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  • 11 Jun 2021 2:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Gowling WLG is recognized in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers™ in Russia with 15 rankings across multiple practice areas.

    The experienced intellectual property practitioners in Gowling WLG’s Moscow office offer reliable, customized and comprehensive service to a global clientele. They continuously provide strategic advice in all aspects of IP law throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

    This year, the below Gowling WLG professionals have been recognized in seven key practice areas in Russia. Notably, partner Yulia Yarnykh has also been recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" in Media Law – an accolade reserved for lawyers who receive the highest overall peer feedback rating in their region and practice area.

    Entertainment Law

    Yulia Yarnykh

    Information Technology

    Alexander Christophoroff

    Intellectual Property

    Maria Aronikova

    David Aylen

    Alexander Christophoroff

    Marina Drel

    Vladislav Ugryumov

    Yulia Yarnykh

    Alexander Dovgalyuk

    Life Sciences

    Vladislav Ugryumov

    Litigation

    David Aylen

    Alexander Christophoroff

    Marina Drel

    Media Law

    Yulia Yarnykh (Lawyer of the Year)

    Telecommunications

    Alexander Christophoroff

    View the complete list of Best Lawyers in Russia for 2022.

    ABOUT BEST LAWYERS

    Best Lawyers is an international series of guides that publishes annual listings of the leading lawyers in over 70 countries. Recognition is based entirely on an extensive peer-review process, with lawyers rating the professional abilities of colleagues within their area of practice.

    ABOUT OUR IP GROUP

    Gowling WLG is a full-service firm comprising 1,500 professionals with strength across all areas of business law and litigation. With leading IP practices in Canada, China, the UAE, the UK and Europe, Russia and Singapore, and a network of trusted agents worldwide, we help IP owners overcome complex obstacles and optimize new opportunities – wherever business takes them. The experienced intellectual property practitioners in Gowling WLG’s Moscow office offer reliable, customized and comprehensive service to a global clientele. They continuously provide strategic advice in all aspects of IP law throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Learn more about our global IP team

  • 07 Jun 2021 2:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2021, on June 4, Nathan Hunt, CERBA Moscow Chairman, took part in the panel discussion "Russia-North America"; on June 5, H.E. Alison LeClaire, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of Canada in the Russian Federation, took part in the panel discussion "Sustainable Development of Northern Territories and Indigenous Communities", and in the Presentation of the Goals and Programme of the Chairmanship of the Russian Federation in the Arctic Council in 2021–2023 on June 4.

    A recording of the "Russia-North America" panel discussion is available HERE.

    A recording of the "Sustainable Development of Northern Territories and Indigenous Communities" panel discussion is available HERE.

    A recording of the Presentation of the Goals and Programme of the Chairmanship of the Russian Federation in the Arctic Council in 2021–2023 is available HERE.

  • 31 May 2021 4:10 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the Federal Law was signed on May 26th 2021 by the President of Russian Federation which eases the visa obtaining process for foreign citizens who come to Russia on tourist purposes.

    This law will come into force on August 25, 2021.

    What law introduces the changes?

    • Federal Law #145-FZ of May 26th 2021 "on amending article 25-6 of the Federal Law "On the Procedure of Exit from the Russian Federation and Entry into the Russian Federation".

    What are the changes?

    1. A tourist visa can be obtained upon presenting the following documents: 

    • confirmation (tourist voucher) from a tourist company accredited by the federal register of tour operators (currently this is the only available option);
    • booking confirmation from a hotel or another accommodation facility included to the unified list of classified hotels, ski slopes, beaches.

    2. A tourist visa will be granted for a period of up to 6 months (at the moment it is given for up to 1 month or 6 months according to the principle of reciprocity).

    Who will be affected?

    Foreign citizens who plan on visiting Russia with tourist purposes.

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    You can read an original version here.

  • 28 May 2021 7:30 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the Russian government has officially lifted restrictions on entry for citizens and permanent residents of Malta, Mexico, Iceland, Portugal, and Saudi Arabia as per the Decree No. 1342-r dated 24.05.2021.

    As it was reported earlier, Russia resumed regular passenger flights from these countries on 25 May 2021.

    This is also to remind you that mentioned foreign nationals are allowed through the Russian border if they take a direct flight from any "green-list" country.

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    You can read an original version here.

