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Competition - ranked: tier 3

FBK Legal

FBK Legal’s team provides ‘strong and well-crafted legal opinions’. The ‘bright and talentedSergey Ermolenko heads the practice and Alexander Ermolenko is ‘a master practitioner’.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 5

FBK Legal

At FBK Legal, practice head Nadezhda Orlova was part of a team advising Gazprombank on a major due diligence exercise of several industrial complexes specialising in coal extraction. Galina Akchurina and Alexander Ermolenko are also noted.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

FBK Legal

Alexander Ermolenko heads the department at FBK Legal, which recently advised Sport Broadcasting on transferring broadcasting rights of the 2016 Olympic Games to Gazprom-Media. Other clients include Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and Sberbank.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

FBK Legal

FBK Legal’s ‘top-notch’ team ‘quickly achieves successful results’. Practice head and litigator Galina Akchurina is ‘attentive to detail’ and has ‘excellent negotiation skills’; Nadezhda Orlova focuses on the oil and gas sector; and Tatiana Matveicheva handles non-contentious matters. McDonald’s, Gazprom and MCD Group are clients.

Leading individuals

Galina Akchurina - FBK Legal

Nadezhda Orlova - FBK Legal

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Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

FBK Legal

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Russia: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

FBK Legal

FBK Legal’s ‘true experts’ have ‘a very diverse range of skills’ and ‘an excellent knowledge of law and strategy’. Practice head Nadezhda Orlova and ‘competent leaderAlexander Ermolenko are the key figures. Cathay Pacific is a client.

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Offices in Moscow

Legal Developments by:
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  • The discovery process in Russia. Will the new era come?

    According to the official statistics of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation (SAC) in 2011, Russian arbitration courts tried 1 675 cases involving foreign parties, 463 court orders of foreign courts were executed. 198 out of the total number of cases related to international commercial transactions, 6 - to administration of Russian legislation on foreign investments. In addition, arbitration courts tried 110 petitions on application of injunctions, filed by foreign parties1.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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