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Development of Russia-wide distribution systems for Mars, BenQ, J&J, Nike and other leading FMCG manufacturers. We drafted or analysed draft distribution agreements, provisions on incentive systems and payment of rebates, paperwork systems, etc. more deals

Assisting with localising standard international contracts (supply, erection and installation of industrial machinery, after-sale and warranty service, etc) and adapting the standard contracts to Russian legislative requirements.

For a long time now, we have been acting as in-house legal counsel for Mars, Inc. in Russia. We provide immediate legal support for all business projects and transactions with product consumers undertaken by the corporation.

Сomprehensive legal support of Cris Conf S.p.A., one of the major Italian clothes manufacturer and brandholder of Pinko and ToyG, in the acquisition of the Russian Pinko business (several stores in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, personnel and stock) from a Russian partner.

Structuring contractual relations on instructions from Electrolux Rus for its Russia-based facilities manufacturing Zanussi products. We proposed a system of contracts and subcontracts drafted by our lawyers and implemented by the client.

Assisting Barilla in concluding an agreement on organising production in Russia, jointly with a Russian partner, of foodstuffs under the Barilla trade mark and developing a model distribution agreement to assist the company’s operations on the Russian market.

On instructions from the Impress Group, we provided the comprehensive legal support for settlement of the debt of the Group’s Russian partner. The deal involved purchase of the Russian partner’s share in the joint business, acquisition of properties and termination of all business transactions involving the Group by the customer and the partner. Once this deal was completed, our client was able to develop its business in Russia independently, protected by legal guarantees.

Drafting of contract templates for Guardian for procurement of goods, works and services on the Russian market and supplies of finished goods in Russia and other CIS countries.

Legal due diligence of Kronospan manufacturing company’s operations to determine whether the company holds all the permits, licences, certificates and other requisite documentation for doing  business.

Pharmaceutical and Medical Business

Legal due diligence of the business operations of a Russian medication producer targeted for acquisition by a foreign pharmaceutical company. Our client refrained from closing the deal owing to the regulatory and other risks we had identified.
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Providing complex legal support in connection with the client's participation in state procurement procedures and modifying a standard international distribution/ service contract in view of the provisions of Russian laws.

Advising Optima Holding GmbH of Germany on creating a centre for hadron/proton therapy jointly with the Russian State Oncological Scientific Centre named after N.N. Blokin.

Advising Pfizer International LLC on liaising with the antimonopoly authorities in connection with an information request from the latter. 

Retail

Setting up a distribution network for the British Debenhams Retails Plc retail chain in Russia. We proposed a supply chain for deliveries to Russia, reflecting the customs, tax, corporate and civil law aspects. We also assisted the client with legal support for conclusion of a relevant franchising agreement. more deals

Developing a documentation system for sale of a set of materials for construction prefabrecated country houses for Castorama. We also assessed the seller’s risks in the event of any accidents occurring during assembly and use of the houses.

Tesco - Advised on all aspects of trading law, compliance issues including food safety, health, and safety, labelling and advertising. Campaign advice includes liaising with regulatory and court authorities, and attending PACE.

We act The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc Specialised Lending Services on a variety of restructuring and insolvency projects across a range of industries, including insurance, financial services, property investment and IT/ telecoms.

We are advising Lloyd's and company markets regarding reinsurances of professional indemnity insurers of Split Capital Trusts. Acting for the managing agents of a Lloyd's Syndicate concerning issues arising from finite risk reinsurances. In addition to advising the agents, dealing with regulatory issues and the role of outside professionals.

On instructions from Metro Cash&Carry Ltd, analysing a sample product supply contract with respect to compliance by certain of its provisions with antimonopoly laws. In addition to recommendations on mitigating antimonopoly risks, we also proposed arguments for use in discussions with the antimonopoly authority to justify that certain contractual provisions are lawful and comply with the law.

Legal support for a transaction involving the supply to Russia and distribution through network retailers of products under the New Look brand. We also arranged for legal protection of the owner's rights to the New Look trade mark in Russia.

Advising Loyalty Partners Vostok on the risks associated with implementing the Malina discount programme. We provided recommendations on the structure of contractual relations between the programme organiser, agents and participants and advised on recommended programme conditions.

Telecommunications / Information Technology

Our specialists provided legal support to Philips on the legal structuring of online sales, compliance with consumer protection law and advertising in creating and operating its corporate online store.
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Amazon - Advised on the impact of EU e-commerce regulations and international instruments on its UK operations.

Development of model lease documentation for Cisco Capital. We also developed and implemented documentation supporting supplies of products under the “Cisco” brand to holders of natural monopolies using quasi-lease schemes.

Structuring contractual ties for implementing the Yandex.Money online payment system. We also analysed regulatory aspects and recommended ways to minimise legal exposure for the payment system’s organiser.

Comprehensive legal support for the Russian part of the global acquisition of Marconi Corporation by Ericsson. The deal involved sale of Russian assets of the company.

Legal support for a transaction involving supply of cartridges to Ukraine and Kazakhstan by Epson. To enable the deal, we engaged the services of our preferred local law firms.

Advising GXS Limited on restructuring the way it provides information technology services in Russia through its Russian agent. The selected structure allowed our client to minimise the regulatory risk associated with the need to obtain licences to conduct certain activities and ensured protection of its  intellectual property rights.

Legal support for a Motorola transaction to supply radio equipment and render related services to a Russian purchaser

Advising OLX on concluding an agreement with a Russian partner on the mutual promotion of services to post free notices and organise auctions on the firm’s website.

Advising TomTom, a leading navigation system producer, on organising sales in Russia through the firm’s representative office. We performed various tasks involved in setting up the representative office, preparing contractual documentation and advising on laws regulating the use of navigation systems in Russia, advertising, antimonopoly and intellectual property law.

Prepared a legal opinion for Mostelecom OJSC on leasing cable television networks, concluding contracts with subscribers, and licence aspects of cablecasting.

Development of an internal anti-money laundering policy for an American-based multinational corporation that designs and sells consumer electronics, communications technology and services.

Fuel and Energy

Advising AK Transnefteproduct on pipeline connection agreements and other corporate and commercial law matters. more deals

Advising Gazprom OJSC on an investment project implementation contract. We advised the company on modifying the contract to minimise the tax (VAT deduction), land and civil law risks.

Transportation, Motor and Aircraft Industry

Advising Gazflot OJSC on model freight forwarding agreements. We provided recommendations on minimising the forwarder’s and carrier’s liability and optimising taxation for these parties.
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Assistance in developing an agency arrangement between Volkswagen and various Russian regional service centres for marketing events, training, etc.

Advising Nissan on the importation and sale of Euro-2 environmental class cars after 1 January 2008, customs duties and other legal business matters.

Drafting model dealer documentation for Caterpillar in Russia. We also assisted the client in developing a structure for returns by dealers of used spares of Caterpillar machinery for their exportation from Russia and re-manufacturing into new replacement parts.

Advising Air Charter Services on various routine civil and corporate law issues and taxation aspects. We developed model contracts for the aircraft broker and performed tax due diligence of deals  concluded.

Advising Transaero Airlines on the possibilities and implications of withdrawing from lease agreements for Tu-214 aircrafts.

Legal support for a tyre production deal between Goodyear Russia and a Ukrainian manufacturer. We analysed the deal from the viewpoint of both the Russian and the Ukrainian legislation in collaboration with our partners in Ukraine.

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