Accreditation of Branches and Representative offices

Comprehensive legal support of the accreditation procedure for Representative offices and Branches of foreign companies

Accreditation of Branches and Representative offices

Quick start of your business in Russia

Your company plans to expand business and to enter Russian market? For doing business of a foreign company in Russia it is necessary to:

  • choose a business form (through a representative office or branch, or by opening of a subsidiary);
  • obtain accreditation of a branch/representative office at the authorised public authority;
  • register at tax authority, open settlement account in a bank and to carry out other formalities.

Отличия Филиала от Представительства

Филиал – это обособленное подразделение, расположенное вне места нахождения юридического лица и осуществляющее все его функции, или их часть, в том числе функции представительства. Деятельность филиала состоит в осуществлении как юридических, так и фактических действий, то есть филиалом могут выполняться все функции открывшей его компании, либо их часть.

Представительство – это обособленное подразделение юридического лица, расположенное вне места его нахождения, которое представляет интересы юридического лица и осуществляет их защиту. Представительство открывается с целью осуществления лишь тех юридических действий, которые сводятся к представлению и защите интересов открывшей его компании.


One of the most difficult issues for many foreign companies is the question of how to start a business in Russia - in the form of a subsidiary, a branch of a foreign company or a representative office of a foreign company. First of all, in order to register a representative office in Russia it is necessary to determine the list of its activities. Key Legal lawyers are capable of asking right questions and offering solutions even for unusual/non-standard situations. We will help you to find the best solution and give recommendations to your company about the most convenient and legally correct form of doing business in Russia.
After the choice regarding the form of business is done it is necessary to prepare and correctly draw up a number of corporate documents, the first of which is the Decision to open a branch / representative office of a foreign company. Key Legal lawyers have many years of experience in registering foreign representative offices and branches in Russia. We will prepare a draft of the Decision for you taking into account all legal requirements. The Decision can be made both in Russian and in a foreign language with obligatory subsequent legalization in the territory of a foreign state and notarization in Russia. The procedure for registration (including the procedure for legalization) of the Decision depends on the law of the country of registration of the parent company and the existence or absence of an applicable international agreement between Russia and the country of registration of the parent company. Key Legal lawyers provide individual recommendations on how to file a Decision to open a branch / representative office of a foreign company in each individual case.
To register a business in Russia in either form you need to prepare and correctly draw up a list of documents. Key Legal lawyers will draw up a list of documents for you and also will give comments on each document of the list on its contents and order of registration.
The Head of the Branch / Representative Office of a foreign company carries out his/her functions in the territory of Russia on the basis of the Power of Attorney issued to him / her by the parent organization. The contents of the Power of Attorney, namely the breadth of authority of the Head of the Branch / Representative Office of a foreign company depends on many factors, such as the foreign company's internal policy, the needs of the foreign company, the degree of trust in the candidate for the Head and, of course, the requirements of Russian legislation. The Statute of the Branch / Representative Office is the main document regulating the activity of the Branch / Representative Office in Russia, its content and correctness of its provisions play a vital role for the existence of the Branch / Representative Office, for relations with personnel, government bodies and third parties. Key Legal lawyers will develop for your company a Power of Attorney for the Head and a Statute, taking into account individual characteristics, interests and needs of the company, as well as all the requirements of Russian legislation in force.
Key Legal has business connections with Moscow leading translation bureaus, as well as Key Legal lawyers themselves speak foreign languages, which allows us to accompany the procedure for translating and notarizing the translation of documents compiled and signed abroad at a high professional level and as soon as possible.
An obligatory step for the accreditation of a branch / representative office of a foreign company is the correct and competent filling in of the application form approved for each procedure. This formal stage is carried out by Key Legal lawyers and is worked out to automatism, which speeds up the process and makes it highly professional.
One of the current requirements of the Russian legislation when registering a foreign business in Russia in the form of a Branch or Representative Office is the mandatory approval of the number of employees of the Branch or the Representative Office in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCI of Russia). The duty extends to all Branches and Representations of foreign companies without excluding, even if there are no foreign employees in staff. Key Legal lawyers successfully accompany this procedure in the CCI of Russia.
The procedure for accreditation of a Branch or Representative Office, despite its formality, requires legal support and supervision by the lawyer carrying out this project, in particular at the stage of filing documents, during the consideration of documents by the tax authority, as well as when receiving documents. Key Legal lawyers will render such services with knowledge and a high quality.

Terms and costs

Аккредитация представительств и филиалов
  • consideration of documents at registration authority takes 25 business days (not counting drafting and execution of documents);
  • 5 business days takes issue of documents at registration authority
  • state duty – 120.000 rubles;
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry fee - from 15.000 rubles (depending on the number of foreign employees);
  • extra expenses on translation and notarisation of documents.
Our Fee:
  • From 99 000 Rub.

Why Key Legal


We offer flexible rates, a system of discounts and bonuses, both for our regular and new clients

20 years of presence on the legal consulting market
1,500 billion rubles - the sum of lawsuits won in the interests of our clients
More than 500 clients since opening the company
More than 30 countries – geography of our clients

We correspond and give opinions in English and this is included in our fee.


During our practice we have formed a system of legal cases and decisions, which allows us to quickly and efficiently help you with the most varied requests of any complexity.


We take into account the individual features of your business, it is important for us that our clients are satisfied with our services

Our principles

Our principles are based on the values that we adhere to both in relation to our customers and in communication with each other.
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Professional approach

Our Company is already 18 years on the legal services market. Our Partners have been advising for 10 years and more. We constantly improve level of knowledge and competence of each member of our team.

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We value our reputation and are in charge of the quality of our services. Our company values your time and appreciates your comfort, therefore we strictly observes the deadlines

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24/7 support

For you, we try to always be in touch and use Skype, What’s up, Viber, WeChat, Telegram, etc

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Frankness and fairness

We frankly tell our clients about existence of any risks, their consequences and offer solutions. We fairly name the full price of our services, report on expenses and make our services as transparent as possible for the client.

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To be a great contribution to your business

Our approach is to achieve the goal, we do not work “for the sake of the process”, since it is important for us that our clients successfully develop, trust us and achieve their goals using legal methods.

Companies we have already helped

Among our regular clients there are Russian small and medium companies, Russian and foreign legal entities. The geography of our clients extends far beyond the borders of the Russian Federation. We successfully work with foreign companies, we have regular clients from Asia (China, Vietnam, Thailand) and Central Europe (Great Britain, Latvia, Finland, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and others).

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