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GRATA International in Samara
Following the firm’s development strategy, GRATA International moves onto exploring new horizons. We gladly announce that a dynamic law firm – "RBL" (www.abrbl.ru)  joined our network in January 2017.

RBL law office is a leading law firm on the legal market of Samara, Russia.
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PUBLICATIONS
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Franchise 2017: Russia

GRATA International contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2017 with the chapter on Russia. 


The publication that provides analysis of legal aspects of franchise in a useful comparative Q&A format.
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Changes in the list of medical goods not subject to VAT in Russia

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1581 dated 31 December 2016 amended the list of medical goods, the sale and import of which in the territory of the Russian Federation and other territories under its jurisdiction are not subject to (exempted from) the value added tax.
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Change in the value of assets of financial institutions for antitrust control purposes in Russia

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1518 dated 26 December 2016 amended the value of assets of financial institutions for the purpose of antimonopoly control in Russia of transactions and other actions with respect to such institutions. 

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Priority of goods, works and services of Russian origin in procurement by government-controlled entities

On 1 January 2017 Russian Federation adopted a resolution, which established the priority of goods of Russian origin, works and services performed and rendered by Russian entities for the purposes of procuring goods, works and services through procurement procedures by certain legal entities.
Clarifications of Russian authorities for information technologies and communications on personal data processing and databases localisation in Russia

An overview of the most important provisions of the above documents is provided in this alert, in particular, regarding localisation of personal data bases in Russia and blocking access to Internet resources violating the requirements of Russian laws on personal data. 
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Foreign goods, works and services performed by foreign entities are restricted for procurement for the national defense and state security needs in Russia

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 9 dated 14 January 2017 established bans on the admission certain good, works and services originating from foreign states for national defense and state security procurement. Exceptions apply to goods, works and services originating from the Eurasian Economic Union and cases where such goods are not produced in the territory of the Russian Federation. 
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NEWS AND EVENTS
GRATA International in Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific 2017

In January 2017 a new edition of the most authoritative international legal ranking - Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific Guide 2017 has been published.

We are glad to announce that GRATA International was placed among the best law firms in Asia-Pacific, making an appearance in rankings across 4 jurisdictions – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 
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Yerzhan Yessimkhanov commented for Asia Business Law Journal

Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, Partner and Head of Construction & Infrastructure practice at GRATA International, commented for Asia Business Law Journal on the implementation of infrastructure projects in Kazakhstan within the frameworks of "One Belt, One Road" initiative. Read more:
Pro Bono: GRATA International acted as legal adviser to the Republican Physics and Mathematics School NJSC in Almaty, Kazakhstan

The project has been supervised by Bakhyt Tukulov, Director of Litigation Department. Advising has been provided on pro bono basis.  Read more:
GRATA International is organizing a seminar in Atyrau, Kazakhstan: "One Year with the new Labour Code: Pros and Cons for Employers, Legal Challenges

Free seminar will be held for HR managers and directors to discuss practical aspects of regulations of Labour Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Read more:

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