On April 1, the Law “On Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements in the Russian Federation” (IPPA) was adopted, aiming to support and encourage large-scale investment projects in Russia, as the country looks to grapple with the twin pressures of a sustained fall in inward investment and the economic impact of the pandemic crisis. Over the last two months the Government has intensified the development of the necessary by-laws, as it turns attention to the implementation of the new program ahead of its true launch in 20211.
The new law unveils a set of incentives aimed at both existing and potential future investors. IPPAs will take a similar form to SPICs (Special Investment Contracts), first launched in 2014 and updated last year, but with some crucial differences (discussed below). This document examines some of the key criteria and features of the new regulation surrounding IPPAs, as well as their potential impact on the investment climate.