Venture capital plays a key role in the development of the innovation-driven economy. Therefore, we consider that an important part of our efforts as an ecosystem actor is helping improve legal conditions for venture capital financing development in Belarus.
Aleinikov & Partners acted as legal advisor for the AID-Venture program implemented with the support of the USAID. In cooperation with international partners, we worked on amendments to the national legislation to develop the country’s venture capital ecosystem.
Aleinikov & Partners assisted a group of angel investors with establishment of Angels Band, the first Belarusian business angel network.
A turning point in the team’s legislative work is the introduction of provisions concerning option agreements, convertible loan agreements, indemnity, non-competition, non-solicitation, and other instruments of the "English law" which are widely used in the world practice for structuring venture transactions and which are unique to Belarus, into Presidential Decree On Development of Digital Economy.
Being in the waves of change allows us to successfully advise market participants on venture capital. Aleinikov & Partners has proven track record in representing both investors (private and institutional, as well as their syndicates) and start-ups (or founders) at all stages of venture capital financing.
What we can help with:
Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus
Advising the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus on venture-related issues within the frames of the program entitled “MSME Access to Finance Project” to be jointly implemented with the IBRD. Assisting in drafting laws to be developed to amend the Belarusian legislation in order to create legal conditions required by the DBRB for financing venture projects.
Palta (previously named Haxus)
Advising Palta co-funding company on venture activities in Belarus and structuring investment transactions with Belarus-based startups. Haxus is founded by Yuri Gurski, a prominent Belarusian IT-enterpreneur. The fund's portfolio includes world-known MSQRD, AIMATTER, as well as Flo and Prisma.
Advising Infrafund RVC, a managing partner of the Russian-Belarusian Venture Investment Fund, in a seed financing of RocketData.
Advising LungPass, a product of Healthy Networks, on raising a funding round from both the Singaporean Verge Healthtech Fund 1 and Estonian Sentosa Capital.
Advising SplitMetrics on attraction of venture capital investments from international group of companies Embria
Advising RocketBody, a developer of AI fitness tracker, on raising round A investment from Bulba Ventures. Conducting legal due diligence of IP, development of term sheet and other transaction documents, advising on establishment of the Delaware subsidiaries, which corporate structures are to be participated by the Belarusian founders.
Advising StringersHub, a developer of a marketplace that connects professional content creators with the global media outlets, on its $500K seed round from a group of angel investors, members of Angels Band (Belarus), and both venture capital firms Insta Ventures (Cyprus) and Starta Ventures (USA)
Advising Clevetura, a developer for an intuitive keyboard Click&Touch, on attracting investments in the startup. Conducting legal due diligence of IP, formalization of relations within a team, development of incentive schemes for key employees, advising in the course of approving transaction documents by the investor.
Angels Band business angels network
Advising a syndicate of angel investors, members of Angels Band, on venture capital financing of LungPass. The transaction became the first of its kind structured via convertible loan agreement introduced by the Presidential Decree On Development of Digital Economy.
Advising Quattro Capital, an investment company, on seed financing of RocketBody.
Syndicate of VCs
Advising a syndicate of VCs, which are Haxus venture fund and both private investors Yury Melnichek (co-founder of Maps.me and AIMatter) and Leonid Lozner (co-founder of EPAM Systems), on $500K seed investment in OneSoil.
Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Financial and Private Sector Development of East Asia & Pacific Region of the World Bank
Lawyers of "Aleinikov&Partners" provided excellent and prompt assistance and advice throughout the assignment, by merging good international
practices of capital markets development with the Belarussian legal traditions. I can highly recommend “Aleinikov&Partners” to anyone looking for
solid and professional legal advice in Belarus.
Co-Founder of Vizor Games
Vizor team would like to express its gratitude to the law firm Aleinikov&Partners for legal support of Vizor Interactive projects. It is quite difficult to find lawyers with an excellent understanding of technologies. Lawyers of "Aleinikov and Partners" are those with whom you can speak the same language. Taking into account the timesaving you can achieve with that, such quality cannot be overemphasized. The law firm "Aleinikov and Partners" can be recommended to IT businesses, which need a modern, flexible and professional team.
Board Member of RVC
Aleinikov&Partners Law Firm supported InfraFund RVC on its investment in Belarusian startup Rocketdata.io. The firm’s team proved to be knowledgeable experts in corporate law issues. We are truly thankful to them for always being deep involved in the process and working in a very professional manner - that is what helped us achieve strong result. We also should notice that hard work which Aleinikov&Partners did on implementation in the Belarusian legislation of venture capital financing tools to make deals of this kind possible to be structured under local laws.
Aleinikov & Partners has been advised Visor Games, a leading Belarusian developer of multiplayer games for browser, social networks, and mobile platforms, in its investment deal with Playrix. The deal represents the first-ever investment of a top mobile game developer into a Belarus-born gamedev player, an HTP resident, with the intention to jointly develop the company on the basis of “a strategic partnership”
Denis Aleinikov took the lead on legal defence of Blitz Team in a dispute with Wargaming, publisher and developer of the world-famous game World of Tanks. Five lawsuits have been brought to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus against Blitz Team employees (former employees of Wargaming’s Minsk office) being sued for US$1.69 million altogether for violating Wargaming's exclusive rights while working on the Open Source project
Chamber for Commercial Disputes of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus upheld judgment of the Court of first instance in a case concerning HARIBO Sweets LLC (Russian Federation).