Wealth Management & Private Banking Summit - Russia & CIS

Adam Smith 8th International Summit

26 - 27 April 2017

Marriott Grand Hotel, Moscow, Russia

Michael Addison is a member of UBS Switzerland AG's Ultra High Net Worth / Global Family Office Wealth Planning team and is base in Zurich. He provides international tax and legal consulting services to the bank's Ultra High Net Worth clients. His areas focus invlude estate and succession planning matters; family asset protection structures; transaction structuring issues; tax planning; legal, tax and regulatory issues relating to family offices; implementing trust and corporate holding structures; private fund structures and international relocation services.


Michael studied law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. He also holds a BA (Honours) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Michael has been a member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) for more than 15 years and is a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP).


Before joining UBS, Michael worked for a major UK Bank as a wealth planner. In that role, he primarily worked with clients from the UK, Scandinavian, Israeli and Russian / CIS markets. He has also worked as the Tax Director at a major independent trust company on the Isle of Man and was a Senior Tax Manager with EY (Ernst & Young) in Canada, focusing on private client tax planning and mergers and acquisitions matters.


Most of his current clients are based in Russia, the Ukraine, Turkey, certain Asia Pacific countries and the Middle East. His clients generally has complex cross-border tax and legal issues, either at a personal or corporate level. Michael also has a comprehensive understanding of US, UK and Swiss tax and legal issues that typically concern UHNW private clients.

Evgenia Tyurikova was appointed Head of Sberbank Private Banking in March 2016. Evgenia is responsible for the Sberbank Private Banking development strategy. Her goals include enhancing the quality of customer service, developing the philosophy and annual review of Sberbank Private Banking’s investment strategy, and expanding the product suite through internal resources and by broadening partnership programmes. Evgenia reports directly to Alexander Torbakhov, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank.

Evgenia has more than two decades of financial sector experience. She joined Sberbank Private Banking from Summa Group, where she was Vice President for Finance and Economics (CFO) since 2009. Prior to that she was Director of the Treasury, Accounting and Tax Planning Department at West Siberian Resources Ltd (Alliance Oil Company). From 2005-2006 she was CFO at Kommersant publishing house. Evgenia began her career at BFG Credit Commercial Bank in 1994, and left the bank as CFO.

Evgenia graduated from Moscow State Law Academy with a major in Law, and received a certificate from the professional tax advisor of the Russian Ministry of Finance, as well as an IAS certificate from ACCA. She also holds an MBA in Financial Management. Evgenia is a member of the Russian Association of Independent Directors, and a member of the board in a number of companies.

Svetlana Grigorian majored in finance and also has a degree in social psychology. She started her career in the banking sector in 1996, and managed relationships with institutional partners for leading commercial banks in Moscow. In 2007 Svetlana became the head of funding and capital management division of Raiffeisenbank Russia and was responsible for investor relations and funding transactions. She has been the head of Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen since 2011. This division of Raiffeisenbank Russia specialises in financial solutions for HNWIs.

Elena Andrianova is a Managing Director and Head of Rothschild Trust Russia, Ukraine & CIS. Her focus is on business strategy development and key client relationships in this region.

She joined Rothschild Trust in 2012 from a leading Swiss bank, UBS (Zurich office), where she was a Client Advisor for Ultra High Net Worth clients from the Russia/CIS region. Before joining UBS in 2008, Elena was a Senior Attorney at PricewaterhouseCoopers Moscow for five years.

Elena has over 10 years’ experience of advising wealthy families on private and corporate asset ownership structuring, complex matrimonial and succession planning, protection of assets and preservation of wealth for the next generations.

Elena has a PhD in international private law (Russian School of Private law, Leiden University). She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and holds a Diploma in International Trust Management (London).

Elena is a native Russian speaker and fluent in English.

Rustam began his career as a legal advisor at Dialog Optim LLC.

  • From 2002 to 2009 worked at Financial Bridge Investment Company, starting as a senior legal consultant and eventually becoming the company’s President and CEO;
  • joined the asset management division of Fleming Family & Partners in 2010 as its CEO;
  • was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fleming Family & Partners Russia in 2011;
  • in 2012 in collaboration with Mark Garber, Ian Hannam and Denis Sukhanov, bought out the Russian division of FF&P to establish GHP Group;
  • has been the CEO of GHP Group since 2012.

