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, Rostov-on-Don - May 2017, Saint-Petersburg - April 2017.  

In April, 2019 associate office in Rostov-on-Don, reaches a new stage of development and becomes a fully Integrated office.

GRATA International has representative in Kazan.

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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Address: Office 15, 28th floor, Federation Tower-I "East",
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Tel.: +7 (495) 660-11-84
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E-mail: moscow@gratanet.com 


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18.09.2019

GRATA International in Saint Petersburg, Russia

GRATA International is glad to announce the addition of an integrated office in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After going through transitional stage in its development as a firm and appreciating the benefits of the corporate systems and platforms, the opportunities and potential of the network, “Legal Studio” Law Firm, associate office in St. Petersburg (Russia), has reached a new milestone and will now become an integrated office “GRATA International SPB”.  

12.09.2019

General considerations regarding the jurisdiction of Austrian

Despite the fact that the political situation in Austria, in comparison with other countries of the Western world, is considered more favorable towards Russia, banks and other service providers have recently begun to treat Russian customers with increasing suspicion and skepticism. 

Joint venture companies: practical problems of their organization and corporate governance

Joint venture companies, being one of the forms of doing business, despite the sanctions and the tense political situation on the world stage, continue to enjoy certain popularity in Russia. Foreign investors are actively investing their money, knowledge and experience in domestic business, together with Russian partners, are opening various companies and enterprises in various sectors of the economy. There are many reasons for this, the main of which are gaining access to new commercial markets, and the ability to produce new types of goods and services.

 

10.07.2019

Legal instruments of proof of work on a contract at dispute of their performance

Speaking of proving the execution of the works by the contractor, the first thing should be to consider the acts of transfer and acceptance of completed works (Art. 720 of the CC RF (Сivil Сode of Russian Federation). 

20.06.2019

Igor Lukin took part in the Round Table on Competition and Antimonopoly Regulation in Moscow

Igor Lukin, Head of GRATA International Corporate Law Department, took part in the Round Table on Competition and Antimonopoly Regulation organized by the Eurasian Economic Commission and held on June 19 in Moscow.

24.06.2019

Russia will help Uzbekistan in the modernization and development of airports

Uzbekistan and Russia are intensifying cooperation and are moving from discussing substantive issues to the plane of their implementation. The Prime Ministers Abdulla Aripov and Dmitry Medvedev agreed on this, reports Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

24.05.2019

GRATA International in Best Lawyers in Russia 2020 ranking

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession, announced the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Russia on 24 May 2019.

08.05.2019

GRATA International at the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2019

Representatives of GRATA International law firm Aidar Sarymsakov, Dmitry Gladkov, Irina Obukhova, Atabek Sharipov, Nodir Yuldashev, and Bakhodir Jabborov will take part in the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2019.

19.04.2019

Labor "Extremism" or How to Deal with Unscrupulous Employee

Any business activity, one way or another, is connected with the involvement of labor resources, since with the development of the company it becomes impossible to independently perform the necessary functionality. Thus, entrepreneurs and heads of business structures attract employees to perform certain duties, concluding employment contracts.

19.04.2019

Is it possible to force a buyer to pay in advance under the contract?

Usually, under the delivery contract, the parties agree on the terms about an advance payment for goods, such provision is aimed at protecting the supplier’s interests. However, the provision about an advance payment has negative impacts for a supplier.

19.04.2019

On the bankruptcy. The tax authority now must estimate the economic feasibility of a bankruptcy procedure before appealing to a court.

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has obliged a tax authority to check the relevancy of the claim to recognize a debtor as a bankrupt in terms of prospects and economic feasibility of initiating such dispute.

19.04.2019

Legal Studio in «Best Legal practice» Top 5 Ranking of «Kommersant» newspaper

According to Russian newspaper «Kommersant,» Legal Studio, the associate office of GRATA International in Saint-Petersburg, is at Top 5 Ranking «Best Legal practice», specifically «Employment Dispute Resolution» nomination.

19.04.2019

Things you need to know about digital rights: new developments of autumn 2019

The resolution of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation approved Federal law "On Amendments to Parts One and Two, and Article 1124 of Part Three of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation" (hereinafter - the Federal Law). On March 18, 2019, this Federal Law was signed by the President of the Russian Federation.

19.04.2019

State Procurement System reform: the FAS Proposals on Simplifying the Process

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has made a set of proposals to further reform the public procurement law. The main idea is aimed at eliminating too complicated procedures, which occur in the process of state procurements between customers and suppliers.

19.04.2019

Doing Business in Russia

Let us introduce you this 'Doing Business in Russia' publication prepared by GRATA International law firm in Moscow. The information in the brochure is based on theoretical and practical information available as of February 2019. The content of this brochure is intended for foreign businessmen and companies seeking to do business in Russia, incentives and support measures for investors. 

12.04.2019

GRATA International took part in "Protection of Intellectual Property Rights" Conference in St. Petersburg

On April 11-12, 2019, the 3rd International Practical Conference "Protection of Intellectual Property Rights" was held in St. Petersburg. Timur Berekmoinov, Senior Associate of Intellectual Property Department, as well as Aliya Zhumekenova, Counsel, represented GRATA International Law Firm at the Practical Conference.

15.04.2019

GRATA International in Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Legal 500 has recently released its annual rankings of international law firms – Legal 500 EMEA 2019.

09.04.2019

GRATA International in Rostov-on-Don

Stepanov&Aksuk Law Office, GRATA International’s Associate office in Rostov-on-Don (Russia), reaches a new stage of development and becomes a fully Integrated office. 

14.03.2019

Russian law on digital rights

A draft federal law “On Digital Rights”, amending parts one, two, and article 1124 of part three of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (the “Law”) was adopted in its final reading.  The goal of the Law is to enshrine a number of basic concepts in civil legislation, such as "digital rights" and "self-executing contracts", on the basis of which the Russian legislator could regulate the market of such objects of economic relations  as “tokens”, “cryptocurrency” and other digital assets, to provide conditions for the execution and performance of transactions in the digital environment, including transactions with large volumes  of information (Big Data).

13.03.2019

Administrative liability for fake news in Russia

A draft Federal Law supplementing the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation with three new offenses in connection with dissemination in the media and the information networks, including the Internet, of false socially significant information under the guise of reliable messages (the so-called "fake news"), and measures of liability for their commission depending on severity of consequences was adopted by the State Duma in its final reading. 

01.02.2019

Mandatory labeling of commodities and system for monitoring circulation thereof in Russia

On 1 January 2019 amendments to the Federal Laws “On the Basics of State Regulation of Trading Activities in the Russian Federation” and “On the Use of Cash Registers when Making Settlements in the Russian Federation”, introduced by Federal Law No. 488 – FZ of 25.12.2018, came into force, providing for the creation of a state information system for monitoring  the circulation of commodities subject to mandatory labeling by means of identification, and requirements to it.

The list of commodities subject to mandatory labeling by means of identification and deadlines for their labeling in 2019 are approved by the Government of the Russian Federation.

22.01.2019

Changes in the regulation of medicines circulation in Russia in 2019

This review highlights some significant changes in federal laws and other regulatory legal acts in Russia that regulate the circulation of medicines, including:

  • a new procedure for releasing into circulation of medicinal products for medical use;

  • implementation of the federal state information system for monitoring the circulation of medicines for medical use from the manufacturer to the end user with the application of identification marks and obligations of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs engaged in circulation of medicines in this connection;
  • the authority of Roszdravnadzor to conduct test purchases of circulating medicinal products and medical devices. 

21.01.2019

GRATA International is strengthening its presence on Russia's legal market

We are glad to announce that starting January 2019 our clients can receive a full range of legal services in Kazan.

17.01.2019

Changes in the procedure for admission of foreign medical devices and medicines to public procurement in Russia

On 1 January 2019, amendments to the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 102 of 05.02.2015 that provides for restrictions and conditions for the admission of certain types of medical devices originating from foreign countries for the purpose of procurement for state and municipal needs ("Resolution No. 102")[1] and the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation dated November 30, 2015 No. 1289 that establishes the restrictions and conditions for admission for the purposes of procurement to ensure the state and municipal needs of medicinal products originating from foreign countries included in the list of vital and essential drugs (VED) ("Resolution No. 1289")[2], came into force.

30.11.2018

Fate of Pledge (Lien) in Bankruptcy Cases

This article discusses the features of foreclosure on the subject of a pledge. The author focuses attention on the fate of a pledge, as an encumbrance on the subject, which was a guarantee of the fulfillment of the Debtor’s obligations to the creditor. The conflict between the norms of the Civil Code and the Federal Law “On Insolvency (Bankruptcy)” is considered, supported by relevant examples from judicial practice.

13.11.2018

Innovation scientific and technological centres in Russia, tax and other incentives for their participants

Since August 10, 2017, the Federal Law of July 29, 2017 No. 216-FZ has been in effect in Russia, providing for the legal basis for establishment and operation of innovation scientific and technological centres in order to implement the priorities of the scientific and technological development of the Russian Federation, increase the investment attractiveness of research and development, the commercialisation of their results, incentives for persons involved in the implementation of such projects, the features of their activities, including urban planning, educational and medical activities (the "Law No. 216-FZ").

22.10.2018

Administrative and criminal liability for a failure to remove information damaging business reputation in the Internet

Since April 23, 2018, the provisions of the Federal Law No. 229-ФЗ "On Enforcement Proceedings" dated October 2, 2007, regulate the procedure for enforcement of the requirement contained in the executive document to remove information distributed on the Internet that defames the honor, dignity or damages business reputation of a citizen or damages business reputation of a legal entity.

27.09.2018

Svetlana Kudryashova and Mikhail German - medalists of the rating of the DP "Lawyer Of The Season"

The editorial office of the newspaper Delovoy Peterburg (Peterburg Buisness Daily) conducted the traditional rating "Lawyer of the Season" in the summer of 2018.

24.09.2018

Introduction of 2nd 2017 Edition of FIDIC Forms of Contracts

In 2017 the International Federation of Consulting Engineers has introduced major amendments to FIDIC 1999 Yellow, Red and Silver Books which have been in use in the construction industry for almost twenty years.

