Russian Residency Requirements for Personal Data - What Multinational Companies Need to Know and Do

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Effective September 1, 2015, Russian law requires companies to keep data bases with personal data of Russian citizens in Russia. Multinationals are covered, regardless of the exact form of their corporate presence in Russia. Cloud and information technology vendors are also affected, either because the Russian law applies directly to them or because their customers need to comply.

Multinational enterprises doing business in Russia--or planning to-
need to know the essentials of this new law and how to stay in compliance with it.

This 60-minute program offers expert analysis of this new law by two Baker & McKenzie attorneys, Lothar Determann, in Palo Alto, and Inna Wood, in San Francisco.

Educational Objectives:
Participants will be introduced to the new law and gain practical considerations of the following aspects of the law:
• Data transfer restrictions
• Residency and retention requirements
• Existing Russian data protection law
• Compliance options
• Implications of establishing servers in Russia

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Privacy Counsel, Corporate Counsel with Privacy remit,  Internet Law practitioners, and International Trade practitioners.



Lothar Determann is a member of Baker & McKenzie's International/Commercial Group in the San Francisco/Palo Alto office and member of the Global Privacy & Information Management Working Group. Dr. Determann is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, Legal 500 USA and Super Lawyers, and was selected by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top ten copyright lawyers in California. He is versed in computer law, privacy law, Internet law and other subjects relating to technology and international law. Dr. Determann has taught law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) since 2004 and at Free University in Berlin since 1994 and has published four books and more than 100 articles and treatise contributions on international and technology law subjects.

Dr. Determann's practice is focused on assisting and counseling multinational companies and start-ups regarding software licensing, electronic commerce, data protection and international commercial law related to technology transactions, product sourcing/distribution and services.


Inna Wood is an associate in Baker & McKenzie's International/Commercial Practice Group in San Francisco. Ms. Wood’s practice focuses on cross-border business restructuring projects including spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions, asset transfers, and corporate reorganizations, as well as associated corporate governance, commercial, regulatory compliance, data privacy, and other related legal issues. Before joining the Firm, Ms. Wood served as a corporate counsel for a leading international aviation corporation primarily dealing with cross-border commercial aviation and finance transactions including aircraft and aircraft component leases, sales and purchases as well as regulatory compliance. Ms. Wood also practiced as an associate at the Moscow office of the Firm, where she advised companies on corporate, employment and IP matters.

Ms. Wood assists multinational companies with optimizing their business and maximizing the companies' value by means of corporate restructurings including pre and post-acquisition integration. She also assists clients with the formation and ongoing governance of foreign subsidiaries and advises on documenting intercompany and other commercial transactions.


Edward Bekeschenko practices mainly in the area of dispute resolution. In 2008, Mr. Bekeschenko was highly recommended by European Legal 500 in the field of dispute resolution. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie in 2001, he headed the legal department of a major Russian metallurgical company and served as vice president of a Belarusian law firm. He graduated from the Law Faculty of Belarus State University, and has a Master of Law degree from Duke University.

Mr. Bekeschenko’s practice is focused on litigation and international arbitration. He also handles general corporate matters and commercial contracts, and provides sound legal advice on telecommunications law and on compliance issues. Mr. Bekeschenko has extensive experience in defending the clients’ interests at state courts in disputes with contracting parties as well as with state authorities.


Vadim Perevalov is an Associate in Baker & McKenzie's Information Technology/Communications and Intellectual Property Practice Groups in Moscow. Mr. Perevalov advises companies on Russian privacy laws, particularly the new data residency requirements. Mr. Perevalov has appeared as a speaker at a number of key Russian privacy events focused on the new data residency requirements and was recently named an external expert on the Advisory Council of the Russian Data Protection Authority.

Mr. Perevalov advises multinational companies with respect to Russian data protection laws, software and technology licensing, IP enforcement in the digital environment, international commercial laws and various intellectual property issues.