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BIRCH LEGAL’s lawyers provide the full range of legal services for your business.

Our services
  • 25 years in the market
  • 9 partners
  • 50 lawyers
  • 2 offices
Cohesive team

As of April 2022, Eversheds Sutherland has been among the first teams in Russia to continue to operate under its own new brand, BIRCH LEGAL, and is among the very few firms who have retained its entire team as well as joined efforts with leading lawyers from a number of international and Russian law firms including, inter alia, part of the ex-BCLP (Russia) team.

Our people

Accolades

Extremely experienced and professional. The team has sophisticated talent. Their outstanding teamwork meets all our expectations. It’s always a pleasure to work with these people. The Legal 500 2021

The team is incredibly hard-working and very flexible to the changes that might appear during the project. Chambers Europe 2021

A qualified team with incredible knowledge and experience. The most spectacular feature is that the team always goes above and beyond for clients. The Legal 500 2021

Great team, professional approach, solid expertise and excellent market reputation. IFLR1000 2021

The lawyers give clear and precise answers which get to the essence of the issue within the set deadlines. The Legal 500 2021

Perfect negotiators, can stand their position and provide valuable arguments, flexible in relationships with the client. IFLR1000 2021

Deepest expertise and years of successful experience. The Legal 500 2021

The team is strong and constructive, they thoroughly review and analyze the problems before giving good and clear instructions and solutions. IFLR1000 2021

An experienced team, the quality of their work is really good. They are responsive and always give advice, taking into account future consequences. The Legal 500 2021

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A recap of 2023

The partners at BIRCH LEGAL have reviewed the results of 2023 and have honed their plans for 2024 as per the firm's previously adopted growth strategy.

In the last year, we have grown by 40% both in terms of revenue and personnel. We have consolidated and improved our position in most of our practices, including the firm's major areas of expertise — Corporate and M&A, as well as Dispute Resolution.

Read more 9 February 2024
BIRCH LEGAL's sanctions team assisted VimpelCom in recovering payments blocked by British banks

British banks had frozen over €7 million in funds intended for the client's foreign partners due to the involvement of a sanctioned Russian bank in the original payment route. The client sought advice from BIRCH LEGAL due to the difficulties encountered.

Read more 12 January 2024
BIRCH LEGAL announces that Vitaly Koloskov has joined its corporate practice as a Counselor

Prior to joining BIRCH LEGAL, Vitaly was a Senior Associate at Better Chance (formerly Clifford Chance CIS Limited). Vitaly specializes in corporate and commercial law, advising Russian and international companies for over 14 years on all aspects of M&A, private equity, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.

Read more 11 January 2024
The results of the 2023 Pravo300 Legal Rating

As usual, BIRCH LEGAL participated in the annual legal ranking Pravo300. We are glad to announce that this year we did not only maintain but also continued to strengthen our positions in the Russian legal market.

Read more 7 December 2023
BIRCH LEGAL is moving to a new office in Moscow

This past year was full of important events for us. Other than working on exciting projects and significantly strengthening several of our practices, we also celebrated the first year of our beloved BIRCH LEGAL brand. We matured so much and so rapidly as a company this year that the size of our team quickly outgrew our Moscow office. We soon realized that it was time to find a big, new home for BIRCH LEGAL and found one straight away!

Read more 5 December 2023
The Plenum of the Supreme Court approved new clarifications on unauthorized structures

The new Resolution addresses various circumstances that do not qualify as grounds for recognizing a structure as an unauthorized construction, specifies the list of structures not subject to the rules on unauthorized constructions, and resolves an array of disputes that tend to arise when legalizing an unauthorized construction.

Read more 16 February 2024
Amendments to the State Commercial (Arbitrazh) Procedural Code

In the beginning of January, changes to the State Commercial (Arbitrazh) Procedural Code (SCPC) came into force. The BIRCH LEGAL Dispute Resolution Team, Partner Evgeny Oreshin, as well as Junior Associates Daria Bilyk and Ivan Tebenev, have reviewed the recent changes.

Read more 5 February 2024
Joint and several liability for multiple companies of one group due to one company’s failure to fulfill its obligations under an agreement

The Moscow City Arbitration Court has formed a new approach on bringing persons to joint and several liability: now, it is possible to recover a debt under a contract not only from the foreign company which is a party to the contract, but also from a Russian company which is part of the same group as the foreign company. A number of other similar decisions have also recently been rendered. Previously, such examples have not been seen in Russian court practice, and a case could be made for the occurrence of judicial law-making in this regard (independent of whether the courts’ approach is correct or not).

Read more 28 December 2023
Withholding tax when paying for intragroup services

Starting from 1 January 2024, Federal Law No. 593-FZ will introduce a 15% tax rate on withholding tax for foreign companies’ income when paying for intragroup services provided by an interdependent foreign entity to a Russian company.