Rustam Iseev graduated from the Higher School of Economics, specialising in financial legislation. Mr Iseev holds a PhD in legal studies.

Dmitry Klenov joined UFG Wealth Management in 2005 as a legal Counsel. In his current position as UFG Wealth Management Partner, Mr. Klenov oversees law practice. His area of responsibilities include capital structuring, inheritance, tax and immigration law, and also legal support of M&A deals. Dmitry specialises in international corporate law and has advised clients on acquisition of real estate, structuring of investment projects, development projects, real estate financing, leasing of commercial property and property management.

Prior to taking up his position, he worked for one of the leading development companies in Moscow. The position entailed a wide range of responsibilities in optimising real estate management, analysis of construction investment projects and the reorientation of real estate to match development objectives. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Klenov held the position of project manager of construction company, working on such significant construction projects as the Lefortovo tunnel (on Moscow's third ring road), the bridge over the Moscow river (by Christ the Saviour Cathedral).

He holds a Master's degree in International and EU Law from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Evgeny Sivoushkov is a Director in Human Resource Services group in PwC Moscow, and is an Executive MBA.  Evgeny has over 22 years of experience working within the tax departments of Big 4 auditing firms including the last 18 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Evgeny specialises in the provision of advice on personal income tax, payroll issues and social security, international tax planning for individuals.

Evgeny is one of the most recognised and well known Russian experts on the individual taxation.  Evgeny is frequently  invited to take part in various  governmental committees and expert groups involved in work on amendments to the Russian Tax Code  and other legislative reforms.

Evgeny has participated in a number of international conferences and has contributed several articles to the tax related journals. Evgeny is a regular speaker on PwC briefings and round tables.

Professional qualification:

1980-1985 Moscow State Lomonosov University, Economics

1996-1997 Ecole Nationale Des Ponts et Chaussees, University of Bristol, Executive MBA

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti
B.A., LL.M.(Warwick), LL.D., TEP
Managing Partner, Chetcuti Cauchi | Legal | Tax | Corporate

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, managing partner of Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, a leading law firm with offices in Malta, Cyprus, London and Zurich. Dr Chetcuti heads the firm's Private Client practice, specialising in private client tax planning, wealth structuring and citizenship and residency planning. Dr Chetcuti is a key advisor on Malta Citizenship by Investment, Cyprus Citizenship by Investment, the Malta Golden Visa, the Malta Global Residence Programme and buying property in Malta and Cyprus. Dr Chetcuti was the first to be licenced by the Identity Malta Agency (licence IIP 001) to directly file citizenship applications under the Malta Individual Investor Programme.  Within his tax planning and wealth structuring function, he specialises in the use of Cypriot and Malta holding companies, Malta & Cyprus participation Exemption regimes, Malta & Cyprus royalty companies, Malta & Cyprus trusts and foundations and Professional Investor Funds. Jean-Philippe spends his time between the firm's Malta and Cyprus office.

Dr Chetcuti is the Chairman of the Maltese branch of STEP, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and sits on the executive council of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners. He is also a co-founder and secretary of the MAFE Malta Association of Family Enterprises and has led proposals for the enactment of a world first Family Business Act in Malta.

As Head of Pafilia Office in Moscow, Sergey Filatov represents one of the largest privately owned companies in Cyprus Pafilia Property Developers LTD since 2012. Sergey specializes in Cyprus Citizenship Through Investment Program. He runs professional consultations on investments, property acquisition, citizenship application process,  documents and eligibility criteria.

In March 2014 the Cyprus Government announced changes to the legislation that enables foreign investors to become Cypriot (EU) citizens. Pafilia has 100% approval rate and provides legal guarantees to its customers for returning the investment in case if citizenship is not approved.

 In 2017 Cyprus citizenship program remains the fastest in Europe. Pafilia values its clients’ time and money and provides services of the highest level.

Yury has been General Director of Frank Research Group since it was established in 2008. Since then, the team at Frank Research Group has gained the reputation as experts in the banking services market and provides information on the market to almost 40 clients, including major Russian and international banks and leading consultancy firms. Frank Research Group offers clients market data which is unique in terms of detail and efficiency.

