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The results of the 2024 Kommersant Legal Rating

On April 10, 2024 Kommersant published the results of the 2024 Legal Rating.

10 April 2024
BIRCH LEGAL continues to strengthen its position and announces the joining of the new team

Moscow, March 11, 2024. BIRCH LEGAL has recently attracted a team of lawyers who formerly worked for one of Russia’s oldest law firms—"YUST”—and welcomes Alexander Bolomatov as a new Partner, Counsel Anton Sirotkin, and Yury Gorovoy as a Senior Associate.

11 March 2024
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.

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

British banks had frozen over EUR 7 m 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.

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

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.

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.

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!

5 December 2023
BIRCH LEGAL announces the appointment of a new partner and two counsels

Moscow, July 25, 2023. As part of the consistent strengthening of our team, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Timur Akhundov as a partner as well as Anton Borisichev and Alexander Gavrilov as counsels.

25 July 2023
Celebration of the foundation of the BIRCH LEGAL brand

On April 25, 2022 our team started operating under our new name.

25 April 2023
BIRCH LEGAL is delighted to announce the arrival of Attorney at law Evgeny Rubinstein

Moscow, April 17, 2023. BIRCH LEGAL continues its dynamic expansion with attorney at law Evgeny Rubinstein joining the White-Collar Crime practice as Counsel.

17 April 2023

Legal alerts

The Decree of the President of the RF dated 23 May 2024 No. 442 on the special procedure for compensating damages caused by the unfriendly actions of the US

A presidential Decree introduced a procedure for compensating damages incurred by the actions of the US at the expense of American assets, namely, the property of Russian subsidiaries controlled by American persons.

24 May 2024
News from the bankruptcy sector

The last year has been rich in news from the bankruptcy sector. Our dispute resolution team has prepared a detailed legal alert.

7 May 2024
Countersanctions requirements for real estate transactions

The BIRCH LEGAL team has prepared an overview of the procedure of real estate transactions approval and the main requirements set by the Governmental Commission

1 April 2024
Overview of legislative initiatives regulating marketplace commerce

Information aggregators focusing on goods and services (marketplaces) are major players in e-commerce. Accordingly, such marketplaces’ share of the total volume of e-commerce exceeded 50% as of June 2023[1] 

26 March 2024
356 days until tax audits for IT companies begin: main risks to consider and key preparations to make

The current legislative regulations on corporate income tax do not explicitly address which tax rate will be applied from the beginning of 2025. Judging solely from the text of paragraph 1.15 of Article 284 of the Tax Code of the RF, it follows that the 0% tax rate won’t be applied from the beginning of 2025 which necessarily entails that the general tax rate of 20% will.

12 March 2024
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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

16 December 2023