Russian Start-Ups: Forming a Holding Company in the United States


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This Q&A outlines the following important factors to be considered by a Russian start-up company wishing to attract U.S. investors and to gain access to U.S. customers: (i) benefits of forming a company in the United States, (ii) formation and other corporate matters, (iii) tax and (iv) intellectual property protection. This Q&A represents a general discussion of the above points that arise in a typical transaction. Particular situations may differ.


Q: What benefits could forming a company in the United States bring to a Russian Start-Up?

A: There are many benefits.

A Russian company may greatly benefit by forming a holding company in the United States if the Russian company seeks to enter the U.S. markets and to attract U.S. investors.

- Access to U.S. Customers. Organizing a company in the United States greatly simplifies gaining access to U.S. customers. (Note that if the goal of entering the U.S. market is simply to gain access to U.S. customers rather than to attract U.S. investors, forming a dire company may suffice. However, this Q&A focuses on forming a holding company in the United States in order not just to sell products to U.S. customers but also to attract U.S. investors.)

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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