About the AEB

The Association of European Businesses represents and promotes the interests of European companies conducting business in and with the Russian Federation.

The AEB carries out activities to improve the Russian business and trade environment and to promote economic integration and partnership between the Russian Federation and the European Union.

The Association of the European Businesses in the Russian Federation offers its deepest and most sincere condolences on the tragic death of Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total, in the crash of his private plane in the Vnukovo Airport in Moscow in the night from October 20 to 21. This is a terrible loss for Total and for France. Mr. de Margerie was a talented and charismatic manager, very well-known in France for his great business vision and outspoken views on the geopolitical and economic issues faced by his country. He very much believed in Russia’s potential to remain a strong and strategic partner for Europe. Our thoughts go to his family and beloved ones as well to the relatives of the other victims of the accident.
NB: In memoriam of Christophe de Margerie, a mass will be celebrated in Moscow at Saint-Louis-des-Français on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 pm.


On November 26th, 2014 the AEB North-Western Regional Committee has organized and open event in St. Petersburg on “RECENT AMENDMENTS TO CORPORATE LAW: PRACTICAL ASPECTS” held in Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg. 

The open event was focused on main amendments to corporate law, which will come in force in 2015; new rules on shareholders' agreements: impact on existing and new joint venture projects; new procedure for accrediting branches and representative offices of foreign legal entities in 2015; latest amendments to the legislation on restructuring (reorganization and liquidation). 

 Also, a panel discussion on the practice of transferring shareholder register to a specialized registrar in terms of practical issues and peculiarities for foreign shareholders, in particular, related to the recent amendments of the law was organized.

Photo L-R: Alexey Yavosrkiy, Beiten Burkhardt; Anna Afanasyeva, Chair, AEB NWRC’s Legal & Tax Subcommittee Elena Agaeva; Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners; Taisiya Vorotilova, Baker & McKenzie

In-House Counsel Day

On 21 November 2014, the AEB Legal Committee held its In-House Counsel Day for second year in a row. 
This event provided a unique opportunity to general counsels and senior in-house lawyers to share their experience and challenges they face. 
The meeting was co-chaired by Alexander Kozhukhov, Chairman and Sergey Krokhalev, Deputy Chairman of the AEB Legal Committee. 
Dr. Frank Schauff, AEB CEO, held a welcome speech for the participants. 
Heads of legal departments of the AEB member-companies from different industries as well as representatives of legal firms discussed issues related to legal department management, interaction with regulators, litigation, ethics and compliance issues.
AEB kindly thanks Sponsors of the event: Baker&McKenzie – CIS Limited and Attorneys at Law Borenius Russia LTD.

L-R: Dr. Frank Schauff, AEB CEO; Alexander Kozhukhov, Chairman of the AEB Legal Committee; Ilsur Akhmetshin, Country Integrity Officer Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, ABB; Ekaterina Pustovalova, Regional Director (Russia and CIS) ICA/International Compliance Association, President ICS; Anton Subbot, Counsel, Baker & McKenzie – CIS Limited; Sergey Krokhalev, Deputy Chairman, AEB Legal Committee.

Anton Poddubny_Borenius presentation

Anton Subbot_Baker&McKenzie presentation

Dmitry Kurdyukov_Porsche Russland presentation

Ilsur Akhmetshin_ABB presentation

In-House Counsel Day

The AEB Crop Protection Committee (CPC) is continuing to concentrate its efforts on the waste container management issues. On 20 November 2014, Tatiana Belousovich, Crop Protection Committee GR Manager, presented the two-year results and prospects of the Container Management System Pilot Project in Russia (Voronezh region) at the Сonference «Energy Efficient Technologies for Waste Management in Agriculture», organized by the Voronezh State Agrarian University.

L-R: Eugeny Pukhov, Head of the Chair of Machines and Tractors Maintenance, Voronezh State Agrarian University, Tatiana Belousovich, Crop Protection Committee GR Manager, Alexander Kvasov, First Deputy Head of the Department of Agrarian Policy of the Voronezh Region, Vladimir Orobinsky, Dean of the Agro-engineering Department, Head of the Chair of Agricultural Machines, Voronezh State Agrarian University.

«Energy Efficient Technologies for Waste Management in Agriculture»
On the 19th of November, 2014, the AEB Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee held the open event, titled “Health and Safety in the energy sector”. The event was moderated by Konstantin von Vietinghoff-Scheel, Chair of Health & Safety Sub-Committee, and Managing Director of Corporate Counselling Services. Speakers briefed the audience on special aspects of health and safety policy in the energy sector. The presentations were followed by lively discussion and Q&A session. 

Photo: Konstantin von Vietinghoff-Scheel, Chair of Health & Safety Sub-Committee, and Managing Director of Corporate Counselling Services
Health and Safety in the energy sector
On 13 November 2014 the Compensation & Benefits Sub-Committee of the AEB HR Committee held its business meeting ”Overview of Salary Surveys in Russia”
The event which has been held annually for the past seventeen years, followed the format of a panel discussion. All the major providers of salary surveys in Russia including EY, PwC, HayGroup and Human Capital Solutions were invited to take part in the event as speakers. The event was moderated by Ekaterina Kibis, Chair of the AEB Compensation & Benefits Sub-Committee, Manager, Tax & Law Department, Human Capital Group, EY. 

L-R: Alyona Leonova, Human Capital Solutions; Irina Chernozubova, Hay Group Russia; Evgenia Kurzaeva, PwC; Evgeniya Bolshakova, EY; Ekaterina Kibis, EY.
Overview of Salary Surveys in Russia
On  November 13th, 2014 the AEB in cooperation with  Messe Frankfurt opened a co-organized event: The International Forum «Energy Efficiency and Automation in Commercial Buildings 2014 – How it can be done in Russia» in the framework of the XX International Fair “Interlight Moscow powered by Light+Building 2014” (Moscow, Expocentre).
The Forum held a B2B—meetings session where everyone got a chance to receive information first-hand and to exchange professional experience on energy efficiency.
In the evening a group of participants visited a technical level and then enjoyed a panoramic view on the 58th floor of the Impire Tower in the Moscow City business-center.
«Energy Efficiency and Automation  in Commercial Buildings 2014 – How it can be done in Russia»
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