12.09.2018

Dmitry Samigullin spoke on Business setup in Russia in Zurich

Dmitry Samigullin spoke on Business setup in Russia in Zurich.

25.08.2018

Small and medium businesses development in Russia: legal updates

In July and August 2018, the Federal Laws were signed aimed to expand:

25.08.2018

International companies: a new way of doing business in Russia

The Federal Law dated 03 August 2018 No. 290-FZ “On International Companies” (“Law No. 290-FZ”) defines the legal status of international companies - an economic organisation with the status of an international company registered in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities (USRLE) in connection with the change of a personal law by a foreign legal entity by way of redomiciliation, specific features of its activities, reorganisation and liquidation, as well as the recording and exercising of rights to its securities.

24.08.2018

'Offshore zones' for international companies in the Kaliningrad region and Primorsky krai

Federal Law No. 291-FZ dated 3 August 2018 (Law No. 291-FZ) provides for the establishment and operation of special administrative districts in the territories of the Russian Island (Primorsky Krai) and Oktyabrsky Island (Kaliningrad Region) to form an investment-attractive environment for Russian and foreign investors.

05.09.2018

Shaimerden Chikanayev will be a panellist at the IBA ECA Forum 2018

On 5-7 September 2018, a IBA Europe-Caucasus-Asia Forum 2018 will be held in Almaty.

22.08.2018

Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements in the territory of Russia

Stable international cooperation in the area of trade and civil turnover is only possible where foreign counterparties and businessmen are confident about protection of their rights in the territory of a foreign state.

15.08.2018

GRATA International - leading author of Mondaq of Russian Federation in July

During the Month of July 2018 GRATA International (Russian Federation) generated the most usage from Mondaq users for the  category of commercial law.

07.08.2018

Changes in the Russian Currency Law: Repatriation of Currency Proceeds

On 29 July 2018 several Federals Laws were signed off amending the Federal Law 'On Currency Regulation and Currency Control' as follows:

  • Federal Law No. 246-FZ introduced additional cases when a resident (an individual or legal entity deemed as the resident of the Russian Federation for currency control purposes) is deemed to have fulfilled the duty to repatriate the currency proceeds;

  • Federal Law No. 247-FZ supplemented the list of currency transactions permitted between residents;
  • Federal Law No. 248-FZ extended the list of cases where residents are allowed not to credit foreign or Russian currency into their bank accounts with authorised Russian banks.

07.08.2018

Consent to personal data processing: practice of Roskomnadzor and Russian courts

On July 31, 2018, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) hosted the Open Doors Day, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the adoption of Federal Law No. 152-FZ "On Personal Data", during which representatives of Roskomnadzor spoke, in particular , about the position of the agency in relation to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the most frequent complaints of Russian citizens in connection with the actions or omissions of operators who violate the requirements of the laws on personal data processing, typical breaches of the personal data legilslation and presented recommendations how to avoid such breaches. 

03.08.2018

Registration of Medical Devices in Russia: Recent Changes

The Government of the Russian Federation by its Resolution No. 633, dated 31 May 2018 introduced  changes to the Rules for  the State Registration of Medical Devices approved by Resolution of the Government No. 1416, dated 27 December 2012.

The changes are aimed at reducing the timing of state registration of certain types of medical devices, bringing the requirements for documents confirming the quality of a medicine and pharmaceutical substance contained in the medical device, as well as the procedure for making changes to the registration certificate and registration dossier for a medical device in line with the requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union.

31.07.2018

Common market of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union: clinical trials

On 17 July 2018, the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEС) adopted the following acts aimed at regulation of the general market of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU):

31.07.2018

Cancellation of duties for state registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs

Federal Law No. 234-FZ of July 29, 2013 amended the Tax Code of the Russian Federation providing for the cancellation of the state duties for state registration of:

11.07.2018

Customs duties for certain goods originating from the United States are increased in Russia

On 23 March 2018, the United States of America introduced a special protective measure in the form of increased customs duties on imports for steel and aluminium products, including those originating from the Russian Federation.

11.07.2018

GRATA International continues to be the leading author of Mondaq of Russian Federation

During the Month of June 2018 GRATA International (Russian Federation) generated the most usage from Mondaq users for the  category of commercial law.

The law on Russia’s counter-sanctions against the USA and other states came into force

On 4 June 2018, the Federal Law 'On the Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the USA and(or) other Foreign States' (hereinafter - the 'Law') was published and came into force.

28.05.2018

Simplification of the procedure for state registration of medicines in Russia

On 17 May 2018, amendments to the Federal Law 'On the Circulation of Medicines', which simplify the procedure for registration of medicinal products for foreign manufacturers of medicines, were adopted in the third final reading.

25.05.2018

New support measures for manufacturers of medicinal products in Russia

Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 572 dated 12 May 2018 introduced amendments to Resolution No. 1289 dated 30 November 2015 that establishes restrictions and conditions for admission to the procurement for state and municipal need of medicinal products included in the list vital and essential medicines (VEM) originating from foreign states.

18.05.2018

The draft Federal Law on Russia’s counter-sanctions against the USA and other states adopted

On 17 May 2018, the State Duma adopted in the second reading the draft Federal Law 'On the Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the USA and(or) other Foreign States'.

25.04.2018

Russia’s counter-sanctions against the USA: the draft federal law

On 16 April 2018, the Council of the State Duma approved for consideration the draft Federal Law 'On the Measures (Countermeasures) in Response to Unfriendly Actions of the USA and(or) other Foreign States' developed by a group of deputies (hereinafter - the 'Draft Law').

16.04.2018

New procedure for qualification of foreign financial instruments as securities in Russia

On 21 April 2018, the Instruction of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation No. 4561-u dated October 2017, which establishes a new procedure for qualifying foreign financial instruments that have been assigned with the security identification code (number) (ISIN code) and the international classification code of financial instruments (CFI code), as securities ('Procedure').

16.04.2018

Changes in the Russian currency legislation: repatriation of funds granted to non-residents under loan agreements

On 14 April 2018, the changes to the Federal Law 'On Currency Regulation and Currency Control' (the 'Currency Regulation Law') and the Code of the Russian Federation 'On Administrative Offenses' introduced by Federal Law No. 64-FZ dated 3 April 2018 became effective, which provide for the obligation of Russian residents to repatriate to their accounts in Russian banks funds granted to non-residents under loan agreements and liability for a failure to perform this obligation.

16.04.2018

How to File a Lawsuit against a Russian Company?

To ensure the procedural application is accepted and considered by the arbitration court of the Russian Federation, a number of obligatory requirements shall be observed.

05.04.2018

Incentives for investors in Russia: 19 new territories of priority socio-economic development

On 16 March 2018, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted several decisions on the establishment of 19 new territories for priority socio-economic development (TPSED) in the following regions of Russia:

04.04.2018

Personal Data Protection in Russia

The publication is about data protection in Russia

30.03.2018

Checking the Russian counterparty before the transaction

In Russia, on the participant of legal relations is entrusted serious risks associated with the manifestation of due diligence and prudence, which are often a condition for the subsequent protection of rights before state bodies and courts, including in disputing transactions.

29.03.2018

Unfair competition in the practice of FAS Russia and courts: 9.5 million roubles to be paid for an infringement of Heineken’s trademark

On 1 March 2018, the Commission of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation Office for St. Petersburg issued an order in respect to Afanasy Private Brewery LLC to stop violation of Article 14.6.1 of Federal Law No. 135-FZ, dated 26 July 2006 'On Competition Protection', in particular, the illegal use of the designation 'ОХОТА НАШЕГО' being confusingly similar to the trademark 'ОХОТА' the right holder of which is Heineken Russian subsidiary.

27.03.2018

Major changes to the Russian Civil Code from 1 June 2018: financial and security transactions

On 1 June 2018, changes to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (the 'Civil Code') and certain other federal laws will come into force in terms of regulation of certain types of obligations and contracts, and foreclosure on certain types of assets, introduced by Federal Law No. 212-FZ dated 26 July 2017.

26.03.2018

Registration of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union

At the Pharmaceutical Forum of the EAEU and CIS countries held in Moscow in late February 2018, the Director of the Department of Technical Regulation and Accreditation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEС) said that the full-scale work on registration of medicines using the unified information system of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will start upon its launch scheduled on the first half of 2018. Currently, the integration segment of this system is ready, and the work to prepare national segments in each state of the EAEU is underway. Representatives of the regulatory authority of Kazakhstan reported that the first applications for registration of medicines under the unified EAEU rules had already been submitted, and representatives of the Belarus regulator confirmed their readiness to accept such applications.

17.03.2018

GRATA International was for the third time conferred with the award "Contributor With Most Reader Response In Russian Federation" by Mondaq

During the Month of February 2018 GRATA International (Russian Federation) generated the most usage from Mondaq users for the  category of commercial law.

07.03.2018

Control over antitrust compliance in Russia: risk-oriented approach

On 1 March 2018 the Government of the Russian Federation by its decision No. 213 approved the criteria on the basis of which activities of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs are assigned with certain categories of risk for the purpose of state control over compliance with antitrust laws, and established three risk categories, respectively: average, moderate and low.

26.02.2018

New state program on project financing in Russia

The Government of the Russian Federation by its resolution No. 158 of 15 February 2018 approved:


19.02.2018

Mandatory classification of hotels and other tourism industry facilities in Russia

On 5 February 2018, Federal Law No. 16-FZ on the introduction of amendments to the Federal Law 'On the Fundamental Principles of Tourist Activities in the Russian Federation' and the Code of   the Russian Federation 'On Administrative Offenses' was signed ('Law No. 16-FZ'). Law No. 16-FZ provides, inter alia, for obligatory classification of hotels, ski trails, and beaches and is aimed at improving the legal regulation in the provision of hotel services.

