Entrepreneurs interested in the business market available in Russia
should know that they can set up a liaison office
, which is a legal entity that is established in order to communicate with the head office of the company
; the liaison office
is opened in order to maintain the relations between the parent company
and the suppliers or partners
in the country where the office carries out its operations. Our Russian company formation agents
can provide assistance for the incorporation of a liaison office in Russia
Characteristics of a Russian liaison office
Foreign investors who want to open a liaison office in Russia
can perform a limited number of activities, which have the purpose of promoting the parent company
on the Russian market
As such, a liaison office can conduct the following activities:
• market research;
• participate in seminars;
• offer promotions.
An important aspect is that the liaison office is not considered a different legal entity than the parent company; it is seen as an agent representing the parent company on the Russian market. As such, the office can’t conduct businesses, nor sign contracts with various partners.
According to the Russian legislation
, all companies in Russia
, regardless of their business form
, have to register with the local authorities; our Russian company formation agents
can provide you with further details on this matter.
Registration of a liaison office in Russia
The registration of a liaison office is comprised of a much simpler procedure, compared with the incorporation of a regular company. The office must receive an accreditation issued by the State Registration Chamber; after this, the liaison office must be registered at the local authorities.
The State Registration Chamber will issue an accreditation permit available for a determined period of time – for one, two or three years.
The liaison office should register at the following authorities:
• State Tax Authority;
• State Committee for Statistics;
• Pension Fund;
• Medical Insurance Fund;
• Social Insurance Fund.