• B1 in Russia 
  • Russia and its economy
  • Establishing presence in Russia: legal mechanisms of investment 
  • Tax environment
  • Government support measures 
  • Risks during business acquisitions
  • Customs issues


Natalia Khobrakova

Tax, Law and Business Support Department

Natalie works at B1 Moscow office since 2006. She is a partner at TMT group of Tax, Law and Business Support Department and also the B1 Asian Clients Leader. Natalie has more than 16 years of experience in providing consulting services with regard to Russian and international corporate tax matters to major Russian and foreign companies of the technology, media and telecommunications sector. Provides consulting services to major Russian and foreign companies on various Russian and international corporate tax matters; tax health check; tax efficiency diagnostics and support in claiming tax refunds; tax review in course of audit of financial statements prepared under Russian Accounting Standards, IFRS and US GAAP; support in tax accounting setup; independent pre-investment tax due diligence and pre-acquisition and post-acquisition tax advisory services.

Wilhelmina Shavshina

Customs and Global Trade group

Whilhelmina works at B1 since 2002, office in St. Petersburg. She’s the partner and leader of the Customs and Global Trade group. Whilhelmina has more than 18 years of experience in the field of consulting and 7 years of experience in customs authorities. She is a recognized expert in the field of state regulation, has extensive experience in the field of foreign trade, customs administration and implementation of customs policy. Supports in structuring supply chains, international and investment projects, foreign trade transactions, including licensing structures. Provides resolution of customs disputes, mediation with customs authorities. Advising on currency control and customs administration issues. Provide legal and regulatory support for changes in the EAEU ECT. Consideration of parallel import issues and exemptions from customs control.

Ksenia Sizova

Customs Regulation and Global Trade Practice

Ksenia is a Director in the Tax and Legal Services, Customs and Global Trade, at B1 St Petersburg. Ksenia specializes in foreign trade regulation and has extensive experience of advising on customs law. She provides support to foreign companies in designing contractual structures, advises companies on securing government support measures and specializes in issues relating to customs reliefs and preferences. Ksenia has over five years’ experience working in the customs authorities and has worked in consulting for over 14 years. Ksenia has been co-chair of the Customs and Transport Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in St Petersburg since 2017. Key clients served by Ksenia include Puma, Zara (Inditex Group), Philip Morris, BAT, Bacardi, Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Denview, Magna, Hyundai, Mobis, Gestamp, Peterform, Pit-Product, and Danon. independent pre-investment tax due diligence and pre-acquisition and post-acquisition tax advisory services.

Mikhail Ashchaulov

Senior Manager
Forensic & Integrity Services

Mikhail is a Senior Manager in Forensic & Integrity Services. His forensic career commenced in 2005 in a Big Four firm. Since 2013 Mikhail managed internal controls for a Russian private institution and was an investigator at a specialist global risk consultancy, to join B1 (formerly, EY) in 2019.

Mikhail conducted projects in Russia and the CIS, Europe and Asia (incl. cross-border engagements), as well covering the US and the UK jurisdictionally, and served clients operating in variety of major industries.

Mikhail has led numerous fraud investigations, compliance assessments and improvements as well as pre- and post-transaction forensic due diligence assignments.

Liqun Zhang

Associate Director
Client Executive China Desk

Liqun 22 years of rich experience in financial management, especially in the fields of industry, construction and communication. Liqun has worked in various locations in the CIS for large companies headquartered in China. He has comprehensive experience in accounting and management. He experienced in operating financial ERP systems and acts as a dedicated Chinese-speaking professional and serves Chinese clients conducting or expending their business to Russia. Also, Liqun is responsible for providing insights to Chinese clients from our markets and industries, delivering opinions from our service leaders, sharing best practice and offering all around business support.

Henry Kwong

Tax Partner
Cheng & Cheng Taxation Services Limited

Henry first started his career in working at Hong Kong Corporate Tax Department in a Big 4 firm for a number of years and later joined Cheng & Cheng Taxation Services Limited. Henry and his team are equipped with knowledges in PRC, Hong Kong and International Taxation (both Corporate and Individual Income Tax) as well as transfer pricing in order to provide comprehensive tax planning solutions to clients.

Henry is a regular speaker at various professional associations including the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (HKCGI), the Society of Chinese Accountants and Auditors, etc. He is also a frequent contributor of tax articles on various media and magazines, including Capital magazine, A Plus magazine (journal of HKICPA), CGj magazine (journal of HKCGI), Yahoo Finance, etc.

*Each participants with full attendance is entitled to 1.5 CPD hours.

Date & Time

16 Dec 2022 (FRI)
4:30 – 6:00pm (HKT)


  • Zoom




Free of charge


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