16.02.2018

New territories of priority socio-economic development in Russia

In December 2017 and early February 2018, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a number of decisions on the establishment of territories for priority socio-economic development (TPSED) in several regions of Russia, including the Republic of Tatarstan, Stavropol Territory and Chelyabinsk Region. Residents of  TPSED are granted with substantial tax, customs and other incentives in accordance with the Federal Law No. 473-FZ dated 29 December 2014 ‘On the Territories of Priority Socio-Economic Development in the Russian Federation’ and reginal laws.


15.02.2018

GRATA International became a Mondaq Contributor With Most Reader Response In Russian Federation

During the Month of January 2018 GRATA International (Russian Federation) generated the most usage from Mondaq users for the  category of commercial law.

08.02.2018

GRATA International attended the international conference 'Intellectual Property in the New Technological Order'

Yana Dianova, Director of the Corporate and Commercial Law Department (GRATA International, Moscow) and Timur Berekmoinov, a patent attorney (GRATA International, Almaty) took part in the international conference 'Intellectual Property in the New Technological Order'.

26.01.2018

Marking and monitoring of medicines circulation in Russia from 2020

Pursuant to the changes in the Federal Law 'On Circulation of Medicines' introduced by Federal Law No. 425-FZ, dated 28 December 2017, from 1 January 2020 legal entities and individual businessmen engaged in the production, storage, import, release, sale, transfer, use, and destruction of medicines will have to ensure that information on  the medicines is entered in the system for monitoring the medicines circulation. 

Manufacturers of medicines will be required to place on primary packaging (if no secondary packaging is provided for the relevant medicines) and secondary (consumer) packaging of medicines for the medical use the identification marks. 


25.01.2018

Syndicated lending regulation in Russia

On 1 February 2018, the Federal Law, dated 31 December 2017, No. 486-FZ 'On Syndicated Lending and Introduction of Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation' that provides for specific features of entering into and performance of a syndicated loan agreement under which several legal entities may act simultaneously as creditors and the debtor, as the general rule, performs its obligations before the creditors by transfering moneraty funds to the credit manager elected by the creditors.

19.01.2018

Protecting the Critical Information Infrastructure of the Russian Federation from Hacking

On 1 January 2018, Federal Law No. 187-FZ dated 26 July 2017 "On the Security of the Critical Information Infrastructure of the Russian Federation" comes into force.

18.01.2018

Checklists for Scheduled Inspections

From 1 January 2018, in the course of scheduled inspections of legal entities and individual businessmen, the controlling authorities will use checklists in certain cases.

18.01.2018

Risk-Oriented Approach in the Organisation of Certain Types of State Control (Supervision)

From 1 January 2018, a risk-oriented approach in organising and implementing state control (supervision) over business activities will apply. Under this approach, in some cases, the choice of intensity (form, duration, periodicity) of inspections and other control measures is determined by referring the activities of a legal entity, individual businessman and(or) production facilities used by them in the performance of such activities to a certain risk category or a certain hazard class (category). 

18.01.2018

Technical Regulation

From 1 January 2018, a number of sections have been excluded from the uniform list of products that are subject to obligatory certification.

18.01.2018

Ban for Production and Turnover of Low-Alcohol Tonic Beverages Except for Those Produced for Exports

From 1 January 2018, a ban for the production and turnover of alcoholic products with an ethyl alcohol content of less than 15% of the volume of finished products containing tonic substances (components) is introduced, except for the products produced for the purpose of export from the Russian Federation. 

18.01.2018

Rules and Criteria for Classifying Products as Industrial Products that Have No Analogues Produced in Russia

On 1 February 2018, the Rules and Criteria for Classifying Products as Industrial Products that Have No Analogues Produced in Russian Federation approved by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1135 dated 20 September 2017, come into force. 

18.01.2018

Favourable Tax Regime in the Territory of the SEZ in the Kaliningrad Region

From 1 January 2018, in the territory of the special economic zone (SEZ) in the Kaliningrad region new tax incentives will apply

18.01.2018

Investment Tax Deduction for Corporate Profit Tax

From 1 January 2018, taxpayers may reduce the amount of tax (advance payment) payable to the budget of a constituent of the Russian Federation by no more than 90% of the current period expenditures for the purpose of completion, further equipping, reconstruction, modernisation and technical re-equipment of fixed assets. 

18.01.2018

'Tax Free'

From 1 January 2018, Russia implements a 'tax free' system, which involves the VAT refund when exporting goods by citizens of foreign countries (other than EAEU countries) purchased by them in Russia in retail organisations. 

18.01.2018

Law on Telemedicine

From 1 January 2018 the Federal Law 'On the Introduction of Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on the Application of Information Technologies in the Area of Health Protection' No. 242-FZ dated 29 July 2017 comes into force (except for certain provisions). 

18.01.2018

Requirements to the Information to Be Published by Online Media

From 1 January 2018, the online media shall ensure that the following information is published on its website: name (title) of the publication, founders (co-founders), full name of the editor-in-chief, e-mail and phone number of the editorial board, content mark (in certain cases). 

18.01.2018

Uniform Rules for Describing Medicines for Medical Use

From 1 January 2018, the specific requirements to the description of the medicines for medical use which are purchased for the state and municipal needs in documentation on purchase of the medicines shall become effective.

18.01.2018

Procurement from Small and Medium Enterprises

From 1 January 2018, the threshold values ​​of revenues and assets of legal entities that are obliged or may make purchases from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are reduced. 

18.01.2018

Finance And Securities

Federal Law No. 212-FZ 'On the Introduction of Amendments to the First and Second Parts of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation and Individual Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation' comes into force on 1 June 2018.

18.01.2018

Obligatory Requirements to Founders, Corporate Bodies and Officials of Financial Organisations

From 28 January 2018, the unified requirements to the business standing of shareholders and managers of banks, insurance organisations, non-state pension funds, microfinance organisations, management companies of investment funds and mutual investment funds shall apply. 

18.01.2018

Provision of Information to the Recipient of Financial Services

From 1 January 2018, microfinance organisations shall provide the financial service recipient in his/her personal account the information on the individual terms and conditions of the consumer loan agreement, payment schedule, as well as structure and amount of the current debt. 

18.01.2018

Requesting Information from Recipients of Financial Services

From 1 January 2018, the civil legal relationships arising between a microfinance organisation and the recipient of financial services in connection with the conclusion of the contract for POS-microloans shall be subject to the provisions on requesting information from the recipients of financial services. 

18.01.2018

Economic Standards for Microfinance and Microcredit Companies

From 1 January 2018, the instructions of the Bank of Russia come into force that set economic standards for microfinance and microcredit companies:

18.01.2018

Unilateral Withdrawal From a Contract

In accordance with Article 310.3 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, unilateral refusal to perform obligations is generally not allowed. 

18.01.2018

Judgements Without a Reasoning Part

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation proposed to the State Duma a draft law, under which reasoned decisions will be prepared by courts only upon applications of parties to the case or their representatives.

18.01.2018

Court Representation

Deputies of the State Duma proposed a draft law, under which civil and administrative cases will be supported only by professional lawyers.

18.01.2018

Simplified Procedure in the APC and CPC

Under the Draft Law of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, arbitration courts will hear cases in a simplified procedure in the following cases:

18.01.2018

State Control and Supervision

From 1 January 2018, as part of the global reform of the system of business inspections, new principles for carrying out control measures come into force.

18.01.2018

The New Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union

From 1 January 2018, the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union will enter into force, which contains many novelties. 

18.01.2018

The Draft Law on the Introduction of a New Criminal Act such as a Misdemeanor

The Supreme Court also proposed the draft law on the introduction of a new criminal act such as a misdemeanor.

18.01.2018

The Draft Law on Increasing Penalties for Cartel Agreement

The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia proposed the draft law on increasing criminal liability for the conclusion of a cartel agreement and establishing criminal liability for such an act committed by an organised group, as well as by a person acting as a sole executive body, a member of the board of directors or another collegial executive body in a commercial or other organisation, and also by a person, who manages more than fifty percent of the total number of voting shares in the charter capital of the economic company (partnership, economic partnership). 

18.01.2018

The Draft Law on the Introduction of a New Crime such as Deliberately False Audit Report

The Ministry of Finance of Russia proposes to supplement the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation with a new Article 202.1 'Knowingly False Audit Report' that establishes criminal liability for signing an audit report, which was subsequently submitted to the audited entity or the person concluded the contract for auditing services, and was deemed by the court to be knowingly false.

18.01.2018

From 2018, the courts will be guided by new explanations of the Supreme Court on fraud issues

At the end of 2017, the Resolution of the Plenum of the Supreme Court No. 48 'On Judicial Practice in Cases Concerning Fraud and. Embezzlement' gave new explanations for the application of articles in the area of WCC (fraud). The decree updates the legal positions that have been in force since 2007. 

18.01.2018

Extension Of The List Of Persons Participating In The Developer's Bankruptcy

From 1 January 2018, pursuant to Article 201.2 of the Federal Law 'On Insolvency (Bankruptcy)', a 'new entity' will be a unitary non-profit organisation - Fund for Protection of Rights of Citizens Participating in Shared-Equity Construction, which purpose is to pay creditors in case of the bankruptcy of developers as well as to finance the construction completion. The fund has the status of a public company. 

11.01.2018

Изменения в российском законодательстве в 2018 году

Команда юристов GRATA International в России подготовила обзор наиболее важных изменений в законодательстве Российской Федерации, вступающих в силу в 2018 году. 

Important developments in the Russian legislation effective from January-February 2018

The overview highlights some significant changes in the legislation of the Russian Federation that come into force in January and February 2018

Draft law on the remote retail trade in medicines in Russia

On 13 December 2017, the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the first reading the draft Federal Law aimed at the legalisation of remote retail trade in medicines.

14.12.2017

GRATA International is a Mondaq Contributor With Most Reader Response In Russian Federation

During the Month of November 2017 GRATA International (Russian Federation) generated the most usage from Mondaq users for the  category of commercial law.

11.12.2017

Stepanov and Aksuk Law Firm Associate office of GRATA International is Recognised by Право.ru-300 Ranking 2017 in 4 Nominations

On 7 December 2017, the results of the national law firms rating – ‘Право.ru-300’ were announced.

