Sameta combines experience advising on a wide range of automotive industry projects in Russia with extensive knowledge of the legal instruments used in restructuring, financing and business operations (sales and services).

We provide clients with legal advice on all aspects of complex and specialized projects, including setting up and running automotive industry businesses in Russia.

Sameta’s auto industry services include the following:

  • Advising on the organization, development and structuring of various auto industry business models, corporate structuring and related support
  • Preparation, implementation and support of a centralized corporate policy for the management of tax risks at holding structures in the automotive industry, including the development of best practices, internal corporate standards and rules, and ongoing support of the processes involved in centralized management of tax risks
  • Advising companies in the automotive industry on Russian tax law and the application of international tax treaties
  • Corporate tax planning under various automotive industry business models and structuring of corporate relations with a view to minimization of tax risks and tax optimization
  • Advising on transfer pricing and compliance by auto industry holdings with the new tax rules on price formation
  • Comprehensive support of desk tax audits and field tax audits of companies in the automotive industry
  • Advising on mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  • Advising on competition matters, including analysis of transactions from the standpoint of compliance with the rules on disclosure and/or obtaining clearance from the regulatory authorities, and representing clients in the course of compliance checks by the competition authorities and in cases involving infringement of the competition legislation
  • Advising on protection and use of intellectual property in the automotive business, drafting and advising on licence agreements and other types of contracts, and on matters related to protection of trademarks and know-how
  • Advising on contract law; drafting and assessment of agreements from the standpoint of validity and other legal risks
  • Representing clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including advising on enforcement
  • Advising on real estate matters for automotive businesses, including due diligence of real estate in the framework of the structuring and acquisition of such assets, and structuring and support of land transactions and lease arrangements

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