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Newsletter: The Latest Russian Legislative Intiatives in the TMT Sector
ALRUD Law Firm, January 2021

In recent years, Russia has focused on regulating its IT area. In particular, this has been needed due to the increasing number of cases, when prohibited information has been distributed on various large Internet resources, such as a social network. However, according to Russian government agencies, despite the risks of possible sanctions, many foreign companies still do not respond quickly enough to government requests, or ignore the demands to remove prohibited information...

Bankruptcy Moratorium Expiration: The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Clarifies a Number of Key Issues
ALRUD Law Firm, January 2021

On January 7th 2021, the bankruptcy moratorium, which had been in effect since April last year, expired. The main conditions of the bankruptcy moratorium were described earlier in details: in newsletters “Moratorium on bankruptcy proceedings”and 'Russian bankruptcy moratorium extended until January, 2021”...

Cloudy Prospects for Digital Currency in Russia: Further Restrictions
ALRUD Law Firm, January 2021

We would like to inform you about recent updates concerning regulation of digital currency in Russia. Background At the end of July 2020, the President of the Russian Federation signed the Federal Law No. 259-FZ “On Digital Financial Assets, Digital Currency and on Amendments to the Certain Legal Acts of the Russian Federation” (“DFA Law”). This introduced the first large-scale regulations on (i) digital financial assets and (ii) digital currency...

New Rules in Russia for the Remuneration Payment for the Employees’ Inventions
ALRUD Law Firm, December 2020

The Government of the Russian Federation approved new rules covering the remuneration payment for employees’ inventions, utility models and industrial designs (“Rules”) by the Decree dated November 16th 2020, No. 1848 (“Decree”). The Decree comes into force on January 1 st 2021 and will be valid for 6 years, until January 1 st 2027. The text of the Decree is available in Russian here...

First Application by Russian Courts of Novel Legislation on the Extension of Russian Courts’ Jurisdiction over the Sanctions Disputes
ALRUD Law Firm, December 2020

As we informed you previously, on 19th June 2020, Federal Law No. 171-FZ, dated 8th June 2020, (“Law”) introducing some critical amendments, aimed at protection of the Russian-sanctioned entities, entered into force. These amendments were made to the Russian Arbitrazh Procedure Code, which governs litigation in state commercial courts. Please find a brief summary and analysis of this novel legislation at the following link...

Remote Work: New Rules in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm, December 2020

On December 8th, 2020, The President of the Russian Federation signed the Federal Law, introducing the new rules for remote work (hereinafter the “Law”). This Law will come into force from January 1st 2021. Here is a brief summary of new rules: i. New types of temporary remote work In accordance with current labour legislation, an employee and employer can conclude a remote employment contract only on a permanent basis...

ALRUD experts wrote a chapter about Russia for The Foreign Investment Regulation Review.
ALRUD Law Firm, December 2020

Vassily Rudomino, Senior partner of ALRUD, Ksenia Tarkhova and Ruslana Karimova, Senior associate of ALRUD, Roman Vedernikov, Associate of ALRUD, and Anastasia Kayukova, ALRUD Senior attorney, prepared an article for the eighth edition of 'The Foreign Investment Regulation Review' by Law Business Research. This review focuses on the main aspects of foreign investment regulation in various jurisdictions...

New Information to Reflect in the Russian Companies’ Register
ALRUD Law Firm, November 2020

This is to inform you that new registration application forms, for the Uniform State Register of Legal Entities (“USRLE”), came into effect on 25th November 2020. These forms provide for new opportunities in disclosing data and information about legal entities, in the USRLE. Please see below our summary of key takeaways. The following important information and data can now be disclosed publicly in the USRLE, by legal entities: {{1...

Antimonopoly Practice Experts are Sharing their Top-Level Experience in an Article for Legal Insight Magazine
ALRUD Law Firm, November 2020

The new issue of Legal Insight magazine includes a timely article by Anastasia Kayukova, Senior Associate at ALRUD Law Firm, and Anastasia Sidorenko, Junior Associate at ALRUD Law Firm. It is dedicated to the difficulties of determining the criteria, by which the FAS of Russia (Federal Antimonopoly Service) assesses the need to approve transactions related to the acquisition of “de facto” control rights...

Data Protection Compliance in the CIS and Neighboring Countries: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions
ALRUD Law Firm, November 2020

During recent years, we have been accumulating our experience of advising clients on data protection issues, that companies face when doing their business in Russia. Many of our clients do their business in other CIS countries as well and usually face quite similar issues there. However, the level of regulation and, more importantly, enforcement, in different jurisdictions of the post-Soviet Union territory, varies significantly...

Diversity & Inclusion: Practical Steps to Mitigate Privacy-Related Risks
ALRUD Law Firm, November 2020

We have recently discovered growing interest in implementation of diversity and inclusion (“D&I”) programs by companies operating in Russia. D&I programs imply processing of new categories of employee personal data and new purpose of data processing. For this, Russian Labour laws do not provide for any requirement nor regulation for implementation of D&I programs...

New Russian Insurance Market Opportunities for Foreign Insurers
ALRUD Law Firm, November 2020

The Russian insurance market is facing fundamental changes that will reshape the industry, by creating new opportunities for foreign insurance companies to operate in Russia. Within the framework of its obligations as a WTO member state, Russia must allow access of branches of foreign insurers, from WTO countries, to the Russian insurance market, by August 2021...

