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Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s ‘accessible’, ‘extremely knowledgeable team of great litigators’ advises on legal compliance in human resources (HR) transactions, trade union matters and work safety issues, and has also handled a number of personal data protection matters. Igor Makarov heads the practice, where Whirlpool, Novo Nordisk and AstraZeneca are key clients.

Dentons’ group has ‘excellent knowledge of the employment field and relevant case law’, and is praised for its ‘sophisticated winning strategies in litigation’. Marina Ryzhkova heads the practice and has ‘strong technical knowledge, a deep and diverse range of professional experience’ and is ‘able to win labour disputes other professionals regard as hopeless’. The firm has a strong track record in individual dismissals and mass lay-offs.

ALRUD Law Firm’s ‘experienced, proactive and business-oriented’ team is ‘always available to provide support when needed’, and wins plaudits for its ‘ability to find the most feasible way to resolve sensitive conflicts’. Irina Anyukhina heads the practice and advises on HR compliance, internal investigations and employment issues concerning company restructurings.

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners has ‘deep knowledge of each client’s industry from an employment law perspective’ and has ‘a strong understanding of the local labour market’. Practice head Marina Abramova recently advised IM Engineering Services on disciplinary sanctions pertaining to an employee.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advises on data protection issues, immigration law and health and safety practices, and has a strong track record in employment litigation. Nadezhda Ilyushina heads the team and is supported by senior associate Yuri Ivanov, who ‘is able to offer workable solutions in complex situations’.

DLA Piper’s ‘knowledgeable team of lawyers’ provides ‘quick response times’, and recently advised Coty on various employment and compliance matters in connection with an inspection. The team also advises Duracell, Gett and FMC on various Russian labour law issues. Vladislav Mazur handles employment litigation, migration law issues and personal data protection matters.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal CIS B.V.) has notable expertise in tax issues and HR management, and regularly advises on cross-border employment issues. Yana Zoloeva heads the team, and the ‘very experienced’ Alexei Dingin can ‘clearly explain sophisticated law provisions to non-professionals’.

Pepeliaev Groupalways responds within the agreed timeframe’ and provides ‘a thorough risk analysis of each matter along with suggestions on how to mitigate accordingly’. Practice head Julia Borozdna is ‘very personable’ and advises on employment disputes.

CMS provides ‘great service in terms of response times and cost’, and has ‘strong, wide-ranging experience across many sectors’. Valeriy Fedoreev heads the employment and migration practice, and recently advised Peugeot Citroën Mitsubishi Automotive on complaints from employees regarding a new work time scheme.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP primarily advises on employment issues arising from M&A, handling the due diligence into, and acquisition and retention of, key employees. The team also advises on the full spectrum of migration matters, including work permits, transfers and cross-border HR policy issues. Dmitri Nikiforov heads the practice.

Dechert Russia LLC advises on issues arising from employment contracts, dismissals, data protection matters and trade secret misappropriation. The group is led by Evgenia Korotkova, who has notable expertise in M&A- and joint venture-related employment issues.

At Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, highlights included advising Cisco on various non-contentious employment and labour issues, and assisting a metal company with trade union-related matters. Senior associate Anna Ivanova heads the team, advising on a mix of immigration and dismissal issues.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides ongoing support to Bristol-Myers Squibb pertaining to various HR issues arising from an internal reorganisation. Olga Chislova heads the team, where other key clients include Russian Railways, Flowserve and the Konstantin Khabensky Charity Foundation.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law)’s ‘customer-oriented’ team provides ‘fast responses and great value for money’. Recent work includes advising Doosan on the redundancy of several senior managers, and assisting Panalpina with a services agreement for staffing services. Konstantin Astafiev is the key figure.

Noerr’s team is ‘responsive, helpful and clear in its advice’, and is ‘always able to meet tight deadlines’. Practice head Alexander Titov has notable expertise in issues involving top management, including dismissal cases and employment disputes. Counsel Olga Mokhonko is ‘very professional and quick to respond’.

Employment boutique Personnel Law Bureau is led by Sergei Kuksa, who has significant expertise in disciplinary proceedings, immigration issues and regulatory matters along with employment disputes. Notable clients include AccorHotels, Ericsson and Red Bull.

Headed by Irina Golovanova, Squire Patton Boggs has recently handled a number of sexual harassment disputes, and also advises on dismissals, staff redundancies and performance reviews. The firm has strong cross-border capabilities, and regularly liaises with its pan-European offices to advise on high-stakes issues.

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    On 19th February 2018, a legislative package on the extension of the tax capital amnesty and the tax-free liquidation of foreign companies came into force.
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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

    The Federal Tax Service of Russia issued Letter № 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 № 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. 
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    Authors: Sergey Klimenko, Head of Life Sciences Group; Yuri Yahin, Head of IP Group, Pepeliaev Group
  • A Look at Russia's Antimonopoly Legislation

    Elena Sokolovskaya, Head of Antimonopoly Regulation Group, Pepeliaev Group The main areas covered by Russian antimonopoly legislation are prohibition of the abuse of a dominant position, regulation of prohibited agreements, antimonopoly requirements for bidding, merger control, and prohibition of unfair competition. In recent years more attention has been paid to the development of Russian antimonopoly legislation. For this purpose, the State Duma of the Russian Federation (the lower chamber of Russia's parliament) is considering draft measures billed as the 'Fourth Antimonopoly Package'. This comprises amendments to Law No. 135-FZ 'On Protecting Competition' (the "Law on Competition") as well as to the Russian Administrative Code. The measures have already been passed in the first reading and are expected to make it onto the statute book before the end of 2015.

    Pepeliaev Group Advises of Amendments to Article 178 of the Russian Criminal Code to Decriminalise Certain Offences and Introduce a New Condition for being Released from Criminal Liability for Restricting Competition

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