Foreign economic activity

Any foreign company that made a decision to establish a business in the Russian Federation often does not have a clear picture of the applicable legislation, requirements to companies of different organizational forms, tax law and other issues that it will inevitably encounter. Any mistake in these issues threatens the successful operation of the company; therefore, for successful and legally correct start of the operation a qualified legal support is required.


If your business has close ties with the Russian market, e.g. your goods are sold in Russia via local importers or distributors then the best way to control the volume of sales, to coordinate the distribution of the goods, to analyze the market and to develop the business relations is to establish a legal entity in Russia.

Under the Russian legal system, establishment of a branch office of a foreign legal entity in Russia involves registration of a representative office or a branch office of the foreign legal entity. We note that a representative office is not an independent legal entity and is not entitled to conduct commercial activity. The performance of all or part of functions of its foreign founder is a typical goal of a branch of a foreign entity. Representative offices and branch offices in Russia can be registered in several agencies authorized to register foreign organisations. It is the State registration chamber of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and the Chamber of trade and commerce of the Russian Federation.

If you start an enterprise in Russia and require a manifold legal support on the establishment of a representative office of a foreign legal entity, we recommend you contact our qualified lawyers. We shall help you to choose a legal form of your organization and carry out all necessary registration procedures.


RVS law firm mainly focuses on providing legal services to foreign companies starting their business in Russia. We have expertise in most important issues in operation of commercial organisations and are always prepared to provide legal assistance to our clients in a timely manner and for reasonable fee. We advise on the following corporate issues:

  • companies’ registration;
  • mergers and acquisitions;
  • corporate restructuring.

We help our clients to establish the best corporate structures for new enterprises in accordance with their purposes and expectations. RVS lawyers strongly believe that the effective corporate structure is a necessary foundation for any successful business. We have an extensive experience of establishing limited liability companies, joint-stock companies and other forms of companies and therefore we can offer you a qualified legal advice on the best organizational structure of your business.

Our law firm is always prepared to provide you with full legal support in executing an M&A deal. We provide full set of services on structuring ad legal support of M&A transactions, establishment of JVs and corporate restructuring of a business.


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