9 July 2018
The Supreme Court upheld the decisions below that the arbitration clause in a supply contract was not incapable of being performed because the claimant lacked the means for paying the SCC registration fee (its request of arbitration had been dismissed pursuant to the SCC Rules after its request for deferral of payment of the fee had been denied). In general, lack of means on the side of the claimant does not preclude arbitration.
21 June 2018
Russian lawmakers have introduced bills to zero out the country's dividend tax for certain companies in designated regions.
15 May 2018
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has represented publicly owned joint-stock company Alviz, subsidiary to the Beluga Group, in an intellectual property rights dispute against LLC Shampanskiye Vina.
11 May 2018
Associate Maria Demina reviews whether competition law may assist policymakers in remedying patent law flaws.
15 March 2018
How prevalent is the use of arbitration in your jurisdiction? What are seen as the principal advantages and disadvantages of arbitration? Arbitration is the prevailing dispute resolution mechanism for disputes arising in connection with international commercial contracts, but has only limited application in domestic transactions. Reportedly less than one per cent of domestic disputes are resolved through arbitration.
1 February 2018
Tatyana Nozhkina, Partner at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, has become Head of the firm's Criminal Law practice in St. Petersburg.
23 January 2018
The Supreme Court reversed the decisions of the lower courts, which had referred the parties to arbitration. The Court confirmed that an arbitration agreement may be concluded by reference to a separate document containing an arbitration clause. However, there was no valid agreement here: the arbitration provision in the RIPE NCC (Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre) Standard Service Agreement, which governs disputes between the RIPE and its members, did not apply to a dispute between members.
22 January 2018
BlaBlaCar, an international carpooling service, instructed Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners following a court decision to block the company’s Russian website in response to the prosecutor’s office suit. The prosecutor likened BlaBlaCar’s activities to those of taxi operators who distribute fares to drivers without a taxi licence.
23 December 2017
As stated by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the state is ready to help domestic businesses on a Pro Bono basis to return capital from abroad by issuing foreign currency bonds. This good for the part of entrepreneurs the news the President announced on December 21 at a meeting in the Kremlin. The issue of the “bonds of external loans denominated in foreign currency” is scheduled for next year. According to the President, the government and the Central Bank has already elaborated this issue, it remained for the technical issues – issue details and conditions.
11 December 2017
Russia’s economic crisis and political tensions with the West have not dampened spirits in Moscow and St Petersburg, where firms are intent on diversification and new business streams.
24 November 2017
15 November 2017
In 2010, Ukraine ratified the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data 1981 (“the Data Protection Convention”). Further to such ratification, in 2011 the Law of 1 June 2010 No. 2997-VI on Personal Data Protection (“the Personal Data Protection Law”) was enacted to become the cornerstone of national data protection legislation.
13 November 2017
Russia has been through a wave of change in the past few years. Conscious that business is being lost to overseas jurisdictions because of the way local laws work, the government has reformed first the country’s civil code, then the arbitration system.
13 October 2017
Senior Associate Alexey Karchiomov and Associate Yulia Beliakova have become the authors of Russian Overview for Getting the Deal Through: Shipping 2018.
5 October 2017
According to the surveys from previous years, majority of around one hundred participating companies reported that they have faced corruption while working in Ukraine (81% in 2016 and 88% in 2015). Here is the slide from ACC’s last report showing the most widespread forms of corruption:
It is safe to assume that most of the participants encountered at least one of the above-mentioned types of graft during the recent years.