Ekaterina Sokolova
Head of Digital and IT law practice
Legal work experience
more than 8 years
Education
  • National Research University Higher School of Economics, associate with the degree in international business law
  • The Chamber of Tax Advisers of Russia, certificate of conferment of qualification Taxes and duties adviser.

Specialization
  • Diagnosis and minimization of legal and tax risks arising in course of financial and economic activities of clients in different sectors (retail, wholesale, manufacturing, real estate and construction, B2B);
  • Structuring of existing and forming business in Russia and with foreign element, including development of models of corporate and management structure, tax planning system, contractual relations, asset ownership structure, investment and capital reinvestment;
  • Implementation of developed models of legal structure at all stages, including development of legal documents of any complexity;
  • Optimization of personnel policy and wage taxes;
  • Protection of clients rights and interests during tax control measures, support of tax inspections, participation in tax disputes;
  • Consulting on various legal issues, including complex issues of tax and customs law.

Field experience:

Ekaterina's portfolio includes management and participation in projects for companies (holdings) in the following sectors:

Retail: Sportmaster, Jamilco, Ralf Ringer, Zenden, Lacoste, Kenguru, BAON

Trade and manufacturing: Upeco, Aqualife, Estima, Euro Decor, Union

Industrial manufacturing: OKAN, Europlast, Albes

Services and IT: Glavdostavka, Breffi, UTS travel, Art. Lebedev Studio

Construction and real estate: ABZ-Dorstroy, Barkli, We Know

Ekaterina's experience on some of projects includes:

Diagnosis of legal structure of the transport and logistics company, detection and minimization of tax risks in amount more than 600 million rubles. Development of the updated model of the structure, which allows to exclude formation of similar risks in future.

Development of the franchise business model, support of implementation of franchise for the large retailer with representation in more than 50 regions of the Russian Federation.

Restructuring of the trade and manufacturing holding consisting of 2 factories and the chain of stores in 20 regions of the Russian Federation. As a result, the client received the secure corporate business structure, was able to simplify business processes and increase the manageability of the holding.

Support of the project on optimization of personnel policy and wage taxes of the retail store chain represented in 30 regions and with personnel of more than 1,500 people. As a result, the client saved more than 40 million rubles in a year

Support of projects for the transfer of activities to various preferential zones: Skolkovo, Kaliningrad SEZ for IT holdings, companies from the transport and logistics sector and tourism, etc.

Implementation of the developed models of legal structure at all stages, including development of legal documents of any complexity.

 

Author of numerous publications on business structuring and taxation in the media. Speaker / moderator of specialized conferences, webinars, seminars, business breakfasts.