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  • 17 Nov 2020 11:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

                       

    On November 10, Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) hosted a virtual roundtable between Canadian business leaders and Alexey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. H.E. Alison LeClaire, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the Russian Federation also joined the roundtable.

    The goal of the Roundtable was to allow key Canadian players in the Russian market to establish a direct dialogue with the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade in furtherance of their trade/investment objectives. Canadian business was represented at the Roundtable by the leadership of prominent Canadian companies, including Kinross Gold, Bombardier, BRP, Buhler, Champion Petfoods, Geometrik Manufacturing Inc., Hatch, McCain Foods and Viking Air. They delivered their comments and recommendations on the further development of bilateral trade and industrial cooperation from the perspective of such industries as aircraft construction, railway engineering, motor vehicle manufacturing, mining, industrial engineering, food processing, and construction.

    Alexey Gruzdev confirmed the willingness of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation to assist Russian and Canadian businesses in the implementation of bilateral projects and initiatives, and suggested the need to look at current cooperation "from a different angle" even in areas where the market has already been formed.

    "We should all understand that after a crisis that brings obvious difficulties, there is always an economic recovery and new opportunities. Great prospects are opening up thanks to the ongoing global reformation of cooperative relationships and supply chains," said Alexey Gruzdev.

    The Deputy Minister also noted that at the end of last year, the Russian-Canadian trade turnover showed a significant increase, increasing by more than 32% compared to 2018 – up to 1.7 billion US dollars. In the first half of this year, trade turnover decreased compared to the same period in 2019, but this represents a global trend caused mainly by the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Canadian participants provided a very positive feedback regarding the event, seeing it as a very important step toward establishing a productive working relationship with the Ministry and one that will help to further promote and defend Canadian business interests in the region.

  • 27 Oct 2020 7:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Gowling WLG's global Life Sciences team has advised long-standing client AstraZeneca on a landmark collaboration agreement for the development and distribution of the University of Oxford's potential COVID-19 vaccine.

    Russia’s leading intellectual property law firm, Gowling WLG, is a pro-bono benefactor to the ven-erated Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (MAMM).

    MAMM is internationally recognized as Russia’s first state art institution focused entirely on photog-raphy and works created through multimedia technologies. Olga Sviblova – a Soviet and Russian fine-art expert, art historian, documentary filmmaker, and professor - founded the museum.

    "We are very honored to be a benefactor to MAMM, such an important part of the contemporary cultural life of Moscow and Russia," says David Aylen (Managing Partner, RUSSIA/CIS) and Madina Assylbekova (Director of Business Development, RUSSIA/CIS), consummate photographic art aficionados themselves.

    "MAMM is the preeminent multimedia museum in the world and we all benefit so much from this important cultural institution. We are confident that Gowling WLG can serve MAMM well through our expansive experience and professional resources. This is especially important during these challenging times of the global pandemic and its effects on the arts. And our commitment to MAMM will continue long after the pandemic passes."

    Since 1991, Gowling WLG’s Moscow office has protected the valuable IP assets of its Russian and international clients, offering comprehensive IP advice across a full range of areas, including trademark and brand enforcement, patent prosecution, and IP litigation and dispute resolution.

    With offices around the world, Gowling WLG takes a leading position internationally in the legal are-na, not only because of its outstanding professionals, but also for its community engagement and pro-bono initiatives.

    In Russia and internationally, it supports institutions that promote the public good, including vital medical, philanthropic, and cultural charities and community organizations.


    For further information, please contact:

    Madina Assylbekova

    Director of Business Development RUSSIA/CIS

    [email protected]

    +7 495 787 2070

  • 26 Oct 2020 4:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Intermark was honored for its outstanding performance at Cartus Corporation’s 2020 Global Network Conference, held virtually from October 7-16, 2020. The Cartus Global Network is Cartus’ industry-leading worldwide service provider network. Each year, Cartus recognizes the companies and individuals in the Network who have provided extraordinary service to its customers and clients worldwide. The theme of this year’s conference was "Foresight is 20/20".

    Intermark was named winner of the Global Network Commitment to Excellence Platinum Award for its exceptional service results, the highest-level award a supplier can achieve through service performance. This award recognizes a supplier’s measureable commitment to excellence and is presented to Global Network service providers who have distinguished themselves by achieving critical performance metrics.

  • 15 Oct 2020 6:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)


    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that in accordance with the government decree No. 2649-r dated October 14, 2020, restrictions on entry into the Russian Federation through air checkpoints have been lifted for citizens of Serbia, Cuba and Japan, as well as for persons permanently residing in these countries.

    What are the changes?

    The list of countries whose citizens and residents are allowed to enter the Russian Federation through air checkpoints has been updated with 3 items, and now includes 14 countries:

    - UK
    - Tanzania
    - Turkey
    - Switzerland
    - Egypt

    - Maldives
    - UAE
    - Kazakhstan
    - Kyrgyzstan
    - Republic of Korea

    - Belarus
    - Serbia
    - Cuba
    - Japan

    We would like to remind you that the possibility of entry and the possibility of issuing invitations and visas applies to citizens or permanent residents of abovementioned countries, provided they enter the Russian Federation by flight from the same respective country.

    Regular flights with Japan will resume from November 1, 2020. There is no confirmation on the official government website when regular flights with Serbia and Cuba will be resuming.

    NB!

    - HQS workers, their family members and technical maintenance specialists from the abovementioned countries can enter the Russian Federation with a valid visa, however, the possibility of issuing new invitations and work permits for them in practice does not apply. To obtain these documents, it is still necessary to include such foreigners in the state approved lists.

    Who is affected?

    Citizens of Serbia, Cuba and Japan, permanent residents of these countries and organizations that invite them.

  • 30 Sep 2020 9:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    On September 9, Dentons, with support from the Russian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce — World Business Organization (ICC Russia), LF Academy and Legal Insight magazine, held an online conference about the impact of the new rules of the Russian Federation Commercial Procedure Code on international arbitration. The new rules concern the Russian courts having exclusive jurisdiction to hear disputes involving sanctioned persons.  

    Moderating the conference, partner Konstantin Kroll presented an overview of US and EU sanctions and the practical aspects of their impact on international arbitration. Konstantin then addressed the changes in Russia’s Commercial Procedure Code, highlighting that now commercial courts in Russia are getting exclusive jurisdiction over disputes involving sanctioned persons, even where a party has entered into an arbitration agreement, included an arbitration clause in its contract, or concluded a prorogation agreement to hear the dispute in a foreign court.

    As noted in Mr. Kroll’s introductory presentation, where arbitral proceedings have been commenced outside Russia and a party to the proceedings believes its access to justice is limited due to sanctions, it can take advantage of the changes to the Commercial Procedure Code and ask the Russian court for an anti-suit injunction, so that the case is heard on the merits in Russia. If the arbitral proceedings abroad continue notwithstanding an injunction issued by a Russian court, the Russian court can render a decision fining the party to the proceedings that went against the Russian court’s order. The fine can be up to the entire amount of the claim and include the costs of the non-breaching party.

    Leading international arbitration practitioners talked about what could happen to arbitration in their jurisdictions if a Russian court determines it has jurisdiction despite a contract’s arbitration clause. The conference’s line-up included Secretary-General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Sarah Grimmer, Heger & Partner’s partner Susanne Heger (Vienna, Austria), as well as Dentons’ representatives: partners Lawrence Teh (Singapore and Hong Kong), Dominic Pellew (UK), Anna Crevon (France), Amy Klaesener (Germany), Barton Legum (France and US, Global Co-chair of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice), and senior managing associate Diora Ziyaeva (US).

    A recording of the conference is available at this link.

    More information available at: https://www.dentons.com/en/whats-different-about-dentons/connecting-you-to-talented-lawyers-around-the-globe/news/2020/september/dentons-holds-conference-addressing-impacts-of-new-rules-of-russia-commercial-procedure-code


  • 29 Sep 2020 10:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)


    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    On the basis of the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the Russian government has approved a list of measures that inviting parties must undertake to ensure foreign national’s compliance with the purpose of entry and the term of stay in Russia.

