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19 October 2018

International investment court: to be or not to be? | article by Dmitry Kaysin and Maria Demina, “Journal of foreign legislation and comparative law” #4(71) 2018

In recent years, the criticism of the existing form of examining investment disputes with states has increased significantly. Its source is not only states that are dissatisfied with the results of consideration and awarded multi-million compensations, but also arbitrators who directly resolve such disputes within the framework of international arbitration. The article presents an analysis of proposals for reforming the system of international investment arbitration, primarily the creation of a supranational investment court, both within the framework of the UNCITRAL activities, and within the framework of the European Commission’s initiatives. arrow

3 October 2018

RAA40 Newsletter September 2018 | EPAM Associates contributed to issue

The eighth issue of RAA40 Newsletter was released at the ABA’s 10th Annual Moscow Conference on the Resolution of International Business Disputes and RAA40 seminar ‘A pre-appointment interview of a potential arbitrator: how far is too far?’ on the eve of the Conference. arrow

9 July 2018

Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Judicial Board on Economic Disputes, Case No 307-ES17-640 (A56-13914/2016), 12 July 2017 | Mikhail Samoylov, Yearbook Commercial Arbitration 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. arrow

21 June 2018

Russian lawmakers have introduced bills to zero out the country's dividend tax for certain companies in designated regions | commentary by Sergey Kalinin for Bloomberg

Russian lawmakers have introduced bills to zero out the country's dividend tax for certain companies in designated regions. arrow

15 May 2018

EPAM Successful for Beluga Group in Trademark Dispute with Shampanskiye Vina | CEE Legal Matters

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. arrow

11 May 2018

Cooperation not tension | Maria Demina, Intellectual Property Magazine

Associate Maria Demina reviews whether competition law may assist policymakers in remedying patent law flaws. arrow

15 March 2018

Russian chapter for IBA Arbitration Guide | Ilya Nikiforov, Victor Radnaev, Olga Tsvetkova and Mikhail Samoylov

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. arrow

1 February 2018

New Head of EPAM Criminal Law Practice in St. Petersburg | CEE Legal Matters

Tatyana Nozhkina, Partner at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, has become Head of the firm's Criminal Law practice in St. Petersburg. arrow

23 January 2018

Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, 30 May 2017, Case No. A60-12039/2016 | Mikhail Samoylov, Yearbook Commercial Arbitration 2017

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. arrow

22 January 2018

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners overturns decision to block BlaBlaCar in Russia | The Lawyer

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. arrow

23 December 2017

The Russian big business will be able to secretly return capital from abroad | Sergey Kalinin commentary, micetimes.asia

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. arrow

11 December 2017

Law firms in Russia are intent on diversification and new business streams | commentary by Dimitry Afanasiev, Legal Business

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. arrow

24 November 2017

When “One Belt One Road” project disputes arise, who will resolve them? | Evgeny Raschevsky, Practical Law Arbitration Blog

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15 November 2017

Data Protection in the Health & Pharmaceutical Sector in Ukraine | contribution to DataGuidance by Viktoriya Podvorchanska

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. arrow

13 November 2017

Sanctions and business lost to overseas jurisdictions is driving legal and technological reform in Russia, a conference in Kazan has heard | The Lawyer

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. arrow

 

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