24.11.2017

Changes in the Russian currency legislation in 2018

As of 1 January 2018, the Instruction No. 181-I of August 16, 2017 of Bank of Russia establishing the procedure for the submission by Russian residents and non-residents to authorised banks of supporting documents and information on the performance of currency transactions, as well as unified forms of accounting and reporting on currency transactions, the procedure and timing of their submission becomes effective.

24.11.2017

Foreign media as foreign agents in Russia

The Federation Council approved on 22 November 2017 the draft Federal Law amending the Federal Law "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection" and the Law of the Russian Federation "On Mass Media" for the purposes of the regulation of foreign media in Russia.

21.11.2017

Yana Dianova assisted the World Bank in preparation of the Doing Business 2018 annual report on Russian Federation

Yana Dianova, Director of the Corporate and Commercial Law Department of GRATA International (Moscow office), took part in the preparation of the Doing business 2018 annual report by the World Bank on the Russian Federation.

27.10.2017

Contribution to Property Will Help to Save on Taxes

Here is a good news for companies: On 22 September 2017, members of the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a bill that introduced amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation through third reading. 

26.10.2017

New Requirements for Registration of Legal Entity

The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation issued an order (No. 135n, dated 25 August 2017), according to which the list of information about a legal entity, peasant (farm) economy, individual registered as IE  posted on the official FTS website is subject to change.

26.10.2017

New Rules for Liquidation of Legal Entities

The Civil Code provides for the obligation of participants to determine the period for liquidation of a legal entity (Article 62.3 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation). Until 1 September 2017, however, there were no restrictions on determining the time limit or consequences for non-observing thereof established by the legislator. 

26.10.2017

Changes Regarding On-Site Audits

At the end of July, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation issued a Ruling in case No. A19-916/2016, which put an end to the issue of tax authorities competence to check the working computers and software of legal entities during the on-site audits. Now, tax authorities can check the contents of taxpayers' computers during audits.

26.10.2017

Disclosure of Information on Beneficiaries

On 18 August 2017, Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 913, dated 31July 2017 came into effect. According to the Decree, legal entities shall disclose the information about their beneficiaries upon requests of tax authorities and the Federal Financial Monitoring Service (hereinafter - the 'Rosfinmonitoring').

26.10.2017

The Federal Tax Service Strengthens Control over Taxpayers

In order to toughen the liability for business for 'fraud' with taxes and formation of the evidentiary basis of the taxpayer's intent of tax underpayment, a Letter of the Federal Tax Service of Russia (hereinafter - the 'FTS') No. ED-4-2/ ​13650 dated 13 July 2017 was developed. 

25.10.2017

Associate office of GRATA International in Samara RBL became a partner of the large industrial park of the Samara region

Associate office of GRATA International in Samara RBL law office became a partner of the large industrial park of the Samara region

17.10.2017

Проверка российского контрагента перед сделкой

Статья управляющего партнера Ассоциированного офиса GRATA International в Новосибирске (Россия) USCONSALT Евгении Бондаренко о проверке российского контрагента перед сделкой.

17.10.2017

Как предъявить иск в суд к российской компании

Статья управляющего партнера Ассоциированного офиса GRATA International в Новосибирске (Россия) USCONSALT Евгении Бондаренко о соблюдении ряда обязательных требований при принятии процессуального обращения арбитражным судом Российской Федерации. 

16.10.2017

Blocking of Internet sites and regulation of messengers in Russia: legal developments

Amendments to the Federal Law No. 149-FZ of 27 July 2006 "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection", which came into force on 1 October  2017, provide, inter alia, for the administrative procedure for restricting access to copies of Internet sites blocked by a decision of the Moscow City Court in connection with the repeated and illegal  placement of information containing copyright and (or) related rights, or information necessary to get access thereto (so-called mirror sites).

13.10.2017

В Новосибирске прошла Межрегиональная практическая конференция для бизнеса «Государственно-частное партнерство. Просто о сложном»

11-12 октября 2017 года, ассоциированный офис GRATA International в Новосибирске ЮСКОНСАЛТ совместно с Правительством Новосибирской области и Ассоциации Юристов России организовали межрегиональную практическую конференцию для бизнеса «Государственно-частное партнерство. Просто о сложном».

05.10.2017

White-Collar Crime Practice

GRATA International is launching a new practice in Russia - White-Collar Crime. In keeping with GRATA International's practice of informing about important legal developments that might affect their business, we highlight the impact of criminal law on business in Russian Federation.

28.09.2017

Law on innovation scientific and technological centres in Russia

Federal Law No. 216-FZ of 29 July 2017 "On Innovative Scientific and Technological Centers and on Amending Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation", which entered into force on 10 August 2017, regulates relations arising in connection with establishments of innovative scientific and technological centres (ISTC) and their functioning.

20.09.2017

The International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018: Russia

GRATA International Moscow office contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018 with the chapter on Russia. 

11.09.2017

Legislative Developments In Regulation Of Online Media In Russia

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) held a seminar on the organisation of activities of web publications with the participation of the Roskomnadzor legal experts and the representative of the RU/RF Domain Coordination Centre. The recent changes in legislation were discussed in detail, including the procedure for registration of  an online media as a mass media, as well as requirements for founders and chief editors of mass media, specifics of registration and administration of Internet domain names and law enforcement practices in connection with violations of the laws on information and mass media.

Changes in the legislation on foreign investments in Russian companies of strategic importance

On July 30, 2017 the amendments to the Federal Laws "On Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation" and "On the Procedure for Making Foreign Investments in Companies of Strategic Importance for National Defense and State Security" came into force, in particular, clarifying the notion of a foreign investor and supplementing the list of activities of strategic importance for the national defense and state security, as well as establishing new consequences of non-compliance by foreign investors of the obligation to submit information to the competent authority on the acquisition of 5 percent and more of the shares (stakes) of the strategic company.

31.07.2017

Administrative liability of manufacturers, contractors and sellers in Russia: legal developments

On 30 July 2017, amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation introduced by the Federal Law No. 175-FZ dated 18 July 2017, came into force. The amendments establish special administrative liability for the failure of the manufacturer (contractor, seller, or a person acting as a foreign manufacturer) to take measures for harm prevention in case of circulation products that do not meet the requirements of technical regulations. 

31.07.2017

Breaches of personal data law in Russia: Roskomnadzor practice

On 27 July 2017, the Federal Service for Supervision in the Area of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) held a traditional open day coincided with the date of adoption of the Federal Law No. 152-FZ 'On Personal Data'. Experts of Roskomnadzor clarified the new set of elements of an administrative provided for by Article 13.11 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation and corresponding measures of administrative liability that came into force on 1 July 2017, and also described typical violations in the area of personal data revealed during inspections of personal data operators in the first half of this year. 

24.07.2017

Russia ratifies the protocol on compulsory licensing of medicines production

On 19 July 2017, the Federation Council approved a draft law on the Adoption of a Protocol on Amending the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) under which TRIPS is supplemented with the provisions regarding the extended application of the mechanism allowing WTO member states to issue compulsory licenses for the production of genericmedicines for export and, where required, to use immunity if their actions are challenged by other WTO member states.




GRATA International in Rostov-on-Don Actively Cooperates with the Agency for Investment Development

GRATA International Associated Office in Rostov-on-Don (Russia) - Stepanov and Aksyuk Law Firm - cooperates with the Investment Development Agency of the Rostov Region.

10.07.2017

Pre-trial settlement of disputes in Russia: recent changes

As of July 12, 2017, amendments to the Arbitration Procedural Code of the Russian Federation and the Civil Code of the Russian Federation come into force, providing, inter alia, for

06.07.2017

Purchase of the state and municipal property by offshore companies is prohibited in Russia

On 1 July 2017, amendments to the Federal Law 'On Privatisation of the State and Municipal Property' and the Federal Law 'On the Procedure for Foreign Investment in Business Entities of Strategic Importance for National Defense and State Security' became effective, according to which  offshore companies and legal entities controlled by an offshore company or a group of entities, which includes an offshore company are not permitted to purchase state and municipal property in Russia. 

04.07.2017

Blocking of VPN-services and anonymisers in Russia: Legal developments


On 27 June 2017,  the Order dated 24 May 2017 became effective which sets the criteria for assessing materials and/or information required to take decisions by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications...

30.06.2017

Russia extended the embargo on import of certain products originating from the EU, the USA and some other countries

The President of the Russian Federation (the RF President) signed on 30 June 2017 the Decree No. 293 extending 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 through 31 December 2018.

28.06.2017

Microsoft is warned in connection with a violation of antitrust legislation in Russia

On 13 June 2017 the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation issued the warnings to Microsoft Corporation on termination of actions (omission) containing signs of the violation of Russian antitrust legislation: abuse of a dominant position by creating discriminatory conditions and unfair competition

13.06.2017

Changes in Russian Banking Law: Universal Banks and Banks with a Basic License

On 1 June 2017, the Federal Law No. 92-FZ dated 1 May 2017 came into force that, in particular, established two categories of Russian banks depending of a list of permitted operations: banks with a universal license and banks with a basic license, as well as provided for new requirements for the minimum amount of the charter capital of credit institutions. 

09.06.2017

GRATA International in Rostov-on-Don

GRATA International expands into South of Russia and welcomes Stepanov&Aksuk law firm as an associate office in Rostov Region

02.06.2017

Russia lifts several sanctions against Turkey

The Decree No. 244 dated 31 May 2017 of the President of Russian Federation abrogated the following economic measures against Turkey

31.05.2017

GRATA International Took Part in the Samara Legal Run

RBL Lawyer's Office, an associated office of GRATA International in Samara, has been a co-organiser and direct participant of Samara Legal Run for the third consecutive year.

31.05.2017

GRATA International Attended the Meeting with the Czech Delegation in the Samara Region

On 22-25 May 2017, the delegation of the Czech Republic headed by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic in Russia - Vladimir Remek, visited the Samara Region.

