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Debevoise & Plimpton has advised the NLMK Group on a EUR 600 million revolving credit facility from a group of international banks, with an accordion option allowing the borrower to increase the funding limit up to EUR 1 billion. Hogan Lovells reportedly advised the banks on the deal.

Dentons has announced the appointment of three partners to European practice and sector leadership roles, with Anita Horvath to co-lead the Europe Energy group, Christopher Rose to lead the Global Private Services sector group within Europe, and Thomas Schubert to lead the Europe Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies group.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has advised the VIS Group on the refinancing of a public-private partnership project involving the construction of 12 social infrastructure facilities in Yakutsk through the placing of secured social bonds worth over RUB 5.6 billion. The refinancing was arranged by BKS, Otkritie Bank, DOM.RF Bank, and Sovcombank.

Dentons' Moscow-based Partner Timothy Stubbs was a member of the firm's multi-jurisdictional team advising the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the negotiation and execution of a 2002 ISDA Master Agreement for a swap transaction with the Central Bank of Azerbaijan worth a total of USD 200 million.

There are currently multiple initiatives regarding the increase in rates for taxes retained at source under double taxation treaties (“DTTs”) between the Russian Federation and some foreign jurisdictions. The Ministry of Finance confirmed that it favours such increases. At the same time, the Russian State Duma reportedly favours maintaining reduced tax rates in DTTs for intragroup payments in order to mitigate any eventual adverse tax consequences by these new tax measures for foreign investors.

Even though data localisation requirements were already introduced in Russia back in 2015, their effects on cross-border reporting channels in the whistleblowing systems of multinational companies have so far received relatively little attention. Due to the recent increase in the fines for violations, we have compiled the most important questions and answers below:

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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised Sberbank Investments LLC on the acquisition of a 50% interest in Mayak LLC and Prima LLC, which are implementing projects related to the construction of a five-star hotel and apartments and Moscow's "Lucky" residential quarter.

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.

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We advise its clients in many areas of law, including: dispute resolution in Russia and abroad, corporate law, M&A, antitrust issues, project finance and PPP, restructurings and insolvencies, energy and natural resources, property management and privatization, environment, technical regulation and industrial safety, banking and finance, intellectual property, criminal law, real estate and construction, taxation, family and labour disputes, marine and transport law, and international trade and customs.

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