A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 163 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian (t.me/Roscongress), English (t.me/RoscongressDirect), and Spanish (t.me/RoscongressEsp). Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Irina Bykhovskaya

Irina Bykhovskaya

Partner, CIS Tax & Law Leader, EY

► Irina is the CIS Tax & Law Leader and Tax Partner at EY Moscow.

► Prior to joining EY Moscow in May 2002, Irina worked for Arthur Andersen for 4 years (since 1998). She has more than 20 years of professional experience.

► Irina graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation with a degree in Finance and Credit.

► Irina actively participates in tax working groups of the International Financial Center in Russia, the Association of Russian Banks, the Russian Ministry of Finance and the Federal Tax Service focusing on the improvement of Russian tax legislation. She also is a regular speaker at various conferences and seminars.

Professional skills

► Irina specializes in providing tax services to banks, insurance companies, investment banking groups, investment funds as well as to non-financial organizations in respect of their treasury, trade financing and assets purchase financing operations.

► She has significant experience in M&A structuring and business restructuring, tax due diligence, tax function performance improvement and tax processes enhancement projects as well as integration of banking businesses.

► She has also specialized in transfer pricing since 2011 when the respective rules were adopted in Russia.

► Starting 2014, her areas of specialization have also included advice on the implementation of FATCA requirements and, starting 2015, the application of the Common Reporting Standard by financial and non-financial organizations and individuals.


► Irina leads projects on Russian taxation of transactions with securities, derivatives and REPO transactions.

► She leads projects on withholding tax, double taxation relief and application of the beneficial owner of income concept.

► She leads tax function performance improvement and tax processes enhancement projects as well as projects relating to effective tax rate projections.

► Her team helps to defend taxpayers’ interests to respond to the tax assessments by the tax authorities.

► She leads advisory projects on the tax implications of intragroup services provided by international groups of companies and banking groups.

► She has led a number of projects on the implementation of FATCA and CRS in a major Russian bank and several financial institutions in the CIS.