Dmitry Samigullin and Denis Gerassimov Spoke at the Syzran Conference Confined to the Day of Russian Business

On 26 May 2017, partners of the GRATA International associated office in Samara - Dmitry Samigullin and Denis Gerassimov Spoke at the Syzran Conference Confined to the Day of Russian Business at the invitation of Promsvyazbank.

10.05.2017

Common market of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union: launching


The decisions of the Eurasian Economic Union Commission (EEC) came into effect on 26 April 2017, in particular, those approving the Nomenclature of Dosage Forms, Rules for Maintaining the Nomenclature of Medical Products, Rules for Determining the Category of Medicines Sold with and without a Prescription, and Rules for Monitoring the Safety, Quality and Efficiency of Medical Products.





16.05.2017

Сentral Bank of Russia established the threshold values for interested party transactions

On 13 May 2017, the Direction of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation No. 4335-U dated 31 March 2017 came into force that establishes the threshold values for transactions of joint stock companies and limited liability companies

18.05.2017

GRATA International in Saint Petersburg

Continuing rapid development in Russia, GRATA International is glad to announce the launch of a new associate office in Saint Petersburg

16.05.2017

Google paid a fine for the violation of antitrust law in Russia


The trial that lasted over two years in connection with the violation by Google of Russian antitrust law resulted in the conclusion in April 2017 of a settlement agreement with the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia)

15.05.2017

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2017 - Russia

GRATA International Moscow office experts became the contributors of the 2017 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection

10.05.2017

Regulation of online movie services and other audio-visual services in Russia

On 1 May 2017, the Federal Law No. 87-FZ was signed amending  the Federal Law 'On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection', the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Violations and some other regulatory legal acts that establish requirements for owners of audio-visual services, including online movie services in Russia, liability for violation thereof, and powers of the Federal Service for Supervision in the area of Communication, Information Technology and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) in this respect.

27.03.2017

Legal developments in the regulation of control over medicines circulation in Russia

In March and April 2017 the following regulatory acts entered into force:

10.04.2017

GRATA International in Chambers&Partners Europe 2017

GRATA International was placed among the best law firms in Europe, with 4 associate offices making an appearance in rankings across Belarus and Russia.

Apple's subsidiary was recognized guilty of violation of antimonopoly law in Russia

On 14 March 2017, the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS Russia) recognized Apple's subsidiary in Russia, Apple Rus LLC, guilty of coordinating the economic activities of the Apple IPhone resellers, which led to the establishment and maintenance of prices for these devices, in violation of Article 11 part 5 of the Federal Law No. 135-FZ dated 26 July 2006 "On Protection of Competition". 

16.03.2017

GRATA International in Kazan

GRATA International is glad to announce that Gain & Partners Law Firm has become an associate office in Kazan. 

Doing Business in Russia

An updated version of "Doing business in Russia" brochure prepared by the experts of GRATA International Moscow office contains an overview of the principal legal forms for engaging in profit making activities, tax, customs and other incentives for investors depending on the region and types of activities, restrictions on foreign investors, peculiarities of employment of non-Russian citizens, disputes resolution and enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign courts judgements in Russia, as well as answers to other frequently asked questions. 


20.02.2017

Administrative liability for the failure to meet the obligation to block internet resources in Russia

The Federation Council approved the draft federal law "On the Introduction of Amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offences" , which establishes the administrative liability for a failure by an Internet provider to perform the obligation to limit or resume access to the information access...

08.02.2017

Changes in the rules of subsidising the clinical trials of implantable medical devices in Russia

The changes are aimed at enhancing the incentives to Russian manufacturers for the development of implantable medical devices and accelerating their market launch. 

08.02.2017

Cyber Security Forum 2017 in Moscow

Yana Dianova, director of the Corporate and Commercial Law Department, GRATA International (Moscow office), took part in the Cyber ​​Security Forum 2017 on 7 February 2017 in Moscow.

01.02.2017

New administrative liability measures for violation of the legislation on personal data processing in Russia

On 27 January 2017, the State Duma passed in the final reading the bill on amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations (hereinafter - the 'Administrative Code'). The bill is aimed at enhancing the administrative liability for violation of the procedure for collection, storage, use or dissemination of information on citizens (personal data) established by the Russian Federation.

23.01.2017

Foreign goods, works and services performed (provided) by foreign entities are restricted for procurement for the national defense and state security needs in Russia

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 9 dated 14 January 2017 established  bans on the admission of :

23.01.2017

GRATA International in Samara

Following the firm’s development strategy, GRATA International moves onto exploring new horizons. We gladly announce that a dynamic law firm – "RBL"  joined our network in January 2017.

20.01.2017

Clarifications of the Ministry of telecom and mass communications of the Russian Federation and the federal supervision agency for information technologies and communications on personal data processing and databases localisation in Russia

The following documents have been published on the web-portal of the Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications ('Roskomnadzor') focusing on the issues of personal data protection:     

18.01.2017

Priority of goods of Russian origin, works and services performed and rendered by Russian entities in procurement by government-controlled entities

On 1 January 2017 the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 925 dated 16 September 2016 that established the priority of goods of Russian origin, works and services performed and rendered by Russian entities over the goods originating from a foreign country, works and services performed or rendered by foreign entities for the purposes of procuring goods, works and services through a tender, auction and other procurement procedures (except for the single source procurement procedure) by certain legal entities became effective.

Change in the value of assets of financial institutions for antitrust control purposes in Russia


The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1518 amended the value of assets of financial institutions for the purpose of antimonopoly control in Russia. 

Changes in the list of medical goods not subject to VAT in Russia

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1581 dated 31 December 2016 amended the list of medical goods, the sale and import of which in the territory of the Russian Federation and other territories under its jurisdiction are not subject to (exempted from) the value added tax.  

Ассоциированный офис GRATA International в г. Новосибирске ООО«Юсконсалт» выступил соорганизатором юридического брейн-ринга «Серебряная Сова Сибири» в г. Новосибирске

18 декабря 2016 года в г. Новосибирск (Россия) прошла интеллектуальная игра "Серебряная Сова Сибири".

Евгения Бондаренко выступила на семинаре по убедительности в судебной работе в г. Новосибирске

16 декабря 2016 года Евгения Бондаренко - управляющий партнер ассоциированного офиса GRATA International в г. Новосибирске ООО «Юсконсалт» провела семинар на тему убедительности в судебной работе по подготовке процессуальных документов для практикующих юристов и адвокатов. 

The International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2017: Russia

GRATA International Moscow office contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2017 with the chapter on Russia. 

15.12.2016

Common market of medicines of the Eurasian Economic Union: Rules of good clinical practice and good laboratory practice

Among other regulations aimed at the implementation of the Agreement on the Uniform Principles and Rules for Market Circulation of Medical Devices within the Eurasian Economic Union dated  23 December 2014, on 3 November 2016 the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission adopted:





09.12.2016

Changes in the list of medical devices originating from foreign countries that are restricted for public procurement in Russia

The Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1268 dated 30 November 2016 significantly expanded the list of certain medical devices originating from foreign states which are restricted for procurement for state and municipal needs approved by Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 102 dated 5 February 2015. 

06.12.2016

Common market of medicines of the Eurasian Economic Union: labelling requirements and rules for registration and examination of medicines

On 3 November 2016, the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EAEC) adopted a set of regulations aimed at the implementation of the Agreement for Common Principles and Rules of Medicines Circulation within the Eurasian Economic Union, dated 23 December 2014 (the Agreement), including:




GRATA International launches associate office in Novosibirsk, Russia

Director of the Corporate and Commercial Law Department of GRATA International (Moscow office) has become a member of the Board of the Russia-China Law Society

Director of the Corporate and Commercial Law Department of GRATA International (Moscow office) has become a member of the Board of the Russia-China Law Society (http://www.en.rc-law.ru/)


14.11.2016

Why LinkedIn might be blocked in Russia

Starting from 1 September 2015 there is the requirement established by the Federal Law dated 21 July 2014 No. 242-FZ with respect to operators of personal data to provide for recording, classification, collection, storage, clarification (updating, changing), and retrieval of the personal data of citizens of the Russian Federation by using databases located in the territory of Russia. Exemptions from this obligation are provided by the Federal Law dated 27 July 2006 No. 152-FZ "On Personal Data". 

According to the decision of Tagansky Court of Moscow upon the claim of Roskomnadzor against LinkedIn Corporation (USA), which is the administrator of the websites  http://www.linkedin.comhttp://linkedin.com, this social network has been processing the personal data of Russian citizens in a breach of the abovementioned requirement. 

27.10.2016

“Moscow-Beijing. Two countries one business” forum was held in Beijing

Gulnur Nurkeyeva, GRATA International`s Business Development Director in China took part

27.10.2016

Russian sanctions against Turkey: recent changes


The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1015 dated 7 October 2016 extended the list of employers and customers of works (services) that are not subject to the ban on engaging Turkish nationals, who are not in employment and(or) civil legal relationships with such employers, customers of works (services) as of 31 December 2015

Safeguarding Competition in the Domain of Trade Activities in Russia

Yana Dianova, Director of Corporate and Commercial Law Department of GRATA International (Moscow) rendered a presentation at the International scientific and practical conference "Safeguarding Competition in the Domain of Trade Activities" on 20 September 2016 in Kazan city, organized by the Federal Antitrust Service of the Russian Federation (FAS Russia). 

Administrative liability for the violations in the area of circulation of medicines, medical devices and biologically active supplements in Russia

The Federal Law No. 532-FZ, which entered into force on 23 January 2015, introduced significant changes in terms of liability for the circulation of medicines, medical devices and biologically active supplements (BAS) that do not meet the statutory requirements.

Restriction on the admission of certain food products of foreign origin for state and municipal procurement purposes in Russia

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 832, dated 22 August 2016 imposed the restrictions on the admission of certain types of food products originating from foreign states for the purposes of state and municipal procurement.

The restrictions were initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation in accordance with the Federal Law No. 44-FZ dated 5 April 2013 'On Contract System in the Area of Procurement of Goods, Works and Service for State and Municipal Needs' to protect the internal market and support Russian manufacturers. Such restrictions do not apply to the purchase of food products by organisations that are not state or municipal customers, as well as to deliveries to stores, retail chains, commercial catering, etc.


