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In June of this year Russia adopted a law giving the Russian President broad authorization to retaliate for foreign sanctions. The Russian parliament is also currently considering a bill that would criminalize compliance with U.S. and other foreign sanctions against Russian parties. While the practical impact of the additional authorization for the President is unclear, criminalization of compliance with foreign sanctions may have serious negative repercussions for U.S. and European businesses operating in Russia or having other Russian exposure.

Throughout my career, the only predictable feature of the Russian market has been its unpredictability. Given what has happened in Russia in the first months of 2018, it would appear that foretelling the future is not about to get any easier.

Vera Kolesnik is Nestle’s Legal Director for Russia and Eurasia. Before joining Nestle in 2007 she worked for four years at Ernst & Young and for five years at the Institute of State and Law at the Russian Academy of Science.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised the International Investment Bank, a multilateral development bank mainly operating in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Asia, on USD 96.5 million multi-asset secured facility for financing and refinancing the acquisition of a number of passenger and special purposes aviation and mining assets for Russia's State Transport Leasing Company. The borrowers had no external counsel.

The announcement that the retirement age in Russia for both men and women will increase – from 60 to 65 for men by 2028 and from 55 to 60 for women by 2028 – have led to quite an outcry, says Stefan Weber, Head of Noerr’s Moscow Office, including recent demonstrations by thousands of protesters across the country.

DLA Piper has advised Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, on its joint venture with Rambler Group and several other investors to create Foodplex, a united digital platform for the restaurant market. The stake of Sberbank in the JV will be 35% and Rambler Group will own 30%. Another 35% will be owned by GHP Partners and investors Grigoriy Gurevich and Evgeniy Malakhov.

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