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Business law services
Business law services

Business Law

I am committed to helping your business achieve its goals locally and on a global level. I provide custom strategies that help your company navigate the legal and regulatory complexities of operating a business in the US.

I regularly advise entrepreneurs, startups, small and medium sized companies in business transactions, including formation, financing, and complex commercial agreements. A particular niche of mine is representing foreign companies and entrepreneurs who are opening a US subsidiary or are starting a new US enterprise. In this regard, in addition to corporate representation, I also advise on customs and trade laws, including import and export compliance.

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Company formation and corporate governance law

Corporate Law

Whether you are an entrepreneur starting a new venture or an established company looking for experienced business counsel, I understand your company’s business needs. I offer strategic advice to help you achieve your business objectives and help mitigate associated risks. I offer a wide variety of corporate legal services tailored to your specific business needs. My business and corporate law services include:

Company Formation

Efficient business operation and asset protection are just some of the many critical considerations in choosing the right legal entity for your business. I have the experience to guide you through this decision and structure your company to meet your needs. Entities I help form, include:

  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Corporations
  • Partnerships
  • Nonprofit Organizations (Section 501(c)(3) Organization)
  • New York Benefit Corporations
I draft, review, and ensure maintenance of your important internal company documents, including:
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Operating Agreements
  • Shareholder and Member Resolutions
I negotiate and provide legal advice regarding various commercial agreements, including:
  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Assignment Contracts
  • Commercial Leases & Subleases
  • Dissolution and Buyout Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Financing Agreements (Debt & Equity)
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Freelancer Agreements (Compliant with NYC Freelance Isn’t Free Act)
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Licensing Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Non-Competition Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Stock Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Trade Agreements
  • Voting Agreements
  • Merger Agreements
  • Operating Agreements
Purchasing or selling a business is often a complex process requiring extensive planning and due diligence. You could accrue significant expenses if the deal is not structured properly. I use my experience to help guide you through the business sales or acquisition process. My services, include:
  • Develop Transaction Strategy and Structure
  • Due Diligence, including careful review of business books, records, and assets to discover potential risks and liabilities to you or your business.
  • Pre-Negotiation Preparation, including careful planning of what exactly is being bought or sold. For example, you may want to retain certain real or intellectual property assets after the sale of your company. In this case, it is critical to plan ahead and ensure that you communicate to the other party that these assets are not part of the transaction.
  • Negotiation of Transaction Terms
  • Contract Drafting and Review, including Asset Purchase Agreements, Stock Purchase Agreements, Bills of Sale, Intellectual Property Assignments, etc.
  • Internal Corporate Compliance, including Corporate Resolutions, Closing Obligations, Name Changes, and various other internal corporate cleanup documents.
I use my experience gained as a Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice to represent companies, business owners, and freelancers in business disputes, including:
  • Business Divorce – Ending a long-term business relationship is always challenging and may cause disruption to your business. I negotiate settlements and separation plans so that you or your unwanted business partners can exit the company with minimal disruption to the business. I draft Buyout Agreements, Dissolution Agreements, Withdrawal Agreements, and represent you in arbitration, mediation, or court proceedings.
  • Business Litigation – Did your service provider fail to perform the services for which you have paid? Did your corporate officer misuse company funds or engage in self-dealing? Are you owed money and continue to be ignored by the individual who owes you? I use my experience as a federal litigator to advocate for you before various courts and administrative tribunals. My business litigation practice includes:
    • Sending Demand Letters
    • Enforcing Money Judgments
    • Breach of Contract Claims
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
    • Shareholder Dispute Litigation
  • Freelancer Disputes – I represent Freelancers and businesses employing Freelancers in claims under New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act, the nation’s first legislation protecting Freelancers from non-payment. If you are a Freelancer who has not been paid for your work, the Freelance Isn’t Free Act allows you to collect your attorneys’ fees and costs for filing your claim in addition to the monetary damages you may be entitled to.

International business law

International Business Law

In today’s global world, businesses operate across borders and face complex regulatory challenges. I am committed to helping your business achieve its goals on a global level. I provide customized strategies that help your business navigate the legal and regulatory complexities of international finance and trade. As your international business lawyer, I advise you on various international business transactions, including customs compliance, subsidiary formation, financing, capital formation, acquisitions, and other matters related to foreign direct investment. I serve as your trusted counsel throughout the entire life cycle of a transaction. I speak Russian, German, Hungarian, and Bulgarian fluently and always cherish the opportunity to advise you in your native language.