State Registration of Real Estate Rights: Changes in the Procedure for Certification and Amount of the Fee for Provision of Information from Registers

The Federal Law, dated 3 July 2016, No. 360-FZ (hereinafter - the 'Law No. 332-FZ') amended Article 14 'Certification of State Registration of Rights' of the Federal Law, dated 21 July 1997 No, 122-FZ 'On State Registration of Real Estate Rights and Transactions Therewith' (hereinafter - the 'Registration Law').

The relevant changes entered into force from 15 July 2016.

Medical devices circulation in Russia: admission to state and municipal procurement and incentives for localisation of manufacturing

The Federal target program "Development of Pharmaceutical and Medical Industries in the Russian Federation for the period till 2020 and thereafter" approved by the Decree of  the Government of the Russian Federation (RF Government)  dated 17 February 2011 No. 91 and the State Program of the Russian Federation 'Development of Pharmaceutical and Medical Industry' for 2013 - 2020 approved by the Decree of RF Government  No. 305 dated 15 April 2014 provide for the increase by  2020 of  the share of medical devices manufactured in Russia up to 40% in monetary terms.

This strategical goal is being attained by two principal methods:

- providing for incentives for localization of production facilities by foreign manufacturers in the Russian Federation, including granting of subsidies for organization of clinical trials and manufacturing of medical devices; and

- restriction for admission of medical devices of foreign origin to participation in the procurement of for state and municipal needs.

Changes in the Civil Code of the Russian Federation: Termination of a power of attorney and posting information thereon

The Federal Law, dated 3 July 2016, No. 332-FZ (hereinafter - the 'Law No. 332-FZ') amended Article 188 'Termination of a Power of Attorney' and Article 189 'Consequences of the Termination of a Power of Attorney' of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (hereinafter - the 'Civil Code').

Google Inc.: the 'turnover-based' fine for violation of Russian antimonopoly law

On 11 August 2016, the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS Russia) imposed an administrative fine on Google Inc. in the amount of 438,067,400 roubles (6,760,299 US dollars at the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on the same date).

Major changes in the laws Governing functioning of the arbitral tribunals in Russia

The Federal Law dated 29 December 2015 No. 382-FZ 'On Arbitration in the Russian Federation' (hereinafter - the 'Arbitration Law'), became a new step in the development of legislation governing the arbitral tribunals in Russia. In particular, from the entry into force of the said regulatory legal act, provisions of the Federal Law, dated 24 July 2002, No. 102-FZ 'On arbitral tribunals in the Russian Federation' (hereinafter - the 'Law No. 102-FZ') will not apply, except for the arbitration initiated and not completed prior to the Arbitration Law commencement date.

Change in the terms of registration of maximum selling prices for medical devices in Russia

The Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 735, dated 1 August 2016, amended the terms of implementation of the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1517, dated 30 December 2015 'On the State Regulation of Prices for Medical Devices Included in the State List of Implantable Medical Devices Used When Providing Medical Assistance within the Program of State Guarantees of Free Medical Assistance'.
The deadline by which the medical devices manufacturers must submit to Roszdravnadzor the documents for the state registration of maximum selling prices for the respective devices was moved from 15 July 2016 to 15 July 2017.

Changes in the Civil Laws of the Russian Federation: A new procedure for the recovery of legal interests and interest on third-party money

The Federal Law, dated 3 July 2016, No. 315-FZ (hereinafter - the 'Law No. 315-FZ') amended Article 317.1 'Interest on Monetary Obligation' and Article 395 'Liability for Failure to Perform Monetary Obligation' of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (hereinafter - the 'Civil Code').

Procedure for the issue of documents on stages of the medicine manuacturing process in the EAEU territory and on the medicine manufacturing compliance with GMP

On 29 July 2016, the Orders of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation (Minpromtorg), dated 31 December 2015, entered into force that approved: 

Abrogation of certain Russian sanctions against Turkey

On 30 June 2016, the President of the Russian Federation signed the Decree No. 314 "On the Introduction of Amendments to the Presidential Decree, dated 28 November 2015, No. 583 'On Measures to Ensure the National Security of the Russian Federation and Protection of Citizens of the Russian Federation from criminal and other illegal actions, and on the Application of Special Economic Measures against the Republic of Turkey", which abrogated the restrictions on the sale by tour operators and travel agents to Russian citizens of the tourism products that include a visit to the territory of the Republic of Turkey.

Changes in the regulation of trading activities in Russia

The Federal Law of the Russian Federation No. 273-FZ, dated 3 July 2016, introduced amendments to the Federal Law 'On the Fundamentals of State Regulation of Trading Activities in the Russian Federation' and the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Violations, aimed at enhancing of the fundamentals of the state security in the domain of foods supplies, activation of     the additional measures to support interests of domestic manufacturers and countering unfair competition through imposing by trade networks tying conditions on food products suppliers. 

Duties of news aggregators owners in Russia from 1 January 2017

The Federal Law No. 208-FZ dated 23 June 2016 amended the Federal Law 'On Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information' and the Code of the Russian Federation On Administrative Offences to provide for the duties of owners of news aggregators with respect to the storage and dissemination of information and liability for violation thereof.

'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. 



09.06.2016

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.

02.06.2016

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.

31.05.2016

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:

31.05.2016

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.

24.05.2016

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.

13.05.2016

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

13.05.2016

Simplified Procedure for Granting Russian Citizenship to Foreign Businessmen, Investors and Specialists

The Federal Law No. 124-FZ dated 1 May 2016 introduced amendments to the Federal Law 'On Citizenship of the Russian Federation' which specify the criteria for granting citizenship of the Russian Federation to the foreign businessmen, investors and specialists in the simplified procedure.

12.05.2016

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection 2016 Edition: Russia

This article appeared in the 2016 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London: www.iclg.co.uk.

21.04.2016

Significant Developments in the Arbitration Laws

The Federal Law, dated 2 March 2016, No. 47-FZ, introduced large changes to the Arbitration Procedure Code of the Russian Federation (hereinafter - the 'Arbitration Code').

28.03.2016

International congress on “Key issues of interaction between government and business in pharmaceutical sector” in Moscow, Russia

28.03.2016

3rd Special Business Event "Eurasian Economic Integration: Developing Domestic Markets" on March 24, 2016

26.02.2016

Changes in the migration laws and regulation of foreign citizens’ employment in the Russian Federation

By the end of 2015, some significant changes in the migration legislation and regulation of foreign citizens’ employment in Russia were adopted, most of which came into force this year.

15.02.2016

Subsidies to the industrial clusters members in the implementation of joint projects on production of products for the purposes of import substitution in Russia

The rules for provision of subsidies from the federal budget to members of industrial clusters for reimbursement of costs in the implementation of joint projects on production of industrial products of the clusters for the purpose of import substitution were approved by the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 41 dated 28 January 2016. The subsidy is granted to the joint project initiators subject to the following conditions: 1) the industrial cluster is included in the Register of Industrial Clusters; 2) the joint project is included in the register of joint projects of industrial cluster members on the basis of the selection of the joint projects of the industrial cluster members.

10.02.2016

M&A in Russia: Frequently Asked Questions

The overview by GRATA International's Corporate and Commercial Law Department in Russia

19.01.2016

Changes in the Conditions for Admission of Foreign Goods to the Procurement for State and Municipal Needs in Russia

The Order of the Ministry for Economic Development of the Russian Federation, dated 13 November 2015, No. 847 significantly amended the Order of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, dated 25 March 2014, No. 155

19.01.2016

Restrictions on the participation of foreign persons in Russian mass media and informing on the financing sources

On 1 January 2016 the amendments to the Law of the Russian Federation No. 2124-1 dated 27 December 1991, 'On Mass Media' (the 'Media Law') introduced by the Federal Law No. 305-FZ dated 14 October 2014 entered into force, tightening the restrictions on the participation of foreign states and individuals, Russian legal entities with foreign investments, international organisations, as well as individuals with dual citizenship and stateless persons in the ownership, management and control of Russian mass media (the 'Media') and broadcasting organisations (legal entities).

14.01.2016

Model charter of LLCs in Russia

On 29 December 2015 the Federal Law No. 209-FZ dated 29 June 2015 'On the Introduction of Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Regarding the Introduction of the Possibility of Using by Legal Entities of Model Charters' (hereinafter - the 'Law No. 209-FZ') came into force which entitles limited liability companies (LLCs) to act on the basis of a model charter approved by the competent state authority by the decision made by the general meeting of participants (founders) of the LLC.

13.01.2016

Restrictions on the Participation of Foreign Capital in Russian Banks

The Federal Law dated 14 December 2015 No. 372-FZ introduced amendments to the Federal Law No. 395-1 dated 2 December 1990 'On Banks and Banking Activities' establishing the new restrictions on participation of foreign (non-Russian) capital in the charter capital of Russian banks.

05.01.2016

Russian sanctions against Turkey: extension of the range of entities, list of works (services) banned for performance (rendering) from 1 January 2016 and the list of exempted employers

The Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 669 dated 28 December 2015 has amended the Decree of the President of Russia dated 28 November 2015 No. 583 'On Measures to Ensure State Security and Protection of Russian Citizens from Criminal and Other Unlawful Actions and on Application of Special Economic Measures in relation to the Republic of Turkey'.

29.12.2015

Rules and Procedure for the Issue of Certificates of Origin for Medicines for the Purposes of Procurement for State and Municipal Needs

We would like to draw your attention to some important legal changes in the regulation of state procurement in the Russian Federation.

15.12.2015

Restrictions on the Admission of Foreign Medicines for the Purposes of Procurement for State and Municipal Needs

Keeping GRATA’s practice of informing clients on important legal developments that might influence their business, we would like to draw your attention to some important legal changes in the regulation of state procurement in the Russian Federation.

10.12.2015

Russian sanctions against Turkey

On 28 November 2015 the President of the Russian Federation signed the Decree No. 583 which provides for the list of special economic and administrative measures against the Republic of Turkey (hereinafter - 'Turkey') in connection with the events that took place on 24 November during the anti-terrorist operations in Syria.

