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Company Formation and Related Services



Buying a European shelf company with VAT number

Whenever you need to start doing business immediately in a European country and you need a company with a VAT number, you don’t have to wait for the bureaucratic procedures.

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Partner Law Firms

We encourage you to contact our partner law firms in Bucharest: Rolegal and E&C, both part of our legal network.

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Tax Minimization Structures

BridgeWest is specialized in special corporate structures designed for tax minimization. No matter where you want to incorporate your company, you will need to consider how you can legally minimize costs.

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Lawyers in Russia


BridgeWest provides a wide range of legal services in Russia through our affiliated Russian lawyers and Law Firms in Moscow and Sankt Petersburg and other major cities in Russia. We are mainly specialized in the main aspects of Russian Commercial Law, including Company Formation, Debt Collection, Commercial Disputes and Litigation, Russian Real Estate Law and certain areas of Intellectual Property Law (such as Trademark Registration for instance).

You can find some of our main areas of expertise below:

Company Formation in Russia

Our lawyers will provide  immediate assistance with company registration in Russia in matters like official registration, structure, financing, taxation, office registration. We handle both Russian Limited  Liability or Joint-Stock company formations.

Debt Collection in Russia

BridgeWest provides legal assistance for the recuperation of debts from Russian companies through pre-trial proceedings (official notifications to the debtor, negotiations etc.) as well as trial representation.

Mergers and Acquisitions in Russia

Mergers and Acquisitions as well other corporate restructuring on the Russian market.

Due Diligence in Russia

This refers to both corporate due diligence (performing certain verifications of Russian business partners for instance) as well as real estate due diligence (offering a verification of a real estate property to be purchased in Russia).

Taxation Advice and Planning in Russia

Advice on any Russian tax and taxation methods, planning for the minimization of taxes, taxes involved with ownership and transfer of real estate.

BridgeWest offers company registration in Russia, including virtual office and other related services.

Articles on Law in Russia

Types of Russian Companies

  Russian business law commands the assembly of and instructions leading corporate entities in the Russian Federation. The Civil Code of the Russian Federation remarks the legal entities and their individualities. The joint stock company in which shares can be traded without obstruction and whi ...

Setting up a Russian Company

The procedure of setting up a company in Russia is similar for the two most common business forms, Limited Liability and Joint Stock companies. The main difference consists in an additional procedure in case of Joint Stock Companies, where the founders must register the issuance of share certificate ...

Open Company Branch or Subsidiary in Russia

The state of Russia offers plenty incentives in many business sectors, and the economy is stable and oriented towards foreign investment. Therefore many entrepreneurs wish to establish companies, and companies establish branches or representative offices on the territory of Russia. A Russian branch ...

Guide to Company Incorporation in Russia

1. What is the minimum share capital of a Russian Limited Liability Company? In Russia the minimum share capital of a Limited Liability Company is 10,000 rubles (approx. 250 Euros). 2. What is the minimum share capital for a Russian Joint Stock Company? The minimum capital of the Russian Jo ...

Shelf Company in Russia

Being one of the largest and economically strongest countries in Europe, many entrepreneurs find the country of Russia as a fertile territory to start business. Foreign investment is generally regarded as beneficial, and the government offers plenty incentives. One way to invest is by setting up a c ...

Paying Taxes in Russia

1. What is the corporate tax in Russia? In Russia corporations are subject to a corporate tax of 20%. The tax has been reduced from 24% since 2008. 2% of the amount is paid to the central government as federal tax and the rest of 18% is payable to the regional government.   2. What ...

Company Law in Russia

Company Law in Russia is based on the Companies Act 1995 and Companies Act 1998. Recent changes have been made to the law that regulates limited liability companies, in 2008-2009 and also to the law for joint stock companies. However, these two types of companies are not the only choices that a fore ...

Doing Business in Russia

Country profile The Russian Federation is extended on more than 17 million kilometers square, representing one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, and it has a population of approx. 140 million inhabitants. Its citizens descend from more than 100 ethnic groups, 81.5% being Russians. The natio ...

Foreign Investments in Russia

General overview In 2008, the World Bank estimated in the Russian Economic Report that the foreign investments have reached a total of 18.9 billion EUR. Russia was Europe’s third most valuable trading partner in 2008 and an essential energy supplier. In 2009, Ernst&Young reported a number ...

Why Invest in Russia

Russia had its ups and downs in terms of investments through the years, but now it is situated in a favorable position. Ernst & Young's European Attractiveness Survey ranked Russia by 21% rating in 2008, which meant nine points above the registered score in 2007. Although it has never been a top ...

Setting up a Limited Liability Company (OOO) in Russia

  Limited Liability Companies (OOO) in Russia are a popular form of business for foreign investors, especially when it comes to establishing wholly-owned businesses in Russia. LLCs are open to any form of commercial activity, provided that it does not violate the Russian legislation. However, l ...

Setting up a Joint Stock Company (JSC) in Russia

A Joint Stock Company is one of the most popular types of business in Russia. Russian JSCs can be either open (OJSC) or closed (CJSC). The difference between the two types of Joint stock companies is that the shares of an open JSC can be transferred freely, while in a closed JSC, share transfers are ...

Lawyer in Russia

In order to become a lawyer in Russia, there is no need to complete education in law schools or to pass a bar examination. However, some restrictions apply to those who want to appear in court in criminal matters, since they need to join the Federal Chamber of Advocates. Foreign lawyers in Russia ca ...

Russian Public Notary

The Russian public notary plays an important role in the legal system. The history of public notaries in Russia states that at first there were clerks who used to help people make contracts. Later, the notaries in Russia began to be named like that. A Russian law adopted in February 1993 regulates t ...

Power of Attorney in Russia

The rules of authorization of the power of attorney in Russia are stipulated in the Russian Civil Code. A power of attorney in Russia is defined as an authorization issued by one person for another individual so that the latter has the legal power to represent the donor in front of third parties. Th ...

Business Start-up Costs in Russia

Starting up a company in Russia requires both time and money. An entrepreneur should analyze well the market and its requirements before proceeding with the registration. 1. What is the minimum share capital? The minimum share capital for establishing a Russian limited liability company is 10,000 ru ...

Company Liquidation in Russia

BridgeWest handles company liquidation in Russia. For more information, please contact us. The Civil Code is regulating the company liquidation procedure in Russia and it’s considered valid only after its registration in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities. According to it, the c ...

Open a Representative Office in Russia

 Are there any special requirements for creating a Russian Representative Office? It is not allowed for a representative office in Russia to perform any commercial activities and as a result it’s not subject to taxes on profits. Its main activities are related to the market research, loo ...

Register a Non Profit Organization in Russia

Federal Law No. 7 on Nonprofit Organizations (last amended in December 23, 2003), is defining the non-profit organizations as non-commercial formation, established voluntary by citizens, gathered together on the grounds of unique aims, described in the organization’s charter. Making profit is ...

Nominee Director in Russia

 When initiating the company registration in Russia, the name, address, occupation and nationality of the individuals or corporate bodies which are the beneficial owner of the limited liability company and the joint stock companies are required. In certain cases where anonymity of these be ...

Set up a company in Russia

Russian Limited Liability and Joint Stock companies have to be registered in Russia to function, and the procedures are similar for both of them. The major difference resides in the obligation of Joint Stock companies to register the issuance of share certificates, unnecessary for the Limited Liabil ...

Meet us in Moscow

Call us now at +44 203 287 0408 to set up an appointment with our lawyers and accountants in Moscow. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Russia.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Russia.