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Messaging services in Russia: the intricacies of regulation

May 2018. By King & Spalding, Alla Naglis, and Xenia Melkova

The regulation of messaging services (messenger apps) in Russia is an example of attempts to have new technologies regulated based on approaches and rules formed long ago and to make online activities follow to a large extent the rules set for the telecommunications industry. [Continue Reading]

Russian M&A: new approach, old problems

October 2016. By King & Spalding, Sergey Komolov, and Ilya Zotkin

After a significant downturn in the M&A activity in Russia in 2015 (by some calculations, up to 30% by volume), market analysts note substantial growth in Russian M&A deals in January and February of 2016, with real estate development and finance industries making up around 50% of the increase.  Such developments can be attributed to some degree to the low base of previous years and the desire of Russian investors to secure their Ruble assets against devaluation, but any growth is welcome news nonetheless. [Continue Reading]

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