Taking control: Navigating Russia’s brand seizures


Agnieszka Sztoldman

Taking control: Navigating Russia’s brand seizures

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Russia’s acquisition of Danone and Carlsberg units is a complex scenario that shows how brand owners should be wary of taking chances when it comes to safeguarding their IP, says Agnieszka Sztoldman of the University of Wroclaw and Osborne Clarke.

Russia has assumed ownership of the Russian subsidiaries of Danone and Carlsberg, which can be analysed from two perspectives: investment law and IP law.

Because IP rights are an investment, current acts must be scrutinised through the lens of the fair and equitable treatment requirement as well as the expropriation criteria.

Expropriation factors

Brand owners, Russia, University of Wroclaw, Osborne Clarke, mergers & acquisitions, IP rights, foreign investors, Danone, Carlesberg