BRIGHTMAN = FINTECH LAW FIRM
corporate & tax structuring + licensing + paytech + e-commerce + data protection+ venture capital + tokenization & STO + banking & compliance
Who we are
Brightman is a fintech law firm present in Kyiv, Odessa (Ukraine), New York City (USA), and Zug (Switzerland).
We focus on providing legal solutions in corporate & tax structuring, data protection, IP/IT rights management, fintech & e-commerce, tokenization of assets, cryptocurrency, venture financing, banking & compliance. Our internationally educated professionals provide legal advice to IT & blockchain businesses, web masters, software and hardware developers, gaming platforms, telecom, startups, payment service providers, investors, digital marketing specialists, agriculture, retail, media & entertainment, fashion industry.
We assist with business incorporation, bank account opening, permits and license obtainment, registration of financial instruments, AML/KYC and GDPR compliance, STO/DSO launch.
Brightman developed and launched a unique legal scheme that allows real economy sector to accept payments in cryptocurrency. The product further grew into a decentralized organization, incorporating elements of the decentralized franchise.
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, IP\IT 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/STO advisers, marketing professionals, and Cryptocurrency investment funds. Our wide network of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain professionals will help you successfully launch your ICO/STO 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 model
- Analysis of profit distribution model
- Analysis of legal risks
- Development of corporate structure for pre-ICO/STO and ICO/STO project
- Development of a business model for ICO/STO structuring
- Preparation of White Paper in cooperation with a professional
- Preparation of Token Sale Conditions/Agreement
- Preparation and negotiation of the Escrow Agreement
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 Nyemchynova Ugryn
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 and head of legal department at a FinTech consulting firm.
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 GDPR, COPPA, FATCA and HIPAA. 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. Ms. Nyemchynova has also been certified by the Ukranian National Bar Association to organize and conduct training courses for the attorneys of Ukraine on personal data protection and crypto industry regulation.
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. Dmytro has also worked as head of legal department at a FinTech consulting firm.
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
Mr Aillaud is a Solicitor and Barrister at the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Victoria. He is a co-founder of Swiss Blockchain Legal, providing legal advice and compliance services to established companies and startups in Switzerland and Lichtenstein. Before associated partnership with Brightman and establishment of Swiss Blockchain Legal Mr Aillaud gained considerable experience at Reserve Currency Solutions RCS SA and Globcoin Limited. He was also a Head of Legal at the Blockchain Centre in Melbourne, Australia, judge assistant in Tribunal de Grande Instance and M&A/Corporate lawyer at Mercedes-Benz. Grégory is a member of the Victorian Legal Services Board and the Law Society of New South Wales.
Areas of expertise:
Mr Aillaud specializes in business structures, financial transactions, decentralized ecosystems, ICOs/STOs, banking compliance, and FinTech. He also provides clients with strong legal and economic background for inbound and outbound investment. Mr Aillaud assists clients with corporate and tax structuring under Swiss law.
Mr Aillaud holds a Master of International and European Law Degree from University of Tours, a Master of European Business Law Degree from University of Aix-Marseille III and a Diploma of Law from University of Sydney. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Management from College of Law.
English, French, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish
Iurii Grygorenko, Esq.
Mr Grygorenko is admitted to the Bar of Ukraine and has the status of bankruptcy commissioner in Ukraine. He is a co-founder of the Alfa-legal Attorneys Association (Kyiv/Odessa, Ukraine). Before associated partnership with Brightman and establishment of Alfa-legal Iurii gained considerable experience with the departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Fiscal Service of Ukraine, engaged in the investigation of economic crimes and corruption schemes.
Mr Grygorenko holds the position of the secretary of the Committee on Protection of Advocates’ Rights and Guarantees of the Ukrainian National Bar Association, and represents the UNBA at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Iurii is also a representative of Ukraine at the International Commission of Jurists (Switzerland, Geneva), the UN Human Rights Council (Switzerland, Geneva), and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Switzerland, Geneva).
Areas of expertise:
Mr Grygorenko’s main specialization is protection of business, white collar crime, bankruptcy and debt restructuring. Iurii has a solid experience in supporting clients on GR, asset tracing, maritime law, as well as corporate and tax planning matters.
Mr Grygorenko holds a Master of Finance degree from Odessa National Economic University, as well as a Master of Laws degree from National University “Odessa Maritime Academy”.
Ukrainian, Russian, English, German.
Bogdan Yegorov, Esq.
Mr Yegorov is admitted to the Bar of Ukraine since 2003, and is a co-founder of Alfa-legal Attorneys Association (Kyiv/Odessa, Ukraine). Bogdan has a substantive experience as a head of the legal department of a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange, a holding of metallurgical enterprises of Ukraine, as well as in governmental and maritime enterprises.
Areas of expertise:
Mr Yegorov’s main specialization is banking and financial regulation, corporate law, antitrust and anti-dumping legislation. Bogdan also advises clients on maritime and customs law. Mr Yegorov is a member of the Supreme Audit Commission of the Bar of Ukraine, as well as an active member of several Ukrainian National Bar Association committees and working groups.
Bogdan holds a Master of Laws degree from Odessa National Academy of Law.
Ukrainian, Russian, English.