Customs & International Trade Law

In today’s global world, businesses of all sizes are thinking about expanding internationally. With increased enforcement and trade regulation worldwide, doing business across borders is becoming more and more challenging. My customs and international trade practice focuses on advising importers and exporters regarding US customs compliance. I represent companies in various customs compliance matters, including product classification and valuation, investigations, audits, country of origin marking, and litigation related to alleged customs violations. My customs and international trade law services include:

Inbound US Customs and Import Services – I serve as your trusted legal advisor throughout the entire importing process. I counsel you regarding:

  • Country of Origin Marking
  • Customs Valuation
  • Duty Reduction
  • Import and Trade Strategies
  • Internal Customs Compliance Programs
  • Litigation before US Court of International Trade
  • Preference Programs and Trade Agreement Eligibility Evaluation
  • Representation in Audits and Investigations
  • Restrictive Quota Strategies
  • Seizure of Goods
  • Tariff Classification

Outbound US Customs and Export Services – I provide legal advice on compliance and guide you through trade regulations governing exports, including:

  • Classification Rulings
  • Export Control
  • Export Seizures
  • Export Strategy and Planning
  • Internal Compliance Programs and Audits
  • Representation in Investigations
If your business operates across international borders, you need legal representation that understands cross-border transactions. I represent foreign and domestic clients in international agreements and transactions. I provide legal advice focused on helping protect your cross-border interests. I regularly work with trusted foreign counsel on international transactions to ensure effective representation throughout the lifecycle of the deal. I provide representation in various cross-border matters, including:
  • Capital Formation
  • Cross-Border Financing
  • Cross-Border Service Agreements
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • International Licensing
  • International Purchases and Acquisitions
  • International Project Finance
  • International Trade
Are you looking to expand your existing business to the US or start a new venture in the US? An international expansion can be a complicated process requiring extensive due diligence and transaction planning. Failure to properly plan and structure all transactions could lead to significant expenses and compliance issues for your business. I have represented many foreign companies and entrepreneurs opening a new US subsidiary or company. I advise you throughout the entire investment process, from the initial planning stages until your US business is fully operational. My foreign direct investment services include:
  • Company Formation
  • Compliance with Laws and Regulations
  • Contract Drafting and Review
  • Customs & Trade Law
  • Immigration Solutions
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures
  • Negotiation of Transaction Terms
  • Recapitalization
  • Stock Purchase and Sales
  • Transaction Planning, Preparation, and Structuring
I have experience with comprehensive offshore incorporation and business formation strategies. “Going offshore” may have several advantages for your business, especially if you own an e-commerce, online, or other location independent business. These advantages include: asset protection, confidentiality, estate planning benefits, tax liability reduction, and less restrictive business regulations.

Startup law

Startup Law

I am passionate about helping startup companies with their legal needs. Pandev Law was once a startup. I have personally experienced the challenges and hurdles associated with starting your own business. I understand your needs as an entrepreneur. I offer legal advice to help your startup business grow while remaining compliant with all laws and regulations. My startup legal services include:

Flat Fee Company Formation Package

I understand that starting a new business can be expensive and that most entrepreneurs do not have a large budget for legal expenses. Keeping this in mind, I have created a flat fee company formation package specifically tailored to the needs of new businesses. My flat fee company formation package provides you with important liability protection at a reasonable price. This allows you to invest your money where it belongs, your business. My flat fee company formation package includes:

  • Consultation with a business attorney to discuss your goals and to determine the best entity type for your business needs.
  • Advice on selecting a company name compliant with Secretary or Department of State rules.
  • Draft and file relevant documents, including:

    • For a Corporation:

      • Articles or Certificates of Incorporation
      • By-Laws
      • Shareholder Agreement
      • Initial Resolutions (Director and Shareholder)
      • Subscription Agreement
    • For a Limited Liability Company (LLC):

      • Articles of Organization
      • LLC Operating Agreement
      • Initial Resolution (Members and/or Managers)
  • Obtain EIN (Federal Tax Identification Number).
  • If necessary, file S-Corporation election.
  • Informational package summarizing important requirements for maintaining limited liability. The package also includes relevant general information on how to open a business bank account, and how to obtain a lower cost professional business address or a shared or virtual office.
  • All filing fees, including state filing fees and registered agent fees, are included in the flat fee price to assist you with financial planning and budgeting.
  • General Counsel Services
  • Corporate Governance & Maintenance
  • Technology Law Services
  • Employee and Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Purchase or Sale Agreements to Buy or Sell a Business
  • Financing (including Private Equity and Venture Capital Transactions, Stock Sales and Purchases, Secured and Unsecured Loans, etc.)
  • Commercial Leases and Subleases

  • General counsel

    General Counsel

    If you are running a small or medium sized company, you know that legal questions frequently arise in the day to day operation of a business. Virtually any important business decision you make could have significant legal consequences. While a large company may have an in-house legal department, small business owners often have to resolve legal issues on their own. This often takes valuable time away from growing your company. As your outside general counsel, I handle your legal issues while you focus on running your business. I serve as outside general counsel to businesses of all sizes.

