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SDL Legal Network
Southern Russia Legal Forum 2021 (September 09 – 11, 2021)
SDL Legal Boutique Lawyers supported COVID-19 vaccination
11.02.2021 – 13.02.2021 – Winter legal week
06.03.2019: Business Breakfast in Moscow: Declaration of foreign assets and citizenship by investment programs
20.12.2018: The Forum of Heads of Legal Departments
07.11.2018: The 12th International Annual IBA Conference “Law Firm Management”


SDL Legal Network


Published: 02.02.2022


Legal Boutique SDL decided to unite its colleagues and partners to create a unified network of law firms – SDL Legal Network, we have extensive experience and cooperation with many foreign partners in different jurisdictions such as Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, Latvia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Great Britain, Poland, Switzerland , Turkey, Cyprus, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, British Virgin Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Panama and the USA.

The purpose of creating SDL Legal Network is to provide every member of the network with an opportunity to promptly find specialists in the necessary jurisdiction and always be confident in the quality of services. SDL Legal Network membership will allow its members through close cooperation with legal specialists from other jurisdictions to broaden not only their competence, but also the geography of their clients, without the need to find foreign lawyers independently.

We invite law firms and our partners to the SDL Legal Network. Dozens of reputable law firms and partners in the Legal Boutique SDL Network cooperated on single or joint projects and have already been invited to become members of the SDL Legal Network.

The SDL Legal Network will allow lawyers to increase member competitiveness both within its jurisdiction and at the global level. Our trusted partners will be able to mention to their potential and current clients about their membership in the network and the opportunity to get assistance in more than 20 jurisdictions. This will help to more fully meet the needs of both already existing and potentially new clients; and decrease the number of legal risks.


Southern Russia Legal Forum 2021 (September 09 – 11, 2021)


Published: 02.02.2022


From the 9th to the 11th of September, 2021 the SDL Legal Boutique management participated in the Southern Russia Legal Forum 2021 which was traditionally held in Sochi.

This event was dedicated to the most pressing and vital topics: court practice, bankruptcy and subsidiary liability, business legal risks and criminal liability of managers.

The conference was held in four sessions. Two sessions dealt with business issues: 2021 business legal risk trends, as well as the most acute issues related to administrative, business liability and criminal responsibility.

The third session dealt with key changes in bankruptcy legislation, where the key “bankruptcy” decisions of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in 2020-2021 were analyzed, as well as a review of the most interesting actual tax court practices of the sale of bankruptcy property, contesting debtor’s transactions, personal bankruptcy and subordination of claims against the debtor.

The fourth (special) session was devoted to marketing the personal brand for in-house lawyers and consultants.


SDL Legal Boutique Lawyers supported COVID-19 vaccination


Published: 02.02.2022


Despite the fact that the company’s employees are not in a COVID-19 risk group, due to extensive use of personal protective equipment and observance of social distance most of the employees managed to avoid getting sick with coronavirus, the employees supported vaccination against COVID-19 in order to prevent the virus. Stay healthy!


11.02.2021 – 13.02.2021 – Winter legal week


Published: 02.02.2022


On February, 11th – 13th, 2021 the management of Legal boutique “SDL” participated in the conference Winter Legal Week which was organized by the legal newspaper Pravo.ru and Legal bureau Yug in Sochi. Lawyers from different Russian cities discussed legal problems of businessmen in the post-quarantine period.

Two sessions were held to consider the main triggers that may lead companies to legal violations and, consequently, lawsuits.

In the first session, participants analyzed pandemic business structuring and new post-quarantine legislation, as well as cash transaction controls and tax optimization rules.

During the second session of the forum lawyers discussed bankruptcy and subsidiary liability.

The agenda also included not only acute legal issues, but also a rich informal program in the Sochi Mountains. As an example, on the last day of the program the participants went to the snow-covered mountains on a snowmobile safari.


06.03.2019: Business Breakfast in Moscow: Declaration of foreign assets and citizenship by investment programs


Published: 24.03.2019


On 6th March 2019, the team of Legal Boutique “SDL” participated in a business breakfast, which was dedicated to declaration of foreign assets.

The experts of the event discussed the issues of declaration of foreign assets and filing notifications of controlled foreign companies (“CFC”) with the Russian tax authorities. Furthermore, the new changes in Russian tax legislation, the rules for declaring foreign assets and strategies for behavior under current conditions have also been the subject of discussions.

Nowadays, the issues of CFC due to the new changes in legislation (Chapter 3.4 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation on the CFC and Art. 246.2 on the residence of foreign companies) and signed Agreements for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with many countries have made it increasingly important. In recent years, the number of disputes arising from the use of Russian agreements on the avoidance of double taxation has increased. Therefore, declaration of foreign assets is frequent subject of discussion among business representatives and lawyers.

The participants of the event had the opportunity to have their questions answered. They were mostly interested in information about the deadlines of filing CFC notifications, what documents confirm the active status of CFC (According to the art. 25.13-1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation), and tax exemption issues.

The special attention was also paid to the benefits of investment programs: from visa-free access to a large number of countries, to favorable tax regimes and guarantees of financial and social security, and the opportunity to obtain second citizenship through investments.

Colleagues from the investment company ASTONS highlighted that Citizenship by investment, undoubtedly, can bring certain benefits, such as free movement without the need to obtain a visa, and the possibility of choosing the nationality of children, etc. On the other hand, there could be some disadvantages, for instance, military conscription in the country of second citizenship, the obligation to notify state authorities about your second citizenship, and tax liabilities.


20.12.2018: The Forum of Heads of Legal Departments


Published: 24.03.2019


On December 20, 2018, Managing Partner of Legal Boutique “SDL” participated in the Forum of Heads of Legal Departments. The Forum was dedicated to the issues of effective management of the legal department. The event was organized by a journal “Legal Insight”.

The speakers of the conference were the heads of legal departments – the winners and nominees of the contest “The Best Legal Departments of Russia”. Different experience of large and medium-sized Russian companies and the experience of state and international corporations were presented on the Forum.

One of the sessions was “Transformation of the role of a lawyer through the eyes of business”. The discussed questions on this session were about positioning yourself within the company; what problems the business sees when interacting with lawyers; how to demonstrate your value to business, etc.

The Managing Partner of our Legal Boutique “SDL” took part in the business game, the purpose of which was to optimize the efficiency of the legal department. The heads of legal departments of the largest companies in the country from different fields took part in the game. The team of our Managing Partner was the second place winner, and won the audience award.


07.11.2018: The 12thInternational Annual IBA Conference “Law Firm Management”


Published: 24.03.2019


Managing Partner of Legal Boutique “SDL” Dmitry Smirnov participated in the 12th International Annual IBA Conference “Law Firm Management”. The conference was organized by the International Bar Association in Moscow on December 7, 2018.

The Conference is a unique and unrivalled platform that unites law firms the world over in discussing issues faced by the legal business. This conference also allows key decision makers to meet and to exchange their experience.

More than 150 members of different Bar Associations and representatives of the leading International and Russian law firms took part in the 12th International Annual IBA Conference this year.

One of the key topics of the conference was the question of managing the high risks of legal practice in the current legal environment. This issue is particularly relevant for attorneys due to the frequent cases of pressure from law enforcement agencies. Furthermore, attorney’s reputational risks and the need of liability imposition for obstruction of advocate activity were also discussed.

The imposition of such responsibility should bring safety for attorneys. Furthermore, the liability for failure to provide a response to an attorney’s request is also needed, it should have a positive effect for adversary proceedings.