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  • 18 May 2020 5:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    MOSCOW, 14 May  Gowling WLG Russia’s patent and trademark practitioners have been distinguished as "IP Stars" and ranked among the world’s leading intellectual property experts by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP).

    Three partners from Moscow office have been nominated by MIP in more than one IP category: David Aylen and Alexander Christophoroff have been listed in both ‘Patents’ and ‘Trademarks’ categories and Vladislav Ugryumov appeared in ‘Patents’ category.

    This year's edition of "IP Stars" has ranked the firm and its lawyers highly across six of Gowling WLG's key jurisdictions: the UK, Canada, Russia, UAE, France and Germany, awarding 36 IP practitioners the prestigious “IP Star” nomination.

    Considered one of the world's foremost IP rankings, MIP's "IP Stars" identifies the leading private practice IP practitioners globally who have been highly recommended by their peers, based on an extensive research process that covers 80 jurisdictions - including the key markets for IP protection, exploitation and enforcement. Released annually, the results are based on assessment of the strength of the firm's IP team, workload, outcomes achieved for clients and track record.

    About Gowling WLG Russia:

    For three decades, Gowling WLG has been a recognized leader in the protection of intellectual property rights in Russia and the CIS region. Through the strength of our Moscow office, the firm continues to deliver strategic advice and tailored solutions in all aspects of IP law to a global clientele. We are a trusted adviser to many of the world’s leading innovators and brand owners on the Fortune Global 500 list. Clients appreciate the superior quality of our services, strategic and practical approach, and responsiveness. Learn more

    About Gowling WLG’s IP Group:

    With unmatched expertise in patents, trademarks, brands and designs, advertising, IP litigation and more, Gowling WLG's global IP team has been winning cases for clients around the world for more than 125 years. Learn more

    Contact:

    Madina Assylbekova

    Director of Strategy and Business Development RUSSIA/CIS

    +7 495 775 4863

    [email protected]

  • 27 Apr 2020 12:45 PM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    The Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in Canada and Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) express their sincere condolences to Ms. Irina Annenkova, her family, friends and colleagues on the untimely death of Mr. Andrey Varichev.

    The name of Mr. Andrey Varichev is inextricably linked with the development of trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation between Russia and Canada.

    The energy and indomitable will of Mr. Andrey Varichev were the drivers of the Russia-Canada Business Council in the difficult conditions of declining trust between the countries. His personal participation in the implementation of joint projects has allowed him to remain active in many areas of trade and economic relations between Russia and Canada.

    His personal role in the implementation of humanitarian projects in Canada with the participation of businesses, universities and a wide coverage of the Russian-speaking population of Canada is invaluable.

    This is a bereavement for all of us, we grieve with his family and friends.

    May his soul rest in peace, and may God bless his family.


    Gilles Breton

    National Chairman

    Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA)

  • 27 Apr 2020 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    April 23, 2020

    In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On some measures to stabilize the economy” No.308 dated April 21, 2020, the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan (“NBRK”) set temporary limits on the amount of cash that legal entities are permitted to withdraw from their bank accounts in one calendar month. The cash withdrawal restrictions are effective from June 1, 2020, until December 31, 2020, and are applicable to the following business entities:

     Business entity Cash withdrawal limit from bank accounts in one calendar month
    Small enterprise KZT 20 million
    Medium-sized enterprise                      KZT 120 million                                      
    a large enterprise  KZT 150 million 

    It is allowed to exceed the set limits only if: (i) the client (i.e. a legal entity of one of the above-mentioned types of business entities) provides a rationale for withdrawing cash to the bank where the cash withdrawal is expected, and (ii) the bank further obtains approval from the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance. The committee shall consider a request for cash withdrawal within three business days.

    Restrictions on cash withdrawal do not apply to individuals (including individual entrepreneurs), micro-sized enterprises and other certain categories of legal entities.

