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Advised on all the issues concerning permissions in relation to the drilling unit operating in the continental shelf of the Kara Sea Advised on all the issues concerning permissions in relation to the drilling unit operating in the continental shelf of the Kara Sea and it being transported (including along the Northern Sea Route), as well as to the operation of supply vessels. 
Advised on all the issues concerning permissions in relation to the drilling unit operating in the continental shelf of the Kara Sea and it being transported (including along the Northern Sea Route), as well as to the operation of supply vessels. This included providing advice on applying the law on the continental shelf, town planning legislation, marine law, the law on crossing the state border, customs legislation, and migration legislation. In addition, our firm drafted requests to relevant ministries and state authorities, assessed sanctions introduced by the European Union, and analysed whether English law could be applied in the event of a dispute before a commercial arbitral tribunal. We also advised on issues relating to obtaining the necessary licences and other permission documents. 
Provided advice on the acquisition by a subsidiary of a large oil company of the rights to an offshore platform Provided advice on the acquisition by a subsidiary of a large oil company of the rights to an offshore platform, in conditions involving the potential insolvency of the contractor.
Provided advice on the acquisition by a subsidiary of a large oil company of the rights to an offshore platform, in conditions involving the potential insolvency of the contractor.
Prepared a legal opinion regarding the construction of a methanol plant, a refinery and a sea port on Sakhalin. Prepared a legal opinion regarding the construction of a methanol plant, a refinery and a sea port on Sakhalin.
Prepared a legal opinion regarding attracting a large Chinese investor, setting up a joint venture and using lands. The opinion also covered conditions for foreign investors in Russia, including new tax benefits. We have also, among other things, provided support during negotiations with state-owned oil and gas companies. 
Prepared a legal opinion regarding the construction of a methanol plant, a refinery and a sea port on Sakhalin. 
Prepared a legal opinion regarding attracting a large Chinese investor, setting up a joint venture and using lands. The opinion also covered conditions for foreign investors in Russia, including new tax benefits. We have also, among other things, provided support during negotiations with state-owned oil and gas companies.

The opportunities this project is offering are:
  • a surplus of oil or natural gas will be used for the production of methanol. This would break new ground for the development of the petrochemical market in Russia;
  • the production of oil products will boost the profit margin of current oil and gas and infrastructure projects on Sakhalin; 
  • methanol products and/or oil products will be exported to other countries;
  • a seaport will be used to export the products and to implement other oil and gas projects on Sakhalin.
Advised on a variety of matters arising with regard to the potential forming and restructuring of arrangements Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers advised one of the largest Russian oil companies on a variety of matters arising with regard to the potential forming and restructuring of arrangements relating to financing and facilitating the construction of an offshore oil-field plant. The project tasks included an analysis of the unfulfilled obligations relating to providing financing and collateral; developing and agreeing the position of the contractor and other banks; and drafting the restructuring agreements.
Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers advised one of the largest Russian oil companies on a variety of matters arising with regard to the potential forming and restructuring of arrangements relating to financing and facilitating the construction of an offshore oil-field plant. The project tasks included an analysis of the unfulfilled obligations relating to providing financing and collateral; developing and agreeing the position of the contractor and other banks; and drafting the restructuring agreements.
Provided full-fledged legal support under the Shtokmanovskoye (Shtokman) gas and condensate field project Provided full-fledged legal support under the Shtokmanovskoye (Shtokman) gas and condensate field project. Reviewed and drafted EPC contracts; advised on legislative amendments; advised on different land categories, on construction and on regulation, including on the construction of the whole infrastructure for the purposes of the project; obtained rights to develop land plots and construct the offshore part for the project. Advised on various environmental issues relating to the project, including on environmental liability. 
Provided full-fledged legal support under the Shtokmanovskoye (Shtokman) gas and condensate field project. Reviewed and drafted EPC contracts; advised on legislative amendments; advised on different land categories, on construction and on regulation, including on the construction of the whole infrastructure for the purposes of the project; obtained rights to develop land plots and construct the offshore part for the project. Advised on various environmental issues relating to the project, including on environmental liability. 
Prepared a draft contract for the bunkering of a cargo ship of our client Prepared a draft contract for the bunkering of a cargo ship of our client, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, to be concluded with one of Russia's biggest oil and gas companies.
Prepared a draft contract for the bunkering of a cargo ship of our client, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, to be concluded with one of Russia's biggest oil and gas companies.
