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Russia Desk

Russian Desk

in Germany

Are you considering entering the Russian market or expanding existing activities there? Do you need to protect your interests in Russia? Whatever your industry or requirement, we can help you tap into the opportunities offered by Russia’s huge economy.

We have extensive experience of supporting clients with activities in Russia, making us the perfect partner for all your legal needs. Our Russian Desk experts bridge the language and cultural differences to deliver effective support. You benefit from our long-established presence in Moscow, coupled with a strong network of local contacts.

Russia is one of Germany’s key trading partners, with the sheer scale of the Russian economy offering enormous potential. At the same time, economic and political volatility can present investors with complex challenges. Doing business in Russia involves dealing with an unfamiliar legal, regulatory and administrative environment. Different business practices can also create uncertainty and risks.

Our special team of experts serving clients with activities in Russia includes in-country lawyers, allowing us to deliver relevant advice based on local knowledge. German firms have a long track record of engagement in Russia. Some 6,200 of them – mostly SMEs – already operate in the Russian market. We can help you build on this tradition of close German-Russian trade relations.

Our support includes advising on establishing a presence in Russia, whether alone or jointly with a Russian partner, on acquiring stakes in Russian companies, and handling complex M&A transactions involving investors from different countries.

Our Russian Desk team works closely with the German and Russian lawyers at CMS Russia, one of Russia’s market-leading law firms. CMS Russia has many years of experience in cross-border commercial advice, and particularly of advising German investors in Russia. The members of our Russian Desk can also draw on an exceptional network thanks to their long-term membership of important German-Russian organisations and chambers of commerce. We leverage this combination of market knowledge and strong contacts to help you make the most of your opportunities and avoid potential pitfalls.

Clients who choose CMS benefit from access to a one-stop service – we are among a very small number of firms that can provide legal advice across all areas of business law, including tax law. This technical ability is backed by sector-specific teams that bring together our expertise around individual industries and enable us to understand your business.

Our Russia inbound service is ready to assist you with every aspect of your activities in Russia:

  • Analysis and support around market entry
  • Company formation
  • M&A, acquisition of equity interests, joint ventures
  • Project finance
  • Advice on supply relationships and international trade law
  • Employment law, immigration law, employee postings
  • Ongoing legal advice and litigation
  • Support for business negotiations with Russian partners

To discuss your specific requirement, please contact us via the online form, email or by phone.

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