Wealth Management & Private Banking Summit - Russia & CIS

Adam Smith 9th International Summit

10 - 11 April 2019

Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow, Russia


Prior to the establishment of LEON Family Office, Roman worked as an attorney in Private Wealth Services group in PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Roman specializes in the field of set-up and ongoing coordination of personal holding vehicles, as well as in the field of management and control services. He has significant experience in developing and implementing corporate and family governance structures, shareholder agreements, and M&A support for private clients.


Roman received a higher legal education, has a TEP qualification and is a certified specialist in the field of trusts and estate planning (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

Andrey heads up the Investment advisory practice at LEON Family Office.


He has over 15 years of experience in wealth management. Prior to joining LEON Family Office, Andrei was responsible for investment management in global markets at multifamily office Quinta Capital Partners and was a Managing Director at Renaissance Investment Management, in charge of portfolios with a total size of more than $1.5 billion. Andrey also acted as a member of the Management Board and the Head of Asset Management in BCS Financial Group. Andrey has considerable experience in equity research and project evaluation from companies such as Troika Dialog and PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Andrey is a recognized expert in wealth management. On several occasions, the funds under his management were rated among the best performing funds in Russia and EMEA according to Bloomberg and RBC reviews.

Andrei graduated from the Physics Faculty of Moscow State University (MSU). He has also obtained international qualifications in investment analysis and financial accounting (CFA and ACCA), as well as certificates on asset management from the Russian Federal Service for Financial Markets (FCSM) and the Cyprus Ministry of Finance.

Sergei V. Alimirzoev is an expert in Russian corporate law, real estate, international business transactions and Russian and US tax law. Prior to forming AT Lawyers, he worked as an attorney for Steptoe & Johnson Co., an international law firm based in Washington, D.C., and Moscow, and for Allen & Overy, a major UK law firm. Mr. Alimirzoev specializes in representing Internatioal and Russian corporate clients in cross-border corporate, securities and commercial transactions.


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Jacopo Zamboni is a director and client advisor at Henley & Partners Switzerland AG. He provides advice on residence and citizenship planning to private banks, family offices and lawyers, throughout Switzerland and Luxembourg. Prior to joining Henley & Partners, Mr. Zamboni worked for a Swiss insurance company where he advised multinationals on the ways to protect their mobile employees, as well as managing relationships with Swiss private banks that required tailor-made insurance solutions for high net worth individuals. Mr. Zamboni holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from Bocconi University, Italy, and is fluent in English, Italian and French.

Marina's work experience in the luxury real estate market already exceeds 10 years.


Marina started her career at Knight Frank in 2007 at the department of strategy consulting, then joined the residential real estate department as a international real estate consultant. Because of constant interaction with global offices of the company and major developers Marina gained significant experience in foreign premium real estate sales and was appointed a Project manager.


Since 2014 Marina is Director of international real estate department at Knight Frank, since 2017 – Director of International Sales and Private Investments.

Throughout her work, Marina Shalaeva has handled a wide array of crucial deals in international premium real estate sales to famous Russian business moguls, politicians and celebrities. Under her leadership, the total net worth of the conducted business deals is over 500 million dollars.


Thanks to her profound knowledge of the international real estate market and professional skills Marina Shalaeva regularly shares her expert opinion with the country's leading media and is a guest at radio and TV programs.


May 2015-present:  Managing Director of Phoenix Advisors, a new Ruben Vardanyan business project providing complex services to transfer wealth to clients’ successors, including family governance, legal and tax structuring, contingency planning, co-management of clients’ business and private assets, and protection of client holdings and management structures.


2009–2015: Co-Founder, Board member, COO and Head of the multi-family office Third Rome, an international investment group with offices in Switzerland, London and Moscow providing family office, asset management, and private equity services  to UHNWIs.   


2004-2009: Director and Head of Structured Solutions at Renaissance Investment Management (the largest independent asset management group in Russia before the 2008 crisis). Responsible for the development of all Group products, consulting, asset structuring and protection and M&A deal structuring and execution.


Started his career in 1997 in tax and legal department of Big 4 (Arthur Andersen/EY), in 2000-2004 worked as a Co-head of single family offices for couple of UHNWIs.


Graduated with honours  Russian Economic Academy in 1997, PhD

Nikolay Vargasov, legal council of UFG Wealth Management.


Nikolay Vargasov joined the team of UFG Wealth Management in 2014. Before that, he was employed with one of the largest Russian investment banks.


Mr. Vargasov is responsible for providing complex legal support of transactions in the international market, including M&A dealings, direct and bank financing. Mr. Vargasov provides advice on family law matters, structuring of personal and business assets, in particular through the establishment of funds and trusts in different European and offshore jurisdictions.  


Mr. Vargasov graduated from the International Law Department of Nizhny Novgorod Lobachevsky State University and was awarded a LL.M degree by Lyon Catholic University (France).


  • Automatic Exchange of Information, sanctions and more - how to navigate this complex environment and prepare your compliance file
  • Second wave of capital amnesty in Russia. As some capital is moving back to Russia due to a number geopolitical factors what are the opportunities for local Russian players?
  • Analysis of AML measures, including UWO in the UK
  • Analysis of major global jurisdictions from the point of view of a) possibility of changing tax residency, b) second citizenship options
  • In light of recent criticism from the OECD what is the future of RBI (residency by investment) and CBI (citizenship by investment) programmes?
  • News on succession planning instruments in Russia



  • How to communicate with the new generation of private banking clients? Which new types of clients are emerging and how to work with them? (“Urban nomads” and others)
  • What drives clients’ investment decisions? Needs and solutions for Russian UHNWIs with regards to investments - private equity, private debt, real estate funds and more
  • Building and maintaining relations with HNWI clients: what are the keys to providing a premium service?
  • Robo-advising, digitalisation and other technological disruptors and digital trends in the investment management / family offices / wealth management sector
  • The growing role of cyber security for private clients and their advisors
  • Interesting case studies in philanthropy and sustainable investments


Russian wealth management industry research & papers

Succinct, informative, clear, good exchange of experience, new trends!

Y. Sulinovskaya

, Head of personal banking department, AK Bars Bank

Lively, active, informative and useful! High level professionals

T. Maslovskaya, 

Head of personal banking department, AKB Primorie

Very well attended & professionally organized. Adam Smith Conferences attract high caliber delegates. Great choice of conference venue.

C. Mangion, Business Executive, PKF Malta

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Video from previous events

Alexander Dobrovinsky made a presentation “Trend among Russian HNWIs: how a hobby can become a new business?”

German Kaplun, the Founder of TMT Investments was our Keynote speaker about investing in BLOCKCHAIN businesses.

Alexander Dobrovinsky.The art of working with Russian HNWIs from the world of show business and sports.

Ruben Vardanyan