Business Partner
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Business Partners
JSC Russian Agricultural Bank

Business Sponsor

Russian Agricultural Bank is the core bank of the national credit and financial system for servicing agribusiness in Russia. Established in 2000, the Bank today is the leader in domestic agribusiness financing. It is among the top-tier and most stable financial institutions in the country in terms of assets and capital, as well as one of the leaders in the reliability rating of the largest Russian banks.

Boris Listov

Boris Listov


Business Partner

VEB.RF operates under the Federal Law “On State Development Corporation VEB.RF”.

VEB.RF’s primary objective is to promote Russia’s long-term social and economic growth. In partnership with commercial banks and investors, VEB.RF provides financing for integrated projects to develop the country’s industrial production and infrastructure, strengthen its technological potential, develop the urban economy and improve the quality of life.

In accordance with the Memorandum on Financial Policies, VEB.RF is involved in projects contributing towards the national development goals. VEB.RF’s operating principles include activities without competition with commercial banks, transparency and break-even performance in project financing.

The highest governing body of VEB.RF is the Supervisory Board chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of Staff of the Government Executive Office of the Russian Federation Dmitry Grigorenko.

Igor Shuvalov is VEB.RF Chairman.

Igor Shuvalov

VEB.RF Chairman

Igor Shuvalov

VEB.RF Chairman

Year And Place Of Birth

Born on 4 January 1967 in Bilibino, Magadan Region.

Information About Vocational Education

1993, Lomonosov Moscow State University, degree: Lawyer; major: Jurisprudence.

Professional Background

1984–1985, laboratory technician, Ekos Research Institute.

1985–1987, compulsory military service in the Soviet Army.

1993, attaché, Legal Department, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

1993–1995, Senior Legal Adviser, ALM Consulting; from 1995, Managing Partner, ALM.

1997, Head of the Department for the State Register of Federal Property, Russian State Committee for State Property Management.

1998, Deputy Minister of State Property.

1998–2000, Chairman of the Russian Federal Property Fund.

2000–2003, Minister of the Russian Federation as the Government Chief of Staff.

2003, Aide to the Russian President.

2003–2004, Deputy Head of the Presidential Executive Office of the Russian Federation.

2004, Aide to the Russian President.

From 2005, sherpa for the G8.

From 2008, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

On 24 May 2018 Igor Shuvalov was appointed as Chairman of Vnesheconombank.

Additional Information

Family: married with four children (two sons and two daughters).

Inter RAO

Business Partner

Inter RAO is a diversified energy holding working in various segments of Russian

and international electric power industry. Inter RAO is a leading exporter and

importer of electric energy in Russia, occupies leading positions in the electricity

generation and sales, and developing new lines of business.

Inter RAO Group owns and operates approximately 30,8 GW of installed power

generating capacity.


CEO PJSC Inter RAO, Chairman of the Management Board


CEO PJSC Inter RAO, Chairman of the Management Board

CEO PJSC Inter RAO, Chairman of the Management Board

 Year of birth: 1977

 Education: graduated from the Saint-Petersburg State University

 Citizenship: Russian Federation

 Positions for the past 10 years:

 From 2010 to present

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners (MZS)

Business Partner

One of the leading law firms in Russia. Founded in 1991.

A tight-knit team of talented and energetic associates, reliable colleagues, enthusiastic about law, many of whom have been with MZS for most of their professional career: 8 partners and 60 lawyers.

Extensive and exclusive knowledge of Russian law, legislative and judicial trends.

Core practice areas: dispute resolution, international arbitration, white-collar crime, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions.

For more than 20 years, MZS has been a leader in dispute resolution according to rating agencies. This is confirmed by successful representation of major Russian and international companies such as Boeing, Gazprom, Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan, O1 Group, Prosperity Capital, Samsung, Sistema, Transneft, VEB.RF in billion-dollar litigations.

Anton Aleksandrov

Managing partner of Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners (MZS)

Anton Aleksandrov

Managing partner of Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners (MZS)

Born on June 21, 1981. In 2004, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with a degree in jurisprudence and started his legal practice at MZS as a lawyer. In 2010, he became a partner of the firm, and since 2019 he has been the managing partner of MZS.

Main specialization: dispute resolution, bankruptcy, antitrust, real estate, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions. He is one of the best lawyers in bankruptcy and dispute resolution according to Russian and international professional rankings. Clients include major Russian and foreign companies: A1, Bank Yugra, Inter RAO, Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan, Nestle, Prodimex, Elsi and others.

PJSC “MMC “Norilsk Nickel”

Business Partner

«Nornickel» is the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium, and one of the world’s leading producers of platinum and copper. The Company produces cobalt, rhodium, silver, gold, iridium, ruthenium, selenium, tellurium and sulfur.

The main Russian production units of «Nornickel» are vertically integrated and include: the Polar Division of MMC Norilsk Nickel and Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company.

Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta belonging to the Group is the only nickel refining plant in Finland.

«Nornickel» also includes: Gipronickel Institute, a research and development facility located in Saint Petersburg (Russia), with branches in the cities of Norilsk and Monchegorsk and Norilsk Process Technology, a research and development facility in Australia.

Norilsk Nickel has its own global network of representative and sales offices in Russia, the UK, China, USA and Switzerland.

When determining the strategy for its global operations and future development, «Nornickel» is focused on compliance with all social and environmental responsibility principles in the various countries in which it operates, which is essential for ensuring sustainable and efficient business development.

Vladimir Potanin

President and Chairman of the Management Board of MMC Norilsk Nickel

Vladimir Potanin

President and Chairman of the Management Board of MMC Norilsk Nickel

Born in: 1961


Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1983 with a degree in International Economics


1983—1990 — working for the USSR Ministry of Foreign Trade

In 1990, Mr Potanin founded the Interros Foreign Trade Association and became the head of it

In 1993, he took the post of President at UNEXIM Bank and Chairman of the Board of Directors at the International Company for Finance and Investments (MFK)

From 14 August 1996 until 17 March 1997, Mr Potanin was the First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Government overseeing economics, liaising between various ministries and government agencies, and heading some twenty federal, government and interagency commissions

In May 1997, Mr Potanin became the head of UNEXIM Bank once again. In one year, on the back of business restructuring, he took the post of President at Interros Holding Company to spearhead dozens of major investment projects in metals and mining, engineering, finance, real estate development, pharmaceuticals, media, and entertainment

In December 2012, Mr Potanin became the CEO of MMC Norilsk Nickel.

Pepeliaev Group

Business Partner

Pepeliaev Group is a leading Russian law firm offering the full range of legal services in all regions of Russia, in most former Soviet countries and abroad. Over 160 lawyers in Moscow, St Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Vladivostok, Beijing and Shanghai provide legal assistance to over 1,500 companies operating in various industries.

Our firm has specialised practice groups:

• Korean Desk - to provide legal services to Korean companies in Russia and Russian investors doing business in Korea;

• Chinese Desk with offices in Beijing and Shanghai - to provide legal services to Chinese companies in Russia and Russian investors doing business in China.

The consummate professionalism of Pepeliaev Group’s team is our prominent positions in the leading independent ratings, such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, World Tax and TP, “ – 300”, etc.

Sergey Pepelyaev

Sergey Pepelyaev

The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)

Business Partner

The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), established in June 1990, is a non-governmental organisation promoting the interests of Russia’s business community. The RSPP President is Alexander Shokhin.

The RSPP was set up to promote Russian business interests in Russia and abroad, to help make Russia more business friendly and attractive to investors, and to maintain the balance of interests of business, government and society.

The RSPP represents the interests of all Russian businesses, regardless of their size, sector or location. The RSPP operates in two capacities: as a non-governmental organisation, and as a national association of employers. This enables the RSPP to promote the interests of its members most effectively.

Today, the RSPP is made up of around 130 sectoral and regional associations of employers. Its members include such leading companies as: Russian Railways, TATNEFT, Severstal, RusHydro, EVRAZ, Norilsk Nickel Group, VTB Bank, Mechel, Ilim Group, Nizhnekamskneftekhim, NPO Saturn, SIBUR, RU-COM, Metalloinvest, Transmashholding, EUROCEMENT group, MegaFon, Aeroflot, FSUE Russian Post, Knauf Service, Alcoa Metallurg Rus, Lafarge Russia, and many others.

Aleksandr Shohin

President of the RSPP

Aleksandr Shohin

President of the RSPP

Born December 25, 1951 in the Arkhangelsk region.

In 1974 he graduated from the Faculty of Economics of Moscow State University, Doctor of Science, Economics (1989) - Professor (1991).

In 1974-1982 he worked at the Economics Institute of the State Planning Committee of the USSR.

In 1982-1987 - Head of the laboratory of the Central Economic Mathematical Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

1987-1991 - USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Assistant Minister for Economic Affairs, Head of the Department of International Economic Relations.

In 1991-1994 - Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

In 1998 - Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation for financial and economic issues.

In 1994-2002 - Deputy of the State Duma of three convocations.

From 1995 until now – President of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE).

From 2002 to 2005 – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of IG Renaissance Capital.

From 2005 to 2009 – Member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.

Since 2005 – President of the RSPP.


Business Partner

Sberbank is Russia’s largest bank and a leading global financial institution. Holding almost one-third of aggregate Russian banking sector assets, Sberbank is the key lender to the national economy and one of the biggest deposit takers in Russia. The Government of the Russian Federation represented by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation is the principal shareholder of Sberbank owning 50% plus one voting share of the bank’s authorized capital, with the remaining 50% minus one voting share held by domestic and international investors. The bank has a major distribution network in Russia with about 14,000 branches. It holds general banking license No. 1481 dd. August 11, 2015, from the Bank of Russia.

