The Role of Offshore Jurisdictions in Russia


https://doi.org/10.17589/2309-8678-2015-3-2-119-136

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Abstract

This paper will examine the interaction between offshore jurisdictions and Russia, with particular emphasis on the role played by the British Virgin Islands in structuring offshore transactions. This paper will look at popular narratives about offshore jurisdictions, including traditional arguments about round-tripping and corruption, before examining the legal rationale for the use of offshore structures in Russia. It will be argued that the use of offshore jurisdictions arose as a response to deficiencies in the Russian legal system, particularly in terms of Russian law as it relates to property rights, and the related problem of enforcing such rights. In contrast to these perceived deficiencies in the Russian legal framework, offshore jurisdictions provided a stable and modern legal environment, the use of which allowed Russian investors to gain access to Western common law principles of corporate governance, property rights and shareholder rights.


About the Author

Kristian Wilson
Bedell Cristin Law Firm (Singapore)
Russian Federation

Senior Associate at Bedell Cristin Law Firm (Level 25, North Tower, One Raffles Quay, 048583, Singapore



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For citation: Wilson K. The Role of Offshore Jurisdictions in Russia. Russian Law Journal. 2015;3(2):119-136. https://doi.org/10.17589/2309-8678-2015-3-2-119-136

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