The recent years have seen an overall increase in the activities of Russian companies in Germany with more and more companies deciding to expand their business ventures in the international market. Germany, a country located in the heart of Europe, with a stable political climate and highly developed infrastructure, offers Russian investors an excellent opportunity to access the European market.
Russia's entry into the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 22 April 2012 will  contribute to opening more international markets to the Russian economy in the near future as Russian companies now have access to them on the same terms as all other WTO member countries.
Also, more and more Russian businesses  see Germany as a country where they wish to establish presence, thanks to a growing similarity in doing business and the geographical proximity to Russia (about 2.5 hours by plane).

Services offered by Rödl & Partner to Russian companies in Germany

The Russian Desk, which was opened in the Rödl & Partner head office in Nuremberg in 2011, is a direct contact point for all questions about investment opportunities in Germany and is on hand with advice for Russian enterprises aspiring to invest Germany.

The Russian Desk, composed of native speaking experts, has excellent knowledge of the cultural and business habits of Russian investors.

The most popular services include:

  • Company formation
  • M&A transactions
  • Due diligence
  • Accounting in accordance with German and international standards (HGB, IFRS)
  • Preparation of tax returns and assistance during tax audits by a revenue authority
  • Audits of annual financial statements
  • Advice on labour law issues and drawing up of employment contracts
  • All services in the area of employee taxation
  • Advice on visa and residence issues

Additionally, we provide advisory services to individuals whishing to establish a temporary or permanent residence or a place of business in Germany. As early as August last year, the legislators eased some of the provisions of residence law regarding business start-ups in Germany. We will be happy to present to you the opportunities that result therefrom as well as the criteria that have to be met in order to take advantage of those opportunities.   Rödl & Partner has carried out many successful projects for Russian investors, including not only the opening of branch offices for Russian enterprises in Germany but, above all, M&A transactions. We regularly render services in the area of international assignments of individuals for renowned enterprises, including those operating in Russia.