  • 26 May 2021 10:20 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that in accordance with the governmental decree No. 1291-p dated 18 May 2021 several changes were made to decrees No. 635-p dated 16.03.2020 and 763-p 27.03.2020 which regulate COVID-19 entry restrictions.

    What are the key changes?

    1. Restrictions on entry and exit via the Russian land border for holders of Russian permanent residence permits have been lifted.

    2. “Close relatives” and “Russian nationals’ family members” now designate a broader range of persons: spouses, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, adopters, and adoptees. Guardians and trustees are not among this list.

    NB! HQS dependents who may enter Russia based on approved lists are still limited to spouses, children, parents, adopters, and adoptees of the principal employee.

    3. Nationals and permanent residents of green-listed countries may enter Russia by plane from any green-listed country as well as from Belarus.

    4. New categories of persons have become exempted from the entry restrictions:

    1) Business travelers who are owners or CEOs of enterprises located in Russia or participants of negotiations on fulfilment of investment projects – based on the lists approved by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development in accordance with a special governmental algorithm.

    Intermark comment

    As of now, the algorithm of including such persons in the approved list not yet published and it is unclear whether interested companies may submit requests for approval to the Ministry directly or not. Intermark has asked the Ministry of Economic Development, governmental Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of COVID-19 and Russian government for clarifications and we are now expecting to receive additional comments.

    2) Fan ID holders who arrive visa-free in the period from 29 May until 2 July 2021 included to attend UEFA Euro 2021™ football matches hosted by Saint-Petersburg.

    Who is affected?

    Foreign nationals travelling to Russia and their inviting parties.

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    You can read an original version here.

  • 25 May 2021 12:56 PM | Vera Dedyulya (Administrator)

    Please be informed that the Government of the Republic of Belarus has taken decision to close the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Canada.

    The Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Canada suspends its activity on September 1, 2021. The Consular Section of the Embassy suspends acceptance and handling of documents, including visa applications, documents for consular authentication, and issuance of certificates of criminal record check, starting July 10, 2021.

    It is assumed that the consular functions of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Canada would further be performed by the Consulate General of the Republic of Belarus in New York, United States of America.

    Source: https://canada.mfa.gov.by/en/embassy/news/a6d64eb575392127.html

  • 24 May 2021 4:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the migration authorities of the city of Moscow and Moscow region are now extending the practice of inviting chief executives (general managers, heads of branches and representative offices) for an interview. This is now applicable to all companies for the purpose of company accreditation as an inviting company, for Moscow region also for the purpose of obtaining initial HQS work permits.

    What are the changes?

    As of now, state authorities request an in-person visit of a chief executive for an interview for all companies in the following cases:

    1. In Moscow migration office (Pokrovka Street 42) and Moscow region migration office (Solyanka street 9A bld. 1):

    - upon initial accreditation of a company (for the purpose of processing invitation letters);

    - upon change of the accredited company’s chief executive.

    In Moscow, an interview is also requested if the accredited company has not been applying for invitation letters for more than 1 year.

    2. In Moscow region migration office (‘Greenwood’ business centre) for the purpose of filing an initial HQS work permit application.

    In practice, such an interview usually takes no more than 10-15 minutes and is perfunctory in nature: the questions may deal with the area of the company’s activities, number of employed foreigners, expected number of invitation letters.

    Intermark comment

    Intermark recommends to account for this requirement when planning the mentioned immigration processes, especially if the chief executive’s availability is limited. In case an in-person visit is necessary for filing an application Intermark specialists will assist with arranging the visit and will accompany.

    Who is affected?

    Companies, which procure invitation letters from migration authorities of the city of Moscow and Moscow region or apply for initial HQS work permits in Moscow region.

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    You can read an original version here.


  • 20 May 2021 7:13 PM | Dalila Rakhimbek (Administrator)

    On May 13 2021, the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) has held an online conference “Kazakhstan and Canada: 29 years of economic achievements” which was attended by representatives of business, diplomatic circles, government institutions of Kazakhstan and Canada.

    The conference started with welcome speeches from distinguished speakers, including H.E. Akylbek Kamaldinov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Canada; H.E. Nicholas Brousseau, Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan; Ms. Margaret Skok, Former Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, Senior Fellow Carleton University/NPSIA. The conference was moderated by General Director and Chairman of the Board of “Al-Hilal” Bank Kazakhstan, member of the Board of Directions of CERBA Kazakhstan, Mr. Gordon Haskins

    The conference speakers from Kazakhstan included Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics Mr. Erzhan Saltybayev and “Bazis-A” Corporation CEO Mr. Alexander Belovich.

