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From 1 July 2020, an experimental legal regime is being introduced in Moscow for a five-year period. The Law is aimed at creating the necessary conditions for the development and introduction of artificial intelligence technologies, and the subsequent use of the results of their application.

On 11 May 2020, a new Bank of Russia Regulation* “On Standards for the Issuance of Securities” (the “Regulation on Issuance Standards”) came into force. The regulator updated this Regulation in line with amendments* to the Federal Law “On the Securities Market”, which came into force on 1 January 2020.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2019 CEE Deal of the Year Award winners – the most important, complicated, significant, and valuable deals across Central and Eastern Europe.

On 19 June 2020, amendments* to the Commercial Procedure Code of the Russian Federation came into force, which provide for the exclusive jurisdiction of Russian courts to consider disputes involving Russian individuals and legal entities who are subject to international sanctions.

After an initial wave of euphoria at the prospect of seeing autonomous vehicles (AVs) on our streets and the associated opportunities and new business models that AVs could create, there is now more realism as to what will actually be possible in the short term. One of the main reasons for this shift is the immensely high cost of making self-driving technology ready for the market and for mass production. There are also no internationally recognised, uniform rules or regulations currently governing the circumstances for using AVs on public streets. This adds further complexity to their development and roll out. So while self-driving technology promises a range of benefits for business and society as a whole, significant challenges remain to be overcome on the road to mass adoption. At the very least, legislators need to make sure that the existing regulatory framework does not act as a barrier to technological development in this area.

The COVID-19 lockdown will not last forever. Some of the Russian regions have already lifted the lockdown regime. Operating both during and beyond the lockdown could throw up novel and unexpected corporate crime and liability risks for businesses. Resuming or increasing business operations as restrictions ease will entail risk.  A resumption plan addressing logistical and operational complexities will be essential, but this should also take account of legal risks as part of overall risk mitigation measures.

CMS has advised Arkance on its acquisition of CAD Studio, a company involved in the digitalization of Manufacturing and Construction industries in the Czech and Slovak Republics and Hungary, from Autocont, a member of the Aricoma Group. Dunovska & Partners advised the sellers on the deal.

CMS has advised Grupa Azoty Polyolefins on financing it received from Grupa Lotos SA and South Korea's Hyundai Engineering and Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation for the Police Polimery polypropylene project in Poland, as well as on the implementation of the project. Baker McKenzie advised Grupa Lotos and DLA Piper advised Hyundai and Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development on the deal.

CMS Counsel Michal Andruszkiewicz has been appointed the new head of the firm’s Poznan office, replacing Partner Wojciech Koczara, who steps down from the role after eight years but will continue to work from the firm's Warsaw office.

CMS at a Glance

Founded in 1999, CMS is a full-service top 10 international law firm, based on the number of lawyers (Am Law 2018 Global 100). With 70+ offices in 40+ countries across the world, employing over 4,800 lawyers, CMS has longstanding expertise both at advising in its local jurisdictions and across borders. CMS acts for a large number of Fortune 500 companies and the FT European 500 and for the majority of the DAX 30. Revenues totalled EUR 1.36bn in 2018.

In Russia, CMS has been supporting its clients since 1992. The Moscow office offers a full range of legal and tax services across 21 practice and sector groups. Over 50 lawyers qualified in Russian, English, French and German law advise international clients on all matters relating to doing business in Russia and CEE, and support Russian companies doing business in Europe and other countries.

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