Scott Antel is a Partner in the Moscow office of DLA Piper and has worked in Russia and the CIS for 12 years, during which he has advised multinational clients on legal and taxation matters concerning investment structures, the development of greenfield and brownfield manufacturing sites, the negotiation of regional tax concessions and subsequent operational issues. He also has led numerous acquisition due diligence reviews in various sectors. Scott’s further industry specialisation involves legal and tax advice to the real estate and hospitality sectors. Scott advises the majority of international hotels in Russia, has structured negotiated and drafted numerous hotel management agreements and led the legal acquisition team in the largest commercial real estate (hotel) transaction in Russian history. He also works extensively with the airline and transport industries and lists a number of major international name companies as clients. Most recently Scott has been involved in international trade matters representing Russian companies in antidumping and related disputes before the US and EU authorities. Scott co-authored a brief in support of Russian market economy status on behalf of major Russian steel producers and presented evidence to the US Commerce Department resulting in Russia being given market economy status in 2002.

Scott is a frequent speaker on Russian legal and commercial matters, and is the Russia Correspondent for Tax Notes International, a member of the Executive Board of East West Executive Guide, and a frequent contributor to both these and other publications on Russian legal, taxation and hospitality issues. Scott also serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.

Scott received a BA in English from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and pursued graduate studies at Manchester College, Oxford. He completed a JD at Case Western Reserve University Law School and a Masters in Taxation and Trade at Fordham Business School. He is admitted to the New York and Ohio State Bars and is fluent in English and Russian.