BUSINESS IN RUSSIA?
FAST AND SIMPLE.

BUSINESS IN RUSSIA?
FAST AND SIMPLE.

OUR SERVICES

Our processes are certified as meeting international standards in Information Security (ISO/IEC 27001:2013) and Quality Management (ISO 9001:2015).
We bear full material responsibility for our work and hold a policy with one of Russia’s leading insurance companies.

ABOUT US

In 2016, a small team of highly qualified, experienced specialists came together to establish our boutique firm.
Our mission is to radically change business outsourcing in Russia, from the ground up.
To this day, we have not lost a single paying accounting client to the competition.

Business without borders

Business
without
borders

Wagner & Experts is your reliable partner for consulting and accounting services. Our goal is your prosperity. We will be by your side as you build and expand your business model.

We take pride in our diverse international client base and have worked with companies and individuals from the US, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Morocco, Israel, Russia, India, Nigeria, South Africa and others, operating in the aviation, manufacturing, e-commerce, advertising, entertainment, consulting, banking, retail, and wholesale industries.

Our employees have developed into experts in their respective fields by facing and overcoming difficult challenges over the course of their careers. Today, we wish to share our insights with you and contribute to your future triumphs. We will answer your questions regarding tax and civil legislation, shed light on the peculiarities of the Russian economy, keep your books in order and draw up business plans for you. Our competitive advantage is a unique combination of factors that allows us to evaluate and implement even the most difficult of projects. Wagner & Experts combines a deep understanding of various sectors, longtime working experience in the former Soviet Union and Western best practices.

As our partner, you will benefit from our strengths, enabling you to focus on your core tasks. We know that upon conclusion of a project, clients need tangible results rather than long-winded reports. We define our success as your success. Your economic interests define our solutions.

Wagner & Experts offers a wide range of services to complement your core expertise.

Wagner & Experts – the cornerstone of your success.

ACCOUNTANTS’ WORK EXPERIENCE

No less than 14 years

TAX CONSULTANTS’ EXPERIENCE

No less than 13 years

LAWYERS’ EXPERIENCE

No less than 10 years

CUSTOMER RETENTION RATE

100% (2017-2020)

OUR TEAM

Our key competitive advantage is a highly qualified management team with work experience in Russia, Western Europe and beyond.

BEN WAGNER

CEO

A dual German-British national fluent in Russian, Benedikt has studied at both Oxford and Harvard, gained valuable work experience at Deutsche Bank and asset management house Baillie Gifford ($170bn under management) and holds the CFA charter.

SVETLANA GHADIRI

CFO

Svetlana Ghadiri (ACA, LLB, LLM) is a fully qualified CIS solicitor and graduated with distinction from Manchester Business School. Previous employers include Grant Thornton, HJ Heinz, PepsiCo, Monitise (Group Head of Audit). In recent years, she was instrumental in the private equity activities of a well-known Russian UHNWI.

ANNA SHEREMETYEVA

COO

Anna Sheremetyeva, COO, is an accounting professional and tax expert certified by the Chamber of Tax Consultants of the Russian Federation. For 12 years, she has been working as a chief accountant and controller for foreign subsidiaries in Russia (both in-house and outsourcing).

ALEXANDER KATZENDORN

Head of Legal

Alexander Katzendorn is an MGIMO International Law graduate and also holds two LLM degrees in American Business Law and Transnational Commercial Practice. He is fluent in Russian, English and German and has 10 years of experience representing a vast array of foreign and domestic clients in the Russian state courts with great success. He is also the Russian National Representative in the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and a full member of Legalmondo.

HUGO BOURGEOIS

Sales

Hugo Bourgeois is an alumnus of Toulouse Business School, France, with several years of experience in sales and consulting, working both for start-ups and large corporations in Paris, Hong Kong and Moscow.

Igor Gorskikh

Marketing

Igor Gorskikh speaks Russian, English and French. He has studied marketing, entrepreneurship and management at Durham University (UK), Columbia and Harvard. In the past, he worked at Sberbank and the TNT TV channel.

WHY OUTSOURCE?

COST

Outsourcing is often cheaper than an in-house equivalent. For many companies, outsourcing is the easiest and cheapest way to access a Chief Accountant with over a decade of experience in their field.

RISK MANAGEMENT

In-house employees often are not personally and materially liable for any errors incurred, so the employer has to foot the bill. Quality outsourcing companies are backed by professional liability insurance, and can accept the financial implications for any mistakes.

FOCUS

By outsourcing your accounting and other back office functions, you are no longer distracted by secondary concerns and can concentrate on what really matters to your business. In turn, we focus on ensuring you receive an optimized service, which is our priority.