    We are monitoring the situation and will keep you updated on any developments. 

    *Article provided by Dentons, link to the original source can be found here>>

  • 03 Apr 2020 8:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members,

    We would like to inform you that EY has kindly extended the invitation to the Members of our association to join the series of webinars organized by EY.

    Please use the following link to view all topics and register for the webinars: https://www.ey.com/ru_ru/webcasts


  • 02 Apr 2020 3:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    MOSCOW, April 2, 2020 – We are pleased to announce that Veronica Fridman has joined the Moscow office of Gowling WLG.

    Veronica is an experienced Russian lawyer specializing in intellectual property law. She graduated from the State University for Humanities in 1992 with a B.A. in History and Archives and in 1999 she obtained her law degree from the Moscow State Law Academy. She qualified as a registered Russian Trademark Attorney in the same year. She subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in jurisprudence and she teaches International IP Law at the Higher School of Economics.

    Veronica acquired extensive experience in her role as Head of Intellectual Property for Jones Day in its Moscow office. Prior to that, she also worked for another US law firm with offices in Moscow. Her in-house experience includes time with Nestle.

    Veronica’s focus has been on soft IP and regulatory work in the pharmaceutical field.

    “Veronica is a terrific addition to our thriving IP practice in Russia” says David Aylen, Managing Partner of Gowling WLG in Russia. “We have a two-pronged platform that is focused both on helping foreign multinationals to navigate their way in Russia and on helping sophisticated Russian companies looking outwardly from Russia into other markets. Veronica fits that niche very nicely” added Aylen.

    Veronica Fridman is Counsel at Gowling WLG Russia and may be reached as follows:

    e-mail: [email protected]

    tel.: +7 (495) 787 20 70

    Gowling WLG (International) Inc.

    11 Gogolevsky Boulevard,

    Moscow, Russia

    110109

    About Gowling WLG:

    For three decades, Gowling WLG has been a recognized leader in the protection of intellectual property rights in Russia and the CIS region. Through the strength of our Moscow office, the firm continues to deliver strategic advice and tailored solutions in all aspects of IP law to a global clientele. We are a trusted adviser to many of the world’s leading innovators and brand owners on the Fortune Global 500 list. Clients appreciate the superior quality of our services, strategic and practical approach, and responsiveness. Learn more


  • 19 Mar 2020 5:30 PM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    18 March – The global pandemic has forced millions of employees to work from home, all with relatively little training or preparation for those are unused to doing so. The current state of affairs heightens cybersecurity risks for businesses of all sizes. Below are some of the challenges and suggested measures to minimize these risks.

    Data loss and privacy breaches

    Remote work increases the likelihood that:

    • Devices with company data will be lost or stolen (e.g. laptops or devices left in cabs or public places; thumb drives misplaced)
    • Employees will use computers or devices that are less protected than office-issued equipment, or that operate entirely outside the umbrella of the company's cybersecurity measures (e.g. firewalls; virus protection; login access controls)
    • Employees will rely on unsecured wi-fi connections in public spaces (coffee shops, public libraries, etc.) that are more susceptible to attack than secure office connections

    These factors increase the likelihood of loss of corporate data and of privacy breaches from the leaking of private information belonging to employees and customers.

    Make sure your employees are aware of company policies governing device use and security. If you don't have such policies, now is a good time to consider putting them in place.

    Heightened vulnerability to cyber attacks

    Cyber criminals and recreational hackers are turning people's curiosity and anxiety against them with attacks targeted to users seeking COVID-19 information (e.g. some hackers are sending phishing emails purporting to come from health or medical organizations, or even World Health Organization officials; others are posting malware-infested virus maps online to collect users' personal information). 

    The proliferation of such attacks increases the likelihood that some will succeed.  Remind employees of their information security training and the danger of clicking on unsolicited emails. If you haven't implemented mandatory regular information security training for employees, you should do so as soon as practicable.

