Photo Report – WatersOAG Round Table on February 9, 2018

WatersOAG thanks participants of the round table held on 09/02/2018!


WatersOAG Advised on 107 Mln.USD Transaction

WatersOAG was chosen as the leading consultant in a transaction valued at 6 billion rubles (approx. 107 million USD) wherein a Japanese company contributed to the charter capital of a Russian company.

WatersOAG Lawyers advised participants on the elements of the transaction, prepared documents and coordinated the international signing of documents among other tasks as part of WatersOAG comprehensive legal support services.

Legal Alert: New Requirement by Russian State Labor Inspectorate

New Russian Federation labor regulations effective January 1, 2018.

Starting this year the Russian state labor ​Inspectorate is applying a risk-oriented approach to the inspections requirement. This means that the labor Inspectorate assigns a certain risk category (such: as: “high-risk”) to the company’s activities. Each category will have a certain frequency of inspections to be performed by the State Labor Inspectorate. Violations in HR records, unpaid wages, fines, accidents, etc. determine the specific risk category.

WatersOAG provides legal support during inspections that conduct state labor Inspectorate.

Photo Report – WatersOAG Round Table on November 17, 2017

WatersOAG thanks participants of the round table held on 17/11/2017

WatersOAG Legal Alert: Russian Tax Authorities Actively Identify Inaccurate Information about Companies and Take Measures

Russian tax authorities are actively working to identify false company information. These measures began in 2016 and have continued throughout 2017, pursuant to an Order of the Federal Tax Service[1].

Representatives of the Federal Tax Service are taking measures to identify inaccurate company information, including having agents of the tax service travel to a company’s locations (their registered addresses). As a result, tax authorities notify companies of inaccurate information they uncover and provide 30 (thirty) days’ notice to register correct information in the Unified State Register.

Over the past 2 months, such notices have been received by a variety of companies in Moscow.

If  companies do not take measures to register their correct information, the tax office makes a record of false data in the Unified State Register (“Register”). The information contained in the Register is public, so a record of false data may adversely affect a company’s reputation.

A company is then given 6 months to correct the information in the Register (according to the latest amendments from September 1, 2017). If incorrect information in the register is not corrected, tax authorities have the right to exclude such company from the Register without a court order.  Previously, such exclusion was possible, but only by a court decision.

Companies are liable for the losses caused to the other participants of the civil turnover as a result of a company’s failure to maintain accurate information in the public Register (Art. 51 of the Civil Code). Also, companies bear risks of not receiving legally significant information (such as mail for example), if such information was not delivered to them because of the inaccurate data in the Register (Art.165.1 of the Civil Code).

A statement of false data that may provoke an inspection of any company by tax authorities may be sent to the tax office by any person. The decision of tax inspection once entered may be appealed to a higher authority or in court according to the rules of Chapter 24 of the Arbitration Procedure Code[3].

[1]Order of the FTS of Russia from 11.02.2016 N MMV-7-14 / 72

[2]Federal Law of 28.12.2016 N 488-FZ” On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation

“[3]Letter FTS of Russia from 07.06.2017 N HD-4-14 / 13154 @ on the direction of “judicial review disputes involving the registration authorities of N 2 (2017)”

WatersOAG Thanks Participants of the Round Table Held on October 13, 2017

WatersOAG thanks participants of the round table 13/10/2017 “Employment of special categories of employees” for interesting questions and discussions!

WatersOAG Round Table Photo Report – Audits by State Labor Inspectorate (Russia).

The WatersOAG round table held September 22, 2017 focused on audits by the Russian State Labor Inspectorate – what the employer needs to know.

Participants were leaders  in company personnel services, legal departments and human resources.

The seminar examined the process of preparation for audits by the State Labor Inspectorate, importance of correct documentation during inspections, the process of appealing orders and decisions of the State Labor Inspectorate.

WatersOAG thanks the participants for interesting and informative discussions and looks forward to seeing you at our next seminar!

Migration Registration During The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and The 2018 FIFA World Cup

According to Russian Presidential Decree No. 202 “On peculiarities of application of enhanced security measures in the Russian Federation during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup”[1] dated May 9, 2017, foreign nationals who have crossed the Russian border must be registered at the place of temporary stay or constant residence within 1 day. Either the host party, or the foreign citizen personally must register at the local migration office.

The new rule applies to the following cities during the noted periods:

  • From 1 June 2017 to 12 July 2017 in Kazan, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi (the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup);
  • From 25 May 2018 to 25 July 2018 in Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, St. Petersburg, Saransk and Sochi (the 2018 FIFA World Cup FIFA) .

These regulations do not apply to foreign nationals who are members of the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, nor do the regulations apply to representatives of FIFA, subsidiaries of FIFA, the confederations and national football associations which are included in the list of FIFA organizations.

It is recommended that affected organizations/persons confirm with the local migration offices the exact procedures regarding the organization of migration registration during the indicated periods for better planning of such registrations.



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24 марта 2017 состоялся Круглый стол по теме: “Обжалование актов Государственной инспекции труда. Обзор практики”

24 марта 2017 года за круглым столом собрались HR-специалисты, руководители и юристы крупнейших компаний для получения максимально подробной информации относительно вопросов обжалования Актов Государственной инспекции труда. Мероприятие проходило в формате “вопрос-ответ”, поэтому участникам в ходе обсуждения удалось получить ответы на самые важные вопросы, относящиеся к тематике мероприятия из уст опытного и профессионального лектора.

Благодарим Вас за участие и взаимный обмен опытом. Мы будем рады видеть Вас 21 апреля 2017 года на очередном круглом столе: “Актуальные проблемы кадрового делопроизводства. Профстандарты и независимая оценка квалификации”.

WatersOAG Partners presented during the Doing Business in Eurasia conference

WatersOAG partners Olesya Galkova and Russell Waters recently presented during the Doing Business in Eurasia conference organized by the Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council and World Trade Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The conference was organized to address emerging business opportunities for foreign companies and to provide guidance on the legal, financial and regulatory environment in Eurasian countries, including the Eurasian Economic Union and Eastern Europe. Mr. Waters provided an overview of the Russian business climate while Olesya Galkova addressed recent legal developments in the Russian Federation.

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