27.11.2015

Andrei Soukhomlinov took part in the III Annual Russian-China Business seminar “Doing Business with China, strategies of bilateral cooperation”

On 27 November, 2015, in Moscow, III Annual Russian-China Business seminar “Doing Business with China, strategies of bilateral cooperation” was held.

27.11.2015

Andrei Soukhomlinov participated in the seminar on the Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration organized by the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow

On 19 November, 2015, in the Lithuanian embassy in Moscow a Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration (VCCA) was presented to Russian lawyers.

27.11.2015

Andrei Soukhomlinov attended international forum “Power efficiency for industrial and warehouse complexes”.

On 12 November, 2015, in Moscow, an international forum “Power efficiency for industrial and warehouse complexes” was held.

23.11.2015

Yandex vs. Google Antitrust law case in Russia: recent developments

On 20 February 2015 the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS) opened a case with respect to Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94093 USA), Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland), and ООО Google (Russia) upon an application of OOO Yandex.

20.11.2015

Advertising of medicines, medical devices and biologically active supplements in russia: law and practice

General and specific requirements to the content and methods of advertising of medicines, medical devices, medical services, as well as biologically active supplements (BAS) are established by the Federal Law No. 38-FZ dated 13 March 2006 'On Advertising' (the "Advertising Law").

17.11.2015

Yana Dianova took part in the «Personal Data Protection international» conference

The Director of corporate and commercial law department in GRATA International’s Moscow Office, Yana Dianova took part in the «Personal Data Protection international» conference.

26.10.2015

Andrei Soukhomlinov took part in the meeting of the Public Private Partnership committee

On 21 October 2015, Andrei Soukhomlinov, Managing Partner at GRATA Moscow took part in the meeting of the Public Private Partnership committee at the CCI France Russia.

26.10.2015

On 1 October 2015, Andrei Soukhomlinov took part in the Real Estate Day

The Real Estate conference was held on 1 October 2015 at the Russian Trade and Commerce Chamber under the auspices of the Association of European Businesses in Moscow.

23.10.2015

Import substitution in the pharmaceutical and medical industries in Russia: legislative developments and initiatives

This information is effective as of 12 October 2015, provided for your convenience and does not constitute legal advice.

20.10.2015

Yana Dianova, GRATA (Moscow) took part in the conference ‘Antitrust Regulation in the EEU Member-States’

On 15 October, the conference ‘Antitrust Regulation in the EEU Member-States’ was held

30.09.2015

«Fourth antimonopoly package»: Major changes in Russian antitrust laws

On 22 October 2014, the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved the final version of the draft Federal Law «On the Introduction of Amendments to the Federal Law

30.09.2015

Investments in the Russian Federation: guaranties, incentives and restrictions

The legal regime for foreign investors in Russia is thus characterized by the complex of guarantees, concessions and restrictions that are described below.

21.09.2015

Distribution contract under Russian law: antitrust restrictions

Russian civil law does not specifically provide such type of agreement such as a distribution contract.

20.08.2015

Localization of personal data processing in Russia: the clarifications of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications

An overview of the principal provisions of the Clarifications which according to the Ministry will be useful for ensuring uniformity of the law enforcement practice is provided below.

13.08.2015

Foreign nationals employment in Russia

Employment relations in Russia are governed by the Labor Code of the Russian Federation (the Labor Code) as well as by a number of other legal acts regulating employment and related, such as social and medical security, matters. Where foreign nationals are employed migration law rules also apply. Legal regimes enjoyed by employees depend on the country of origin of such employees therefore employment and related rights of Russians and those of foreigners may differ in certain situations.

10.08.2015

The procedure for destruction of products originating from certain countries

On 29 July 2015 the President of the Russian Federation signed the Decree No. 391 providing that starting from 6 August 2015 certain agricultural products, raw materials and food products which are imported in Russia, originating from a country that adopted the decision on economic sanctions with respect to Russian legal entities and/or individuals or adhered to such decision, and prohibited for import in the territory of the Russian Federation (hereinafter – the "prohibited products") are subject to destruction.

29.07.2015

Amendments in Legislation on State Registration of Real Estate Rights

On 13 July 2015 there was adopted the Federal Law of July 13, 2015 #218-FZ «On State Registration of Real Estate» (hereinafter the «Law»).

28.07.2015

Amendments to the Federal Law ‘On Medicines Circulation’

We would like to draw your attention to some important legislative amendments regarding medicines regulation in the Russian Federation.

28.07.2015

Federal law on the public private partnership and municipal private partnership in the Russian Federation

The Federal Law No. 224-FZ 'On Public Private Partnership, Municipal Private Partnership in the Russian Federation and Amendments to Some Regulatory Acts of the Russian Federation' was enactedon 13 July 2015

23.07.2015

Recommendations of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service of Russia for the Development and Application of Commercial Policies at the Markets of Medicines and Medical Products

We would like to draw your attention to some important legal changes regarding anti-monopoly regulation in the Russian Federation.

13.07.2015

GRATA renders legal support of contractual debt recovery at all stages of preparation of claims, litigation and enforcement of court rulings

GRATA Law Firm renders legal support of contractual debt recovery at all stages of preparation of claims, litigation and enforcement of court rulings

10.07.2015

Corporate agreement: shareholders’ agreement under Russian law

A shareholders’ agreement is a useful tool for the contractual regulation of relations between shareholders of companies

29.06.2015

The prohibition on imports of certain agricultural products from the EU, the USA and other countries was extended

On 24 June 2015 the President of the Russian Federation signed the Decree No. 320 "On Extension of Certain Special Economic Measures Aimed at Ensuring Security of the Russian Federation", that is, the prohibition on imports of certain agricultural products, raw materials and food products originating from the USA, the EU, Canada, Australia and the Kingdom of Norway was extended for a term of one year starting from 6 August 2015.

25.06.2015

GRATA Moscow office representatives Yana Dianova, Director of Corporate and Commercial Law Department, and Eldar Ziatdinov, Director of Tax Law Department, took part as speakers in the seminar "Specifics of Doing Business in CIS countries"

GRATA Moscow office representatives Yana Dianova, Director of Corporate and Commercial Law Department, and Eldar Ziatdinov, Director of Tax Law Department, took part as speakers in the seminar "Specifics of Doing Business in CIS countries" on 4 June organized by the Center of Export Support of Moscow City.

28.04.2015

Parallel import remedies: Russia and Kazakhstan

The issue of 'parallel import' were not put by the exclusive right holder into civil circulation in this country.

28.04.2015

GRATA Law Firm held a workshop titled: 'Kazakhstan - Russia: legal aspects of doing business'

On 24 April 2015, in Almaty there has been a workshop titled: 'Kazakhstan - Russia: legal aspects of doing business' held by GRATA Law Firm.

14.04.2015

Major changes in regulation of obligations and contracts under Russian law effective from 1 June 2015

The Federal Law No. 42-FZ dated 8 March 2015 ('Law No. 42-FZ') introduced significant changes to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation ('Civil Code') aimed at improving the regulation of obligations, in particular, providing for greater freedom of business entities in determining the procedure for performance of obligations, means for securing obligations, liability and other consequences of breach of obligations as well as termination thereof.

26.03.2015

GRATA Law Firm representatives took part in China-Russia Oil & Gas Forum which was held on 25-26 March 2015 in Beijing

China-Russia Oil & Gas Forum gathered to discuss implementation of infrastructure projects and investment opportunities in the area of production and transportation of oil and gas in Russia, China and Central Asia.

19.03.2015

Overview of the legal developments in the regulation of circulation of medicines and medical devices and provision of medical aid from 9 May 2015

The Federal Law No. 33-FZ dated 8 May 2015 as effective from 8 May 2015, amended Article 80 of the Federal Law 'On the Fundamentals of Public Health Protection in the Russian Federation', by providing for the state regulation of prices for implantable medical devices included in the state List of Implantable Medical Devices used when providing medical assistance under the program of state guarantees of free medical aid (hereinafter – the 'List of Medical Devices').

25.02.2015

GRATA Law Firm representative took part in III International Legal IP Forum which was held on 13-14 February 2015 at the University under the name of O.E.Kutafin in Moscow city.

The Forum was organized by the Intellectual Rights Department and the Civil Law Department of the University with the support of the Court for Intellectual Rights and ICC Russia.

17.02.2015

Overview of legislative developments in medicines’ and medical devices’ circulation domains

I. Agreement on Uniform Principles and Rules for the Circulation of Medicines within the Eurasian Economic Union

13.02.2015

Restrictions on admission of certain foreign medical devises to participation in public procurements

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 5 February 2015 No.102 established the restrictions on admission of certain types of medical devices manufactured in foreign countries to participation in procurements for state and municipal needs (hereinafter – "procurements").

12.02.2015

New Industrial Policy in the Russian Federation

The Federal Law, dated 31 December 2014, No. 488-FZ 'On Industrial Policy in the Russian Federation' (the - the 'Law No. 488-FZ'), to become effective on 30 June 2015, regulates relations between legal entities and individual businessmen operating in the industrial sector in the Russian Federation ('RF'), on the continental shelf of RF, in the exclusive economic zone of RF (entities of the industrial sector), organizations providing for support of such activities and state and municipal authorities in Russia.

30.04.2014

Brief review: investing in power sector of Kazakhstan: legal aspects

The Federal Law No. 37-FZ, dated 2 April 2014 provides for specific features of financial system in the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal status - Sevastopol, for the transition period.

21.10.2014

Review of some amendments to the Russian laws made in September 2014

Content: •Banks and finance •State procurements •Medicine and pharmaceuticals •Customs law

21.10.2014

Review of certain legal amendments made in September 2014 industry and trade sector

Content: Azerbaijan Kazakhstan Russian Federation Uzbekistan Kyrgyzstan

28.01.2015

Land legislation amendments in 2015

January 2015 started with continuation of the phase-in introduction of amendments to Russian land legislation made by the Federal Law No.171-FZ of 23 June 2014 (here in after referred to as the Law).