Advised on various aspects of establishing and doing business in Russia Advised the client, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, on various aspects of establishing and doing business in Russia, including on founding a legal entity that was a subsidiary of the company in Russia.
Advised the client, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, on various aspects of establishing and doing business in Russia, including on founding a legal entity that was a subsidiary of the company in Russia.
Represented a leader in sea container shipments before the Commission of the Division of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Represented the client, a leader in sea container shipments, before the Commission of the Division of the Federal Antimonopoly Service for St. Petersburg in a dispute over the refusal to enter into an agreement with a contracting party that filed a claim arguing that our client holds a dominant position on the market and was obliged to enter into contracts with all contracting parties. 
Represented the client, a leader in sea container shipments, before the Commission of the Division of the Federal Antimonopoly Service for St. Petersburg in a dispute over the refusal to enter into an agreement with a contracting party that filed a claim arguing that our client holds a dominant position on the market and was obliged to enter into contracts with all contracting parties. Our lawyers proved to the court that the market assessment the Division of the FAS conducted was not objective. Therefore, we managed to prevent a precedent from being established in relation to similar cases. Moreover, the court ruled that 100% expenses of our client for legal services Pepeliaev Group provided during the challenging of the decision should be recovered from the antimonopoly authority.
Streamlined the business operations of one of the world’s largest shipping companies Streamlined the business operations of one of the world’s largest shipping companies within the framework of a company's global business being reorganised and its Russian unit’s business being restructured. Drafted the complete set of contracts and internal regulations for contractual work to make sure that client’s business transactions were secure and efficient.
Streamlined the business operations of one of the world’s largest shipping companies within the framework of a company's global business being reorganised and its Russian unit’s business being restructured. Drafted the complete set of contracts and internal regulations for contractual work to make sure that client’s business transactions were secure and efficient.
Provided legal assistance during the construction of a sea port in the Far East. Provided legal assistance during the construction of a sea port in the Far East. This included drafting a memo for the Korean Government regarding specific aspects of the regulation governing how a sea port in the Far East should be constructed, based on an analysis of the corporate, tax and construction aspects of the project.
Provided legal assistance during the construction of a sea port in the Far East. This included drafting a memo for the Korean Government regarding specific aspects of the regulation governing how a sea port in the Far East should be constructed, based on an analysis of the corporate, tax and construction aspects of the project.
Successfully represented the client in the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Our firm successfully represented the client in the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICAC) in a dispute with a contracting party. 
Our firm successfully represented the client in the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICAC) in a dispute with a contracting party. The client sought for debt to be recovered under a contract to supply equipment, including interest charged for late payment. We also provided support when the ICAC's decision was recognised and enforced in the Republic of Belarus, as well as during the enforcement proceedings initiated against the debtor.
Represented the client (the assignee) in the Commercial Court of St Petersburg and Leningrad Region Represented the client (the assignee) in the Commercial Court of St Petersburg and Leningrad Region and in the court of appeal in a case that involved having an assignment agreement invalidated based on a debtor's claim.
Represented the client (the assignee) in the Commercial Court of St Petersburg and Leningrad Region and in the court of appeal in a case that involved having an assignment agreement invalidated based on a debtor's claim.
Represented a leader in sea container shipments in a case over demurrage. Our lawyers won the case in courts of three levels for the recovery of freight and demurrage of containers. 
Represented the client, a leader in sea container shipments, in a case over demurrage. Our lawyers won the case in courts of three levels for the recovery of freight and demurrage of containers. The client applied a maritime lien (a restriction of the rights of the opposing party under the contract (the debtor) to use and dispose of the cargo). In the court of cassation the other party attempted to play a trick and challenge the judgment on behalf of a third party which was not previously involved in the proceedings. It insisted on having a priority lien over the cargo that had been kept and seized by a court order. The court of cassation sustained our position and took the side of our client by pointing out that the lien could only be terminated if the following conditions are met: 1) the debt is repaid; 2) further to the will of a person that retains the cargo. Since no other methods are provided by the law, the lien over the cargo does not infringe the rights of third parties.
Represented a large shipping company in courts Challenged the claims of the tax authorities further to a Resolution of a Tax Inspectorate of the Russian Federal Tax Service; represented a large shipping company in courts of first instance/appeal/cassation.
