Insights
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.

3 April 2018

Commercial Arbitration - Russia. GAR know-how | Evgeny Raschevsky, Dmitry Dyakin, Dmitry Kaysin and Victor Radnaev

Evgeny Raschevsky, Dmitry Dyakin, Dmitry Kaysin and Victor Radnaev became the authors of the Commercial Arbitration Russia chapter for the know-how section of GAR.

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.

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.

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.

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.

11 January 2018

Significant tax privileges in Belarus for ICT companies

On December 21, 2018 the new Decree No.8 established by the President of the Republic of Belarus simple and transparent rules for running innovative business models for Belarusian Hi-Tech Park residents (HTP).

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.

24 November 2017

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

22 November 2017

Novelties in Intellectual Property Protection

Starting September 2017, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (the “Agreement”) entered into force. According to the Agreement, Ukraine, among other things, has taken certain obligations for IP, though it was not clear whether they should apply with an immediate effect or after conflicting Ukrainian laws are changed. Recently, the Patent office finally explained that the Agreement will be applied in full and prevail over the national legislation, including the most relevant changes as follows.

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.

13 October 2017

Getting the Deal Through: Shipping 2018 | Alexey Karchiomov and Yulia Beliakova, Russian Overview

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

Where are the success stories of business resisting corruption? | Orest Stasyuk , Compliance Periscope

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.

8 September 2017

Probate law reform: maintaining estate funds

Federal Law No.259-FZ dated July 29, 2017 (the “Law”) introduced significant amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (“the Civil Code”) in regard to the regulation of inheritance-related matters. One of the key novelties was the emergence of a new tool – estate funds. The Law provides for procedures to set up an estate fund, determines the legal status of its beneficiaries and sets forth procedures for managing the fund. The Law will take effect on September 1, 2018.

23 August 2017

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provide legal advice on sale of shares in National Media Group company | The Lawyer

A team of associates from the Corporate and M&A Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provided legal advice on a transaction involving the sale of shares in one of the companies belonging to National Media Group.