    How does it work? For a monthly flat fee retainer I am available to answer legal questions and represent you in various legal matters, including negotiating transactions, advising on contractual matters, and providing guidance on dispute resolution.

    What is the benefit? At a fraction of regular hourly rates and significantly below the cost of hiring a fulltime in-house attorney, you have a trusted business counselor who you can contact at any time regarding your legal issues.

    How much does it cost? The rates vary depending on the size and complexity of your business, and the amount and type of legal advice and representation you need. Fees can range from as little as few hundred to several thousand dollars a month. Your monthly rate can be adjusted depending on your utilization rate. I tailor my services to fit your business goals and needs.

    Whether you have general business related legal questions, are considering opening a new office, deciding whether to buy or sell your business, or need representation in contract drafting or negotiation, I act as your experienced outside general counsel. I help you achieve your business objectives and protect you from unnecessary risks. My outside business general counsel services include:

    • Unlimited Consultations with your General Counsel who is familiar with your business needs and objectives, can identify important legal issues, and guide you through critical strategic decisions.
    • Compliance with Laws and Regulations
    • Contract Drafting and Review, including Service and Vendor Contracts, Independent Contractor Agreements, Buy and Sell Agreements, General Business Contracts, and Debt and Equity Financing Agreements.
    • Negotiating and Advising on Transactions
    • Corporate Governance and Maintenance, including important internal company documents, such as Shareholder Agreements, Partnership Agreements, Operating Agreements, and Shareholder Resolutions.
    • Business Dispute Resolution

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    Technology Law

    Whether you are a tech innovator in charge of an early phase startup company or an established tech company in the final stages of development, I use my knowledge and experience to help your technology business grow and achieve its objectives. I have the experience to guide you through company formation, product development, and distribution processes to make your product accessible to a global audience. I often collaborate with experienced patent prosecutors and intellectual property attorneys to ensure the highest level of intellectual property services. My technology law services include:

    • Capital Raises
    • Cease and Desist Letters
    • Company Formation
    • Copyright Registration
    • Corporate Governance
    • Employee & Independent Contractor Agreements
    • Financing Agreements
    • General Counsel Services
    • Joint Venture Agreements
    • Non-Disclosure Agreements
    • Private Equity Financing
    • Purchase & Sales Agreements
    • Service Contracts
    • Stock Offering
    • Software Licensing Agreements
    • Venture Capital Transactions
    • Trademark Registration
    • Website Terms, Conditions, and Privacy Policies

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    Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Law

    I am fascinated by the potential blockchain technology presents for businesses of all sizes. I am confident that the blockchain will forever change how international business and cross-border transactions are conducted. I collaborate with blockchain industry leaders, including experienced intellectual property and securities counsel, to help blockchain entrepreneurs take advantage of the tremendous opportunities in this emerging field. I can help you navigate the uncertain regulatory environment of blockchain technology whether you are new to the world of blockchain or already established in the industry. I represent investors and innovators in various blockchain matters, including smart contracts, cryptocurrency, mining, and cryptocurrency ATM networks. My blockchain and cyrptocurrency services include:

    Compliance with Laws and Regulations

    Regulators are initiating more and more enforcement actions against blockchain and crypto companies, including smart contract developers, mining companies, and cryptocurrency ATM operators. ICOS and crypto funds are also receiving more regulatory scrutiny than ever before. If you are involved in this space, it is critical that you ensure your offerings are compliant with all laws and regulations. I help you evaluate your company’s potential liability exposure, including liability under US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations, and various banking laws. I also advise you on establishing internal compliance standards and procedures. In this regard, I represent:

    • Smart Contract Developers
    • Mining Companies
    • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
    • Private ICO and Crypto Funds
    • Cryptocurrency ATM Networks and Operators
    • Blockchain Companies and Developers
    I use my business law experience to serve as your trusted corporate counsel advising on various aspects of your blockchain or crypto business. My business law services for blockchain companies include:
    • Company Formation
    • Corporate Governance
    • Employee and Independent Contractor Agreements
    • Financing Agreements
    • General Counsel Services
    • Joint Venture and Partnership Agreements
    • Licensing Agreements
    • Intellectual Property Protection Agreements (including Non-Compete and Non-Disclosure Agreements)
    I conduct due diligence investigations for individual investors and venture capital, crypto, and ICO funds, to discover potential risks and liabilities associated with investment in a particular blockchain or crypto company. My representation includes standard pre-investment review of business assets and books, and regulatory compliance review ensuring that the offering complies with various state and federal laws, and agency regulations. I also confirm the company has registered with relevant regulatory agencies.

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