Anna Lesova is working for ADVANT Beiten's Dusseldorf and Moscow office and is member of the Tax practice group. She particularly advises her national and international clients on tax aspects of M&A-transactions and investments. Furthermore, she advises her clients on a broad range of Russian and international tax law matters and tax planning. Anna has an extensive experience in structuring corporate and contractual relations within Russian and international holdings.
Anna Lesova studied law at the Moscow Institute of Economics, Management and Law, and earned a Master degree (LL.M.) in taxation from the University of Cologne. Anna began her professional career in 2000 with the international law firm Haarmann Hemmelrath, where in 2004 she became head of the tax practice of the firm’s Moscow office. From 2006 to 2016 she was the senior attorney and head of the Moscow tax practice of the international law firms Dewey LeBoeuf and later Morgan Lewis. She has been working for ADVANT Beiten since 2016.
Anna Lesova is listed in Best Lawyers in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions.
(Best Lawyers 2022)
Publications / Lectures
Lecture on "Forms of incentives in distribution arrangements: antitrust and tax limitations" Business Breakfast, 12th December 2017 in Moscow;
"Individual contracts and agreements in employment relations: tax and legal issues and ways of resolving them" - Business-Breakfast, 28th November 2017 in Moscow
"Global trends in direct taxation", National Report Russia for International Bar Association, 2009 (published in English)
"Russian Constitutional Court Interprets the Term "Justification of Expenses"", Ost-West Contact Magazine, 39-40/2007 (published in German), and The Corporate Lawyer, 10/2007 (published in Russian);
"Abuse of rights: German experience" (co-author Nikolai Besborodov from Haarmann Hemmelrath), Man of Taxation, 06-07/2006;
"Taxation of royalties" (co-author Tatyana Nekrassova from Haarmann Hemmelrath), The Corporate Lawyer, Moscow, 04/2005;
"The proposed draft of the art. 45.1 Russian Tax Code" (co-author Vadim Zaripov from Pepeliaev, Goltsblat & Partners), The Corporate Lawyer, Moscow, 01/2005;
"Taxation in Russia: actual trends", Business in Russia as a 2 way street, published by ICC International Chamber of Commerce in Russia, 2005;
Special engagement: Advisor of the administration of the Russian President on anti-abuse rules in German tax law and court practice, 2005;
"General Taxation Principles of the Russian Constitution and Russian Tax Code", Tax and Law Magazine, Cologne, 04/2000;
Various publications regarding tax practice in Russia, Ost-West-Contact Magazine;
Various client alerts on tax matters.