1. Introduction
    1. Political and administrative structure
    2. Legal environment
  2. Common forms of business structures for foreign investors
    1. Main types of structure
    2. Registration, liquidation and reorganisation of business structures
    3. Shareholders’ and participants’ agreements
    4. Strategic industries
  3. Anti-monopoly issues
    1. General legal and regulatory framework
    2. Scope of application of the Competition Law
    3. Anti-competitive practices and restriction of competition
    4. Liability
  4. Tax system
    1. General approach
    2. Corporate taxation
    3. Incentives
    4. Special tax regimes
    5. Taxation of individuals
    6. Double taxation treaties
  5. Customs regulations
    1. General approach
    2. Trade between EEU and non-EEU countries
    3. Mutual trade between the EEU members
  6. Currency control
    1. Foreign currency transactions
    2. Consequences of breach/Penalties
  7. Lending in Russia
    1. Lending documents and governing law
    2. Jurisdiction
    3. International finance transactions and repatriation requirements
    4. Security interests
    5. Recognition of security trusts
    6. Syndicated loans
    7. Enforcement
    8. Suretyships and guarantees
    9. Bankruptcy considerations
    10. Other lending related issues
  8. Employment and migration
    1. Formalising the employment relationship
    2. Managing employment relationships
    3. Terminating an employment agreement
    4. Specifics of employing foreign nationals
  9. Personal data protection
    1. General approach
    2. Scope of the Data Protection Law
    3. Liability
    4. Right to be forgotten
  10. Intellectual property
    1. General approach
    2. Contractual aspects of intellectual property rights
    3. Rights over the results of intellectual activity
    4. Company names, trade names, trademarks and appellations of origin
    5. Intellectual property rights infringements
    6. IP Court
  11. Advertising issues
    1. General approach
    2. Scope of application of the Advertising Law
    3. Violations of the Advertising Law
    4. Liability
  12. Anti-corruption and compliance
    1. General approach
    2. Legal framework
    3. Compliance requirements for companies
    4. Concept of corruption in Russian law
    5. Possible targets of bribery
    6. Liability and penalties for corruption
    7. Example of sector-specific anti-corruption measures
  13. Real estate and construction
    1. Rights to real estate
    2. Real estate transactions
    3. Resolution of real estate disputes
    4. Planning and construction issues
  14. Corporate bankruptcy
    1. Insolvency criteria
    2. Stages of bankruptcy proceedings
  15. Import substitution and production localisation in Russia
    1. Measures affecting goods importation and current import substitution legislation
    2. Localisation incentives
    3. Sector-specific impact of import restrictions and localisation requirements
  16. Banking sector
    1. Legislative and regulatory framework
    2. Licensing and operations
    3. Deposit insurance
    4. The anti-money laundering law
    5. Bank secrecy
    6. FATCA and CRS
  17. Environment, energy efficiency and renewables
    1. Environment
    2. Energy efficiency
    3. Renewables
  18. Infrastructure and public private partnerships
    1. General approach
    2. Key PPP legislation
    3. Russian PPP environment
    4. Financing
    5. Legal issues
    6. Prospects for infrastructure projects
  19. Oil & gas
    1. Legislative framework
    2. Ownership and licensing
    3. Restrictions on foreign investors
    4. Licences
    5. PSAs

Lending in Russia

We set out below a brief discussion on certain matters related to lending to companies in Russia, by banks and other companies, with particular focus on foreign currency and secured lending.

Key contacts

Contact
Baranov Konstantin
Konstantin Baranov
Partner
Head of Banking & Finance
Tchoubykina Elena
Elena Tchoubykina
Counsel
Banking & Finance

Jurisdiction

There are few jurisdictions with which Russia has an agreement for reciprocal enforcement of court judgments, or in relation to which a principle of reciprocity may apply.

However, Russia is a party to the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, and an arbitral award obtained in another signatory jurisdiction should be enforceable by a Russian court. For this reason, it is common to provide for the jurisdiction of international arbitration in credit agreements, although consideration of the jurisdiction of foreign courts may still be relevant, in particular if the Russian obligor has assets abroad. Moreover, according to recent case law, Russian courts quite consistently recognise and enforce judgments made in the United Kingdom. In doing so, the Russian courts usually refer to the principles of international comity and reciprocity and confirm that, to the extent Russian judgments are recognised and enforced in the United Kingdom, UK judgments should also be recognised and enforced in Russia.

There used to be a practice in Russia under which a loan agreement governed by a foreign law would provide for a so-called “optional arbitration clause”. Such clauses provide one party (usually the lender) with the exclusive right to bring a claim either in arbitration or in court, while the other party’s (borrower’s) right is limited to arbitration. In line with case law, such an optional arbitration clause may be interpreted by the Russian courts as giving the borrower the right to bring a claim in court so that both parties enjoy the same rights. Therefore, the current prevailing practice is to use international arbitration as the only option in foreign law governed loan agreements.


Key contacts

Baranov Konstantin
Konstantin Baranov
Partner
Head of Banking & Finance
Tchoubykina Elena
Elena Tchoubykina
Counsel
Banking & Finance