LEGAL UPDATES
19 March 2020

Protecting shareholders from coronavirus: annual meetings of shareholders in 2020 can be held in absentia

On March 18, 2020, Federal Law No. 50-FZ “On the acquisition by the Government of the Russian Federation of ordinary shares of the PJSC Sberbank of Russia from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and on the recognition of certain provisions of the legislative acts of the Russian Federation” (hereinafter - the Law No. 50-FZ) was published.

5 December 2019

Significant Fines Introduced for Violation of Personal Data Localization Rule

On December 2, 2019 the RF President signed a new law that establishes significant fines for violations of the localization rule in respect to the personal data of Russian citizens.

11 July 2019

Capital transferring to foreign jurisdictions: risk of criminal proceedings in Russia

The Russian media is increasingly aware of the news about the initiation of criminal prosecution by enforcement agencies against the top management of large companies due to the qualification of their actions of transferring capital to foreign jurisdictions as illegal (especially in countries with special conditions for doing business for foreign companies).

13 August 2018

Russia to establish new register of ships owned by foreign companies

On August 3, 2018 the Russian President signed the Federal Law which provides for establishing effective January 31, 2019 of the Russian Open Register of Ships to register ships that are owned not only by Russian companies and individuals but by foreign ones as well.

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).

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.

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.

25 July 2017

Foreign investment in Russia. Recent amendments

On July 1, 2017 entered into force the Federal Law dated July 1, 2017 No. 155-FZ “On amendments to Article 5 of the Federal Law “On the Privatization of State and Municipal Property” and the Federal Law “On the Procedure for Making Foreign Investments in Companies which are of Strategic Importance for Ensuring the National Defense and State Security” (hereinafter – “Law No. 155-FZ” and “Strategic Investments Law” respectfully).

23 June 2017

Summary of recent FX novelties and liberalization steps

Within the last month the National Bank of Ukraine (the “NBU”) adopted several resolutions aimed at further liberalization of the existing currency control restrictions.

26 May 2017

New national essential medicines list for Ukraine may materially affect the market from 1 July

In March 2017, Ukrainian Government approved the new National Essential Medicines List for Ukraine (the “NEML”), which is to become a single basis for the procurement and reimbursement of medicines in the public sector, as well as price controls.

11 April 2017

New minimum benchmark for compliance in Ukraine

The National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (the “NAPC”) introduced new minimum standard for compliance and anticorruption efforts mandatory for large state-owned enterprise and participants of major public procurement.

29 March 2017

Ukraine is rolling out its drug reimbursement program

Over March 2017, Ukrainian Government and Ministry of Health (“MOH”) approved a number of regulations to finalize the framework for reimbursement of several groups of medicinal products. “Available Medicines” pharmacy reimbursement program (the “Program”) is scheduled to be launched from 1 April 2017, with its cornerstones being as follows:

20 January 2017

Legislative Developments in the Field of Information Technology

Intellectual Property / TMT Practice of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners informs on the recent legislative developments and current judicial practice in information technology.

18 November 2016

How Legislation on Handling Personal Data Will Be Enforced in Future: LinkedIn Case Study

The Tagansky District Court has published its exceptional decision in the case of Roskomnadzor (the Russian supervisory authority for telecommunications, information technology, and the media) vs the LinkedIn Corporation. The court ruled that the company’s activity in Russia was in breach of Russian legislation on personal data. The Moscow City Court in its resolution as per November 10, 2016 did not overturn the decision: LinkedIn.com has been blocked in Russia.

26 September 2016

Ukrainian competition authority rules on drug pricing practices

In September 2016, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (the “AMC”) handed down a significant decision holding a major global pharmaceutical company and its four Ukrainian distributors liable for uncompetitive conduct that resulted in overcharging for drugs in Ukrainian public tenders.