    The relevant decree came in force on 25 September 2020 and will remain effective for 6 years.

    Which law introduces the changes?

    Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 15 September 2020 No. 1428

    What are the changes?

    The decree establishes regulations which set out the list of measures undertaken by inviting parties and specifics of their implementation.

    The following 4 measures are envisaged:

    1. The inviting party or its representative provide the foreign national with its contact details as follows:

    – before arrival when arranging the invitation or upon arrival to the place of stay in Russia

    – in arbitrary form

    – by any means available including sending email with read receipt or presenting in person with signature of acceptance

    In case of subsequent entries in Russia under a multiple entries visa, providing contact details is not necessary.

    2. The inviting party implements guarantees of providing financial, medical and accommodation security on terms outlined in letters of guarantee which are provided during arrangement of invitation letters.

    NB! In accordance with the decree of the Russian Government dated 24.03.2003 No. 167 the inviting party must guarantee to provide invited foreign nationals with the following:

    a) funds for the period of their stay in Russia in the amount of no less than subsistence minimum set in a specific Russian region as well as funds needed to leave Russia

    b) salary in the amount of no less than minimum wage set by federal law for those who arrive for the purpose of work

    c) medical insurance policy or funds for getting medical assistance in case of need

    d) accommodation for the period of stay in Russia in accordance with the social standard of housing room area set in a specific Russian region

    We would like to mention that implementation of the above guarantees by inviting parties is also directly envisaged in the law dated 25.07.2002 No. 115-FZ “On legal status of foreign nationals…”

    3. The inviting party assists the foreign national in fulfillment of the declared purpose of entry by performing actions which are separately stipulated for each of the following purposes:

    – “business” – arranging for meetings, negotiations, conferences, signing and renewing contracts

    – “work” – employment, providing a working place, signing a work or services contract

    – “study” – enrollment based on contract, arranging for studies

    – “humanitarian” – arranging for humanitarian, religious, cultural or sportive events

    – “private” – migration registration at the address of housing which the inviting party has available or leasing such housing with subsequent migration registration at its address

    4. The inviting party or its representative notifies the MIA of Russia of loss of contact with the foreign national who visited it and remains in Russia. The notification is submitted:

    – to regional MIA department in person or sent in writing in arbitrary from (also electronically)

    – within 2 business days from ascertaining the fact of the loss of contact

    NB! The latter 3 measures are not required if the inviting party does not have information on the foreign national’s subsequent entries into Russia under a multiple entries visa

    Who is affected?

    Companies and individuals who arrange invitation letters for foreign nationals visiting Russia

    Intermark comments

    We would like to remind that failure to undertake the approved measures may lead to administrative fines set out by the Russian Code of Administrative Offences:

    – individuals: RUB 2,000 – 4,000

    – officials: RUB 45,000 – 50,000

    – legal entities: RUB 400,000 – 500,000

  • 24 Sep 2020 11:15 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)


    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, the decree of the President No. 580 dated 23.09.2020 extends the period for suspension of terms of stay for foreign citizens and suspension of terms for some of their migration documents. Also the decree introduced a couple new provisions.

    What are the changes?

    1. From March 15 to December 15, 2020 inclusive the following terms expiring in this period are suspended:

    • Terms of stay
    • Terms of migration registration
    • Duration terms of the following documents:

    – visas

    – migration cards

    – temporary and permanent residence permits

    – documents confirming refugee or temporary asylum status

    • NEW! Terms for voluntary departure for foreign citizens in respect of whom a decision of expel/deportation/unwanted stay was made.

    2. Also, until December 15, 2020 inclusive, the following measures are extended:

    – Visa-free nationals may apply for patent regardless of the declared purpose of entry or the existing deadline for submitting such application;

    – Employers who have a corporate employment permit may apply for individual work permits for the relevant employees regardless of their purpose of entry.

    3. NEW! With regard to foreign citizens who committed migration offenses in the Russian Federation, decisions on administrative expulsion from Russia in the form of a self-controlled departure could be made once again.

    4. NEW! Foreign citizens whose passports expire during the aforementioned period have the right to leave the Russian Federation with such a passport to the country of their citizenship (without transit through third countries).

