Ivan Meleshenko is a counsel at RGP. He focuses on dispute resolution and international and domestic tax issues, investigations, corporate mergers and acquisitions and customs and excise work. He advises Russian and international companies on the tax-efficient structuring of intercompany loans and other financial transactions, as well as on tax-optimised corporate restructuring and merger and acquisition transactions. He also has experience advising on international tax aspects and special customs regimes, including free zone, franco warehouse, processing and temporary import.

Background

Prior to joining RGP, Ivan was a counsel at the Moscow office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld for over eight years and prior to that, an attorney at the Moscow office of Hogan & Hartson.

Expertise

Primary Practice Focus: Dispute Resolution

Secondary Practice Focus: Tax

Languages: Russian, English, German

Ivan Meleshenko
Counsel
Landline + 7 495 139 6511

International experience

38 jurisdictions

Landmark engagement experience

Dispute resolution

  • Representing PJSC Tatneft, Russia’s fifth biggest oil company, in US$380 million English litigation proceedings and a freezing injunction application in the High Court against four Ukrainian oligarchs – Messrs. Igor Kolomoysky, Gennady Bogolyubov, Pavel Ovcharenko and Alexander Yaroslavsky – in relation to huge and complex alleged cross-border fraudulent activities
  • Representing Renova Industries, one of the Alfa-Access-Renova consortium members, on strategic matters related to a shareholder dispute with BP connected with the announced Arctic deal-and-share swap
  • Representing Renova Industries regarding two sets of disputes and arbitration proceedings connected to the management and operation of TNK–BP
  • Counselling Renova Industries in US legal proceedings initiated against a private individual for unjustified enrichment
  • Representing a OJSC MegaFon shareholder to develop and implement a litigation strategy in relation to an imposed business combination affecting its shareholder rights and potentially violating Russian regulations
  • Representing a prominent Russian businessman in BIT arbitration proceedings against a Baltic country, to protect his investments in the financial sector
  • Representing a Russian industrial group in relation to an unfair prejudice and competition claim involving a Western mining giant

Taxation

  • Advising on tax planning aspects of the Norilsk Nickel Group’s US$6.3 billion acquisition of LionOre Mining International
  • Advising on international tax structures in connection with the sale of a majority stake and an option for full ownership of OOO NASTA Insurance Company to Zurich Financial Services Group
  • Advising OJSC Ammoniy on all tax-related issues of the framework agreement and early work agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Sojitz Corp Ltd, related to the construction of a large chemical complex for mineral fertiliser production in Tatarstan, Russia
  • Advising OGIP Ventures, a joint venture of Access Industries and Renova Group on Russian and international tax issues related to the shareholders’ dispute with BP
  • Advising Renova Orgsyntes in tax structuring its acquisition of a majority stake in the leading chemical producer OAO Khimprom in Novocheboksarsk
  • Advising Ford Motor Company on the tax aspects of the US$2.3 billion disposal of Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata Motor
  • Advice on the multimillion-dollar greenfield investment project of Volkswagen AG in Kaluga Region, representing the investor in negotiations with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation regarding tax and customs concessions
  • Representing a major Russian oil company and its affiliated companies in a consolidation process involving a shareholding in the largest oil refinery located in the CIS
  • Advising Eldorado Group, Russia’s largest consumer electronics retail chain, on global restructuring involving such jurisdictions as Luxembourg, the Isle of Man, The Netherlands, Germany, Cyprus and Russia
  • Advising Eldorado on Russian and international tax aspects in connection with a series of complex debt-to-equity conversion transactions resulting in the establishment of a joint venture with PPF Group, the Czech Republic’s largest international financial and investment group
  • Advising a major Russian industrial company of the non-resources sector on its tax and corporate restructuring
  • Advising on tax structuring and US$1 billion private equity fund formation for real estate investments in Russia, Europe and Asia
  • Advising the beneficiary owner of a major Russian private downstream oil and gas group on its US$1.1 billion disposal of its gasoline operations in Russia and Ukraine
  • Advising a major Russian retail chain on tax optimisation for the use of the company’s real estate in Russia
  • Advising a major Russian oil company on corporate and tax restructuring of activities of all of its affiliated world oil traders
  • Advising on tax optimisation in Russia and other jurisdictions related to the sale of shares in one of the major Russian oil companies
  • Advising a major Russian fruit exporter on global restructuring of the group and tax optimisation for use of group’s real estate, including plantations outside Russia

Education

  • PhD, Moscow State Institute for International Relations, 2008
  • DL, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), cum laude, 2003
  • LLB, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), cum laude, 2002

Qualification

  • Russia (2002)

Recognitions & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers 2017-2018  – ranked among top Corporate, Customs and Excise and Tax lawyers in Russia

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