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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.

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No More Linked In Russia?

January 2018 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Bojovic & Partners.

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One of the biggest and most popular Internet companies, LinkedIn, has become the first target of the recent Russian data localization law. The legislation requires businesses operating online to keep Russian Internet users’ data on servers located within Russia. Read more...

New standards on the unjustified tax benefit included in the tax code

October 2017 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by Schekin & Partners.

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The Federal Tax Service of Russia issued Letter â„– CA-4-7/ 6152 @ of 16.08.2017, in which it clarified to its subordinate tax authorities the application of new Art. 54.1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation "Limits on the Exercise of Rights in Calculating the Tax Base and (or) the Amount of Tax, Levy, Insurance Contributions", which was included in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation by Federal Law â„– 163-FZ of 18.07.2017.

Information law for company participants – the search for a balance of interests

At the present time, in various legal relationships there exists the acute problem of observing a balance of interests concerning the parties involved in these legal relationships, their legal rights, and their mutual economic needs. Judicial practice, when considering disputes between these kinds of parties, takes into consideration not only the formal requirements of legislation, but also the real economic and legal goals and interests of the participants.

What businessmen should know about legislative changes with major and interested transactions?

It is well known that before making significant managerial decisions, the general director must obtain approval from the shareholders or the board of directors. Apart from that, if a director is personally interested in entering into a transaction, approval is also required to proceed with the transaction. In the absence of such an approval, the transaction can be challenged and, in certain circumstances, invalidated. In order to minimize such risks and to eliminate legal uncertainty for the parties to the transaction, the rules governing major transactions and interested transactions must be sufficiently clear. Previously, however, the application of these rules was associated with a large number of controversial legal issues, which were finally solved as a result of the legislative amendments, which will enter into force on January 1, 2017. According to the new amendments, the distinction between major and non-major transactions has been delineated more clearly, parties have been allowed more flexibility in relation to approving transactions, the burdensome obligation to obtain prior approval of interested transactions has been abrogated, and finally the procedure for challenging transactions in question has been made much more complex. Overall, the changes should have a positive influence on business, as they contribute to the establishment of firm legal certainty in this area of the law. 

Goltsblat BLP nominated for Chambers Europe Awards 2016 as Russia Law Firm of the Year

April 2016 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Goltsblat BLP.

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Goltsblat BLP nominated for one of the most prestigious Chambers Europe Awards 2016 as Russia Law Firm of the Year

A Lessee’s Dream: the Drastic Devaluation of the Russian Currency Has Triggered New Discussions of

February 2016 - Finance. Legal Developments by Sirota & Partners.

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The rent for leases, especially those in downtown Moscow and other large cities, is often based on the foreign currency exchange rate, which has recently increased almost threefold. Many businesses have been taken aback by this consequence of the economic crisis. Some of them have been put on verge of bankruptcy because of the increased rent and were forced to seek remedies in courts.

Andrey Goltsblat and Anton Sitnikov are among the world’s leading M&A lawyers

February 2016 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Goltsblat BLP.

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Andrey Goltsblat and Anton Sitnikov are among the world’s leading M&A lawyers

Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP and Senior Partner in Corporate / M&A and Investment Projects and Anton Sitnikov, Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A of Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), have been identified by the prestigious legal directory Who’s Who Legal as being among the world’s leading M&A lawyers.

How the Ban on Borrowed Manpower Will Affect Businesses

January 2016 - Employment. Legal Developments by Goltsblat BLP.

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Nadezhda Ilyushina Head of Employment Pensions & Benefits Practice, Goltsblat BLP

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1 January 2016 will see the so-called Law “On Banning Borrowed Manpower” (the Law) come into effect, introducing substantial restrictions on hiring and using “leased personnel”. 

Friends will be friends?

January 2016 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Goltsblat BLP.

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Friends will be friends?

Practical aspects of JVs in Russia: conflicts between venturers, behavior patterns and typical mistakes Anton Sitnikov, Partner, Head of Corporate, Anton Panchenkov, Head of Group, Corporate/ M&A Goltsblat BLP is the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, an award-winning international law firm.

Russian Corporate Law: Full Speed Ahead!

November 2015 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Goltsblat BLP.

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Russian Corporate Law: Full Speed Ahead! 

Matvey Kaploukhiy, Partner, Corporate/M&A, Goltsblat BLP 

Why have Russian law shareholder agreements gained momentum recently? Some companies (primarily state-linked ones) had followed this route long before the Civil Code was reformed and the first amendments concerning shareholder agreements were introduced into specialised laws. Yet the political environment has now changed: the deoffshorisation law has given a fillip to JV establishment within Russia. A second factor consists in the sanctions: for companies not permitted to conduct business with foreigners, establishing a holding company in a European jurisdiction can no longer be considered an option. Finally, there is now a marked trend, especially among major state-owned or state-linked companies, favouring establishment of joint ventures in Russia. 

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