Russian Bankruptcy Moratorium Extended until January, 2021
ALRUD Law Firm, October 2020

This is to inform you that the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation dated October 01, 2020 No. 1587, has extended the moratorium on bankruptcy of companies, at the request of their creditors, until January 07, 2021. In this regard, we would like to draw your attention to the key provisions related to the moratorium regime and its extension. Moratorium – the first results...

Russian Bankruptcy Moratorium Extended until January, 2021
ALRUD Law Firm, October 2020

This is to inform you that the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation dated October 01, 2020 No. 1587, has extended the moratorium on bankruptcy of companies, at the request of their credi-tors, until January 07, 2021. In this regard, we would like to draw your attention to the key provisions related to the moratorium re-gime and its extension. 1. Moratorium – the first results...

Blocking Websites for Non-Compliance of Healthcare Regulations
ALRUD Law Firm, October 2020

On September 18th, 2020, the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor) adopted a new Order approving the criteria for blocking the websites with the content infringing the healthcare regulations. The document establishes criteria for identifying and blocking websites that illegally sale or distribute content that forms a positive image of persons engaged in prohibited retail trade of medicines...

Changes to Russian Double Tax Treaties
ALRUD Law Firm, September 2020

In recent months, a number of changes to the Russian tax legislation, implying long-term effects for both Russian taxpayers and foreign investors, are taking place. Amendments to the Double Tax Treaties ('DTTs') are among of the most important ones. Below, we provide our consolidated analysis of the forthcoming changes and recommendations on steps to prepare for them...

New Rules for the Chamber of Patent Disputes: What Should Applicants Expect
ALRUD Law Firm, September 2020

On September 6th, 2020, “Rules for the Consideration and Resolution of Administrative Disputes by the Federal Service for Intellectual Property”, approved by the order of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Economic Development (“Rules”) came into force. The Rules were developed jointly with the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent)...

The New Era of Taxation for the IT Industry
ALRUD Law Firm, September 2020

To create the most favorable environment for the intensive development of the IT industry and pooling resources for the new projects, the Russian Government has adopted a Law introducing a number of changes and tax incentives for the IT and Technology Companies. It will be effective starting from January 1st, 2021. Below, we provide our consolidated analysis of the new rules and recommendations on steps to be taken to prepare for the forthcoming changes...

Redundancy and Liquidation Severances in Russia: New Rules
ALRUD Law Firm, August 2020

On 13th August, Federal Law dated 13.07.2020, No. 210-FZ specifying the procedure and establishing new rules of severance payments, in case of dismissal due to liquidation of the organization, or redundancy, comes into force.In case of the dismissal due to the organization’s liquidation, all payments shall be made to employees prior to its completion...

Digital Labelling of Medications
ALRUD Law Firm, July 2020

As of July 1, the Russian requirements on digital labelling of medications and transmitting the data on medications’ turnover to the Chestny ZNAK system have become mandatory.Start of mandatory digital labellingFrom 1 July, all market participants of the pharmaceutical industry (manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, etc.) must reflect information on all operations made with medications in the monitoring system...

Legal Checklist: How to Make your Business Sustainable in the Face of New Challenges
ALRUD Law Firm, July 2020

The current crisis has challenged the strength of all companies. It has forced businesses to quickly address new issues that often were outside their agenda earlier. During this period, most of businesses have managed to temporarily adapt, or radically change their processes and strategies; establish a flawless remote operation; transform the pattern of cooperation with counterparties and partners; reallocate resources and learn to communicate with their employees under crisis...

Transfer to a Digital Register of Work Experience. Deadline – June 30th, 2020
ALRUD Law Firm, June 2020

Until June 30th, 2020, inclusive, companies shall notify employees in written form: on changes connected with setting out a digital register of employees’ work experience; on employees’ right to choose whether to continue keeping a labour book, in hard copy, until December 31st, 2020...

Employees’ Data Protection Issues during the Removal of Restrictions caused by Coronavirus Infection
ALRUD Law Firm, June 2020

Under the Decree of the Moscow Mayor No. 68-UM dated June 8, 2020 (available only in Russian here), a phased removal of restrictions caused by the spread of coronavirus infection began from June 9. This includes the return to work of a large number of organizations. Starting from June 16, 2020 organizations and in-dividual entrepreneurs carrying out operations with real estate, activities in the area of rent, leas-ing, law, accounting, etc. are able to resume work...

Checklist: Reopening of Business after Lifting Restrictions
ALRUD Law Firm, June 2020

ALRUD’s Labor experts have prepared the material that is useful for each employer in the current situation: Checklist: Reopening of business after lifting restrictions. The checklist includes the main steps that must be taken to return the company and employees usual work activities after lifting the restrictions. Most interesting for company managers, HR directors, Compliance officers, heads of legal departments...

Switching to E-commerce: Legal Checklist
ALRUD Law Firm, May 2020

The global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus infection has led to significant changes in the Russian retail trade. This pandemic has forced millions of people to stay at home, avoid public places and, of course, buy less. To adapt to the new features of consumer behaviour, retailers need to promptly respond, adapt, or dramatically change their business processes and strategies...

 

 

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