The Procedure for Carrying Out Deals with Companies of Strategic Importance May Be Changed

20 February 2024

On 16 February 2024, a draft law No. 554499-8 “On Amending Article 10 of the Federal Law ‘On the Procedure for Foreign Investments in Business Entities of Strategic Importance for Ensuring National Defense and State Security’” (the “Draft Law”) was submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. The Draft Law provides for assessment of the economic and social consequences of foreign investments in Russian business entities of strategic importance.

The Russian Federation May Allow Using Stablecoins in Foreign Trade Settlements

05 February 2024

The draft Law № 540256-8 “On Amendments to the Federal Law "On Digital Financial Assets, Digital Currency and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation"” (hereinafter “Draft Law”) has been submitted to the State Duma.

The Draft Law introduces spot changes to the Digital Financial Assets Law1 in terms of the definition of the term “secured stablecoins” and the procedure for the use of secured stablecoins in foreign trade contracts.

Exemptions for Intergroup Deals and Other Amendments to the Rules for Obtaining Permissions for Deals with “Unfriendly” Shareholders of Russian Companies

31 January 2024

Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 295 dated 6 March 2022, which establishes the general procedure for issuing permissions for deals prohibited by presidential decrees, was amended by Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 40 dated 22 January 2024 (“Resolution No. 40”).

The amendments concern the list of documents and information that should be submitted to the subcommission of the Government Commission for Control over Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation (“Commission”) to obtain permission for deals with securities (shares, contributions) of Russian legal entities.

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation May be Authorized to Restrict the Granting of Risky Mortgage Loans

30 January 2024

On 24 January 2024, the State Duma Committee for the Financial Market proposed to adopt for consideration Draft law № 531412-8 “On Amending Article 45-6 of the Federal Law "On the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia)"” (hereinafter - the “Draft law”).

The authors of the Draft law were a group of senators and deputies led by Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on the Financial Market.

The Draft law proposes to authorize the Bank of Russia to limit the share of loans secured by a pledge of buildings, structures, land plots, construction in progress, residential and non-residential premises and parts of buildings or structures (parking spaces) intended to accommodate vehicles.

Legal Сosts Incurred in the Rospatent Dispute Can Be Reimbursed from The Losing Party

29 January 2024

The Federation Council has approved the draft law No. 390361-8 “On Amending Article 1248 of Part Four of the Russian Civil Code” (the “Draft law”). The Draft law will shortly be signed by the President and will enter into force 10 days after its publication.

According to the Draft law, article 1248(2) of the Russian Civil Code will be amended with a provision on the possibility to reimburse the costs borne before Rospatent from the losing party.

The Draft Law on Consumer Market Researchers Was Adopted in the First Reading

26 January 2024

On 16 January 2024 the State Duma adopted in the first reading the draft law No. 412669-8 “On Amendments to Chapter 4 of the Federal Law “On the Basics of State Regulation of Trade Activities in the Russian Federation” (“Draft law”). The Draft law proposes to introduce a number of changes to the regulation of companies engaged in consumer market research, provided they receive revenue in the amount of more than 30 million rubles per year.

Russia Ratified the Agreement on the Elimination of Double Taxation with Oman

28 December 2023

On 12 December 2023, the President of the Russian Federation signed Federal Law № 571-FZ to ratify the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Sultanate of Oman on the Elimination of Double Taxation in respect of Taxes on Income and Prevention of Avoidance and Evasion of Taxation and the Protocol thereto (hereinafter - the “Agreement”).

Subject to ratification of the Agreement by Oman and mutual notification of the parties of the ratification procedures by the end of 2023, the Agreement will enter into force as early as 1 January 2024.