Effective as of 8 March 2015, the new Law of Ukraine “On Introduction of Changes to Legislation of Ukraine relating to Responsibility of the Bank’s Related Parties” (the “Related Parties Law”) came into effect. The Related Parties Law is aimed at enhancing and extending the responsibility of Ukrainian banks’ related parties under the banks’ liabilities and thereby improving stability of the banking system in Ukraine.
New amendments to the Federal Law dated 27.07.2006 No. 152-FZ “On Personal Data” that inter alia introduce personal data localization rules take effect on 1 September 2015. The new rules therefore will enter into force sooner than initially announced, giving personal data operators less time to prepare for the upcoming changes.
Legal alert: Extension of the restrictions of the National Bank of Ukraine aimed at atabilisation of the situation on Ukrainian FX market
The National Bank of Ukraine (the “NBU”) has adopted the resolution No.160 dated 3 March 2015 (the “Resolution 160”) aimed at stabilisation of the situation on Ukrainian FX market. According to Resolution 160, the NBU has extended most of the existing restrictions set out in the NBU’s previous similar resolution No. 758 as of dated 1 December 2014 and introduced several additional restrictions.
On 23 February 2015, the National Bank of Ukraine (the “NBU”) adopted resolution No.124 “On Peculiarities on Carrying out of Certain Foreign Currency Transactions” (the “Resolution 124”) which, in addition to already existing FX transfer limitations, introduces restrictions on certain FX transactions carried out by Ukrainian importers. In the situation of economic deterioration and Ukrainian hryvnia devaluation, the Resolution is reported to aim at further prevention of capital outflows from Ukraine.
Recently adopted Law on Tax Reform introduced important changes to Tax Code coming into effect in 2015. Some minor taxes are cancelled, new taxes on businesses introduced, tax rates increased and tax administration procedures changed significantly for some key taxes.
The President of the Russian Federation signed the Federal Law on amendments to the Russian personal data legislation on 31 December 2014. This law changes the date of entry into force of recent amendments related to personal data processing in information telecommunication networks to 1 September 2015 instead of 1 September 2016.
Legal alert: Ukraine introduces new disclosure and transparency requirements for beneficiaries of local companies and owners of real estate
On November 25, 2014, the recently adopted Law “On Introduction of Changes to Certain Legal Acts of Ukraine Related to Determination of Ultimate Beneficiaries of Legal Entities and Public Figures” (the “Beneficiaries Law”) will come into force.
The National Bank of Ukraine (the “NBU”) has adopted the Resolution dated 30 October 2014 No. 685 “On introducing certain amendments into the regulations of the National Bank of Ukraine” (the “Resolution 685”). Resolution 685 has withdrawn certain foreign currency restrictions previously introduced by the NBU in Resolution No. 540 dated 29 August 2014 in an attempt to limit outflow of funds from Ukraine.
Legal alert: Taxation of the Controlled Foreign Companies (CFC): Revised Draft Bill Submitted to State Duma
On October 22, 2014 a draft law on the taxation of the Controlled Foreign Companies was submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. The Duma’s specialized committees should provide their comments on the draft before November 2, 2014.