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Edward Bekeschenko is a partner in Baker & McKenzie's Moscow office. He is ranked as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution by Chambers and Legal 500. Prior to joining the Firm in 2001, Mr. Bekeschenko headed the legal department of a major Russian metallurgical company and was vice president of a Belarusian law firm.

Every year our lawyers produce Doing Business in Russia, a general guide for companies operating in or considering investment into the Russian Federation. The guide presents an overview of the key aspects of the Russian legal system and regulation of business activities in this country.

Baker McKenzie’s newest report, Russia: Corporate Anti-Corruption Enforcement Trends, aims to provide both international companies operating in Russia and Russian businesses with an international footprint with practical and informative guidance on evaluating their corporate compliance programs. Focusing on the risks of prosecution under Russian law, this report will be particularly valuable…

Baker McKenzie’s newest report, Russia: Corporate Anti-Corruption Enforcement Trends, aims to provide both international companies operating in Russia and Russian businesses with an international footprint with practical and informative guidance on evaluating their corporate compliance programs. Focusing on the risks of prosecution under Russian law, this report will be particularly valuable…

Russia’s Supreme Court confirmed that a company can be liable under Article 19.28 of the Administrative Procedure Code (“Illegal remuneration on behalf of a legal entity”) for the actions of third parties with whom that company has no formal contractual, employment, or other legal relationship.1

The court clarified that a company may be held liable if its officers either knew about such actions, or approved or instructed the respective third parties with regard to such actions. Another requirement for prosecution is that the company must have an “economic or other material interest (for example, a reputational one)” in the performance of such actions.

In light of this clarification, companies now face increased risk under Article 19.28 for the illegal actions of persons such as employees of their dealers, distributors and other counterparties.

As of December 2, 2019 Russia significantly increased administrative fines for companies for violations of personal data localization rules and the requirements for online communication services. 1 New stricter liability measures apply to data controllers and processors, platforms with user-to-user communication functionality, instant messaging services, search engines and audiovisual services.…

Baker McKenzie is pleased to present the following report on Russian corporate anti-corruption enforcement that will provide both international companies operating in Russia and Russian businesses with an international footprint with practical and informative guidance on evaluating their corporate compliance programs. Focusing on the risks of prosecution under Russian law,…