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Tobacco and spirits  industry (in particular, production of distilled beverages) in Ukraine is traditionally well developed. The natural resources of the Southern part of the country give an opportunity for the advancement of vine business.

Ukrainian market of distilled beverages is recognised as one of the most fast-growing in the world. Companies of this segment are well positioned not only in Ukraine but also worldwide. Five Ukrainian companies are stated among the ten world’s largest producers. The products of the largest players of Ukrainian distilled beverages market are exported to more than in 50 countries of the world. This branch of industry may be adversely affected by the increase of the tax burden, planned for the second half of 2009, but no significant changes in alcohol production and consumption are expected.
Tobacco sector is one of the most perspective markets in Ukraine. The country is listed among twenty largest national markets of tobacco goods consumption worldwide. The number of cigarettes consumption in Ukraine grows annually. 2.5 billion of cigarettes are officially imported and 6.5 billion – are exported per annum.

Today tobacco industry is one of the most attractive for foreign investments that have allowed the modernization of production and considerable improvement of the quality of products for the enterprises. The volumes of export of tobacco products continue to grow as well.

Konnov & Sozanovsky's lawyers advise the companies of spirits and tobacco industry on the different aspects of their activities. We have a considerable experience in providing legal support of foreign economic activity of companies in the industry as well as comprehensive legal support of cross-border sales transactions, which also includes representation of clients’ interests in customs and other state bodies of Ukraine.

Taking into account the complex nature of companies’ activity in these sectors of industry which captures various activities starting from supply of raw materials supply and ending with  distribution of products, our lawyers develop optimal schemes of company operations, cashflow and assist in matters of tax planning. The land-related legal issues in which we have built a solid expertise often turn out to be the important aspects of activities of vine producers.

Our lawyers’ experience in the field of intellectual property will help to protect rights of companies on intellectual property objects (trade marks, inventions etc.), and to provide an effective management of such rights. Unique knowledge of our specialists in the area of advertising and media law will help to settle legal questions, arising during market promotion of products.

The tobacco and spirits industry in the Russian Federation is at the a stage of reorganization.

The market of alcoholic products, which was one of the most dynamic and lucrative market in Russia, now shows sales slowdown and trends to consumption of cheaper alcohol. As the result of competition increase on the national market it is expected that leading companies will strengthen their positions while small ones will be forced to leave the market.

The tobacco industry in Russia is characterized by the high level of growth. Russia is stated among five leaders of tobacco goods production and consumption worldwide. About 80 tobacco companies (among them – 30 largest) are operating in the Russian Federation. There is also a high level of attracting of foreign investments. Nowadays, several companies with foreign investments compete with each other in the Russian tobacco market. Namely it is Japan Tobacco International, British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International, Gallaher Group PLC. It is essential to mention that the investments have allowed the modernization of the production and substantial improvement of the products’ quality for the enterprises. The tobacco products’ export volumes are also increasing.

Konnov & Sozanovsky's lawyers provide legal services to the companies of spirits and tobacco industry on the different aspects of their activities, considering the peculiarities of this industry.

We have a considerable experience in providing of legal support of foreign economic activity of enterprises and export of products, including conclusion of external economic contracts and representation of clients’ interests in custom and other state bodies.

Taking into account the complicated and many-sided nature of companies’ activity in these sectors of industry (raw material supply, manufacturing, distribution of products), our lawyers can develop optimal schemes of company structures, financial mechanisms, and assist in matters of tax planning. The land-related issues, the solution of which is one of the directions of our activity, often turn out to be the important aspects of activities of vine-making companies.

Our lawyers’ experience in the field of intellectual property will help to protect rights of companies on intellectual property objects (trade marks, inventions, etc.), including the judicial disputes, and to provide an effective management of such rights. The unique knowledge of our specialists in the area of advertising and media law will help to settle legal questions, arising during product promotion in the Russian market.

 

Leading Lawyer Key Practice Office Position  
Derbal, Yevgeniya Tax law Kiev (Ukraine) Partner
Yaremchuk, Helen Corporate law Kiev (Ukraine) Partner
Konnov, Sergei Corporate law Kiev (Ukraine) Senior partner
Gluhovskaya, Tatiana Intellectual property law Kiev (Ukraine) Đartner
Ivanov, Alexey Corporate law Kiev (Ukraine) Managing Partner
Pokotylo, Alexey Commercial Law and Contarcts Kiev (Ukraine) Partner