Mikhail Orlov

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 Kommersant on the postponement of the adoption of the law on raising profits tax rates for major companies that have made large dividend payments over the past five years.

Comments for Vedomosti on the plans of the Federal Tax Service to automate the entire scope of deductions for individuals and simplify payments for business.

Comments for Kommersant FM on the revision of the DTAA with Switzerland.

Comments for Izvestia on EEF-2021.

Comments for Prime on including corporate profits tax into regional budgets.

Comments for Komsomolskaya Pravda on attracting investors to the Far East.

Comments for Vedomosti on the conditions for the relocation of international holding companies to the SAR.

Comments for Vedomosti on expanding the Excess-Profits Tax regime.

Comments for Komsomolskaya Pravda FM and Izvestia on the upcoming tax law changes.

Comments for Izvestia on a new tax regime for small and micro business.

Comments for RBC-TV on the prospect of raising profits tax to 30%.

Comments for Kommersant FM on whether Russians are ready to pay more taxes.

Comments for Kommersant FM on the plans of the Ministry of Finance to develop mechanisms to mitigate the consequences of denouncement of the DTAA with the Netherlands for Russian companies.

Comments for Vedomosti on the likely amendments to the Tax Code.

An article for Izvestia on Russia's Federal Tax Service to establish new inspectorate for the country's wealthy citizens.

Comments for RBC TV on the abolishment of the unified tax on imputed income.

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)

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