Before establishing Frank Research Group, Yury was Head of the Market Analytics Department at Home Credit Bank. He has also worked at Princeton Partners Group (strategy consulting) and MTS.

Yury has a degree from Moscow Technical University of Communications and Informatics.



Les Khan, PMP, MSOC, BBA, is Chief Executive Officer of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Investment Unit. He has over 20 years of experience with large financial organizations and risk management companies globally. For the last two years, Mr. Khan has been intimately involved in the revamping of the Citizenship by Investment Unit in St. Kitts and Nevis, and has become a resident expert on citizenship programs within the Caribbean.


Familiar with instituting risk management practices in numerous organizations internationally, Les’ experience in leading teams in phases of transition brings valuable experience to corporate, financial clients and governments across the globe. Les has also led initiatives to automate the CBI programs and has been instrumental in leading regional conferences, bringing representatives from the various regional CIU’s together with representatives from the US, UK, Canada, EU and the IMF.



Prior to working with the Government of St Kitts and Nevis, Les was the Senior Director, Program Management at IPSA International. He was a Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for Northern Operating Services; a Vice President and Head of Operations for Northern Trust Company; a Managing Director for Financial Software Systems; and the Head of Global Business/Technology Services for the National Australia Bank. And other senior positions at major financial institutions within the United States.


Originally from Trinidad, Les is a member of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in addition to being a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Les earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of South Australia and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Baruch College, New York.

Alexander joined Barclays Private Bank as Director /Private Banker in 2015.

He has over 20 years of experience in investment and private banking solutions to UHNWI and their Corporates in Russia and the CEE region. Prior to joining Barclays, in the early part of his career, he worked as Director for Eastern Europe for the biggest Russian steel producer, based in Germany and Austria. In 2006 Alexander moved into banking as Head of Metals and Mining (Investment Banking) at Standard Bank and later joined Unicredit Bank as Management Director and Head of Metals and Mining. In 2013 he moved to London to join Citi Private Bank as Director for Russia and CIS, working with UHNW clients.

Alexander graduated from Moscow State Lomonosov University in 1996. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment and holds CISI Diploma.

Mr Ryabov joined UniCredit Bank as Head of Private Banking Russia in 2011 from the position of the Head of Business Development at Allianz ROSNO Asset Management. He started his career in finance at CitiBank in 2002, where he gained a wide experience of operating with private equity. In 2005 from the position of Senior Citi Gold Executive Mr Ryabov assumed his new responsibilities as Mutual Funds Sales Director at UFG Asset Management where in 2008 he was transferred to the position of Director at Deutsche UFG Capital Management.

Mrs. Sakharova has more than ten years of experience in private banking and wealth management industry, building up and managing Swiss offices for Russian-based investment companies, banks and private clients. Mrs. Sakharova has been working as a Vice President at Renaissance Group, overseeing private banking and wealth management business processes in Zurich, Moscow, London, Guernsey and Luxembourg, and prior to Renaissance, - in Citigroup Moscow.

Mrs. Sakharova holds a banking degree from the Financial Academy under the Government of the RF and a law degree from Moscow State Law Academy. She also graduated from BPP Law School in London, GDL. Mrs. Sakharova is a Member of the Association of the Independent Directors.

Anastasia Soldatova is the Wealth Management Head for Citi Russia leading the product lines which include Liabilities products, Transaction Banking, Investments (Structured products, International and Local Mutual funds, Brokerage), Life Insurance, PPI, Foreign exchange and Treasury. Anastasia oversees wealth management business development, new product launches, vendor relations, client advisory, portfolio and performance analysis since 2010 covering Emerging Affluent, Affluent and Private Client segments. Under her leadership, Citi got recognized as one of the top banks of choice for High Net Worth Individuals both in terms of product proposition and service. Recently Citi got prestigious award from Frank Research Group as one of the best bank for affluent clients, which is true testimony of the quality of products and services we provide. 

Anastasia has 16 years very diverse banking experience in Business, Commercial Banking and Credit Risk. Prior to her current role she was Commercial Bank Business Development and Portfolio Management Head. She was one of the founding members to launch Citi Commercial bank in Russia in 2007 establishing strong product proposition for SME/MME client segments, making sure productivity and efficiency targets are met.  

