Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised the HeadHunter Group, which operates Russian online recruiting platform hh.ru, on the acquisition of the Zarplata.ru online recruiting platform from Hearst Shkulev Digital Regional Network B.V. The transaction, which is valued at RUB 3.5 billion, has already been given the requisite regulatory approval and is expected to close in January 2021.
As in other countries, business in Russia has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and small and medium enterprises, which do not have enough reserves to survive in the unfavorable economic situation, have suffered the most. In order to support SMEs, the State, in addition to temporary support measures, has introduced a considerable decrease in the tax burden related to the remuneration of employees above the minimum monthly wage. Cumulative social contributions were lowered to 15% from the previous rate (which could reach 30%, with certain exceptions), and may be applied by SMEs.
Most multinational corporations have internal antitrust compliance policies in place for their global businesses, covering their Russian operations. Following years of debate, Russia has enacted a law meant to improve antitrust compliance by regulating internal compliance policies (the “Compliance Act”).