Mercedes-Benz could lose £2bn in assets as Russia looks to clamp down on ‘unfriendly states’

  • Mercedes facing possibility of losing almost £3bn worth of assets in Russia
  • Government proposals to seize property belonging to foreign companies from ‘unfriendly states’
  • £250m production plant near Moscow among property that could be nationalised

Time 10:15 am, March 16, 2022

Mercedes could be set to lose close to £2bn in Russian assets following a raft of new proposals put forward by Vladimir Putin’s government.

Russia’s governing Party – United Russia – put forward plans last week to nationalise assets owned by foreign companies from ‘unfriendly states’.

A government commission has now approved the first step of the plans, which would apply to firms more than 25 per cent owned by foreigners.

Mercedes has an estimated £1.9bn (€2.2bn) of assets in Russia which could fall foul of the new regulations.

Its interests in the country include a plant around 25 miles northwest of Moscow in the town of Esipovo.

Opened in 2019, Reuters reports that the factory employs over 1,000 people and builds E-class sedans and SUVs.

Building the state-of-the-art factory cost an eye-watering £250m (€300m) with plans to build 25,000 vehicles every year.

Mercedes recently warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could cause disruption to production lines.

There were also fears raised about energy supply and even cyber attacks.

A Mercedes spokesman said: ‘These risks could be exacerbated by the potential expropriation of assets of Russian subsidiaries.’

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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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