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Looking at it honestly, 2016 has been another year of recession for Russia, with a GDP expected at negative 0.6%. That’s not a surprise, of course. The oil crisis, currency crisis, and a hostile international context materialized by EU and US sanctions have severely impacted the economy.

2016 was a notable year in Russia for the extension of control over, and further clarification of, data localization requirements; establishment of a strategy for the further development of personal data legislation and an increase in attention to cybersecurity issues.

Alrud has announced that German Zakharov has been promoted to Partner. Zakharov is a member of the firm's Competition/Antitrust and White Collar Crime, Compliance, and Internal Investigations practices.

Linklaters has advised VTB Capital, Renaissance Capital, and CLSA Ltd. as placing and settlement agents on the sale by Onexim Holdings Ltd of an approximately 3% stake in UC Rusal. Herbert Smith Freehills advised Onexim Holdings on the deal.

As part of comprehensive arbitration law reform in Russia, the new Russian Arbitration Law (Domestic) has come into force and become better aligned with the UNCITRAL Model Law. Several aspects of the new Arbitration Law need to be kept in mind when executing new arbitration agreements and enforcing existing ones. 

Debevoise & Plimpton has advised Universal Cargo Logistics Holding (UCL Holding) in the division of the shipbuilding and shipping business of Volgo-Balt Transport Holding (VBTH) with its minority shareholders, whereby the Vodokhod group – the river cruise business of VBTH – was taken over by the minority shareholders and UCL Holding consolidated 100% of VBTH, which has retained control of all of the shipbuilding and water cargo transportation assets. Chadbourne & Parke advised the minority shareholders on the deal.

Taylor Wessing has advised Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft on the partial sale of its hotel portfolio to the Thai investor U City Public Company Limited. CHSH and Hogan Lovells advised U City on the transaction, which included participations in eight hotels in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Romania, two of which are partly (50%) owned by UBM Development AG.

White & Case has advised Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc, VTB Capital plc, and Aton LLC as Joint Bookrunners on the RUB 10,416.7 million (approximately USD 175 million) secondary public offering (SPO) of 138,888,888 existing ordinary shares in PAO ‘TMK’, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of tubular products for the oil and gas industry. Latham advised PAO 'TMK'.

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