Anastasia joined Citi in 2002 and worked across variety of leadership roles in Consumer and Commercial Bank in Russia. She was instrumental in setting up Consumer business in Russia (worked in Credit Risk and Franchise expansion departments).

Anastasia graduated from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and holds Master degree in Finance of Middlesex University of London, UK.

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

Jan van Bueren, born in 1972 in the Netherlands, is co-founder of FOSS Family Office Services Switzerland, located in Zurich.

He holds a Master’s degree in Tax Law from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. After his graduation in 1997, he worked in the Netherlands as a tax advisor at a tax consultancy firm focussed on mid-market clients and subsequently joined the tax department of PricewaterhouseCoopers with a focus on large family-owned companies and their owners. From 2004 until 2006 Jan van Bueren worked as a senior legal counsel with De Nederlandsche Bank NV, the supervisor of financial institutions and the financial sector in the Netherlands.

At the end of 2006 he relocated to Switzerland and joined ABN AMRO Bank (Switzerland) AG in order to set up the bank’s Wealth Structuring department in Zurich. When Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA (UBP) acquired ABN AMRO Bank (Switzerland) AG in 2011, he became Head Wealth Planning Zurich for UBP. His activities for FOSS form an integral part of his activities as a Wealth Planner at UBP.

Jan van Bueren deals, on a daily basis, with complex international wealth planning issues for internationally oriented (U)HNWIs, tax efficient corporate structures, private placement life insurance, international relocation schemes and (wealth protection) structures such as trusts and family foundations. He has been a full member of STEP since 2010.


Victoria  Vella  is  a  law  professional  fluent  in  Russian  and  English,  with  years  of  experience working in immigration. Her core area of expertise lies in advising high net worth individuals (HNWIs) on global immigration matters.

Mrs Vella, a qualified Russian lawyer, also holds an LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law from the United Kingdom.  She also obtained a degree in Public Administration and Interpretation, with a focus on Russian, English, and German.

Mrs Vella currently works at CS Global Partners, where she is both a Legal Advisor and the Head of the Russia and CIS Desk. She frequently travels to Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries to meet with clients and partners. She is also regularly invited to attend and give speeches at immigration-related events.  Mrs Vella is highly practised in helping high net worth individuals looking to obtain a second citizenship or an alternative residence, in particular in the countries offering citizenship by investment in the Caribbean, and in European countries offering similar citizenship or residence programmes.

Dmitry Vodchits


Dmitry takes part in projects for development of secure business structures, protection of assets, bankruptcy, maintenance of tax audits and consulting on tax, corporate and civil laws.

KSK group

KSK group is the only company in the Russian market rendering comprehensive business consulting services. Our clients represent medium and large businesses. For 22 years, KSK group experts have implemented 4,000 projects for 1,000 clients.

KSK group is a team consisting of 500 professionals. The company offers a full range of services and solutions for business:

• audit according to Russian and international standards;
• tax and legal consulting;
• outsourcing and automation of business processes;
• solutions to attract funding;
• marketing solutions and development of business strategies;
• management and human resources consulting;
• assessment and expert examination;
• support of capital operations;
• due diligence.

In 2015, the company was ranked 14th on the largest audit and consulting groups list (according to Expert RA). The company is the leader in Russia in the following areas:
• legal consulting – 1st place;
• tax consulting – 3rd place;
• strategic consulting – 6th place;
• IT-consulting (management consulting) – 9th place;
• assessment activity – 10th place

Group-IB is one of the global leaders in preventing and investigating high-tech crimes and online fraud. Since 2003, the company has been active in the field of computer forensics and information security, protecting the largest international companies against financial losses and reputation risks. Group-IB has a wealth of experience solving cybercrimes around the world, with a profound and unparalleled expertise regarding Russian‑speaking criminal groups. Our mission is to protect clients in cyberspace with innovative products and services.

For the last 10 years Alexey has been holding top positions at the leading Russian banks. He is engaged in building and developing effective service system for local HNW clients within Russian banks and private banking/ private wealth managemеnt/ family office/ mass affluent technologies. His acedemic portfolio includes a range of works on Russian HNW clients services (including the first book in Russia on VIP-clients services), adapting and implementing private banking and family office technologies in Russia.

