Protecting tenants of commercial property against the backlash from the covid-19 pandemic in russia and abroad Economies across the globe have experienced the grave consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. A long-lasting decline in business activity, remote work and in some cases even a full suspension of operations are looming for tenants and landlords in many countries. In response to the threats of the pandemic, state authorities are stepping up measures to protect tenants who have suffered from the pandemic and who are traditionally viewed as more the vulnerable party to a lease agreement.Natalia SteninaOlga Yadrikhinskaya
A moratorium on bankruptcy in russia and abroad The restrictions that have been introduced in Russia correspond to those introduced abroad. However, for many companies these may only delay bankruptcy if measures of support for business during the pandemic prove to be insufficient.Leonid Barkov
The coronavirus of obligations First it is necessary to assess whether the coronavirus pandemic influences a specific company’s performance of its obligations under a specific contract, since the mere fact of the pandemic does not release all the parties to civil relationships from liability for the non-performance or improper performance of obligations.Elena RybalchenkoEkaterina Baranova
Is Russian software unrivalled? The conclusions of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia ("FAS of Russia") relating to the Google case, in which the service pointed out the increased barriers for domestic developers seeking to enter the mobile software market, have prompted members of parliament to come forward with an initiative to introduce state regulation of the market of pre-installed applications. However, such an artificial restriction of competition may adversely affect the quality of products and entail an increase in their prices for consumers.
Compliance, clear to go The FAS of Russia has put before the State Duma a much-anticipated draft law on antitrust compliance. The current version of it contains amendments only to Federal Law No. 135-FZ “On the protection of competition” dated 26 July 2006, and the draft itself has the nature of a framework. Once they are finally adopted the new rules will most likely require specification at the level of subordinate legislation adopted by the regulator, for example, in the form of clarifications by the FAS of Russia’s Presidium regarding the criteria used to assess the efficiency of a system for preventing risks.