20 May 2013
New Balkans Law Office is very pleased how far starting up in Bulgarian technology has come since 2009, and we are looking forward to continuing to support the startup sector, including through several events this week.
Firstly, today, two of our lawyers – Anna Georgieva and Radostina Mladenova, working with partner Kamen Shoylev – are presenting to an audience drawn from accelerator Eleven’s current crop of teams on two groups of key legal issues for startups. Radostina will discuss practical aspects of intellectual property rights from the perspective of an internet business. She will look at these in the context of cross-border B2C sales and of investments in the business, before moving on to issues of privacy, data protection and consumer-related regulation.
Anna will then take over to deal with a number of key investment documentation / term sheet provisions, focussing in particular on full and weighted ratchet clauses; change of control provisions and redemption rights – all of which are provisions negotiated particularly in post-seed, post-angel financing and which are frequently demanded by venture capitalists before they agree to fund a business.
This week will also see Mini Seedcamp Sofia, at which a number of domestic and several international startups will compete for funding from Europe’s pre-eminent accelerator. NBLO will attend. A list of pitching companies is available on the event page here.
Seedcamp Sofia will be held in the context of a larger conference, the Balkan Venture Forum which New Balkans Law Office, is proud to be a sponsor of alongside Microsoft, VM Ware, Telerik, BlackBerry and others.
This event promises to attract a large audience and to be an opportunity to take stock of how far the space has deepened and widened of late, particularly since last year’s launch of two domestically-based seed funds (Launchub and Eleven) and with the increasing maturity of business models.
NBLO has over the years supported initiatives designed to encourage starting up in technology by means of seminar series, free consultancy by way of competition awards, and by organising a landmark 2010 event “Financing in IT”, which gathered actors with an interest in SEE venture and promoted awareness of the investment class among entrepreneurs.
We look forward to the further maturation of the sector and are excited to see the constellation of high quality events and pitches which await us, for a brilliant end to a startup May.
AFI Europe group - ongoing legal support
In 2012 NBLO has continued to provide a full range of legal advice to its long-term client AFI Europe NV and its seven subsidiaries in Bulgaria. Our advice has ranged over a variety of issues – from day-to-day corporate governance and company secretarial work, to complex corporate transactions and banking and financing matters. We have also carried out two due diligence projects on behalf of AFI Israel Properties Ltd. in view of the contemplated public offering of the company on the Israeli Stock Exchange.
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