Presidential Decree No. 585 “On Suspension by Russia of Certain Provisions of Russia’s International Treaties on Taxation Matters” (the Decree) was published on 8 August 2023. This Decree represents a natural development of the initiative announced by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia to unilaterally suspend Double Taxation Treaties (the DTT, the Treaty) in response to the European Union’s decision to place Russia on the list of jurisdictions that do not cooperate with the EU on taxation matters.
On 21 July 2023, the State Duma of the Russian Federation (the State Duma) passed in its third reading bill No. 369931-8, implementing the key areas of the fiscal policy for 2023 and the target period. The proposed amendments are systemic and stipulate changes to 30 chapters of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation (the Russian Tax Code). The key amendments are summarised below.
On 19 April 2023, the Judicial Department of the Russian Supreme Court published court statistics for 2022. According to the statistics, the amount of damages recovered from top managers has grown more than 10 times, while the number of lawsuits filed and claims sustained remains the same. Specifically, in 2022, more than RUB 165bn was recovered in damages (versus RUB 3.8bn in 2021 and less than RUB 1bn in 2020).
The last year was memorable in terms of construction law as on 16 November 2022, the Presidium of the Supreme Court approved the Case Law Overview Regarding Unauthorised Construction.
On April 12, 2022, bill No. 104796-8 on the external management in companies with foreign participation that intend to suspend or terminate their activities in Russia (hereinafter referred to as the Bill) was submitted for consideration by the State Duma.
On April 7, 2022, legislative proposal № 102053-8 that provides amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation establishing responsibility for the implementation of sanctions adopted against the Russian Federation within the country was submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation for consideration.
This memorandum summarises the counter sanctions the Russian Federation has imposed against the unfriendly actions of the USA and their allied foreign countries and international organisations from 21 February to 7 April 2022 (13:00).
On March 02, 2022, the Arbitration Court of the Kirov Region made a ruling in widely discussed case No. A28-11930/2021, which refused to satisfy the claim of Entertainment One UK Limited for compensation for infringement of the rights to trademarks and works of art (“Peppa Pig”, "Daddy Pig").
This memorandum summarises the counter sanctions The Russian Federation has imposed against the unfriendly actions of the USA and their allied foreign countries and international organisations from 21 February to 14 March 2022.
In recent days, several Decrees of the President of the Russian Federation and instructions of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation have been published, which introduce serious currency restrictions in addition to those already in force under the Federal Law “On Currency Regulation and Currency Control”. A number of restrictions also apply to the conditions for investors to withdraw from projects in the Russian Federation.
The Decree establishes significant restrictions on cross-border monetary transactions and is directly related to both: transactions of individuals and participants in foreign economic activity.
It Remains Possible to Hold General Meetings of JSCs and LLCs in the Form of Absentee Voting in 2021
On February 24, 2021, the President of the Russian Federation signed a law providing for the possibility of holding general meetings of JSC or LLC, including annual meetings, by absentee voting.
On February 24, 2021 the President of the Russian Federation has signed a law increasing liability for violations in the field of personal data. The changes will take effect on March 27, 2021. Special attention to these changes should be paid by operators who process large volumes of personal data.
On December 30, 2020, a law was adopted establishing new rules for the disclosure of personal data to an indefinite circle of persons and processing personal data from open sources. The changes will take effect on March 1, 2021. The new rules apply to all operators of personal data and affect both the distribution of data online and offline.
Daria Sergeeva, Senior Associate at Intellectual Property / TMT Practice, speaks about Intellectual Property ownership due diligence as an important part of M&A transactions in Russia.