19 December 2014

KyivPost Legal Quarterly publishes a commentary by Oleg Boichuk on disclosure and transparency requirements for beneficiaries of local companies

The Verkhovna Rada, the nation’s par­liament, on Oct. 14 adopted a law that requires Ukrainian companies to disclose their true owners. The move is aimed at fighting corruption as many elected officials and others hide their ownership of companies and fail to disclose conflicts of interest.

9 December 2014

The Lawyer publishes a commentary by Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi on what should be done to attract investors to Ukraine

Ukraine’s identity crisis has pushed lawyers to set personal politics aside to help clients protect assets, restructure businesses and negotiate unprecedented deals with Russian lawyers.

8 December 2014

The Lawyer publishes a commentary by Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi in a special report on Ukraine

The Ukraine crisis has raised questions over which rule of law to follow, but the flight of international investors is giving local firms an advantage.

5 August 2014

Tax Analysts publishes commentary by Mark Rovinskiy on a draft law that would allow the taxation of CFCs controlled by Russian tax residents

Russia is considering a tax amnesty for Russian-owned offshore companies as part of a wider effort to encourage the repatriation of capital and discourage the use of offshore companies for tax avoidance, a government spokeswoman told Tax Analysts.

2 July 2014

RBTH publishes commentary by Mark Rovinskiy on Russia's deoffshorization program

The Finance Ministry is pushing ahead with its program to entice Russian-owned offshore firms to repatriate capital. A new law will impose penalties on such companies for tax evasion, but offers the carrot of a 2-year amnesty for those firms which decide to relocate to Russia.

25 June 2014

PaRR publishes commentary by Natalia Korosteleva

Russia’s competition authority Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) is likely to face more legal challenges over its warnings to dominant companies on anticompetitive practices after the country’s Supreme Arbitration Court (VAS) ruling allowing Gazprom’s subsidiary to dispute a warning against it at arbitration courts, two Moscow based lawyers said.

20 June 2014

Kyiv Post publishes commentary by Roman Stepanenko on the National Bank of Ukraine requirement for exporters to sell half of their foreign currency-denominated revenue

National Bank of Ukraine ex-governor Stepan Kubiv let the hryvnia freely float when he was appointed to the post more than three months ago, but he kept a measure in place to mandate foreign currency earners to convert half their revenue to hryvnias.

12 May 2014

The Moscow Times publishes commentary by Mark Rovinsky on amendments to the Tax Code

The Finance Ministry is finalizing plans to levy a property tax on individual homeowners and ratchet up the cost by pegging the tax rate to cadastral property values.

29 April 2014

PaRR publishes commentary by Anna Numerova

The proposed tie-up between Holcim and Lafarge is unlikely to face competition hurdles in Russia. The country’s competition authority, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), is expected to assess the deal’s impact on regional cement markets, in which the two European companies' presence is largely complementary, said two Moscow-based lawyers.

1 April 2014

Kyiv Post publishes commentary by Roman Stepanenko on the non-performing loans in Ukraine

Ukraine’s AIS automobile distribution corporation, which is owned by two Party of Regions lawmakers — Dmytro Svyatash and Vasyl Poliakov — has not been repaying a UkrSibbank loan worth $100 million for five years. But after the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych, who controlled the party, the bank debt may finally get repaid.

1 April 2014

Oksana Ilchenko comments to Kyiv Post on Ukrainian law schools education, which is more theoretical than practical

Law experts interviewed by the Kyiv Post unanimously agreed that their firms are constantly on the hunt for better-skilled professionals.

12 March 2014

The Moscow News publishes commentary by Pavel Sadovsky

A law to curb piracy came into effect in August 2013. It has proven to be an “efficient instrument” in the fight against copyright infringement, especially since preliminary injunctions from courts became much easier to obtain.

7 March 2014

Kyiv Post publishes commentary by Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi on legal support to athletes at Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

Behind the scenes of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, an inconspicuous special tribunal consisting of sports arbitrators and lawyers operated to resolve disputes during the course of competitions.

9 December 2013

PaRR publishes commentary by Dennis Turovets on competition law in Belarus

Russia’s competition authority, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), has proposed amendments to eliminate the discrepancy in different definitions of a cartel in Russian competition law and the country’s criminal code, Andrey Tenishev, head of the cartel division at FAS, told PaRR. A definition given to a cartel in antimonopoly law will be integrated into criminal law, he explained.

29 November 2013

Legal Week publishes commentary by Serhii Sviriba on Ukrainian legal market

The financial crisis took a heavy toll on Central and Eastern European economies. But local experts are confident that a recent spate of M&A activity could revive once-flagging deal flow.