Russia to Increase Control of Foreign Inbound Acquisitions

13 July 2017
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Key takeaways

  • A pending bill would extend the range of transactions of foreign investors subject to preliminary clearance by the Russian government.
  • The bill broadens the powers of the chairman of the commission on foreign investments by allowing him to request clearance of any transaction involving foreign investors.
  • The bill allows the Russian government to impose open-ended restrictions on foreign investors as a condition to clearance.
  • Foreign investors that fail to notify the Russian competition authority (FAS) upon acquisition of more than 5% in interest of a company of strategic importance can be deprived of their voting rights.