    Slackened financial controls

    More executives working remotely means it may be harder to implement existing financial controls to prevent fraud (e.g. collection of signatures approving transactions is more difficult; in-person meetings or calls to verify that instructions sent via email aren't fake are more difficult when executives aren't in the office or easily reachable by phone). Companies should be monitoring transactions closely and ensuring that any approval workarounds still allow for proper authentication of instructions.

    Looking ahead

    This crisis will test the cybersecurity posture of Canadian businesses and for many the lessons will be harsh and expensive. If you discovery a cybersecurity breach, follow your incident response plan. If you have cyber insurance, contact your designated breach coach immediately. If you don't have cyber insurance, you should call your lawyers immediately and ask for a breach coach to co-ordinate your response and recovery efforts. Every hour and day counts in responding to a data breach.

    *Article provided by Gowling WLG, link to the original source: https://gowlingwlg.com/en/insights-resources/articles/2020/covid-19-raises-cybersecurity-risks/

  • 18 Mar 2020 10:24 PM | Tatiana Domilovskaya (Administrator)

    Temporary restriction of entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons to the Russian Federation

    To ensure national security, protect the health of the population and curb the spread of the coronavirus infection in line with Russian law and the provisions of the applicable international treaties, the Government of the Russian Federation made a decision to temporarily restrict the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons to the Russian Federation, starting midnight of March 18, 2020 local time until midnight of May 1, 2020 local time.

    The entry restrictions would not apply to diplomatic mission and consular office staff in the Russian Federation, vehicle drivers on international roads, aircraft, ship and boat crews, international railway train crews, members of official delegations, and persons with diplomatic, service or ordinary private visas that were issued in connection with the death of a close relative, persons that permanently live in the Russian Federation or persons that go through air border crossing points.

    The measures taken by the Russian Federation conform to the recommendations of the World Health Organisation, are caused by special circumstances and are only temporary.

     https://canada.mid.ru/en_US/web/canada-en/-/temporary-restriction-of-entry-of-foreign-citizens-and-stateless-persons-to-the-russian-federation?inheritRedirect=true&redirect=%2Fen_US%2Fweb%2Fcanada-en

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    Temporary travel restrictions imposed by the Government of the Republic of  Kazakhstan:

    Country entering restrictions:

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=565782090723262&id=357100411591432

    http://www.mfa.kz/en/content-view/-3580

    reduction of the number of international flights:

    http://www.gov.kz/memleket/entities/miid/press/news/details/o-priostanovlenii-i-sokrashchenii-mezhdunarodnyh-aviareysov?lang=en

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    Temporary travel restrictions imposed by the Government of the Republic of  Uzbekistan:

    https://www.uzbekistan.org/news/view?id=318 

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    Temporary travel restrictions imposed by the Government of Mongolia:

    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/mongolia-travel-advisory.html  

  • 10 Mar 2020 2:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    LONDON, 5 March  Gowling WLG's international IP team has been recognised in several categories at the Managing Intellectual Property EMEA Awards ceremony for 2020 in London. Gowling WLG Russia office won the international industry award for Russia’s “Trade Mark Firm of the Year”, the UK office has been named the “Design Firm of the Year”.

    The 2020 MIP EMEA award is the most recent among many international testaments to the Gowling WLG’s intellectual property (IP) strength and committed work for its clients. In January it earned the “Patent Firm of the Year- Russia” at the Global IP Awards by IAM/WTR, also in London.

    “All of us on the team in Moscow are absolutely honoured and delighted to be recognised as Russia’s Trade Mark Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property,” said David Aylen, managing partner of Gowling WLG in Russia. “It is a valued acknowledgement of our dedication and hard work providing the best intellectual property law services. We have an excellent record, and we continue to build on it and develop in our total commitment to Clients First.”

    Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) is one of the world's most notable IP publications.   The MIP  Global Awards, held in London, New York and Shanghai, are presented to firms, individuals and companies behind the most innovative and challenging IP work of the past year, as well as those driving the international IP market. On March 26, the MIP Americas Awards will be held in New York, where Gowling WLG Canadian IP practice is nominated for eight awards.

    About Gowling WLG’s IP Group

    With unmatched expertise in patents, trademarks, brands and designs, advertising, IP litigation and more, Gowling WLG's global IP team has been winning cases for clients around the world for more than 125 years. With leading IP practices in Canada, the UK and Europe, Russia, China, the UAE and Singapore*, and a network of trusted agents worldwide, we help IP owners overcome complex obstacles and optimize new opportunities, wherever business takes them. Learn more

    *Gowling WLG offers services in Singapore through an exclusive relationship with JurisAsia LLC

    Contact:

    Madina Assylbekova

    Director of Strategy and Business Development RUSSIA/CIS

    +7 495 775 4863

    [email protected]

  • 03 Mar 2020 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    CERBA Mining Conference 2020 sets forth ideas for more Cooperation and Investments Across Eurasia

    On the 3rd of March 2020, more than 120 distinguished delegates assembled in Toronto to participate in the 20th Anniversary CERBA Eurasia Mining Conference as a part of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention 2020. The Conference brought together experts from business, purchasing, government, diplomatic, consulting, academic and non-profit backgrounds. The public sector was represented by the line-up of the foremost experts in geology, infrastructure development, ecology, and senior state officials from Canada, Russian Federation, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Uzbekistan and Mongolia. Private sector participants included top representatives of leading mining companies – Kinross Gold Corporation, Cameco, Seequent, B2Gold, GV-Gold, Macro-Advisory, RosGeolExpertisa, Metalloinvest, Kazakh Invest and others. 

    The 2020 CERBA Eurasia Mining Conference continued the dialogue on the major trends in the industry, as well as occurring macro shifts throughout member-states of the association that facilitate better economic exchange and greater investments. The program included sessions focusing on the first-hand analysis of the latest development in geology and mining, evolving legal and regulatory frameworks, denationalization programs, protection of property rights, deepening international cooperation and potential investment opportunities. Fruitful discussions and diverse cohorts of speakers shaped a better understanding of significant reforms taking place across Eurasian nations that transform existing long-term patterns by implementing the best global practices, enhance openness to international exchange and investments, reveal diversity and volumes of natural resources.

    CERBA Eurasia Mining Conference 2020 started with welcome remarks from distinguished speakers, including H.E. Alexander Darchiev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Canada; H.E. Ariunbold Yadmaa, Ambassador of Mongolia to Canada; H.E. Nicholas Brousseau, Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan; Mr. Stephane Jobin, Deputy Ambassador of Canada to Russian Federation, Republic of Uzbekistan and Armenia; Mr. Evgeny Russak, Charge d’Affairs, Minister-Counsellor of the Republic of Belarus to Canada and Mr. Murat Rustemov, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Canada. 

    Both sessions were moderated by Mr. Lou Naumovski, Non-Executive Director of Trans-Siberian Gold and Amur Minerals Corporation and Senior Advisor to Seequent LLC. 

    The first session of the Conference featured five speakers. 

    Mr. Ruslan Baimishev, Vise-Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, talked about current state subsoil use regulations and the latest mining code updates. Mr. Baimishev had also presented the adoption of western practices, including the mining laws of Western Australia and country’s registration under the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), both of which give confidence to potential investors.

    Mr. Alexey Rudnev, Head of Geology Department in Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation and ROSNEDRA, raised a topic on development prospects of subsoil use in the Russian Federation, as well as the positive tendency in subsoil license obtention based on the newly introduced declarative principle.

    Mr. Azam Kadirhodjaev, Deputy Chairman of GosComGeology in the Republic of Uzbekistan, discussed the maintenance of a favourable investment climate in the mining sector and opportunities for project development for foreign companies. 

