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Updated on Thursday 23rd September 2021

As one of the largest countries in the world, Russia has great potential for investment and employment. However, it is imperative to get acquainted with the legal aspects of doing business in Russia or working in a local company. Foreign citizens moving to Russia should also verify all the visa requirements and relocation procedures before moving here.
Our law firm in Russia provides legal assistance and advice to all customers no matter their problems or questions. In order to meet all our clients’ expectation, we have gathered a team of lawyers, accountants financial and management experts in order to provide assistance in all legal and financial fields.
Herman & Smith is one of the important law firms in Russia. With a long tradition in offering tailored business registration solutions to foreign investors, the firm has made it its priority of treating clients as partners. The firm can also provide clients with a wide range of legal services in various areas of the law.
Our Russian lawyers are always prepared to answer clients’ questions and to come up with solutions to the most difficult situations. We are also prepared to provide legal assistance in litigation matters and we are always up to date with the newest laws in order to provide quality services to our customers. 


Obtain legal advice in litigation cases from our lawyer in Russia


Litigation cases can represent a hassle without the adequate support. Based on years of expertise, our attorneys in Russia will offer you legal advice and representation in litigation cases. Considering the latest arbitration and mediation trends, our lawyers in Russia will advise on the method to achieve the desired result. Our attorneys will also represent you before the Russian courts in civil matters such as divorce and child support.
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Assistance in collecting debts in Russia


With many years of experience behind, our team of Russian lawyers can help local and foreign individuals and companies to collect outstanding debts.
The debt collection procedure in Russia is not complicated, most of the times, the amicable procedure rendering quick results, however, there are several steps to be completed in order to have successful outcomes.
The attorneys from or law firm in Russia explain below the steps connected to the recovery of a debt on behalf of our potential clients:
  •  we will first contact the debtor and inform them about the outstanding amount of money;
  •  a reminding or dunning letter or email will be then sent to the debtor;
  •  we will also send the invoice(s) or other documents showing the amount left to pay;
  •  we will agree with both the client and the debtor on the time period for the debt to be paid.
If the debt cannot be recovered in an amicable manner, we will also offer support in the legal procedures related to the debt collection process in a Russian court.
With a vast knowledge of both the Russian laws and culture, our lawyer in Russia can assist clients in this type of litigation procedures.


Types of companies in Russia


In order to register a company in Russia, investors must first decide on the type of company they want to operate under. From this point of view, foreign enterprisers can choose from the follwing types of company presented by the attorneys from our law firm in Russia:
  1. Sole proprietorships which are available for single enterprisers interested in setting up small businesses or offering professional services;
  2. The limited liability company which is the most popular type of company in Russia;
  3. The joint stock company which can be registered as a private or public entity;
  4. The partnership which can be general or limited and requires at least 2 founding members;
  5. The joint venture which is a type of association available for foreign companies interested in having a partnership with a local company;
  6. The cooperative which has gained popularity among investors interested in the agriculture industry in Russia.


Assistance in opening a company in Russia


Russia has a strong, yet complicated legislation related to foreign investments. However, many foreign entrepreneurs are aware of the huge possibilities Russia has to offer and decide to open companies here. By getting in touch with our lawyers in Russia you will find that opening a company here implies several steps and that depending on the type of company you will be subject to different requirements. Our lawyer in Russia will not only present you the steps for company registration but will also represent you before the authorities in order to help you save time and focus on other important aspects of your business. Our legal team will help you decide what the most suitable choice is by offering you all the details necessary to make an informed decision before starting the registration procedure. With the support of our lawyers in Russia, you will also benefit from assistance in accessing government funding according to the current legislation.


Guidance for business licensing procedures, provided by our lawyer in Russia


Starting a business in Russia is not that complicated as it was a few years back, and foreign investors find it quite easy to set up companies here. One aspect that should be taken into consideration is applying for the necessary licenses and permits for doing business in Russia.
Foreign business owners can rely on our law firm in Russia for assistance in applying for licenses:
  •  we can advise on the type or types of licenses and permits needed;
  •  we can advise on the documents that need to be prepared for obtaining these licenses;
  •  we can assist in the relation with specific authorities issuing such licenses;
  •  we can also provide assistance in the immediate start of the business.
Among the industries which require special licenses and permits, we remind the oil and gas sector, forestry, manufacturing, and energy.


Strike off a company with the help of our law firm in Russia


Company liquidation can become complicated and money consuming if the procedure is not correctly handled from the beginning to the end. No matter the reason you decide to liquidate a company, the Russian Insolvency Law is very clear about steps to be followed when resorting to this measure. Whether it is voluntary or compulsory you should know ahead what the solution is and how our Russian attorneys will intervene. Together with a team of accountants, they will advise you on the course of action.