29.01.2015

Maintaining of Personal Databases in Russia

The Federal Law dated 31 December 2014 No. 526-FZ established a new date for entry into force of the Federal Law dated 21 July 2014.

30.04.2014

Overview of certain amendments to the Russian laws in April 2014

The Federal Law No. 37-FZ, dated 2 April 2014 provides for specific features of financial system in the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal status - Sevastopol, for the transition period.

04.05.2014

Review of the Developments in the Legislation in Production and Trade Sector for April 2014-Russia

Review of the Developments in the Legislation in Production and Trade Sector for April 2014 Russia

03.07.2014

Overview of certain developments to Russian laws may - June 2014

The Federal Law dated 5 May 2014 No. 129-FZ 'On the Introduction of Amendments to Article 90 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (First Part) and Article 16 of the Federal Law 'On Limited Liability Companies', as effective from 5 May 2014, made some changes in the procedure for payment of charter capital of a limited liability company (OOO).

04.07.2014

Overview of effective and proposed changes to Russian laws in pharmaceutical sector and medical services

The Federal Law № 190-FZ dated 28 June 2014 "On Amending Article 24 of the Federal Law On Advertising"

31.07.2014

Choice of a Form for Doing Business in Russia by a Foreign Legal Entity

Information herein is effective as of July 2014 and is of a general nature.

08.08.2014

Ban on imports of certain agricultural products from the EU, the USA and other countries that imposed sanctions on Russia

In keeping with GRATA’s practice of informing clients regarding important legal developments that might influence their business, we draw your attention to the important legal aspects of import of goods in Russia.

14.08.2014

Joint Stock Companies and Limited Liability Companies from 1 September 2014

We draw your attention to the important changes regarding legal status, corporate relations and activities of joint stock companies and limited liability companies in Russia

25.08.2014

Taxation in Russia: Resolution number 50 of the plenum of the Supreme Arbitration Court of Russia dated 18 July 2014 and entitled “Regarding conciliation of the parties in the arbitration proceedings”

The Supreme Arbitration Court of Russia has permitted the settling of tax disputes by the conclusion of amicable agreements with tax authorities. Amicable agreements cannot change tax implications stipulated in the law. For instance, an amicable agreement may not include clauses that would reduce the applicable tax rate, change the rules for calculating interest on late payments, or release a taxpayer from tax liability for certain tax periods or activities.

25.08.2014

Ban on import of certain products to Russia: determination of the country of origin

The Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 560, dated 6 August 2014, bans or restricts foreign trade transactions involving import to Russia of certain agricultural products.

29.08.2014

Russian Government's Decree dated 7 August 2014 No. 778 “On Measures to Implement the Presidential Executive Order on Adopting Special Economic Measures to Provide for Security of the Russian Federation” with the list of import banned commodities updated

Dear colleagues, We are pleased to offer you an unofficial translation of the Russian Government's Decree dated 7 August 2014 No. 778 “On Measures to Implement the Presidential Executive Order on Adopting Special Economic Measures to Provide for Security of the Russian Federation” with the list of import banned commodities updated as of 20 August 2014 (enters into force on August 29).

20.01.2015

Changes in the Federal Law ‘On Medicines’ Circulation’

The Federal Law dated 22 December 2014 No. 429-FZ to become effective from1 July 2015, introduces important amendments to the Federal Law dated 12 April 2010 No. 61-FZ ‘On Medicines’Circulation’ (here in after –²the ‘FZ-61’)

29.08.2014

Review of some amendments to Russian laws made in July 2014

Content: •Banks and finance •State procurements •Investment climate •Foreign nationals •Information and communication •Medicine and pharmaceuticals •Real estate

11.09.2014

Review of some amendments made to the Russian Laws in august 2014

Content: -Banks and finance -State procurements -Foreign nationals -Medicine and pharmaceuticals

08.10.2014

Restriction on the Participation of Foreign Persons in Russian Mass Media

In keeping with GRATA’s practice of informing clients of important legal developments that might influence their business, we would like to draw your attention to some important legal changes regarding the control over the participation of foreign states and entities as well as international companies, Russian legal entities with foreign investments, individuals of dual nationality and stateless persons in the Russian mass media.

06.11.2014

"Fourth Antimonopoly Package": the First Edition Adopted

In keeping with GRATA’s practice of informing clients regarding important legal developments that might influence their business, we draw your attention to some important changes in antimonopoly regulation in Russia.

25.11.2014

New Procedure for State Accreditation of Branches and Representative Offices of Foreign Legal Entities

We would like to draw your attention to some important legal changes regarding the procedure for state accreditation of branches and representative offices of foreign legal entities in Russia as well as regarding the requirements to the current branches and representative offices.

31.01.2014

GRATA has reached Russia!

In keeping with the strategy of creating a true Eurasian Regional Firm, GRATA has opened an office in Moscow, which will be the firm's 18th office and the first one in Russia. We are sure this will strengthen the long-term relationships with clients doing global business in the region.

15.01.2015

Corporate agreement: shareholders’ agreements under Russian law reloaded

This article is based on the provisions of laws and courts’ decisions as of December 2014 and does not constitute legal advice.

23.12.2014

Russian De-offshorisation Law

The new amendments to the Russian Tax Code regarding de-offshorisation will enter into force on 1 January 2015.

24.12.2014

Tax and Other Concessions in the Republic of Crimea and the Federal City of Sevastopol

Keeping GRATA’s practice of informing clients on important legal developments that might influence their business, we would like to draw your attention to some important legal changes regarding tax, customs and some other concessions granted to persons operating in the Republic of Crimea and the Federal city of Sevastopol.

24.12.2014

Changes in the Regulation of Employment Relations with Foreign Nationals in the Russian Federation

We would like to draw your attention to some important changes regarding the regulation of employment relations with foreign nationals in the Russian Federation.

07.07.2014

On 15 - 19 June 2014 there was the 21st World Petroleum Congress held in Moscow

WPC is the hight point of the petroleum industry held by the Permanent Council of the World Petroleum Congress. Every three years thousands of experts from around the world gather at the forum to learn about the latest oil and gas recovery technologies and petroleum business management methods.

03.07.2014

On 25-27 June 2014 the 57th Annual Meeting of the Russian International Law Association (RILA) was held in the Arbitration Court of Moscow

Within three days, RILA members discussed topical issues of international law and ways to settle them, as well as the working results of the Association in 2013 and future development plans.

03.07.2014

On 24 June, the Seminar ‘Expedited Arbitration in Stockholm’ was held in Moscow

The seminar covered practical issues and problems of expedited arbitration related to the CIS countries.

04.04.2014

GRATA Law Firm announces the appointment of Alexandra Anufrieva as a Senior Lawyer in Moscow

Alexandra graduated in 2007 from Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2013 she received a PhD degree in Laws (MSU). Alexandra received an LLM degree in 2009 at King's College London, and also took various short courses in European universities.

10.04.2014

On March 21, Moscow, a lunch and seminar on " Dispute Resolution in the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA): practical aspects " took place

On March 21, Moscow, a lunch and seminar on " Dispute Resolution in the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA): practical aspects " took place, organized by KIAP and Attorneys at Lawtogether with the London Court of International Arbitration.

25.04.2014

The first Moscow Forum of Energy Charter was held on 3 April 2014

On 2 April, the first Moscow Forum of the Energy Charter was organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat, RSA Institute of Energy Research Institute and RSA Institute of World Economy and International Relations with the support of the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation - Mr Alexander Novak.

01.05.2014

GRATA Moscow office attorneys took part in the conference "Current Issues of Intellectual Property Circulation in the Framework of WTO and the Customs Union" that was held on 23th April in Moscow

GRATA Moscow office attorneys Yana Dianova, Director of Corporate and Commercial Law Department, and Alexandra Anufrieva, Senior Associate, took part in the conference "Current Issues of Intellectual Property Circulation in the Framework of WTO and the Customs Union" that was held on 23th April in Moscow in the course of VII International Forum "Intellectual Property – XXI century".

26.02.2014

Yana Dianova has been appointed as Head of Corporate and Commercial Practice of GRATA's Moscow Office

GRATA Law Firm announces on the appointment of Yana Dianova as the Head of Corporate and Commercial Practice of GRATA's Moscow office.

27.03.2014

GRATA Law firm announces the appointment of Eldar Ziatdinov as Director of Tax Law Department at GRATA's Moscow office

Eldar graduated with honours from the MGIMO University, with a degree in global economy and Saratov State Law Academy, with a degree in law.

06.06.2014

On 28 May, the Young International Arbitration Group held the seminar in Moscow.

On 28 May, in Moscow there was the seminar organised by the Young International Arbitration Group (an LCIA sponsored association of arbitration community)

26.10.2014

On 11 September, a seminar on measures to improve investment climate in Kazakhstan was held in the residence of Kazakhstani Embassy, Moscow.

The event was organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Russian Federation, the Trade Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Russian Federation and GRATA Law Firm.

16.10.2014

On 7-9 october, Minex forum Russia 2014 was held in the Radisson Hotel, Moscow

The MINEX Forum is one of the largest, most informative and representative industry events in Russia, covering topical issues of exploration, mining and processing of solid minerals in Russia.

18.11.2014

On 13 November, a seminar titled 'Eurasian Integration and Doing Business in the Region' was held at the Ireland Embassy in Russia (Moscow)

The event was organised by the Ireland Embassy in the Russian Federation and GRATA Law Firm.

01.08.2014

Grata Law firm announces the appointment of Andrei Soukhomlinov as Managing Partner and Gead of GRATA Moscow office

On 1 August 2014 Mr. Andrey Soukhomlinov assumes the functions of the Managing Partner and Head of GRATA Moscow Office

23.07.2014

On 17 July in Cheboksary the seminar ‘Ways to effectively conduct business with Kazakhstan. Secrets of Success’ took place

On 17 July in Cheboksary at the Centre of Export Support of the Chuvash Republic the seminar ‘Ways to effectively conduct business with Kazakhstan. Secrets of Success’ was held.


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