Eurasian Crossroads: Business Opportunities & Tax Update for Turkey, Central Asia and Caucasus

Business Conference in Istanbul

05 April | 09:00 – 14:00 (GMT+3) |

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, Meeting Room Junior Ballroom, Cihannüma, Saray Cd No:5, 34353, Istanbul

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Language: English

About the event

In a world of shifting landscapes, Turkish businesses, with their strong ties to neighboring regions like the Caucasus, Central Asia, and a strategic partner like Russia, are becoming key players in the evolving global marketplace, bridging the gap between East and West and unlocking new opportunities for regional collaboration and growth. As international companies re-evaluate their global strategies due to increased global complexity, Turkey with its well-developed infrastructure and growing domestic market emerges as a prime location to operate.

The "Eurasian Crossroads" conference equips you with the knowledge and connections to thrive in this new environment. The Top Management of SCHNEIDER GROUP in cooperation with longstanding expert for post-Soviet markets, Dr. Daniel Thorniley will provide in-depth market insights and expert guidance to optimize companies' expansion strategies, navigate complex regulations, and make informed decisions. This conference is specifically tailored for Turkish companies seeking to expand their reach and gain a competitive edge in the dynamic Eurasian market.

For any questions regarding this event, please contact Alina Kozmina,

9:00 – 9:30
9:30 – 9:45
Welcome speech
Ulf Schneider, President & Founder, SCHNEIDER GROUP
Ozgur Demirdoven, Executive Vice President, Global Commerce, Allinial Global
9:45 – 11:00
Part 1: Business Environment
Business Outlook: Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus
Business, global and consumer trends outlook
Dr. Daniel Thorniley, President, DT-Global Business Consulting

Business Outlook: Central Asia, Caucasus, Russia
Business and global trends outlook
Ulf Schneider, President & Founder, SCHNEIDER GROUP

Q&A for Part 1
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee Break & Networking
11:30 – 13:00
Part 2: Tax Challenges
Russia: Crisis Related Changes to Taxation and Suspension of Double Taxation Treaties
Dr. Thomas Mundry, Partner, Attorney-at-Law, SCHNEIDER GROUP Russia

Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan: Inter-Group Payments
Mariya Nazarova, Tax Director, SCHNEIDER GROUP Kazakhstan

Uzbekistan: Financing of your Subsidiary
Nodir Ayupov, Partner, SCHNEIDER GROUP Uzbekistan

Georgia: Taxation of Dividends
Anuki Okromchedlishvili, Head of Office, SCHNEIDER GROUP Georgia

Double Taxation Avoidance in Azerbaijan: Challenges obtaining exemptions
Bayram Rahimov, Head of Office, SCHNEIDER GROUP Azerbaijan

Q&A for Part 2

13:00 – 13:45
Lunch & Networking

About speakers

Ulf Schneider
President & Founder SCHNEIDER GROUP

Ulf Schneider founded his SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2003.  He is the President and owner of the well-established consulting enterprise that offers international companies services for their market entry and expansion in Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, Ukraine  and Uzbekistan.

He also is the CEO and Publisher of the owc Foreign Trade Publishing House, a German publishing house, rich in tradition, whose print and online media focus on Russia, CIS, China and Africa.

Olaf Letzel
Chief Growth Officer, SCHNEIDER GROUP
Olaf joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in September 2023 as Chief Growth Officer, where he is now responsible for the Corporate Business Development and Marketing.

Olaf began his career in global banking at Deutsche Aussenhandelsbank and moved later to Societe Generale, where he worked in Trade Finance, Treasury and Relationship Management. Olaf has worked for over 23 years as Head of Branches of Commerzbank in Ashgabat, Kyiv, Moscow and New York, being responsible for the correspondent relationships.
Thomas Mundry
Partner, Attorney-at-Law, SCHNEIDER GROUP Moscow
Thomas joined the company in 2019 as Partner for legal and tax. Thomas is a German lawyer, ranked among top lawyers in franchising and is regularly included into the “Best Lawyers in Russia” rating.

He specializes in manufacturing localization (greenfield & brownfield), joint ventures, M&A, franchising & distribution, bankruptcy and restructuring.
Thomas advises businesses from a wide range of industries, including machinery, construction and engineering, automotive, logistics, chemicals, mining, energy and utilities, pharmaceuticals, food, real estate, agriculture, fashion, and IT.
Mariya Nazarova
Tax Director, SCHNEIDER GROUP Kazakhstan
Mariya joined SCHNEIDER GROUP in 2018. She advises the company's customers on local and international taxation, provides accounting and tax review services, assists SCHNEIDER GROUP’s clients during tax audits, supports them with filing appeals for tax refunds, reviews and drafts investment agreements.

Mariya has more than 15 years of professional experience, including working at PwC.
Nodir Ayupov
Partner, SCHNEIDER GROUP Uzbekistan
Nodir became Director of the Tashkent office in September 2018.
He is responsible for the development of services provided the Tashkent office, including accounting outsourcing and automation, ERP implementation and integration, interim management, business setup and manufacturing localisation.

Nodir earned a degree in Finance, Consulting, and Venture Management from Emory University (Atlanta, the USA) and a degree in International Business from the Tashkent State University of Economics, where he taught Management Accounting course after the graduation.
Nodir speaks 5 languages: Russian, English, Uzbek, Spanish and Greek.
Anuki Okromchedlishvili
Head of Office, SCHNEIDER GROUP Georgia
 Anuki Okromchedlishvili became Head of the Tbilisi office in January 2023. She is responsible for the development of services provided by the local office, including accounting outsourcing, financial, tax and legal consulting, compliance,  interim management and business setup.

Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Anuki Okromchedlishvili held the position of Senior Accountant at PwC, where she was in charge of accounting, tax compliance and managerial reporting. She worked as Senior Associate for almost 6 years at EY, where she was engaged in accounting and tax consulting as well as identified new opportunities to leverage client relationships across service lines. She has gained diverse experience in advising clients from local and world’s biggest multinational companies on accounting, taxation and finance.
Bayram Rahimov
Head of Office, SCHNEIDER GROUP Azerbaijan
Bayram became Head of the Baku office in October 2022. He is responsible for the development of services provided by the Baku office, including accounting automation, ERP implementation and integration, HR services and recruiting, accounting outsourcing, outstaffing, interim management, business setup, market research,  legal and other services.

Prior to joining SCHNEIDER GROUP, Bayram worked as a partner for 3 years at a local consulting company Atlas Consulting, where he was engaged in business development, clients consulting and HR management. Bayram held the position of Finance and Tax Manager at SIEMENS in Azerbaijan. He has experience of working as a chief accountant in the branch office of Cape Industrial Services (UK). After his graduation, Bayram worked with international clients as a consultant, and later as a chief accountant in the local audit company Alfa Audit. Bayram has more than 20 years of professional experience in finance and international consulting.
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