Being the largest among CIS countries with immense opportunities for business, according to annual World Bank reports, Russia has made the most progress among the biggest emerging economies in implementing policies to improve its investment climate in recent years.

The uniform customs territory in the framework of the Customs Union as well close cultural links between Kazakhstan and Russia and their common historic heritage are the main drivers for strong economic cooperation between the two countries and permanent growth for trade turnover and mutual investments.

Having been on cutting edge of the developments ever since its establishment and constantly striving to extend the scope of its services available to clients, in 2013 GRATA opened its office in Moscow.

Establishing a stronger presence in Russia, GRATA International opened associate offices in: Novosibirsk - December 2016, Samara  - January 2017 and Kazan - March 2017.  

Extensive, internationally recognized expertise in providing legal support to investors in connection with cross-border M&A and financial transactions, capital markets projects and project finance in the Central Asia region and the ability to handle the most complex multi-jurisdictional assignments in cost-efficient manner while delivering high-quality results are the key strengths that we are fully implementing in Russia.


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Yury Boldyrev Partner Inquire
Evgeniya Bondarenko Managing Partner Inquire
Almat Daumоv Partner, Head of Natural Resources Department, Representative GRATA International (Moscow) Inquire
Yana Dianova Director of Corporate and Commercial Law Department, GRATA International (Moscow) Inquire
Kseniia Gain Managing Partner Inquire
Denis Gerasimov Partner Inquire
Yevgeniy Gorokhov Head of Dispute Resolution Department, Attorney at law, GRATA International (Moscow) Inquire
Vladimir Komarov Managing Partner Inquire
Inna Makarova Partner, Attorney at law Inquire
Dmitry Samigullin Managing Partner Inquire
Denis Shestakov Partner Inquire
Dmitry Sobolev Partner, Attorney at law Inquire
Andrei Soukhomlinov Managing Partner, Office Director, GRATA International (Moscow) Inquire
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'Google tax': taxation in Russia of e-services rendered via the Internet

On 15 June 2016, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the final reading the bill 'On the Introduction of Amendments to Part One and Part Two of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation (regarding taxation of certain operations carried out through the Internet)', which the mass media called the 'Law on the Tax on Google', since it  obliges, inter alia, non-Russian IT companies such as Google and Apple, to pay the value added tax (VAT) from the sale of content through their application  stores, thereby equalising their position with Russian companies.

Amendments to the anti-monopoly laws: reduction in administrative burden on small businesses in Russia

The Federal Law dated 3 July 2016 No. 264-FZ introduced amendments to the Federal Law 'On Protection of Competition' and Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation' aimed at reducing the administrative burden in connection with antitrust compliance for small businesses in Russia. 

Federal Law ‘On Biomedical Cell Products’

The Federal Law No. 180-FZ dated 23 June 2016 ‘On Biomedical Cell Products’  is aimed at developing the sector of biomedical technologies in Russia.

Extension of the embargo on import to Russia of certain agricultural products and foods originating from the EU, the USA and some other countries

By the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 305 dated 29 June 2016 the period of effectiveness of  the special economic measures – the embargo on import of certain agricultural products, foods and raw materials originating from countries that imposed economic sanctions on Russia - was extended from 6 August 2016 through 31 December 2017. 


Subsidies for the Residents of Tourism and Recreation Special Economic Zones in Russia

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 46 dated 25 May 2016, approved the Rules for Providing Subsidies from the Federal Budget to the Residents of Tourism-Recreational Special Economic Zones, Which are Combined by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation into a Cluster, for Reimbursement of a Part of the Costs of Interest for Loans to Finance Construction of Capital Facilities, as well as to Purchase Equipment.


Business Implications of Russian Sanctions Against Turkey

Sanctions comprise a number of special economic and administrative measures against the Republic of Turkey. The sanctions were imposed by Decree No. 583 signed the President of the Russian Federation (“the RF President“) on 28 November 2015 in connection with the events that took place near the border between Syria and Turkey and detailed in the decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation (“the RF Government“) in accordance with this Decree.


Common market of medical devices of the Eurasian Economic Union: Decisions of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission

On 17 May 2016, on the official website of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) a number of decisions of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) were published, which had been adopted in order to ensure the functioning of the common market of medical devices in accordance with the EAEU Treaty and the Agreement on the Uniform Principles and Rules for the Treatment of Medical Devices (medical devices and medical equipment) within the Eurasian Economic Union dated 23 December 2014, namely:


The procedure for applying the restrictions on admission of certain foreign medical devices to participation in public procurements in Russia

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 337 dated 22 April 2016 amended the Decree of the Government No. 102, dated 5 February 2015 by clarifying the procedure for applying the restrictions on admission of certain types of medical devices originating from foreign states to participation in procurements for state and municipal needs in Russia.


Russian sanctions against Turkey: the list of exempted employers amended

The Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 396 dated 6 May 2016 introduced amendments to the Decision of the Government No. 1458 approving the list of employers and customers of works (services) in Russia that are exempt from the ban to engage citizens of the Republic of Turkey who were not in employment and(or) civil-legal relationships with such employers and customers as of 31 December 2015. The new lists of employers and customers are effective from 24 May 2016.


Provision of the information on foreign financing by mass media in Russia

The Rules for Provision of Information On the Receipt by the Mass Media Office, Broadcaster or Publisher of Funds from a Foreign State, International Organisation, or Foreign Organisation

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