Russia and the CIS

Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is a resource-rich region with a growing proportion of high net worth individuals. Growth rates in the number of wealthy individuals across the CIS are very impressive, and a large number of these individuals and families look to invest their assets and relocate in other parts of the world. 

Withers has worked with clients from Russia, the Ukraine and the CIS region for over 25 years. The team provides a full range of legal services to clients, from corporate, tax, wealth and estate planning, dispute resolution, to immigration and real estate advice. We are able to present our advice in Russian, thanks to a large number of native or fluent Russian speakers, and advisors qualified to practice in the laws of several CIS countries.

With 18 international offices in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Withers offers clients from Russia and the CIS global solutions to their business, personal and philanthropic needs. The team coordinates closely with colleagues around the world to provide seamless international services.

The team's specialist areas of work include:

Wealth planning and tax

We advise high net worth individuals, their families and their advisers, including family offices, on all aspects of wealth planning, wealth management and corporate tax planning. We are leading advisors when it comes to designing wealth planning structures for our Russia and CIS clients and their future generations.

Litigation and arbitration

The commercial litigation and arbitration practice is experienced in resolving disputes involving Russia, the CIS and Ukraine, and coordinating multi-jurisdictional proceedings through our global network of offices. We are recognised for our expertise in fraud, asset tracing, multi-jurisdictional commercial and shareholders disputes.


Our London-based corporate practice advises companies, corporate groups and entrepreneurs from Russia and the CIS on every aspect of their international commercial activities, from start-ups to international expansion, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and disposal.


Our immigration team advises clients on all matters arising before, during and after relocation to Europe, Asia, Australia and the US, including visas, work permits and residency. We accompany our clients all the way through the process, from dealing with immigration authorities to assisting with settling into their new life.

Banking and finance

Withers has expertise in all aspects of capital; including the acquisition, disposal and financing of trading, financial and real estate assets and investments, restructuring and insolvency matters. Our team are actively involved in assisting clients from Russia and the CIS in raising funds on the European, Asian and other markets.


As leading family and divorce lawyers, we have an outstanding reputation in financial and children cases, built up over a century of practice in this field. Our international team has extensive experience of assisting clients from Russia and the CIS and offer a first class service with Russian language capabilities.

Real estate

With the expertise to advise on high end residential and commercial property transactions, our real estate team is ideally positioned to assist clients from Russia and the CIS on their property deals.     

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