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The world is on the cusp of a major tax revolution as cryptocurrencies and online distributed ledger technologies, such as blockchain, push financial systems from the physical world to online. We would like to present to you our International Tax Review article about the tax implications of the process and the use of digital currencies and blockchain, with comments by Kseniya Osipova, a consultant in our Legal services for tech projects group.

 

Source: http://www.internationaltaxreview.com/Article/3671870/Curacao-Archive/Bridging-the-digital-gap-How-tax-fits-into-cryptocurrencies-and-blockchain-development.html

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Legal structuring of e-commerce projects

The legal structuring of e-commerce projects is one of our main focuses. We assist in identifying and assessing the regulatory risks associated with your project, determining the optimal form of doing business taking into account the legal and economic risks, as well as implementing the selected legal model for project operations in the shortest time possible.

Legal structuring of e-commerce projects

                                                             

It may be necessary to identify and evaluate the regulatory risks associated with a project if you use a non-standard business model (for example, electronic auction, universal currency exchange service, online ordering of medicines etc.), plan to open a new line of business or if you come across legal problems which you did not previously know about. With considerable experience in assessing the legal risks of e-commerce projects, we can offer effective solutions.

We will analyse the specific characteristics of your project, identify the risks that may arise in the course of your activities in this area and present you the results of our work in our final report.

 

Identifying and assessing regulatory risks

When taking on a new project, every leader must decide on the best format for doing business. We will help you to determine which format best suits your business needs, taking into account the potential legal and economic risks. When necessary, we will also develop an action plan aimed at minimising the identified risks.

 

Determining the best format for project operations

We will develop and help you implement an approved legal model for project operations, taking into account your business needs and possible risks. Significant experience in the structuring of e-commerce projects allows us to provide prompt and efficient services.

 

Developing and implementing  legal models for project operations

Securing and protecting rights to intangible assets

We have extensive experience in securing and protecting rights to intellectual property. Our services include the identification of intellectual property that is subject to legal protection, support for transactions with intangible assets, verification and securing of rights to them, structuring of ownership and use of intangible assets and protection of intellectual property rights in court and at government bodies.

 

Securing and protecting rights to intangible assets

                                                             

For most technology companies, intellectual property is one of the main assets. At the same time, the identification of intellectual property and the protection of IP rights often requires time and skill. We have significant experience in this field, and will help you identify the assets that are subject to protection as intellectual property.

 

IP detection (identifying intellectual property subject to legal protection)

We will carry out the necessary checks and present you the options for securing rights to key assets (signing of contracts, registration, depositing etc.). We will recommend you the best option for securing your rights based on your timing and cost needs, and will prepare the necessary documents. The significant experience we have obtained in the course of many projects in this area enables us to keep your involvement in the process to a minimum―you can simply expect the results.

 

Reviewing and securing rights to intangible assets

Our experience in supporting transactions with intangible assets allows us to offer our customers effective practical solutions. We will provide you with detailed consultations and help you establish the most advantageous strategy. Acting on the side of the buyer, we will check whether the seller has the right to dispose of an asset and will ensure that there are no obstacles to entering into an agreement. We will prepare the agreement, execute the transaction and support it until the parties’ full performance of the agreement.

 

Support for transactions with intangible assets

Whether your goal be to protect rights to intangible assets, attract investments or present proof of your rights to a project to an investor, or if you want to secure your rights to a project prior to its sale, we can assist you.

We will analyse your project and determine the key assets, present options for securing the rights to them and will help you choose the best one. We will also prepare all the necessary documents confirming that you have the rights to the project and all its constituent items.

 

Structuring the ownership and use of intangible assets

We have significant experience in resolving disputes both by extrajudicial means and in court, and will help you defend your rights to your intellectual property or settle disputes if you bring an action against the unauthorised use of your intellectual property.

We first identify the goals that you set for a pre-trial settlement of the dispute, and do what is necessary to achieve them. In the event of legal proceedings, we represent your interests in court, arguing a well-devised position and supporting the entire dispute resolution process up to the signing of the documents securing the agreements reached.

 

Defence of rights to intellectual property in court and at government bodies

Legal support for financial technology and cryptocurrency projects

We provide legal support for financial technology and cryptocurrency projects, including analysis of compliance with financial and banking legislation, legal structuring of new business models and consultations on the use and transfer of big data and confidential information. The large number of successful projects we have carried out for our customers serves as evidence of our extensive experience in this field and the efficacy of the solutions we offer.

