Senior Team

Andrey Nikonov

Senior Partner

What he specializes in

Andrey provides legal support in taxation projects that involve tax advice, support in tax disputes and in all surrounding issues that may affect the implementation of tax advice. This includes economic substance, corporate and civil issues pertinent to tax, mergers and acquisitions of companies with multinational corporations being involved, and in major investment projects.

The application and interpretation of MLI and OECD rules have been the subject matter in a considerable number of his consulting projects and dispute resolution cases.

Andrey’s expertise in local tax legislation and the interpretation of local tax regulation have been a notable feature of his support for clients that have expanded their business to such markets as India, China, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Italy, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Laos, and Türkiye.

His main achievements

Transfer pricing regulation and BEPS reports from the OECD have been applied in a number of the tax disputes and advisory projects where international intra-group payments were involved.

Andrey has 35 years of experience in tax consulting and tax dispute resolutions, while for more than 20 years he has managed a group consisting of more than 10+ tax lawyers.

Andrey also covers personal health care pro bono practice. This part of his professional activity consists of advising patients on medical law, assisting patients in obtaining medicines and medical devices, and providing legal support to patients in disputes with health authorities regarding the provision of expensive medicines.

Andrey has been ranked in Chambers Europe 2020 and Chambers Global 2015, while he was marked out by the Pravo-300 2022 directory in band 1 in tax advice and tax litigation. He was recognized by Best Lawyers 2021 and 2022.

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”.