SCALABILITY

Outsourcing is easily scalable. The relationship with your outsourcing provider can develop, meaning you can stay agile in terms of costs, time and infrastructure involved.

LEGISLATION RESEARCH

Keeping track of the ever-changing rules of Russian legislation is crucial, but time-consuming, especially when there are few accountants. We centralize this function and explain it to individual accountants on a need-to-know basis, ensuring process efficiency and that all employees adhere to the law.

SENIORITY

When there is only one in-house accountant, it must be a Chief Accountant to carry out all necessary tasks. Yet 80% of daily work can be done by any accountant. We distribute the workload more efficiently so clients benefit from the entire team, including the Chief, without the large cost.

CONTINUITY

Employees can fall sick, go on maternity leave, or resign at short notice, sometimes without a proper handover. In the event of a dismissal, there have been incidents of sabotage. We have internal systems to ensure all the necessary data is available and secure, and work can easily be reassigned if needed.

INCIDENTAL COST

With in-house accountants, on top of the salary and social contribution, you must also pay for more office space, supplies, computers, as well as specialized software such as 1C and Konsultant, and so on. All-inclusive outsourcing means one price covers everything, signalling an end to surprise costs.

EASE OF CANCELLATION

A contract with an outsourcing firm can typically be canceled within 30 days and is hassle free. The firm will still be obligated to provide optimal service until the end. In contrast, laying off an in-house accountant can cost up to three months’ salary, and can be difficult due to legislation protecting certain employees.

SPECIALIZATION

Firms tend to have specialists in areas such as payroll which cannot be justified as a full time role in an in-house service. In the absence of specialization, there are greater risks of errors and wasted time researching. Rare challenges sometimes arise, which require specialist knowledge and experience to deal with it.

SUPERVISION

Smaller companies may lack the expertise to effectively supervise their accountants, leading to issues with pay or poor task management. An outsourcing firm efficiently manages time and resources, having mastered all the typical tasks needed for daily business operations, so you no longer need to supervise.

HIRING

Without specialist knowledge, hiring the correct accountants can be difficult. Using a professional recruiting service is pricy, typically costing 20% of the annual salary. A specialized accountancy firm knows how to optimize hiring to find talent. We sift through 100s of CVs and conduct several interviews just for one role.

SMOOTH TRANSITION

To foster a successful relationship, businesses can tailor their outsourcing to their needs, such as outsourcing the Chief Accountant role, the payroll function or the financial accounting without payroll. This ensures a smooth transition between existing processes and outsourcing which can grow according to its success.

PROCESS OPTIMIZATION

Accountancy outsourcing services make optimization of their processes a priority; having experience means typical, repetitive processes are streamlined, ready for future clients. A small accounting department may find the resources needed to optimize processes are greater than the potential gains.

WHY DO BUSINESS IN RUSSIA?

Cheap labour

Salaries are much lower than in the West, even for highly qualified and experienced staff.

Talent

In fields such as IT, design or natural resources, there is no shortage of talent.

Large market

Russia has 140 million people and also serves as the gateway to the entire CIS, where Russia’s ties are strong and Russian is widely spoken.

Incentives

Following the sanctions, the Russian government has launched initiatives to attract foreign investments.

Low tax

Individuals that open companies are also entitled to benefit from the simplified tax regime, which reduces corporate tax to 6% of revenue or 15% of profit.

Quality of life

Moscow is the pulsing heart of Russia and Europe’s only true 24-hour capital. St. Petersburg is famous for its beauty, culture and arts. Subtropical Sochi has beaches, skiing and nightlife.

Migration friendly

In a recent overhaul of its law, Russia has redefined itself as a country that welcomes qualified migrants, with easy routes to residency and citizenship.

Modernization

Russia has been investing heavily into the digital economy, with large-scale projects such as the Skolkovo research center and through national champions such as Sberbank.

TESTIMONIALS

Please click on the reviewers’ names to see the original document.

We have been very satisfied with the tax consulting service rendered in November 2016.

The report provides extremely thorough and precise analysis. It gives valuable practical recommendations based on current tax and currency exchange legislation, as well as relevant court cases.

We express our respect for the experience and competence on display and are delighted to recommend Wagner & Experts to any company in need of tax consulting services.

Dmitry Lukashevich

Managing Director, Bell Russia

As the CEO of the HÜPPE Group, I would like to express our profound gratitude to Wagner & Experts, who provide accounting outsourcing and legal services to our Russian representative office.

Wagner & Experts stand out by offering a comprehensive package price for their accounting services. They include everything a small representative office’s chief accountant would normally do – for instance, unlimited verbal advice, providing powers of attorney or register extracts without extra charges.

