines in disputes over retrospective insurance premiums increase for more than RUB 900 million resulting from adoption of a federal law that was eventually declared unconstitutional
Representing an energy company in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in a precedent-setting dispute over declarative VAT refund procedure
Assisting a dairy leader with applying a regional investment benefits in the amount of RUB 125 million
Refunding over RUB 300 million tax overpaid reflecting losses in a federal trading network
Representing a car dealer in the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in a dispute over unjustified tax benefits in the presence of intermediaries in the transaction chain
Representing a food producer in a precedent-setting dispute over reducing output VAT when paying rebates, which consolidated many years of controversial practice at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation level
Confirming the right to a regional property tax relief for a major baby-goods network
Supporting an industrial enterprise in refunding the overpaid insurance contributions
Advising a major production holding on the actual right to income with cross-border payments
Supporting a major retailer in refunding about RUB 350 million tax overpaid
Challenging over RUB 450 million tax claims filed against a large-scale chemical enterprise for accruing depreciation while failing to sign an operational acceptance certificate