Transfer of Wealth
The practice

Russia and the CIS countries are undergoing a vast economic transformation. Private capital has emerged as a result of new wealth, reinvigorating the demand for close confidential trusted advisers for business owners, successful families and other individuals to navigate through the complexities of wealth structuring.

EPAM advises entrepreneurs, families and other private clients in Russia and the CIS on structuring private capital in different jurisdictions providing a full range of services in credit protection, diversification protection, fiscal and financing efficiency, divorce protection and legacy planning. Providing a one-stop-shop of access to and management of a range of advisers in a variety of destinations such as London, Paris, Washington D.C., New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Cyprus, EPAM helps to build international property and other asset portfolios in a way that will preserve wealth now and for future generations.

Our Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian law expertise gives us the angle which is required to assess local tax, family law, currency control, immigration, compliance and other aspects of private capital matters. Some of our partners have actually been through establishing their family trusts themselves, which makes our firm well placed to explain the complexities of such issues to clients in Russia and the CIS.

Apart from structuring capital our advice also covers individual issues such as real estate acquisition, immigration, residence permit and dual residency, divorce and trusteeship, criminal law issues, taxation, etc.

Our Private Client Service specialists are qualified to practice law in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, England, and the United States. They have a native-level proficiency in Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, and English, and extensive knowledge of national and Western culture through living and working in both parts of the world. In addition, we have non-exclusive relations with reputable legal counsel in key jurisdictions and use our judgment to cherry-pick them on a case-by-case basis.


We provide advice in the following areas:

  • Russian and international real estate portfolio structuring;
  • structuring international assets and tax optimization;
  • family office and family fund structures involving trusts;
  • asset protection from creditors and spouses;
  • wills and legacy planning.

“Depth of knowledge and experience across all areas of private client practice.” (The Legal 500 2020)

“They provide win-win decisions in complex, sensitive personal cases, including personal insolvency and family and inheritance law matters. The lawyers are the best litigators on the market and their clients can be confident that their personal assets have been reliable defended.” (The Legal 500 2020)

"Effective at coming up with solutions to even the most difficult problems" (The Legal 500 2019)

The team is “able to deal competently with private wealth issues” (The Legal 500 2018)

Practice Members

Denis Arkhipov


Moscow, Limassol

Sergey Kalinin


Moscow, UAE, Limassol