Maria Nikonova

Head of PGP Tax Consultancy in the UAE, PhD in Law

Maria has been working for Russian law firm Pepeliaev Group for more than 20 years. Having started her employment in 2002 as a junior lawyer, she achieved 7 years of stellar career growth to propel her to the position of a Partner in the firm, heading up a Tax Practice Group.

Throughout this time, Maria has been advising clients on issues of taxation, tax planning and the assessment of tax risks.

She has a strong track record of providing legal support to large international companies entering the Russian market in structuring their operations and relations with their worldwide offices with a view to minimizing their exposure to tax risks.

In 2022, Maria became head of PGP Tax Consultancy in the UAE with a view to helping clients entering the Middle East market. She assists with business relocation to the UAE, also advising on tax structuring and tax compliance in the UAE and the Gulf.

Maria was singled out by the Pravo-300 2022 directory in band 1 in tax advice and was acclaimed by Best Lawyers 2021 and 2022. Over the past two years she has made more than 50 presentations at conferences and webinars, several times receiving the Best Speaker award.

Maria has authored and co-authored multiple published materials on tax law. She is the author of the monograph “The operation of tax law in time” and the course book “Taxation specifics in sales of consumer goods”. She also co-authored the course book “Fundamental legal principles of indirect taxation”.