Legal services and compliance in Russia

We offer comprehensive legal support to foreign companies considering expansion to Ukraine, Poland, Russia, and CIS countries.
SCHNEIDER GROUP’s legal practice includes more than 45 qualified lawyers and tax advisors with extensive practical experience in legal and tax consulting. Highly integrated teams of lawyers in all locations provide legal advice on cross-border matters in Russia, the CIS, Ukraine, and Poland, including complex projects and transactions. We advise and assist our clients on a variety of issues, including establishing subsidiaries, joint-ventures and branches / representative offices, conducting legal and tax due diligence reviews of target companies and assets, as well as in tax, customs, labour, and other current issues of their activities in foreign markets.
Along with our own offices, we have an extensive partner network with lawyers throughout Europe and the US. Our clients are multinational, medium-sized, and privately-held companies, whom we offer tailor-made solutions in all areas of commercial law.
Our working languages are German, English, and Russian

Corporate law

  • Setting up corporate structures upon market entry
  • Structuring joint ventures
  • Financing by shareholders
  • Preparation of shareholders /participants and directors meetings, corporate housekeeping
  • Liquidation and insolvency procedures

Mergers & acquisitions

  • Structuring national and cross-border M&A transactions
  • Joint ventures
    • International structures
    • Russian local structures
    • Exit from joint venture
  • Reorganization and re-structuring of group companies
  • Due diligence of legal entities
  • Antitrust clearance

Commercial law

  • Legal and tax structuring of distribution and supply chain
  • International and national sale and purchase agreements
  • Contract manufacturing
  • E-commerce
  • Logistics and import
  • Competition and antitrust issues
  • Product liability and consumer protection

IP rights protection

  • Registration and protection of trademarks and other IP rights, as well as of the transfer of IP rights under license and other agreements
  • International and national franchise structures
  • Preparation of license agreements and agreements on alienation of exclusive rights

Real estate & construction

  • Legal and tax structuring of real estate investments
  • Due diligence of real estate
  • Legal support of greenfield and brownfield projects
  • Built-to-suit and other construction agreements
  • Contractual documentation on acquisition of real estate
  • Purchase and lease of land from state bodies

Production localization

  • Evaluation of applicable localization requirements
  • Restrictions of Russian import substitution laws
  • Special investment contracts and other investment contracts
  • Negotiations with competent authorities
  • Foreign investments in strategic sectors

Labor & migration law

  • Drafting employment agreements, internal policies and regulations
  • Support in employment termination issues
  • Support in collective and individual disputes
  • Representation during inspections by state authorities
  • Personal data protection
  • Obtaining work permits and residence permits for Russia

Dispute resolution

  • Representation of the clients’ interests in state courts and arbitration courts
  • Preliminary legal expertise of documentation
  • Pre-trial and out-of-court conflict resolution
  • Representation of clients in tax disputes
  • Enforcement proceedings

Tax & customs law

  • Taxation of legal entities
  • International tax planning
  • Transfer pricing
  • Tax structuring of transactions
  • Tax and financial due diligence
  • Tax and customs in international trade
  • Preparation for tax audits
  • Disputes with tax and customs authorities and tax litigation


  • Internal investigations
  • Conducting compliance and risk assessment
  • Developing internal guidelines, implementation of compliance management systems
  • Compliance training of management and personnel

Healthcare competence center EEU

  • Created to help pharma companies in the EEU common market for pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Main goal – save customer costs and support them at all stages: from planning to full-fledged business in EEU
  • Works closely with governmental bodies, regulators and CROs

Professional translations (St. Petersburg)

We are happy to offer you comprehensive support in preparing professional written translations and certifications of various documents (charters, contracts, extracts of registers, court decisions, certificates, reports, etc.) and correspondence, as well as accompany and interpretation during negotiations, in Russian-German/German-Russian and Russian-English/English-Russian language pairs.

Our translators have years of experience in dealing with legal and financial documents and in addition to their high level of linguistic competence, they also have knowledge of the subject, which helps them to carry out the assigned tasks with maximum precision and speed, while guaranteeing quality and confidentiality.

If there is a constant fixed volume of tasks, we are ready to offer you a flat fee agreement as well.

Contact person in St. Petersburg:
Elena Kuzakhmetova
Translator, Personal Assistant to Partner
+7 / 812 / 458 58 00

Contact us

Alex Stolarsky
Partner, Rechtsanwalt, Legal & Compliance, Moscow
+7 / 495 / 956 55 57
Dr. Thomas Mundry
Partner, Legal, Tax & Interim Management, Moscow
+7 / 495 / 956 55 57
St. Petersburg
Natalia Wilke
Partner, Legal, General Director, St. Petersburg
+7 / 812 / 458 58 00
Anna Afanasyeva
Associate Director Legal & Tax, St. Petersburg
+7 / 812 / 458 58 00