Who we are
Brightman is a FinTech law firm with a key focus on providing legal solutions in our Corporate, E-Commerce, Technology commercialization, Cryptocurrency, Seed & Venture financing, and Compliance practices. Our internationally educated professionals provide legal and business advice to start-ups, investment funds, high net worth individuals and non-profit organizations.
We act as intermediaries between founders, investors and governmental institutions. We also serve as Initial Coin Offering and Token Sale advisers.
Our firm assists with in-country and international commercial transactions, business model development, strategic alliances, joint venture structuring, IP/IT rights management, regulatory and compliance issues, tax planning and risk mitigation.
Brightman works with businesses from various industries and backgrounds, including Cryptocurrency and Blockchain-based business, Online Gaming and Gambling, Media and Entertainment, Hardware and Software Development, Agriculture and Consumer Goods & Retail.
What we do
Brightman is a boutique firm where all partners cooperate closely on our client’s project. Our main priority is ensuring that you as a client remain in our focus, receive our full attention and have complete access to our time and energy. In our long-term business relationships with our clients we establish the principle of No Rush, meaning you can rest assured that our shrewd, thorough analysis of the case will lead to an excellent result.
We work in close cooperation with both start-ups and well-developed businesses, high net worth individuals and investment funds across industries and regions on the various legal questions they face while successfully growing and maintaining their businesses.
We guide our clients through the numerous legal issues they face while establishing and developing their businesses, creating group and governance structures as well as negotiating M&A deals, business and asset acquisitions, spin-offs, split-offs and carve-outs both in Ukraine and abroad.
Our lawyers assist with tax-exempt entity formation, project financing, pre-acquisition restructuring, and post-acquisition and integration support. The firm also often prepares Sell-side and Buy-side Legal Due Diligence.
We are proud of our strong expertise in such tasks as drafting and negotiating term sheets, share purchase and shareholder agreements, convertible notes, employee stock options, corporate partnerships and joint venture founding documentation, etc.
Furthermore, we are delighted to serve as a legal off-counsel supporting your day-to-day business activities.
In addition to mature companies with a history of success, Brightman works closely with various local and foreign-based start-ups. Small new businesses may lack connections and are limited in finances, yet we consider their passion for innovation crucial for the advancement of their field. We prepare governance documentation and assist with early-stage financing. Furthermore, we advise start-ups regarding commercial contracts, IPIT rights management and licensing.
Brightman’s professionals boast an expertise in sets of laws and regulations regarding the collection, storage, and use of information. We advise clients on strategies to ensure their compliance with various Ukrainian, US and EU laws and directives on data breaches, privacy and information.
At Brightman, we assist clients engaged in E-Commerce on their compliance with various Internet law regulations, intellectual property protection, software and hardware licensing and E-Commerce agreements, including privacy policies, terms of service and other relevant website documentation.
We are proud to work with a variety of cutting-edge companies, including those developing and using blockchain technology, crowdfunding platforms, cryptocurrency investment and trading platforms and related systems. Brightman’s professionals advise on corporate structuring and high-profile matters of the day-to-day operation of FinTech businesses to ensure that they remain in full compliance with the multitude of applicable laws.
Brightman’s professionals hold expertise in such technology commercialization issues as the sale and purchase of technology assets, software & hardware transfer and license agreements, outsourcing agreements, online and offline distribution agreements, R&D contracts, advertising and fair use questions. On a case by case basis we are also ready to assist with trademark, patent and copyright issues.
Besides legal assistance, Brightman also serves as a liaison between our clients and ICO advisers, marketing professionals, and Cryptocurrency investment funds. Our wide network of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain professionals will help you successfully launch your ICO from scratch.
Among others, we assist with:
- Pre-ICO Due diligence (versatile investigation of company's business activities, staff and technologies used in a project);
- Analysis of Client's competitors' business mode; Analysis of profit distribution model;
- Analysis of Pre-ICO, ICO/Token Sale legal risks;
- Development of corporate structure for pre-ICO and ICO/Token Sale project;
- Preparation of legal part of a White Paper;
- Preparation of Token Sale Conditions/Agreement;
- Preparation and negotiation of the Escrow Agreement etc.
Brightman ensures your compliance with regulations necessary for the transparent and legal operation of your business. Our lawyers provide legal advice on various laws and regulations related to privacy & data protection, environment, financial institutions, consumer protection, EU regulations and directives, US federal and state laws, economic and investment sector regulations, alcohol licensing, betting & gaming licenses and health protection regulations.
Krystyna has gained considerable experience with one of the top Ukrainian law firms. Prior to returning to Ukraine, Krystyna worked for the United States House of Representatives, the New York Police Department, and several US law firms. She has also worked as an advisor to the US-Ukraine Parliamentary Group at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
Areas of expertise:
FinTech & E-commerce, investment and cryptocurrency ecosystems, legal compliance, pre-ICO and ICO, dispute resolution.
Krystyna conducts legal analysis ensuring E-commerce compliance with COPPA, FATCA and HIPAA as well as PCI Compliance. She also advises clients on regulatory issues in the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain industry, including tax treatment rules, law enforcement and AML procedures.
Krystyna holds an M.S. in Global Affairs and Transnational Security from New York University and an LL.B. in International financial law from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
English, Russian, Ukrainian, French, German
Dmytro has gained substantial experience with leading CIS and top Ukrainian law firms working with high-profile matters for transnational blue chips, venture capital funds, high net worth individuals, start-ups, government entities and non-profit organizations. Furthermore, he has served as an international governing body member of a pan-European NGO working on regional development and capacity building issues.
Areas of expertise:
Dmytro’s primary focus is corporate governance, M&A, technology commercialization, cryptocurrency, seed, venture financing and compliance. Dmytro’s additional expertise covers general tax, E-Commerce, capital markets and data protection.
He works with group and governance structuring of local and foreign businesses both in Ukraine and abroad. Dmytro advises on ICO and Token Sale structuring and is often responsible for multijurisdictional project management, negotiations, and the obtainment of various licenses and permits.
Dmytro holds an LL.M. in International Business Law from Central European University (USA/Hungary) as well as an LL.M. from the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
English, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish