ALRUD is one of few Russian law firms, which specializes in providing legal support to manufacturers, importers and retailers of food and food commodities. ALRUD helps its clients, in the food industry, to deal with matters of regulatory, commercial, corporate, administrative and judicial nature, as well as issues related to antitrust compliance, distribution of advertisements and intellectual property.
The food industry in Russia is developing rapidly, and its regulatory framework features constant harmonization with legislation of the EU and the EAEU. Our expectation is that in the course of a large-scale state project, named “Regulatory Guillotine”, effective regulations, which are frequently archaic and excessive, will be abolished by 2021 and will be replaced by new Technical Regulations, GOSTs, and other up-to-date industry standards. Another notable trend is the mandatory digital-labeling marking of products, introduced in order to ensure their traceability and also to combat the circulation of low-quality products.
ALRUD’s food industry team is headed by ALRUD Senior Partner, one of co-founders of the firm – Maxim Alekseyev. Together with ALRUD Senior Associate Timur Akhundov, they are active members of the Food Lawyers’ Network, a highly-specialized international organization of food lawyers, uniting professionals from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa.
advised on issues of import of different types of products, including certification, licensing, technical regulation, and other similar matters.
advised on the requirements under Russian legislation, and as a leading counsel with respect to a number of CIS countries, regarding all regulatory requirements applicable to energy drinks.
advised on regulatory requirements regarding import of goods, in particular technical regulations, procedures and disclosure of information in respect to the goods to be imported.
advised on issues of the import and registration of seeds and GMO products.
advised on entrance into the Russian market of trading beverages via vending machines.
advised on sponsorship contracts within one of the Russian car racing events. The advice included consultations with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service on the issues of the options available to the client.
helped regarding a possibility of distribution in Russia of food products through its B2C website.
advised on acquisition of control over a number of Russian subsidiaries and provided of legal assistance with regard to obtaining the strategic and antitrust clearance of the transaction;
gave tax and legal advice, with regard to structuring business operations in Russia;
advised in a transaction on acquisition of a group of companies, involved in production and pre-packaging of cheese, in Moscow region. We advised on due diligence of the asset as well as on structuring of the transaction.
advised on antitrust risks and legal consequences of the acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann.
advised on a number of IP matters regarding its brand protection in Russia, as well as on tax issues related to its potential entrance into a license agreement, with a Russian manufacturer.
advised on current regulation of alcohol advertisements in Russia, requirements of the Russian advertising law with respect to legal clearance of advertising materials, liability of advertiser and producer of advertising materials for violation of the Russian advertising legislation.