Herman Gref

CEO, Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank

Herman Gref

CEO, Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank

Herman O. Gref was born on February 8, 1964 in Panfilovo, Ertis District, Pavlodar Region, Kazakh SSR.

In 1990, he graduated from the Law Faculty of Omsk State University named after F. Dostoevsky majoring in Law; 1993 – postgraduate studies in the Law Department of St. Petersburg State University; 2011 – PhD in Economics Candidate of Sciences (PhD) in Economics.

In 1991-1992, he was a category 1 legal counsel to the Economic Development and Property Committee of the Administration of Petrodvorets and St. Petersburg.

In 1992, he was appointed Head of Petrodvorets District Agency, Committee for City Property Management, St. Petersburg Mayor's Office.

In 1992-1994, he was Chairman of the Property Management Committee and Deputy Head of the Administration for the town of Petrodvorets.

In 1994, he was appointed Deputy Chairman and, later, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for City Property Management, St Petersburg Mayor’s Office.

In 1997–1998, he was Vice Governor, Chairman of the Municipal Property Committee, St. Petersburg Mayor's Office.

In 1998–2000, he served as the First Deputy Minister of State Property of the Russian Federation.

In 2000–2007, he was Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Since November 2007, he has been the CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank.

Tax Compliance

Business Partner

Tax Compliance - a law firm that specializes in resolving complex tax issues

We offer comprehensive support of tax audits, appeal of acts of tax authorities at the pre-trial stage and in court, which requires deep knowledge of tax law, law enforcement practice and individual approach.

Our services:

• Assistance in obtaining the status of an accredited IT company

• Tax-support

• Support of disputes with tax authorities

• Tax benefits and government support

• Tax monitoring

• Transfer pricing

• Currency regulation

• Support of business liquidation

• Subsidiary liability for tax offenses

• Criminal defense of business for tax crimes

The company is included in the leading legal ratings: PRAVO300, WORLD TAX, BestLawyers, Kommersant, Forbes Club Legal Ranking.

Mikhail Begunov

Managing Partner of Tax Compliance

Mikhail Begunov

Managing Partner of Tax Compliance

Managing Partner of Tax Compliance, professional "tax" lawyer.

• More than 20 years of experience in taxes

• Member of the Russian Bar Association

• Recognized by international rating of Best Lawyers

Supported disputes of major construction companies, which resulted in the reduction of claims to the amount of 5 billion rubles.


Business Partner

TATNEFT is one of the largest oil companies in Russia that is steadily developing upstream and

downstream operations, petrochemicals, tire manufacturing, and a network of fuel and service

stations and service companies. TATNEFT also has a stake in the financial banking and insurance


In order to gain a competitive edge and keep its leadership position in the industry including

sustainable growth, the TATNEFT Group Strategy up to year 2030 has been developed. This

Strategy is focused on creating high shareholder value of the Company. The revised Strategy calls

for increased oil production with 100 percent reserve replacement rate, continued diversification of

business, further investment efficiency growth, minimized environmental footprint, and ensuring a

safe and healthy work environment.

The accomplishments attained in production operations, environmental compliance, and social

activities as well as high level of corporate governance, openness and transparency of the Company

are highly valued by its shareholders, business partners and the investment community in general.

T Plus, PJSC

Business Partner

T Plus Group is the largest independent heat and power provider in Russia. Main expertise fields include heat and power generation, trading, retail, and energy service. T Plus provides stable and uninterrupted energy supply in 16 regions of Russia. 7 million individuals and 180 thousand legal entities use the services of T Plus.

T Plus manages 54 power plants, more than 400 boilers and 21,6 thousand kilometers of heating grids. Total installed capacity of the Group's production facilities amounts to 14,6 GW in electrical power, and 52 thousand GCal/h in heat.

Total number of employees – 48 000

Aleksandr Vilesov

General director, T Plus PJSC

Aleksandr Vilesov

General director, T Plus PJSC

In 1995 graduated from the Ural State Technical University majoring in 'Organization and Management in Fuel and Energy Sector'

2003 - 2005 - Head of the Planning and Economic Department of OJSC 'Sverdlovenergo'

2005 - 2008 - Head of the Directorate for Economics and Finance, Head of the Department of Economics, Management Accounting and Tariff Formation of Sverdlovsk branch of OJSC 'TGC-9",

2008 - 2011 - Head of the Department of Economics, Management Accounting and Tariff Formation, Deputy Head for Economics and Finance of IES Holding of 'Ural Generation'

2011 - 2015 - Deputy General Director - Director for Forecasting, Marketing and Key Accounts of CJSC 'IES-Trading'

2015 - 2023 - Director for Economics and Heating Units, Deputy General Director for Commerce and Development of PJSC "T Plus"

In April 2023, he was elected as CEO of PJSC T Plus