Yelena’s primary focus over the past years has been international tax consulting and tax structuring for UHNW and multinational companies from various jurisdictions, including CIS and Russia.

Having both financial and legal degrees and practising in several jurisdictions (starting with UK, moving to Austria and recently focusing on structuring involving Liechtenstein foundations and trusts), Yelena has been dealing with complex issues to propose tax efficient cross-border structures for her clients. Apart from the tax and legal advisory practice, her daily work involves a coordination of various parties to complex international corporate restructuring projects, such as family offices, international trust companies, tax, finance and legal professionals from all parts of the world.    

Furthermore, Yelena is a qualified compliance specialist (CAMS), Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), a member of the IBA and IFA, holding degrees in Business Law (Kings College London), Economics (London School of Economics), LL.M. in international tax law (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and a M.Sc. in Finance (UBC Vancouver).

Kristel Meos is a Partner at Zenith Capital Management and is responsible for wealth management. ZCM is an multi-family office based in Estonia with an international client base and focus on wealth management, real estate investments, corporate finance and strategic advisory for corporates. Kristel has an extensive background in private banking and the financial sector, as the creator and manager of private banking at Swedbank Estonia for more than 10 years. She is active member of society: Chair of the Board at Estonian Aviation Museum, Member of the Board of Directors at Estonian Chess Association and President of Reval Ladies Tennis Club.


Described as very professional and with a strong personality and an uncanny ability to understand client needs, Josef brings a wealth of knowledge and over a decade of experience to the company. This includes asset management, private banking, portfolio management, and export and trade finance to name a few. His knowledge of the Russian market extends to the language, culture and mentality of the people. This was gained while reading Eastern European history and literature at the University of Zurich and from his career start in Yekaterinburg in the Ural in the early 1990s. His network of contacts in Switzerland extends to banks, financial institutions and beyond. He is a recognized private banking expert and pioneer in introducing the asset manager-client-bank idea to the Russian and Eastern European market. Prior to his chairmanship at AXIOMA, Josef was Director for Regional Development at Renaissance Investment Management. He also worked at UBS AG in Zurich as a client advisor. Josef is a member of the Swiss Association of Asset Managers. He is married and has a daughter. Apart from Russian, Josef is also fluent in German, English and French.  

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Michael Addison, UHNW / GFO Wealth Planning , UBS, Switzerland
Michael Addison

UHNW / GFO Wealth Planning

UBS, Switzerland

Evgenia Tyurikova, Head, Sberbank Private Banking
Evgenia Tyurikova


Sberbank Private Banking

Svetlana Grigorian, Head, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen (Private Banking Division, AO Raiffeisenbank) Russia
Svetlana Grigorian


Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen (Private Banking Division, AO Raiffeisenbank) Russia

Katerina Mileeva, Head of Private Banking, A-Club, Alfa Bank
Katerina Mileeva

Head of Private Banking

A-Club, Alfa Bank

Elena Andrianova, Managing Director and Head , Rothschild Trust Russia, Ukraine & CIS
Elena Andrianova

Managing Director and Head

Rothschild Trust Russia, Ukraine & CIS

Rustam Iseev, CEO , GHP Group
Rustam Iseev


GHP Group

Ariel Sergio Goekmen, Member of the Executive Board, Schroder & Co Bank AG, Zurich
Ariel Sergio Goekmen

Member of the Executive Board

Schroder & Co Bank AG, Zurich

Andrew Terry, Partner, Withers LLP, London, UK
Andrew Terry


Withers LLP, London, UK

Alexander Dobrovinsky, SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER,
Alexander Dobrovinsky


Alexey Gnedovsky, CEO, Veles Capital Investment Company
Alexey Gnedovsky


Veles Capital Investment Company

Alexey Aleksandrov, Senior Vice President, Head of Private Banking and Author of Books on Private Banking in the CIS, Norvik Banka, Latvia
Alexey Aleksandrov

Senior Vice President, Head of Private Banking and Author of Books on Private Banking in the CIS

Norvik Banka, Latvia

Dmitry Klenov, Partner, UFG Wealth Management, Russia
Dmitry Klenov


UFG Wealth Management, Russia

Evgeny Sivoushkov, Director , PwC Moscow
Evgeny Sivoushkov


PwC Moscow