    The Canadian side was represented by President and CEO of Cameco Corporation Mr. Timothy Gitzel, Chairman CERBA Kazakhstan, General Director Condor Petroleum Norman Storm, General Director Ex-Im Trading David Barker, BDM for AGI-CDCS Kazakhstan JV Mark Findlay.

    The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Canada Akylbek Kamaldinov in his speech noted the main achievements of the country over the past years and also the reforms being carried out in the country. Additionally it was mentioned that Canada is one of the leading investor-countries to Kazakhstan. Since 2005, gross Canadian foreign direct investment exceeded over 6.5 billion CAD.

    The Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan Nicholas Brousseau in his opening speech noted that “Since Kazakhstan has gained the independance our relationships has been developing extensively in every area: from official visits, bilateral cooperation to economic and trade relations”.

    Former Ambassador of Canada to Kazakhstan Margaret Skok shared her memories about establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992 and the first Canadian companies in the agriculture, mining sector, education and energy set their business in Kazakhstan.

    Mr. E. Saltybaev in his speech touched upon two key directions of development of Kazakhstan as a sovereign state: the economic sphere and the unique model of the country’s foreign policy.

    Canadian businessmen shared their 25 years of work experience in Kazakhstan. Representatives of each company drew a parallel to the development of bilateral relations between the two countries on the example of their own company and on aspects that allow business to be successful in Kazakhstan.

    Businessmen also noted the investment opportunities available to Canadian companies; measures taken by the government to help simplifying business processes and promoting transparent interaction between the countries. They also shared practical advices for doing business.

    Mr. A. Ya. Belovich referred to the history of “Bazis-A” corporation and the first buildings and objects that were built by means of Canadian technologies. Moreover he spoke about future projects in the construction sector and the new direction the company has taken in the field of agriculture.

    The speakers of the conference highlighted the important role of such a guide between business  and government as the Foreign Investor Council in Kazakhstan and the Kazakhstan-Canada Business Council (KKDC).

    The event was organized by CERBA Kazakhstan with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Canada.

    For more information, please contact the KCBC Coordinator and Regional Director of CERBA Kazakhstan Taskyn Koshman: taskyn@cerbanet.org.

  • 18 May 2021 5:30 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the governmental Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection has decided to resume air traffic with Malta, Mexico, Iceland, Portugal, and Saudi Arabia.

    The flights will resume effective 25 May 2021.

    Which document introduces the changes?

    The decision of the Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection (available in Russian at the following link http://government.ru/news/42187).

    What are the changes?

    The number of countries which have reestablished flights with Russia has reached 35:

    - UK*
    - Tanzania*
    - Turkey*
    - Switzerland
    - Egypt
    - Maldives
    - UAE
    - Kazakhstan
    - Kyrgyzstan
    - Republic of Korea

    - Belarus
    - Serbia
    - Cuba
    - Japan
    - Ethiopia
    - Seychelles
    - Qatar
    - Finland
    - India
    - Vietnam

    - Azerbaijan
    - Armenia
    - Greece
    - Singapore
    - Germany
    - Syria
    - Tadzhikistan
    - Uzbekistan
    - Venezuela
    - Sri Lanka

    - Malta
    - Mexico
    - Iceland
    - Portugal
    - Saudi Arabia

    Who is affected?

    Russian and foreign citizens who travel from Russia to the listed countries or vice versa.

    Intermark comments

    We expect that these countries will also be included in the list of countries exempted from entry restrictions for citizens and permanent residents who travel by direct flights from such countries. However, the relevant governmental decree has not been published yet.

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    You can read an original version here.


  • 13 May 2021 11:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    On the basis of the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Bellerage Alinga, please note that June 1, 2021 is the due date for submission of cash-flow report on foreign bank accounts for 2020. This report should be submitted by private individuals, which in 2020 had an open account opened in non-Russian banks or other non-Russian organizations of the financial market, if they meet all the following criteria:

    • Private individual is a Russian currency resident (i.e. Russian citizen or has a permanent Russian residence permit);
    • Private individual spent more than 183 days in Russia during 2020;

    It should be mentioned that the private individual is not obliged to submit this report if:

    • the account is opened in a bank located in Eurasian Economic Union or in a country which participates in the automatic exchange of financial information with Russia, and
    • the amounts of credit / debit and year-end balance do not exceed 600.000 RUB.