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Market Solutions, Volume 26, No. 1

Sanctions: Will the Trump Administration Stay the Course? President Trump made many statements during the campaign regarding actions he plans to take to reverse Obama administration sanctions policies. These included...more

Ukrainian sanctions enacted against certain banks with Russian capital - changes in foreign currency regulation

On March 16, 2017, Ukrainian President signed a decree approving the decision allowing the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) and the National Bank of Ukraine to impose sanctions against Ukrainian banks funded by...more

EU prolongs sanctions against Russia

On 13 March 2017, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/437 and Council Decision 2017/445/CFSP extending the validity of sanctions (Restrictive Measures), including the asset...more

Supreme Court defended secured creditor stating that premises in insolvency management shall be treated as being part of the...

In Russian insolvency procedures, it is quite common for third parties to try to exclude property from a debtor’s insolvent estate (konkursnaya massa) by claiming title to its real property in the absence of the registered...more

Tax support of M&A transactions

Tax issues are major aspects of complex investment transactions involving the acquisition of an active business to expand one's own business, portfolio investments intended to grow shareholder value, granting/raising project...more

New obligations for jewelry companies - Rosfinmonitoring has developed a draft law setting up a legal mechanism to combat the...

Public discussion started on 20 February 2017 of a draft federal law on amendments to Federal Law No. 115-FZ on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism of 7 August 2001 (the "Draft Law"). The Draft Law was...more

Initiative tax audit

Is the company calculating its taxes correctly? Business owners and management ask this question more or less regularly. It is possible to get an expert opinion on this issue from the state, as represented by the tax...more

Changed rules for film distribution certificates will affect Internet services - The rules for issuing film distribution...

The rules for issuing film distribution certificates were changed on 21 December 2016. Now films that have not received a Russian distribution certificate cannot be shown not only in a movie theater in Russia, but also on the...more

Labor law. Major Russian legislation changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in labor law for 2016. Changes to labor law on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on Issues of Increasing...more

Development of court practice on including royalties in the customs value of imported goods

On 31 January 2017 the Commercial Court of Lipetsk Oblast rendered a decision (the “Decision”) in case No. ?36-5326/2016 in which the issue was considered of including royalties payable on a finished product produced within...more

Tax. Major Russian legislation changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in tax for 2016. Practice of applying the beneficial owner concept develops rapidly. ...more

Banking and Finance. Major Russian Legislation Changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in customs for 2016. The year 2016 saw a host of legislative changes with clear and immediate implications for the finance market. Russian...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: Russia – Pigs (EU)

Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has affirmed that the Russian Federation violated its WTO obligations by imposing an EU-wide ban on live pigs and pork products, in breach of the WTO Agreement on the Application of...more

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2017

Acting SEC Chief Limits Subpoena Authority to Enforcement Division Acting Director - On February 15, 2017,The Wall Street Journal reported that the acting Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael...more

Labor Ministry develops draft Whistleblower Protection Act

On 7 February 2017 the draft federal law prepared by the Ministry of Labor of the Russian Federation updating Federal Law No. 273-FZ on Countering Corruption of 25 December 2008 (the “Draft Law”) was published on the federal...more

INTERPOL Red Notice removal cases- a sample of results from 2016, part 3

As the year begins, and changes appear to be coming to both INTERPOL and the CCF,* Red Notice Law Journal reviews some highlights from the CCF’s activity in 2016: Third case study: a comparison of the CCF’s treatment of...more

Doing Business in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus

On February 16, 2017, Bennett Jones hosted a networking lunch with the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association to discuss recent Canadian project experience in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus. ...more

Russia Supreme Court Rules On Phone Recordings

In a December 6, 2016 ruling [No. 35-KG16-18], the Supreme Court of Russia confirmed that secret recordings of telephone conversations can be admissible evidence in certain circumstances, changing a long-standing position. ...more

RF Supreme Court consolidates court practice on the application of transfer pricing and thin capitalization rules

On February 16, 2017, the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation approved the Review of Court Practice in the Consideration of Cases Involving the Application of Certain Provisions of Section V.1 and Article...more

OFAC Authorizes Certain Dealings with Russian Security Agency

In its first public statement since the inauguration, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on February 2, 2017, that it had authorized limited dealings with the Federal Security...more

Russia Increases Fines for Violations of Data Protection Laws

On 7 February 2017, the Russian President signed into law a bill (link in Russian) introducing amendments to the Russian Code on Administrative Offences that increases the amount of the fines imposed for violating Russian...more

Key Takeaways: Inside the White House and Capitol Hill — The Impact of a New Administration on Global Markets

On January 25, 2017, Skadden hosted a panel discussion at the London Stock Exchange on the potential policy direction of the Trump administration. The panel touched on tax reform, trade agreements, inbound and outbound U.S....more

Customs. Major Russian legislation changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in customs for 2016....more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Economic sanctions and trade

Focus on the US - Trade - International trade was a significant issue during the presidential campaign and one which President Trump returned to often on the trail. First, he promised that trade agreements would...more

Competition Major Russian legislation changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in competition for 2016. In contrast to 2015, which was marked by the adoption of the “fourth antimonopoly package”1, the past year was not...more

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