The Leading Event for the Oil & Gas Sector in the Russian Far East

25 - 27 September 2018

“Stolitsa” Business Centre

Key Speakers 2017

After studying at Khabarovsk technical school and completing military service in the armed forces, Oleg Kozhemyako attended the Far-East Institute of Soviet Trade (Pacific State University of Economics) specialising as an economist. He also has a PhD in economics.

He started his professional career in production in 1981 and progressed three grades from locksmith to foreman at Primorskiy State District Power Station.

In October 1989 he created the “Primorskiy” production cooperative, which was converted in 1992 into the “Primorskoe” food production association.

In 1995 he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for OJSC Preobrazhenskaya Base of Trawling Fleet.

From 1998-2002 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors for OJSC Preobrazhenskaya Base of Trawling Fleet.

On 9 December 2001 he was elected as deputy of the Primorskiy Krai Legislative Assembly, Third Convocation, and became a member of the Committee on Food Policy and Management of Natural Resources.

On 27 November 2002 he was elected as a Primorskiy Krai Legislative Assembly representative in the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly and became a member of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Committee, the Youth Affairs and Sports Commission and the Data Policy Commission.

Since October 2004 he has been an adviser to S. Mironov, President of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.

On 18 January 2004 he was appointed as Vice Governor of Koryak Autonomous Okrug and oversaw the supply of goods to northern Russian territories and fuel to the Okrug.

On 9 March 2005 he was provisionally appointed as Acting Governor of Koryak Autonomous Okrug.

On 14 April 2005 he was confirmed as Governor of the Okrug Legislative Assembly.

In July 2007 he became a member of the advisory committee for the State Council of the Russian Federation.

In 2007-2008 he was an aide to the Chief of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation.

On 20 October 2008 the Amur Oblast Legislative Assembly confirmed him as Governor of the Oblast.

On 25 March 2015 he was provisionally appointed as Acting Governor of Sakhalin Oblast by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation.

He is Actual State Councillor of the Russian Federation, 3rd grade.

Cederic Cremers joined Shell after graduating with a master’s degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in the Netherlands. He has a background in finance and commercial roles in both Upstream and Downstream.

After two positions in the Retail business in the Netherlands, he moved to the Upstream business in Nigeria in 2004, leading the JV Budgeting, Financial Planning and Reporting organization for the SPDC joint venture.

In 2007 he moved to Upstream Americas, based in Houston, serving as Financial Accounting Operations Manager. In 2009 he became VP Finance for the Exploration and Commercial business in Upstream Americas.

In 2011, Cederic joined the Chemicals business, where till mid 2014 he was the Global Finance Manager for both Base and Intermediate Chemicals. Since January 2013, he was also General Manager for Shell Chemicals Europe.

From mid-2014 to mid-2015 he was in special role managing the recovery efforts after two major process safety incidents at the major Moerdijk petrochemicals site.

Cederic started in Singapore as Vice President for Commercial and New Business Development for the Region in July 2015, covering Integrated Gas & Upstream.

 As of 1 September, 2017 Cederic Cremers will take up the role of Country Chair Shell Russia.

Cederic is married to Ines and together they have three daughters Isabel, Rosalie and Juliet. He likes to spend time with his family and friends, as well as playing and watching a number of different sports, including Football (3 types) and Golf.

Vadim Stefanovich Rudanets graduated from the Moscow University of Commerce specialising in economics and international relations. He then started his career at NK-Rosneft and has been working at the company for 20 years.

He has been involved in several of the company’s geological surveys in various regions of the world, from Sakhalin to Africa and South America. In 2007 he was awarded an MBA.

Vadim has considerable experience in overseeing geophysical operations and prospecting & exploratory drilling offshore and has collaborated with large international corporations such as BP and ExxonMobil. He has held various leading positions in offshore block companies, including NK-Rosneft, Elvari Neftegaz and RN-Exploration.

He is currently the General Director of RN-Shelf-Arctic and since 2014 he has been the General Director of RN-Shelf Far East.


Evgeny Ambrosov graduated in 1979 from the navigation faculty of the Admiral Nevelskiy Far-Eastern Higher Engineering Academy.

Professional experience:

1979-1980 – Worked on board liner vessels of the Far-Eastern Shipping Company

1980-1997 – Progressed from engineer to Head of the Fleet Operations Department, Far-Eastern Shipping Company Plc

1997-2000 – Vice-President of the Fleet Operations Department, Far-Eastern Shipping Company Plc, Vladivostok

2000-2002 – Senior Vice-President, JSC Sovcomflot

2002-2007 – President, Far-Eastern Shipping Company Plc, Vladivostok

2008-2009 – President, FESCO Transportation Group, Moscow

26 June 2009 – appointed Senior Executive Vice-President, JSC Sovcomflot

What he specialises in


Sergey Pepeliaev has over 30 years' hands-on experience of dealing with corporate and personal taxation issues. He has resolved countless challenging situations involving investments and court proceedings.

As a practitioner, he has defended the rights and interests of companies before the Russian Constitutional Court, the Russian Supreme Court, and commercial courts in large-scale and significant court disputes regarding: the legality of additional taxes and fines being assessed; unlawful regulations of the Russian Government, ministries and state authorities being repealed; and unconstitutional provisions of laws being set aside. He has also advised on matters including the taxation of investments, day-to-day business operations, and much more.


His main achievements


·         Over the last several years, our firm's lawyers, under Mr Pepeliaev’s guidance, have helped our clients to save more than USD 5 billion thanks to having successfully settled tax disputes both through court proceedings and out of court.

·         Mr Pepeliaev has been invited by the State Duma, the Russian Presidential Administration and other governmental authorities to take part in drafting laws, most notably, the Russian Tax Code, the Law on the Olympic Games, and legislation on transfer pricing, among others;

·         The Constitutional Court also invites him to express his expert opinion on a number of cases.  

·         In 2013 Mr Pepeliaev was elected to the Board of the Federal Chamber of Attorneys. He is also a member of the Board of the Moscow Region Chamber of Attorneys.

·         The Federal Chamber of Attorneys has awarded to him the medal 'For outstanding protection of civil rights and freedoms' and the silver F. Plevako medal as well as other awards.


His major clients


Gazprom, Aeroflot, ALROSA, VimpelCom, RUSAL, MegaFon, METRO Cash & Carry, Volkswagen, JTI, Nike, Samsung, МTS.


What they say


Headed by Sergey Pepeliaev, the firm has, for over ten years, been acknowledged the leading Russian law firm by independent rating agencies and publications.

Various sources refer to Mr. Pepeliaev as “the father of Russian tax law”. The international directory Chambers Europe 2016 praised Mr Pepeliaev as “the leader setting development trends on the market and playing an active role in developing solutions for clients”.