Mikhail Orlov

Partner, Head of Tax and Legal

KPMG in the CIS

Mikhail has over 25 years of legal experience. His key areas of expertise include advising major companies across energy, automotive, logistics and retail sectors on tax matters, as well as supporting clients in tax related disputes.

Mikhail joined KPMG in 2010. Prior to that, he acted as Head of the Taxation Policy Department with the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Deputy Director at the Foundation of International Institute for Development of Legal Economy, was a Partner at a well-known law firm.

Mikhail is one of the originators of Russian tax legislation: in 1998, he was part of a legal team working out the RF Tax Code. His legislative background is highly demanded as well. He extensively interacts with the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and the Federal Tax Service, is a Chairman of the Tax and Customs Law Expert Council of the Russian State Duma. 

Mikhail’s direct involvement and efforts led to the introduction of the horizontal monitoring concept to the RF Tax Code, improvement of transfer pricing principles for intra-group transactions, and implementation of the beneficial owner disclosure rules. He takes part, as an expert, in the development and analysis of amendments to the RF Tax Code, including those related to oil and gas matters (tax incentives and benefits for Arctic projects, VAT, etc.).  

His work and contribution were recognized by letters of appreciation from the President of the Russian Federation, Russian ministries, and other national governmental agencies and departments. Mikhail regularly ranks among the top Russian tax lawyers according to Best Lawyers, ITR World Tax and Legal500.

PhD in Law, Associate Professor at the Higher School of Economics (Tax Law course)


In the Media


Comments for Vpost on the anti-crisis support measures required by the business.

Comments for Vedomosti on the proposal to amnesty entrepreneurs jailed for economic crimes.

Comments for Vedomosti on new tax measures to support business.

For an archive of the speaker's earlier comments, interviews, and articles for the media see here

Areas of expertise
Energy and Natural Resources Government and Public Sector Industrial Manufacturing Local or Municipal Government National or Federal Government Regional or State Governments Transport and Logistics
Education and qualifications
  • Moscow State Law Academy (Financial Law)