MEDIA COVERAGE
19 June 2017

Anti-corruption framework under construction in Ukraine | contribution to IBA Anti-Corruption Committee Update by Sergiy Grebenyuk and Orest Stasiuk

Ukraine has, for the past few decades, suffered from widespread corruption. The country has been consistently listed towards the bottom end of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, and those appointed to enforce anti-corruption laws have themselves been among the worst offenders. Cases which have emerged have focused almost exclusively upon low level officials, and convictions have been few and far between. So much so, offenders have hitherto operated with almost complete impunity.

14 June 2017

Egorov Puginsky advises Danone Russia on Soyuzmultfilm JV | The Lawyer

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has advised Danone Russia on its entry into a joint project with Soyuzmultfilm.

7 June 2017

EPAM Advises Danone Russia on Joint Venture with Soyuzmultfilm | CEE Legal Matters

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has advised Danone Russia on its entry into a joint project with Soyuzmultfilm.

6 June 2017

On possible amendments to the “de-offshorizatsia” law | Reuters cites EPAM survey

Some of Russia's super-rich have given up residency to escape a 2014 law requiring them to disclose offshore assets, wealthy businessmen told Reuters, a practice that could keep billions of dollars hidden from Moscow's tax authorities.

2 June 2017

EPAM Advises Special Committee of Bondholders on Restructuring of Roust Group | CEE Legal Matters

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev and Partners has acted as legal advisor to the special committee on the rights of Russian bondholders in the international debt restructuring of the Roust Corporation, which the firm describes as "one of the largest producers of vodka in the world."

1 June 2017

On toughening of compensation for non-resident transport services in Ukraine | commentary of Oleksandr Maydanyk, Bloomberg BNA

Non-resident taxpayers in Ukraine will incur a 15 percent tax on compensation for international transportation services when they act as intermediaries for these services, the Ukrainian State Fiscal Service (SFS) has said.

31 May 2017

EPAM Advises on Transfer of Motor Insurance Portfolio | CEE Legal Matters

Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and Partners has successfully assisted on the transfer of JSC Uralsib's motor insurance portfolio to JSC Reliance.

12 May 2017

GCR Know how – Information Exchange 2017 – Russia Chapter | by Evgeny Bolshakov and Oksana Akhmedova

The information exchange, as such, is not prohibited by the effective Russian Federal Law On Protection of Competition (the Competition Law or Law), but the content of the information exchange between business entities and its consequences are important. Generally, a confirmed exchange of any commercially important information (about prices, production volumes, etc) may be treated as showing that there is an anticompetitive arrangement between companies that will be qualified as a cartel, if the information is exchanged between competitors and if the exchange agreement has resulted in variation of prices, lowering the number of market players or gaining a competitive advantage (article 11 of the Competition Law).

13 April 2017

Russia: Roskomandzor’s decision to restrict access to Zello a “warning sign” for companies | commentary by Pavel Sadovsky and Maria Demina, DataGuidance

The Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications (‘Roskomnadzor’) announced, on 10 April 2017, that pursuant to its decision of 6 April 2017 No. 8 (‘the Decision’), it had ordered telecommunications operators to restrict access to Zello Inc.’s services within Russia after the company failed to inform the Roskomnadzor of the storage on its servers of all electronic messages sent using Zello’s website and apps. According to Federal Law of 27 July 2006 No. 149-FZ on Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information, as amended (‘the Law’), ‘information distributors’ are obliged to notify the Roskomnadzor of their compliance with localisation and retention obligations under the Law.

13 March 2017

Application of the New York Convention to Foreign Judgments: Analysis of the Wrong Approach of Russian Courts | by Mikhail Samoylov

Although the New York Convention is applicable to the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, the Convention has a parallel application in Russia — judges employ the Convention for the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

28 February 2017

Contracts, negotiations and enforcement in the Russian Federation: overview | Daria Ilyina, Practical Law Global Guide 2016/17

Daria Ilyina, Senior Associate, on contracts, negotiations and enforcement in the Russian Federation.

29 December 2016

How Legislation on Handling Personal Data Will Be Enforced in the Future: LinkedIn Case Study | Pavel Sadovsky and Olga Tyangaeva, The Russia and Eurasia Committee Newsletter by the ABA Section of International Law

A Russian court published its exceptional decision and ruled that LinkedIn’s activity in Russia was in breach of Russian personal data law. The court of appeal did not overturn the decision: LinkedIn.com is now blocked in Russia.

29 December 2016

New Pretrial Procedure in IP Cases | Helen Avakyan and Irina Kosovskaya, The Russia and Eurasia Committee Newsletter by the ABA Section of International Law

Currently, a bill titled “Amendments to Articles 1252 and 1486 of the Russian Civil Code and Articles 4 and 99 of the Russian Arbitrazh Procedure Code” (the “Bill”) is pending in the Russian State Duma. The Bill was drafted in pursuance of a directive given by D.A. Medvedev, Russian Prime Minister, and introduced in the Russian State Duma by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The Bill was cleared by the Federal Service for Intellectual Property and the Court for Intellectual Property Rights.

23 November 2016

Russia bans LinkedIn over data storage violation | comments by Olga Tyangaeva for CRD

Russia’s media watchdog has blocked professional networking website LinkedIn after the company was found to have violated a law requiring websites to store Russian users’ data on domestic servers.

7 November 2016

How The Lawyer European Awards’ Russia, Ukraine and CIS shortlisted firms are driving innovation in their markets | The Lawyer CIS report

The Lawyer European Awards’ Russia, Ukraine and CIS shortlisted firms this year are in expansion mode. This report explores the varying strategies that have won acclaim from the firms’ peers in Europe.