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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ukrainian corporate legislation is as young as the country. It sprang up when Ukraine declared its independence in 1991. That’s also when demand for foreign legal counsel among local businesses skyrocketed, a trend that continues today, lawyers say.