They have been true to their word, highly competent, accurate, fast and helpful. We could exchange e-mails directly with our accountant, as she understands English and German. In short, the quality of service has been exceptional throughout, at an extremely competitive price.

I am enthusiastic about our partnership, which has helped us to significantly reduce cost and increase efficiency at the same time.

I sincerely hope that many other potential clients will recognize that opportunity.

Andre Kellinghaus

CEO, HÜPPE Group

WIBERG Rus is the Russian subsidiary of FRUTAROM, an international group. We would like to express our gratitude to 2Syn, LLC (brand name: Wagner & Experts) for their consulting services on VAT and corporate income tax, as well as their rapid response in providing them.

In August 2017, we contacted 2Syn, LLC for advice on the VAT and corporate income tax implications of supplying free promotional literature in the course of training workshops related to the company’s operations.

2Syn, LLC were quick in supplying a competent, well-founded answer to the question posed, with references to the Russian Tax Code, other legislation and relevant court rulings.

Our company is confident in its recommendation of 2Syn’s competent specialists. They are able to shed light on complex and even controversial issues arising in the course of daily business, related to accounting for revenues and expenses as well as corporate taxation.

Vera Maximova

Chief accountant, WIBERG Rus

I’ve been using Wagner & Experts and they have been incredibly helpful. My company is up and running, I’ve got my work visa, and it all happened as planned. They made this whole process way easier than I expected and the whole team are just nice people to deal with. Highly Recommended.

Chris Cole

Managing Director, MonkeyBear LLC

I would recommend Ben Wagner, very down to earth and honest person to deal with, who knows his stuff.

Siamak Karimzadeh

Entrepreneur

WAGNER & EXPERTS IN THE MEDIA

Our specialists regularly comment on economic developments in Russia and worldwide on television and in print media.
Please click on the logos to view the videos or read the articles.

Expert opinion

Aspiring web entrepreneurs face another battle, namely, doing the undifferentiated yet all-important “heavy lifting” … Each area is a career unto itself, doing poorly in an area will cause the entrepreneur to fail, and yet doing a competent job at each one is simply the price of admission… developers routinely spend 70% of their time doing this back end work. At Amazon we call this ensemble of challenges ‘muck’.

If you deprive yourself of outsourcing and your competitors do not, you’re putting yourself out of business.

These results suggest that service outsourcing not only would not induce a fall in aggregate employment, but also has the potential to make firms/sectors sufficiently more efficient, leading to enough job creation in the same sectors to offset the lost jobs due to outsourcing.

Make sure your back room is their front room. In other words, don’t you do guard services at your plant. Get someone who specializes in guard services to do them for you. Get rid of in-house printing, in-house conference services, any business that isn’t at the core of your focus.

In a world of outsourcing, no organization should have second-class support groups. They should outsource those functions to someone else who makes their living doing this…Stop trying to be all things. Anytime you find anyone referring to any group as a “support function”, think hard about whether that’s a function you can outsource.

A brilliant example of this is Coca-Cola. The company produces the syrup that makes its hugely popular soft drink ‒ but outsources (via franchises) the bottling of the product. In this way, the main company retains control of the part that makes it unique, passing on the work that practically any other company could do.

UNLIMITED PACKAGES

Prices are per month, prepaid quarterly, and apply to companies with revenue <10,000 Euros per month.
For each additional 10,000 Euros of revenue: +249 Euros extra charge.

MINI

For Sole Proprietors

299

  • ✓ Accounting
  • ✓ Payroll
  • ✓ Customer service in English

NUMBERS

For LLCs

499

  • ✓ Accounting
  • ✓ Payroll
  • ✓ Customer service in English

XXL

For LLCs

599

  • ✓ Accounting
  • ✓ Payroll
  • ✓ Tax advice
  • ✓ Powers of attorney
  • ✓ Standard contracts
  • ✓ Customer service in English

ALL INCLUSIVE

For LLCs

799

  • ✓ Accounting
  • ✓ Payroll
  • ✓ Tax advice
  • ✓ Full legal service
  • ✓ Customer service in English

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

We believe that a personalized approach is the best way to build lasting relationships, so we have hand-picked our trusted partners to offer you best-in-class services, no matter where you need them.

Our partners in China (including Hong Kong), India, Italy, France and Croatia will assist you locally with legal and business advice, accounting outsourcing, visas and permits. We work in close collaboration with our partners, and we guarantee that you will be accompanied all the way through, to make your projects come true.

Get in touch with us and take advantage of the Wagner & Experts network for your international business.

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