Digital Economy Legal Support Group

Digital Economy Legal Support Group

Information technologies long ago became an integral part of business and of people's lives. Yet, a deep digital transformation is unfolding in front of us. A new generation of technological solutions is now being implemented, many of which are interconnected, such as the processing of big data, the use of artificial intelligence, distributed computing and data warehouses. Both start-ups and long-established businesses are implementing promising digital solutions.

Any new technologies, however, can only be applied within legal frameworks that exist as a completely new regulatory base and within traditional regulatory spheres. In deploying modern digital business solutions one should not overlook the efforts of the state in protecting the national informational infrastructure.

Pepeliaev Group has set up a team of experts who are well versed in the essence of technological changes in the digital economy and who possess many years of experience in helping to launch business innovations in an integrated and changing regulatory environment.

The cross-sectoral Digital Economy Support Group comprises experts in the legal regulation of IT, IP, and personal data use, as well as corporate, commercial, antitrust and tax law. It offers a full package of legal services concerning any aspects of how information technologies are applied. We are ready to quickly set up an effective team based on the specific features of the project and of a particular client, making use of the sectoral and practical experience we have gained in order to resolve a legal task of any degree of complexity to boost the opportunities of your business.

Almost all team members have completed special courses on legal support of the digital economy, including: “IT and IP law” (a Master's degree at the Higher School of Economics), “Legislative fundamentals and legal practices of working with cryptocurrency and blockchains” (an advanced course at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics), “Digital Economy Lawyer” (an intensive course at the Higher School of Economics), “I-Government: the digital economy and digital technologies for state and municipal officials and business” (an advanced course at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics), and others. Nikolay Solodovnikov, who oversees the group's work, has completed a course in Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for which he received a certificate.

Our team has supported digital transformation projects at the practical level, in terms of how statutory requirements are implemented in practice, and at the law-making level. Our experts are members of working groups involving business representatives and sectoral agencies which develop proposals for how the regulatory and legal base can be improved taking account of the technological changes that are occurring.


  • Support with launching various e-services, online stores, platforms and aggregators (drafting framework conditions of use, analysing legal risks, etc.)
  • Developing e-commerce contractual procedures (verifying the status of a contracting party, concluding a contract in electronic format, digital signature issues, the evidentiary effect of electronic documents, and use of smart contracts)
  • Confirming and protecting rights to virtual objects
  • Advising on specific aspects of advertising on the Internet, online payments, etc.
  • Analysing particular aspects of the regulation of digital sales channels in specific business sectors (telehealth, the remote sale of medicines and biologically active supplements, and medical devices)


  • Auditing risks concerning critical information infrastructure facilities
  • Liaising with agencies responsible for protecting critical information infrastructure (the Russian Federal Security Service, and the Federal Service for Technical and Export Control), including drafting documents to be submitted to such authorities


  • Support for projects involving the creation of mobile applications, information systems, software & hardware complexes (for the private and public sectors)
  • Developing contractual structures to distribute software under a SaaS (‘software as a service’) model; for projects involving the remote updating of software, embedding programs into technical devices and the transmission of data from such devices, the disposal of rights to operating systems and large-scale software systems;
  • Drafting sets of documents to formalise rights to databases and to protect data by other methods, including know-how and trade secrets
  • Auditing technological companies to identify potential risks relating to the protection of IP in the sphere of IT; developing processes and documents to mitigate such risks;
  • Performing patent searches and patenting in the sphere of IT; formalising rights to integrated circuit layouts;
  • Advising in the area of digital broadcasting
  • Negotiating and settling disputes over the protection of IP in the sphere of IT (domain names, Internet sites and elements of them, etc.)

Regulatory aspects of IT

  • Auditing Internet services (including Internet sites) as to their compliance with regulatory requirements
  • PPPs in the sphere IT
  • Providing integrated support for public private partnership projects focused on information technologies

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