Read more 22 December 2023
The deadline for the development of oil spill prevention and rehabilitation plans for onshore facilities is approaching

On 1 January 2024, the deadline expires for companies engaged in the geological study, exploration and production of hydrocarbons, as well as the processing, transportation, storage, and sale of hydrocarbons and their products, to put in place and get approval for their oil spill prevention and response plans.

Read more 16 December 2023

Events

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Legal issues surrounding ecology and business: novelties, trends, risks and their minimization
16 February 2024from 11:00 to 13:00

BIRCH LEGAL and consulting company Environ Consult CIS, which specializes in assessing the effects certain activities have on the environment, will share their experience on dealing with ecological law.

Legal due diligence: practical recommendations for investors, startups, and buyers
7 February 2024from 11:00 to 12:30

During the webinar, BIRCH LEGAL’s lawyers will share their experience in conducting legal due diligence as well as highlight the main aspects and risks that can be difficult to address after the transaction. 

Key tax events affecting business in 2024
31 January 2024from 11:00 to 13:00

BIRCH LEGAL's tax and customs practices are happy to present you with the key changes in tax regulation that are essential to conducting your business in Russia in 2024 both successfully and securely.

Disputes related to sanctions and countersanctions: tectonic shifts in major institutions and mechanisms?
25 January 2024from 10:00 to 14:00

Our team at BIRCH LEGAL handled various and sundry disputes concerning sanctions/countersanctions, and we would be delighted to share our thoughts, observations and the procedural tricks we developed throughout our experience.

Personal data 2023: The latest changes, practical tips on passing audits and nonobvious issues
15 November 2023from 11:00 to 13:00

At the webinar, our experts are going to discuss the latest changes in personal data legislation, key trends evident from the latest audits and cases reviewed by Roskomnadzor, as well as unevident risks that could be faced by any company working with personal data.

Main customs risks of export-import operations in 2023 for foreign trade participants
18 October 2023from 11:00 to 13:00

At the webinar, Andrey Grachev and Anton Borisichev will discuss the current trends in court practice related to the adjustment of the customs value of goods as well as the main customs risks that companies engaged in foreign economic activities may face.

International business structuring – from Europe to the Middle East
13 September 2023from 11:00 to 13:00

During the webinar, our experts will tell how suspension of international tax treaties impact business structuring and what decisions in Gulf countries would work in the new reality.

IP rights under the current conditions: who left and what remains?
5 July 2023from 11:00 to 12:30

Our experts will highlight the current issues surrounding IP law such as what changes have taken place and what to expect in the near future.

UAE corporate tax – key aspects of its impact on business structuring and M&A
29 June 2023from 11:00 to 13:00

Our experts will share their knowledge about the main corporate tax institutions affecting companies in FEZs, as well as business structuring and M&A in the region.

Public talk with the Counsel of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC)
19 April 2023from 11:00 to 12:30

This event is an exclusive public talk with a Counsel of the HKIAC, where Russian clients can learn first-hand about all the issues of interest in the Hong Kong arbitration proceedings.

International business structuring in the Middle East
21 March 2023from 11:00 to 13:00

Our experts will share their knowledge on the basic criteria for structuring businesses in Middle Eastern economic zones and delve into the intricacies of registering and operating companies in these zones.

Economic restructuring: new legal realities, trends, insights, and recommendations
1 March 2023from 11:00 to 13:00

The kaleidoscope of useful and interesting topics from various areas of law that reflect the economic restructuring of the past year.

Litigation and M&A transactions in the context of foreign businesses leaving Russia
24 November 2022from 11:00 to 13:00

Our experts will summarize the most important practices and review specific cases related to the exit of foreign businesses.

The new stage of the IT tax maneuver – accreditation or mobilization
19 October 2022from 11:00 to 13:00

Our experts will analyze the emerging complexities and discuss the prospects involved in establishing an IT company under the current circumstances.

New risks and new opportunities in IP management
13 July 2022from 11:00 to 13:00

Our experts will review the main changes in regulatory, contractual and litigation practice that should be considered in IP management.

PHARMA LEGAL UPDATE: overview of changes and trends
21 June 2022from 10:00 to 12:00

A joint webinar of BIRCH LEGAL and the Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers.

Establishing and operating an IT-company: tax risks and opportunities for preferential tax treatment
9 June 2022from 11:00 to 13:00

BIRCH LEGAL continues the series of webinars that update the legal and tax aspects of doing business under the new circumstances.

Tax aspects of business restructuring - a return to Russia or a leap into the Persian Gulf?
19 May 2022from 11:00 to 12:30

Our experts will highlight the advantages of working through Qatar together with our guest, Oleg Chizh, who knows all the nuances of doing business in Qatar.

Legal response to the 2022 crisis: key trends and practical recommendations
20 April 2022from 11:00 to 13:00

Our experts will share our vision of the legal problems most significant for business in the past weeks, as well as the experience we have gained in solving them.

Crisis of 2022 and the use of legal mechanisms for unilateral change and termination of contracts
17 March 2022from 11:00 to 13:00

Existing Russian practice and possible application to the current situation.