    Mr. J.P. Natkin, Partner of Macro-Advisory LTD, gave a macro-economic and politics update in the Eurasian region.

    And last but not least, Ms. Dilyara Tektigulova, Project Director of Kazakh Invest JSC, talked about prospects and investment opportunities in the mining and metallurgical industry of Kazakhstan.

    The second session was opened by Mr. Claude Schimper, Senior Vice-President of Russia Operations at Kinross Gold Corporation, presenting Kinross Gold’s investor experience in Russia. Mr. Schimper spoke about the latest developments in the “Kupol-Dvoinoye” project and the newly introduced “Chulbatkan” exploration program.

    Mr. Vladislav Barshinov, CEO of GV-Gold, talked about operational efficiency improvement and processes improvement on the example of “Ugahan” GOK. 

    Mr. Sean Quinn, Senior Vice-President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Cameco took a look at the strong partnership that was developed between Cameco and Kazatomprom since 1992 on an example of the “Inkai” Uranium deposit in Kazakhstan. 

    Ms. Inna Shalovenkova, Country Manager of Russia and CIS at Seequent LLC, raised a topic of digitalization of hard rock mineral and metals exploration and its influence on the wealth of economies from mining.

    The official part of the Conference was followed by a 2-hour Cocktail Reception that gave participants a chance to network with industry leaders and further discuss goals and opportunities in the mining sector. Attendees strengthened old connections and found new ones.

    Mr. Gilles Breton, National Chairman of the Board of CERBA, said: “This year’s Conference underlined the deepening interest across North America in learning about major mining trends throughout Eurasia and exploring investment opportunities. I am confident that consistent improvements in institutional frameworks and evolving patterns of international cooperation will only continue to enhance attention to our events and ways of bringing together key representatives of the industry.”

       

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    For more information, please visit  www.cerbamining.com

    Conference Brochure can be found here>>

    Please, review the Session Presentations here>>

    All the Conference Photography can be found here>>

    Conference Post-Release can be found here >>

    Video Streaming can be found here >> 


  • 30 Jan 2020 4:10 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    LONDON - Gowling WLG offices have been named the Russian “Patent Firm of the Year” and the Canadian “Trademark Firm of the Year” at the Global IP Awards held in London on 29 January. Now in their second year, the Global IP Awards recognize the world's leading Intellectual Property (IP) law firms, based on IAM's and WTR's reporting and analysis of notable IP achievements in litigation, prosecution, and transactional work over the past year.

    Gowling WLG partners Shelagh Carnegie and Vladislav Ugryumov attended the ceremony in London to accept the awards.

    The 2020 Global IP Award is the latest in recent international recognition of the Moscow office of Gowling WLG’s IP strength and committed work for its clients. In 2019, it won the Global IP Award for Russia’s “IP Firm of the Year,” and was cited as a leading firm in IP in Russia by Chambers Global 2019, MIP IP Stars 2019, Legal 500 EMEA 2019, and Who’s Who Legal 2019 Trademarks and Patents.

    “On behalf of the whole team in Moscow, I can say that we are all delighted and honoured to be taking home a Global IP Award for a second year in a row,” said David Aylen, managing partner of Gowling WLG in Russia and the CIS. “It demonstrates our energetic dedication to building our intellectual property law services in Russia and our complete commitment to our clients in providing them with the very best of these services.”

    About Gowling WLG’s IP Group

    Gowling WLG is a full-service firm comprising 1400 professionals with strength across all areas of business law and litigation. With leading IP practices in Canada, the UK and Europe, Russia, China, the UAE and Singapore and a network of trusted agents worldwide, we help IP owners overcome complex obstacles and optimize new opportunities – wherever business takes them. Learn more


    Contact:

    Madina Assylbekova

    Director of Strategy and Business Development RUSSIA/CIS

    +7 495 775 4863

    [email protected]

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