    Intermark comments

    In case of expiration of validity terms of visas, periods of stay and migration registration after December 15, we strongly recommend approaching state authorities for extension procedures not later than prescribed by law. This is especially important given the fact that in the current version the "amnesty" has been extended until mid-December - this is a time of traditionally high workload of state authorities due to the end of the calendar year.

    We would like to also remind you that the “migration amnesty” does not cancel the obligation to submit notifications (on the conclusion/termination of a labor contract, fulfillment of obligations to pay salaries to the HQS workers), as well as obligation to do migration registration (initial, when changing the place of stay and correction when changing personal data included in notification form).

  • 04 Sep 2020 11:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)


    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    On the basis of the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, starting September 7, 2020 changes to the Federal law No.109-FZ of 18.07.2006 "On the Migration Registration of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons in the Russian Federation" will take effect.

    What are the changes?

    1. Foreign nationals who own a living premise in the territory of Russia may act as host parties for any other foreign nationals who actually dwell in this premise.

    2. Aside from already existing means of submitting the address registration application (at migration office in person or via MFC or via post office) the new law introduces a new option to submit it in electronic form via Public Services Portal. In this case, host party must print the detachable part of the electronic notification received from state authority and pass it to the foreign national.

    3. In case a foreign national’s host party that owns a premise is a Russian national permanently residing outside Russia, a foreign national or a foreign organization staying or located outside Russia then this foreign national is obliged to report their arrival to the migration office in person in order to perform their address registration. To this end, they will need to provide a notarized consent of the owner for their stay in the relevant premise. The form of consent is to be approved by the MIA of Russia.

    4. When registering upon arrival at a hotel or similar organization (sanatorium, recreation center etc.) foreign nationals will no longer be automatically de-registered from their previous place of stay provided that the latter was not another hotel or similar organization.

    5. The law provides that the residence registration for the holders of temporary or permanent residence permits, in addition to the option of visiting a migration office in person, is also available via Multifunctional center or in electronic form.

    Who is affected?

    Foreign nationals as well as companies or individuals who provide them with premises for actual dwelling.

  • 25 Aug 2020 7:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    According to World Bank estimate, Russia ranks № 40 in the world in terms of the complexity of setting up a company. This is due to both procedural features and the need to prepare a set of rules (charter), how to manage the company and how the company can conclude the contracts.

    Significant investments in creating a complex charter, especially when entering the Russian market, are not always justified. Specifically, in order to simplify the setup of a limited liability company SCHNEIDER GROUP has developed a convenient tool for selecting a standard charter from 36 available options. Despite the fact that actually registering a company with such a charter under a special procedure is not yet possible, the standard charter can be used as a template and supplemented by individual information about the company during the registration for the common procedure.

    SCHNEIDER GROUP bot allows you to select a standard charter, answering 7 questions, and gives detailed information about the features of each of the 36 standard charters.

    Information in the bot is available in 3 languages: Russian, English and German.

    You can use the bot by clicking on the link.

    INFORMATION:

    Standard charters differ with one another in a set of the following options:

    • the possibility of free business exit,
    • the need to obtain the consent of other participants to transfer the share to third parties or other participants, as well as to transfer the share to the assignees,
    • observance of preemptive rights,
    • the ability to independently manage the business (alone or with partners) as a director,
    • the ability to make decisions by participants without involving a notary.

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6699202625147031552

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCHNEIDER.GROUP.ONLINE/posts/3589852584398776

    Web-site: https://schneider-group.com/en/news/schneider-group-launches-a-telegram-bot-to-create-a-company-charter/


  • 19 Aug 2020 9:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    IMAX was among the headliners for the 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival, with a range of classic titles including the full "Harry Potter" series and IMAX exclusive documentaries "Pandas" and "Michael Jordan to the Max." All IMAX showings sold out in minutes, including more than 1000 tickets for the "Harry Potter" screenings which sold out in seconds.

    Full article is available at the following link: https://www.imax.com/content/imax-begins-reopening-china-369-theatres-nationwide-sold-out-showcase-shanghai-international

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