Professional advice in taxation matters in Russia


All companies must abide by the Russian Tax Code which is why the advice of professionals is valuable. Our lawyer in Russia will explain in detail what the financial requirements and tax benefits such for local and foreign companies are. In order to provide full services, our lawyers work with experienced accountants who will prepare all financial balances required by the law.


Why choose our law firm in Russia?


With a deep knowledge in most areas of the law, our Russian law firm is made up of professionals in corporate law, litigation, business consulting, debt collection and many other legal branches. We have had long-term collaborations with international partners in order to expand our portfolio and to offer top quality services to our clients.
No matter the type of legal issue you are facing, by working with us, you can find a suitable remedy for your problem.


Questions we often get from our clients


Many of our clients have questions when it comes to the legal services we offer in Russia. Among the questions we usually answer are:
  1. Can a law firm help me open a company in Russia?
Yes, law firms can help local and foreign enterprisers who want to open companies in Russia.
  1. Do you also provide other legal services in Russia?
Yes, we are specialized in offering various solutions related to corporate and civil matters.
  1. Do you offer debt collection services in Russia?
Our Russian lawyers can help individuals and companies recover debts through both amicable and court proceedings.
  1. Do you offer assistance in employment matters?
Yes, we can help companies interested in hiring local and foreign employees. We also offer consultancy on employment disputes.
  1. Can you help in buying a property in Russia?
Our services related to buying real estate in Russia related to drafting the sale-purchase agreement and the real estate due diligence procedures.

Legal assistance in litigation cases in Russia

Our Russian litigation attorneys offer assistance in the following:
  •  divorce cases which fall under the regulation of the Family Law in the Civil Code;
  •  child custody and maintenance, also part of the Family Law as divorce procedures;
  •  real estate litigation, which can be handled by our litigation attorneys in Russia;
  •  business disputes - another area where our Russian lawyers can help;
  •  employment litigation, which falls under the provisions of the Russian Employment Code;
  •  intellectual property disputes, which can be resolved through court litigation or arbitration.
You can also rely on us for assistance in other types of litigation cases in Russia. Contact our lawyer in Russia for more details.

Civil proceedings stages and timeframe in Russia

Considering most of the cases are tried by civil courts in Russia, our litigation lawyers present you with the main stages of civil proceedings and their timeframe:
  1. the first stage of a civil proceeding is the pre-action claims which must be filed 30 days before the claim is filed;
  2. the second stage of filing the claim with the first instance court which can take up to 3 months to be admitted;
  3. if the court issues a judgment which does not represent one of the parties’ interests, an appeal can be lodged with a superior court (the trial can take up to 2 months in this case);
  4. a cassation appeal or a second appeal is also possible, which can prolong the procedure with an additional 2 months;
  5. the cassation appeal will only take place if the judge of Supreme Court has issued a permission in this sense (the procedure in this stage can take from 3 to 9 months);
  6. the final stage of the procedure is completed by a review of the Supreme Court and can take up to 12 months.

Civil and criminal proceedings in Russia

Considering a large number of cases are related to civil matters, most of the cases tried in Russian courts fall under the jurisdiction of district and regional courts, but also under those of arbitration courts. If any of these courts fails to give a fair sentence according to one of the parties involved in the procedure, the case can be tried by the Russian Supreme Court. It is good to know that the sentence issued by this court will be definitive.
Among the most common case tried by Russian civil courts, are family disputes, such as divorce, child custody, alimony and maintenance cases.
Criminal cases involve the resolution of cases related to financial crimes as well as situations comprised in the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation.
Another important aspect to be considered is that Russian courts can acknowledge and recognize foreign judgments.
If you need representation in a civil case matter, our attorneys in Russia can help you.

Alternative dispute resolution methods in Russia

In the last few years, more and more individuals and companies have started to use alternative dispute resolution methods in Russia. The most common ones are arbitration and mediation.
Among these two procedures, mediation is by far the simplest and fastest way to settle disputes outside a Russian court. Mediation implies for the parties in conflict to resolve the dispute without the presence of a judge. Mediation can imply several meetings of the parties involved in the dispute and reaching an agreement which satisfies the requests of both parties.
Arbitration, on the other hand, implies the involvement of the Arbitration Court in Russia, a case in which a judge of the court will issue a verdict. Even if the procedure resembles one of a Russian court, arbitration is only available in disputes of commercial matters.
Considering most of the times, commercial disputes appear between companies, an agreement or clause must have been introduced in the contract in dispute in order for this procedure to be employed.
For legal advice in civil proceedings or questions related to opening a company in Russia do not hesitate to contact us as our team of professionals are always prepared to help you. Our lawyer in Russia will offer you professional legal advice.