Russia - Commercial Guide
Licensing Requirements for Professional Services

Includes license requirements for key professional services that are open to U.S. service providers.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

The regulations associated with the licensing professional services are outlined in 2011’s Federal Law 99 “On licensing of separate types of activities.”  These regulations were most recently amended in 2016.

The 52 professional services listed include the production of pharmaceuticals and medical devices and educational services. Although legal, consulting, and accountancy services do not require any special licenses, foreign companies that would like to operate in Russia are required to register as a Russian legal entity.  As a result, there are a number of multinational companies operating the Russian market, including Baker McKenzie, PWC, EY, KPMG, Deloitte and others.