For over 12 years, Mark has been advising clients on Russian and international taxation issues, accompanying cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, investment projects, construction and finance, and projects on the restructuring of private assets.
Recent work highlights include advising a private client on a tax-effective and deoffshorisation-driven multijurisdictional asset restructuring amounting to $500 m (2015 – ongoing) and consulting with an international pool of private investors on tax aspects of a private/public $5.8-bn project in Uzbekistan implemented under a product sharing agreement (PSA) model (2018 – ongoing).
Mark also represents clients in tax disputes, both between companies and with public authorities.
For example, he recently represented the owner and operator of a large oil product transhipment terminal in a tax audit and subsequent pre-trial appeal with tax authorities (2017 – 2018); he also represented Aquanika, a Russian drinking water company, in a court dispute with the Federal Tax Service of Russia related to appealing tax audit results totalling $1.6 m (2016 – 2017).
For the last 5 years, Mark has also specialised in economic sanctions and compliance. He frequently advises large Russian businesses on compliance with sanctions policies of the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, and the European Union (and EU member states).
As a tax expert, Mark is involved in legislative activities, in particular, he participated in the development of Russian legislation on deoffshorisation.
Prior to joining Ivanyan and Partners in 2015, Mark worked in a Russian law firm and an international accounting firm.