The legal professionals at Sameta have many years’ experience advising different types of retailers in Russia, including supermarkets, hypermarkets, food shops, electronics and appliance retailers, and others.

Sameta’s services include the following:

Tax-related services:

  • Advising on Russian tax legislation and the application of international tax treaties in relation to retailers
  • Advising on transfer pricing and compliance with the new tax rules on price formation in the retail sector, including tax due diligence of business operations (both intra-group and foreign trade transactions of retail chains) and corporate tax planning
  • Tax due diligence in the framework of M&A and restructuring of retail chains
  • Recognition of in-store inventory losses as expenses for profit tax purposes, including preparation of and assistance implementing a system for accounting of inventory losses
  • Tax due diligence of retailers in preparation for field tax audits
  • Structuring of intra-group relations within retail chains with a view to minimization of tax risks and tax optimization
  • Advising and representing retailers before the tax authorities in reviewing tax audit materials and lodging appeals against tax inspectorates’ decisions with more senior tax authorities

Corporate law services:

  • Advising retail chains on competition law (protection of competition), including analysis of transactions to assess proper disclosure and/or procurement of the necessary permits and approvals from government regulators
  • Advising retailers on contract law; drafting and assessment of agreements from the standpoint of validity and other legal risks

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