13.05.2016 Contracts with a Russian Company: What a Foreign Counterparty Should Keep in Mind Foreign companies working with Russian partners often face unexpected problems. Russian partners sometimes challenge even those transactions that have been partly performed, deny the fact of supply or of rendering of services, and refuse to discharge their debts. 25.04.2016 In Which Cases Can An Unauthorized Structure Be Demolished? Property owners often believe that if they hold an ownership title certificate to a structure, they can be sure that it will not be demolished. However, this is not always true: unauthorized structures not only include the structures that have no underlying documents, but also the structures, whose construction was based on documents that were obtained with violations, or involved violations of building norms and rules. Moreover, of late, in some cases such a structure may be demolished even without a court judgment – that is, under an administrative procedure. 25.04.2016 Reporting Activity on the Accounts (Deposits) of Resident Individuals By June 1, 2016, resident individuals will be required to report the activity on their accounts (deposits) opened with foreign banks. Even though the said obligation came into existence in 2014, its practical implementation was postponed in view of the lack of a reporting procedure. The reporting rules were enacted by Government Resolution No. 1365 dated 12 December 2015 “On the Procedure for Reporting the Activity on the Accounts (Deposits) Opened with Banks Outside of the Russian Federation by Resident Individuals” (hereinafter, the “Rules”). 01.04.2016 STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS For the sake of brevity and convenience, we have omitted certain details. Please remember that such details may be vital for the development of your particular situation.
18.03.2016 Multiple Directorship in a Russian Company: Key Practical Aspects And Possible Risks Before 1 September 2014, only one CEO (“general director”) could be appointed in a company according to the Russian law. On that day, however, Article 53 of the Civil Code of the RF (as amended by Federal Law No. 99-FZ dated 5 May 2014) entered into force. It introduced the possibility of electing several persons to the position of an executive officer (hereinafter – director), instead of just one. In other words, the “four-eyes principle” of company management, widespread in Europe, can now be used in Russian companies. 17.03.2016 Court Order and Mandatory Reclamation Procedure: Amendments to the Commercial Procedure Code of the RF Enter into Force June 1, 2016 Among various amendments to the Commercial Procedure Code of the Russian Federation (CPC) adopted by the Federal Laws of 02.03.2016 No. 45-FZ, No. 47-FZ, special attention should be given to the following three (enter into force on 01.06.2016): 19.02.2016 Interest under the New Version of Art. 395 of the Russian Civil Code: The Supreme Court Has Clarified the Calculation Procedure On 25 November 2015, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation approved “Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Practice Review No. 3 (2015)” (hereinafter, the “Review”). Among other things, the Review clarifies the details of calculating the amount of interest for the use of another’s funds under the new version of Art. 395 of the Russian Civil Code of 1 June 2015. 11.02.2016 The Russian Government Has Approved the Rates for the Trailer Disposal Charge On 6 February 2016, the Russian Government adopted a Resolution regarding the disposal charge  with respect to mechanical vehicles and trailers, setting forth the ratios required to calculate the amount of the charge (Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 81 dated 6 February 2016, hereinafter – Resolution No. 81). 05.02.2016 Freedom of Contract and the Currency Clause: Will the New Practice of Amending Contracts with Currency Clauses Take Root? The Moscow Arbitrazh Court has rendered a judgment amending a lease contract with a currency clause in favour of the lessee relying on the prohibition of abuse of freedom of contract. The full text of the judgment in Case No. А40-232605/2015 was published on 4 February 2016. 24.12.2015 Amendments to the Russian Laws to Enter into Effect in 2016 In early 2016, numerous amendments into various branches of law will enter into full force and effect. We have selected a number of new rules that appear to us to be the most notable, as well as some projects for 2016 relevant for businesses: