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Russian regulator planning to launch parallel imports abuse of dominance cases “shortly”
In February 2018, Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled that trademark owners’ claims against parallel importers may themselves be “abusive” if they unjustifiably limit importers into Russia or if the owners’ branded goods are overpriced. The Court also ruled parallel imported goods may only be confiscated and destroyed if they fail to meet required standards of quality, safety, health, environment or culture. The court effectively ruled that IP rights should not be used to limit competition, even where rules offer the opportunity to seek compensation from the parallel importer, said Elena Sokolovskaya, head of the antitrust practice at Pepeliaev Group.
Bilateral flow between HK and Russia tipped to soar
Bilateral trade and investment flows between Hong Kong and Russia are expected to expand over the next couple of years as Russia shifts its economic focus to Asia, and the conclusion of the comprehensive double taxation agreement (CDTA) between the two parties.
Russia to Raise Max Base to Calculate Social Insurance Payments
The Russian government has proposed an increase in the maximum value of the tax base for social insurance and pension payments by 8 percent beginning Jan. 1. All companies in Russia, including foreign and multinational enterprises, are liable for compulsory insurance contributions for their employees to fund social welfare programs. The payments include social insurance in case of employee's temporary incapacity to work or maternity leave, medical insurance to fund the free public health care system, and pension contributions for retirement.
The European Tax Awards Names Pepeliaev Group Best European Firm in Tax Policy
Law firm Pepeliaev Group has topped the ‘Best European firm of the year in tax policy’ category of the European Tax Awards 2017 international legal ratings. In this category, awards go to law firms that implement projects in the field of reforming tax legislation. Pepeliaev Group has been representing FIFA for several years in its negotiations with the Russian government in relation to the raft of sports-related legislation and subordinate legislation to be developed in the context of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Pepeliaev Group Expands China Practice
The Pepeliaev Group has launched a Chinese Desk to provide legal assistance for Chinese investors in Russia and has announced that the firm is opening associated offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The Pepeliaev Group’s representative offices will operate in association with the Chinese law firm China Window.
Go East! Pepeliaev Group Opens Sakhalin Office
The Pepeliaev Group has announced the opening of its office in Sakhalin, the large Russian island in the North Pacific Ocean that is about one fifth the size of Japan. Attorney Andrey Mikulin — who practices in the areas of administrative, financial, customs, and civil law — has been appointed as the head of the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk office, and Moscow-based Partner Pavel Kondukov, who head's the firm's Offshore Projects and PSA Group and whose practice includes a number of Sakhalin-based clients, has been appointed the Manager of the Pepeliaev Group's practice in the Far East (which also encompasses an alliance office in Vladivostok operated in unison with with Russin & Vecchi).