 

Legal support for financial technology and cryptocurrency projects

If you need advice on the legal requirements and limits facing your business, wish to develop a legally compliant business model, or need to provide third parties or investors with a legal opinion on the compliance of your activities with the legislative requirements, we will provide the necessary support and propose effective solutions.

We will analyse your project, identify possible risks, present mitigation strategies and prepare a risk summary and recommendations on the best legal structure for your operations.

 

Analysis of project compliance with financial and banking legislation

Extensive experience in supporting financial and technological projects allows us to develop the best solutions for your business.  We will prepare the documents necessary for operations in peer-to-peer lending, digital and cryptocurrencies, payment systems, payments gates, etc. and, if required, will provide legal support to your project on a regular basis. 

 

Legal structuring of new business models (peer-to-peer lending, digital and cryptocurrencies, payment systems, payment gates, etc.)

                                                             

If you need legal advice on the use and transfer of big data and information, the use of which leads to significant regulatory risks, we will provide you with the necessary support and help you make the right decision.

We will prepare a written opinion or advise you verbally based on legal analysis, government bodies’ legal positions and relevant legal practices on your issue. When necessary, we will also develop a plan of further actions and provide you with recommendations on its execution.

 

Consultations on the use and transfer of big data and confidential information (personal data, bank secrets)

Legal support for the implementation and use of cryptotechnologies and distributed networks

Services based on the use of cryptotechnologies and distributed networks are becoming more and more popular. If you are planning to launch a project that employs these technologies and seek advice on the potential legal risks while also seeking to minimise the risk of claims from controlling authorities and to develop an offer and the set of documents necessary for operations in this field, we are ready to provide the necessary support.

We will perform a detailed analysis of legal risks related to the relevant service, substantiate the legal justification for the related operations, develop a list of recommendations on risk mitigation, prepare the set of necessary documents and provide full legal support for the service’s operations.

Legal support for the implementation and use of cryptotechnologies and distributed networks.

Support for investments in technology projects

We have significant experience in representing the interests of both business owners and investors and understand how to close deals accommodating the interests of all parties in an efficient manner. We provide full support for investment deals (from due diligence to receipt of investment) and project buy and sell deals. In addition, we perform a detailed overview of legal and tax risks which may affect the sale value of your business, and provide recommendations on mitigating them.

 

Support for investments in technology projects

If you want to attract investment into your own project, invest in a project, or if you require legal due diligence services for a company, you will need the help of qualified specialists.

We provide full support for venture deals (from legal due diligence to receipt of investment), including:

  • Preparation of a detailed written report and required documents;
  • Negotiating with the investor or owner of the business;
  • Developing the plan for attracting or making investments and other services.

 

Venture transaction support

If you plan to launch a joint startup, you need to negotiate the key corporate governance matters with your partners before starting the project. This will help prevent situations where the continuation of joint activity becomes impossible due to irreconcilable differences and there are no fair and appropriate mechanisms to resolve the problems. We have significant experience in working with startups and understand the nature of these issues and how mechanisms should be built to overcome conflict situations. We will analyse your project and propose the most suitable solutions for corporate governance matters, securing them in the corporate documents, including the participation agreement.

 

Setting up joint ventures

Significant experience and a deep understanding of the specific nature of the business lends us proficiency in supporting IT project buy and sell deals. If you plan to buy or sell an IT project and you need legal due diligence services to increase its sale value or assess legal and tax risks, we can help you.

Our services include:

  • Identifying existing legal and tax risks and recommendations on mitigating them;
  • Structuring deals and determining the optimal scope for the seller’s representations and warranties;
  • Preparation of all necessary documents as part of the approved deal structure (term sheet, sale and purchase agreement, corporate resolutions);
  • Negotiating with the seller/buyer;
  • Supporting all the buy/sell stages up to transaction completion. 

 

Support for the sale of IT projects

Legal due diligence may be necessary when you need to provide a buyer with a full report on the legal and tax risks of the business upon the sale of an Internet project, and to address a project’s legal and tax weaknesses to increase its selling value.

We determine the key areas of analysis and identify the list of necessary documents taking into account the specific nature of your business, analyse your documents, and identify existing tax risks. Upon the completion of our due diligence, we provide a full, objective review of legal and tax risks that may affect the sale value of your business as well as recommendations to mitigate them.

 

Due diligence

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Artem Tolkachev

Artem Tolkachev

Director, Legal services

Artem heads legal services for technology projects. Prior to joining Deloitte, he managed his own legal practice and worked as an attorney at a law firm and at an international bank. Artem is the chai... More