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High-ranking Russian delegation visits Hamburg to learn about the insolvency of legal entities, tax law and intellectual property

Published: December 13, 2018
Discussions with representatives of the Hanseatic Bar Association:  Sabir Kekhlerov (head end, centre), advisor to the Prosecutor General, former representative of the Prosecutor General for the RF and a member of the President’s Council for the Russian Federation for the codification and perfection of legislation on civil law
Discussions with representatives of the Hanseatic Bar Association: Sabir Kekhlerov (head end, centre), advisor to the Prosecutor General, former representative of the Prosecutor General for the RF and a member of the President’s Council for the Russian Federation for the codification and perfection of legislation on civil law
Russian Federation

From 5 to 7 December 2018, the IRZ organised a study visit for a high-ranking delegation from the Russian Federation (RF) to Hamburg. On the Russian side, the visit was organised by the RF Association of Lawyers, which invited high-ranking representatives from various organisations and authorities in the RF to discuss the subjects of the insolvency of legal entities, tax law and intellectual property with their German colleagues. The delegation was led by Sabir Kekhlerov, advisor to the Prosecutor General, former representative of the Prosecutor General for the RF and a member of the President’s Council for the Russian Federation for the codification and perfection of legislation on civil law.

To begin their visit, the delegation was welcomed to the Hamburg Rathaus (city hall) by Hamburg’s Finance Minister Dr. Andreas Dressel. German speakers then went on to explain the subjects “Taxation issues in standard insolvency proceedings” and the “Fight against corruption”:

Within the framework of this visit, two representatives from the Federal Tax Service for the RF took the opportunity to give presentations on dealing with tax liabilities and the latest developments in tax administration in the RF.

At the Regional Court of Hamburg, the group was welcomed by its President, Dr. Marc Tully, who presented an overview of the role of the Regional Court together with Heike Hummelmeier and Malte Hansen, both Presiding Judges at the Regional Court, and then went on to explain the possibility of international commercial criminal cases being processed in English at the Regional Court of Hamburg.

Dr. Holger Schatz, Head of Law Enforcement and Law, welcomed the delegation to the judicial authority in Hamburg. Afterwards, Regional Court Judge Dr. Axel Herchen, Head of the Insolvency Court in Hamburg, and Dieter Gerichhausen, Judicial Officer and Head of Department at the Insolvency Court, led expert discussions on selected issues of insolvency law with the delegation members.

At the meeting at the Hanseatic Bar Association, the participants were welcomed by its President Dr. Christian Lemke. Following an overview of the role of the Bar Association, the delegation members were able to discuss legal training in Germany and intellectual property with the attending speakers, lawyers Tatjana Baki, Dr. Rolf-Eckart Schultz-Süchting and Dr. Thorsten Klinger.

Following a welcome speech by Prosecutor General Dr. Jörg Fröhlich, and an overview of the work of public prosecutor’s offices in Hamburg, Public Prosecutor John Oliver Strutz and government official Alfred Knütter gave a lecture on criminal investigations of legal entities in the course of insolvency cases.

At the last stop of the visit at the Gerichtsvollzieherverband Hamburg e.V. (Association of Court Bailiffs), the Russian guests discussed the activity of court bailiffs with Senior Court Bailiff Jonny Krautwurst, who is also Chairman of the Association, and his colleague Wilkowsky, Managing Director of the Association of Court Bailiffs.
The members of the delegation showed a great deal of interest in the explanations and discussions with their German colleagues, which was also reflected in the many questions they asked their German counterparts.

The successful German-Russian dialogue is set to continue in the same format.