Automotive industry

  • Greenfield and Brownfield projects
    • Comprehensive legal, tax and customs support on matters relating to signing the agreement with the Russian Government on application of the industrial assembly regime
    • Legal and tax support with production sites selection, including: (i) conducting, and assisting in, negotiations with the regional authorities, (ii) assessment of the regions on the basis of the incentives and the legal regime of the investment projects set forth by the regional legislation, (iii) drafting investment agreements, (iv) preparation of the set of documents for granting strategic investments project status
    • Due diligence works (including legal due diligence in respect of the proposed production sites)
    • Legal support with the construction of plants and factories, including: (i) advice on structuring, (ii) drafting various agreements (general contractor agreement, general designer agreement, agreements with technical customer, and etc.), (iii) advisory on matters related to importation and installation of production equipment and assembly lines, legal aspects of start of production activities
  • Set-up and start-up
    • Analysis and development of motor business models, corporate business structuring
    • Advisory on joint ventures: structuring, formation, financing, exit, antitrust clearance
    • Support in setting up a new manufacturing and trading company in Russia
    • Advisory on various aspects of start-ups and future operational activities, including currency control, licensing, certification and other regulatory compliance, labour, migration and other matters
  • Operational activities
    • Legal and tax support with launching or restructuring various operational arrangements, including: (i) importation and supply of motor vehicles and parts, (ii) contractual relations with logistics operators, insurance companies and dealers, (iii) warranty and post-warranty repairs, (iv) promotion and other marketing activities in respect of the products, (v) incentive programs for dealers and consumers
    • Consultancy and support on real estate matters in automotive business, including lease of office premises, warehouse premises, training centers
    • Support with antitrust matters applicable to automotive sector, including review of distribution and dealership agreements from the standpoint of their compliance with existing antitrust rules and regulations, representation of clients during antitrust audits and antitrust in-court and out-of-court proceedings
    • Advisory on consumer rights protection regulations
    • Legal consultancy and support on ecological aspects of operations in the automotive industry
    • Legal and tax consultancy on intellectual property issues applicable to automotive industry (analysis and development of licensing agreements, contracts on transfer of know-how, legal and tax structuring of intra-group charges, etc.)
    • Comprehensive consultancy on tax matters applicable to automotive business (including transfer pricing, profit repatriation, etc.)
    • Consultancy and support on customs matters, including (i) analysis and development of customs brokerage agreements, (ii) analysis of importation contracts and commercial documentation accompanying the goods from the customs perspective, (iii) advisory on customs clearance procedures