On 14 August 2014, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the Law No. 1645-VII “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine with respect to Reformation of the Management System of the Uniform Gas Transportation System of Ukraine” (the “Law”) which comes into force on 10 September 2014. The Law allows, among other, participation of non-resident legal entities in the management of Uniform gas transportation system of Ukraine (the “GTS”).
Legal alert: Restrictions on Foreign Currency Transactions and Mandatory Sale of Foreign Currency Revenues
At the end of August – beginning of September 2014 the National Bank of Ukraine (the “NBU”) has adopted new resolutions aimed at stabilisation of the situation on Ukrainian foreign exchange market and in banking and financial sector.
On 1 August 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the Law of Ukraine № 1621-VII "On Amendments to Tax Code of Ukraine and other legislative acts of Ukraine" (on improvement of certain provisions) (the “Law”). The Law introduces amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine, laws on national social insurance, the Law of Ukraine "On State Regulation of Production and Turnover of Ethyl Alcohol, Cognac and Fruit spirits, Alcoholic Drinks and Tobacco Products” and other laws.
The President of the Russian Federation signed federal law on the new amendments concerning the processing of personal data in Russia on July 22, 2014. Under Article 4 of this Federal Law the amendments shall come into force on September 1, 2016.
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.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has made a number of promotions in its Moscow office. Real estate and construction lawyer Elena Gavrilina has been made partner, litigators Alexander Vaneev and Vera Rikhterman have become counsel and competition lawyer Elena Kazak is promoted to senior associate.
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.