Anti-trust practice

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We assist Russian and foreign clients in addressing the entire range of issues related t0 Russian competition law and legislation on foreign investments in strategic enterprises and trade.

Our lawyers specialising in competition law have broad experience in advising companies from various sectors, including energy, industry and trade, banking and finance, telecommunications, high-technology, entertainment and media.

In our work, we cooperate with various industry-specific expert organisations and also serve as members of expert councils under the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS).

Amid the globalisation of business and a rapidly changing market environment, we understand how important finding effective, practical solutions to anti-trust compliance issues has become at both the domestic and international levels, and we are happy to offer solutions that can help enhance your business’s competitive edge.

What makes us different from others

  • An integrated approach to complex projects through working directly with PwC tax and business advisory practices
  • Insight into major development trends in international competition law, as well as sharing knowledge and experience with offices across the CIS and European Union
  • Factoring in the specific regulatory requirements faced by those industries that are most often subject to claims by the anti-trust authorities, including pharmaceuticals, automotive, shipping and retailing, among others.

Our services

  • Approving M&A and other transactions with Russian and foreign anti-trust authorities, including approving foreign investments in Russian strategic enterprises within the limits of legislation
  • Conducting internal audits of company operations for compliance with legislative requirements on protecting competition and anti-corruption legislation, as well as developing the necessary procedures and documents for ensuring compliance with the corresponding legislation
  • Representing clients in anti-trust audits and settling disputes with the anti-trust authorities both in and out of court
  • Defending the interests of clients in commercial disputes with counterparties over unfair competition and advertising
  • Reviewing advertising campaigns for compliance with legislation on competition and advertising
  • Advising on issues concerning the application of trade legislation and drafting all relevant contracts, policies and other internal corporate documents
  • Consulting on compliance with legislation on natural monopolies and tariff regulations
  • Advising jointly with our tax and tax dispute teams on anti-trust regulation of transfer pricing and assistance in drafting relevant documents
  • Designing and conducting seminars and training sessions for client companies' employees on various issues concerning competition protection and trade law

Our experience

  • Supporting the establishment of a joint venture within an airport reconstruction project, including advising on the applicable provisions of legislation on investments in strategic enterprises, obtaining FAS approval for transactions, negotiating with FAS on the directives issued and advising on complying with them after establishment of the JV
  • Providing legal support for a foreign automaker in establishing a JV in Russia, including drafting all required documents and obtaining FAS approval
  • Obtaining clarification from the FAS on the law on foreign investment in strategic enterprises for a major utilities company in a project to reorganise its corporate group ownership structure
  • Drafting the requisite policies and procedures for one of Russia's largest industrial companies for compliance with Russian and foreign anti-trust laws when selecting and working with trading partners
  • Drafting and reviewing distributor and dealer agreements, as well as trade, pricing and marketing policies, as regards compliance with Russian legislation and the applicable foreign laws for several Russian and foreign industrial and trading companies
  • Holding seminars on various anti-trust issues for employees of Russian and foreign commercial and industrial enterprises
  • Developing proposals to improve anti-trust law compliance control procedures (including developing proposals on improving internal documents) for a major food company, as well as preparing materials for employee training sessions
  • Supporting a number of commercial enterprises in audits by the anti-trust authorities, including client representation at meetings with the auditors, assistance in preparing required clarifications for the anti-trust authorities and with objections to final audit reports
  • Representing a soft drinks producer in litigation regarding a dispute with the anti-trust authorities over a distributors' complaints
  • Providing consulting services to a leading tobacco products distributor on various anti-trust law issues, taking into account the company's significant share in the relevant commodities markets (including analysis and development of proposals to change documentation stating various incentives for contracting parties)
  • Advising commercial and industrial enterprises on compliance of their various advertising and promotional campaigns with the law on competition and advertising
  • Analysing and developing proposals to improve a major food producer's contracts and internal documents to ensure compliance with trade legislation
 
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