Challenged the claims of the tax authorities further to a Resolution of a Tax Inspectorate of the Russian Federal Tax Service; represented a large shipping company in courts of first instance/appeal/cassation.
Description of the tax consequences and risks of the transfer of integral improvements in leased property Drafted an opinion for one of the world's largest logistics companies, containing a description of the tax consequences and risks of the transfer of integral improvements in leased property from the former tenant to the new tenant.
Drafted an opinion for one of the world's largest logistics companies, containing a description of the tax consequences and risks of the transfer of integral improvements in leased property from the former tenant to the new tenant.
Advised a shipping company in connection with changes in Russian tax legislation Advised a shipping company in connection with changes in Russian tax legislation regarding the taxation of foreign companies as applied to the operations of the client’s group of companies.
Advised a shipping company in connection with changes in Russian tax legislation regarding the taxation of foreign companies as applied to the operations of the client’s group of companies.
Advised a Russian subsidiary of a large Germany-based logistics operator Advised a Russian subsidiary of a large Germany-based logistics operator on double taxation issues when equipment is supplied from Russia into Finland. 
Advised a Russian subsidiary of a large Germany-based logistics operator on double taxation issues when equipment is supplied from Russia into Finland. 
Legal support to one of the world’s largest shipping companies regarding various tax issues Provided legal support to one of the world’s largest shipping companies regarding various tax issues, including:
  • drafting documentation with regard to the transfer prices applied by group companies when intra-group services are provided, in particular: organising the transportation and freight of vessels and other transportation-related services; 
  • assessing whether it was reasonable for foreign sea vessels to be transferred under the Russian flag with a view to obtaining the opportunity to use tax benefits granted to ship owners by the Russian Tax Code;
  • in conjunction with Uzbek lawyers, preparing opinion analysing the tax consequences of the operations of a unit of the company located in Uzbekistan.
Provided legal support to one of the world’s largest shipping companies regarding various tax issues, including:
  • drafting documentation with regard to the transfer prices applied by group companies when intra-group services are provided, in particular: organising the transportation and freight of vessels and other transportation-related services; 
  • assessing whether it was reasonable for foreign sea vessels to be transferred under the Russian flag with a view to obtaining the opportunity to use tax benefits granted to ship owners by the Russian Tax Code;
  • in conjunction with Uzbek lawyers, preparing opinion analysing the tax consequences of the operations of a unit of the company located in Uzbekistan.
Tax risks of a freight contract Drafted a legal opinion regarding the tax risks a shipping company may face in connection with a freight contract 
Drafted a legal opinion regarding the tax risks a shipping company may face in connection with a freight contract (bareboat charter) being concluded with respect to a sea vessel imported by another Russian company on a temporary basis without the permission of a customs authority. With the legal position our lawyers have developed that was supported by the official explanations of the Russian Federal Customs Service further to our request, the Company managed to win a dispute in which it sought to have declared illegal the requirements of the customs office to pay additionally accrued customs payments.
Legal opinion for a logistics operator At the request of a Russian subsidiary of a large German-based logistics operator, we have drafted a legal opinion
At the request of a Russian subsidiary of a large German-based logistics operator, we have drafted a legal opinion covering the following issues:
  • describing the structure of what is known as the "Big Port St Petersburg";
  • describing procedures that the goods undergo when imported into Russia on sea vessels through the above-mentioned sea port and subsequently transshipped to motor vehicles to be delivered to the consignee. This included describing the functions and roles of all state authorities and commercial structures involved and how they interact;
  • analysing customs benefits and simplified procedures that a company may use if it is qualified to apply the regime of 'industrial assembly of motor vehicles' and has obtained the status of an authorised economic operator. These benefits and procedures may have a great influence on the way customs authorities exercise control over imported goods when they arrive at a sea port and are placed under the customs procedure of customs transit.
The project was unique because at a sea port, several state regulators and commercial entities operate that offer different services (sea agents, pilot, navigation, icebreaking, hauling, mooring, informational, communications, stevedoring, warehousing and customs clearance services). The model for all the authorities and entities to work together depends on the particular features of the location of a sea port. Our memo helped the Company to streamline its business processes and cut the relevant costs, with account being taken of the customs status of the clients to which it was offering its services.

The results of our research were used to develop proposals for implementing the Plan for improving the transport situation at sea ports, as approved by Resolution No. 739-r of the Russian Government dated 30 April 2014.

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