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Digital Economy Legal Support Group

Digital Economy Legal Support Group

Information technologies long ago became an integral part of business and our lives. Yet, a deep digital transformation is unveiling 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 used within a legal framework that exists as a completely new regulatory framework and within traditional regulatory spheres. In deploying modern digital business solutions one should not overlook the efforts of the state in protecting the national information infrastructure.

Pepeliaev Group has set up a team of experts who are well versed in technological changes in the digital economy and who possess many years of experience in launching 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, personal data use, as well as corporate, commercial, antitrust and tax law, and offers a full package of legal services concerning any aspects of how information technologies might be applied. We are ready to quickly set up an efficient team based on the specific needs of the project and of a particular client, making use of the sectoral and practical experience we have gained in order to tackle a legal task of any degree of complexity to boost the opportunities of your business.
Our team has supported digital transformation projects at the practical level, specifically, as to 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 on how the regulatory and legal framework can be improved depending on the technological changes that are occurring.

E-Commerce Services

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

Cybersecurity

  • 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

IT & IP

  • Support for projects involving the development 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, disposal of rights to operating systems and large-scale software systems
  • Drafting sets of documents to formalise rights to databases and protect data with the use of other methods, including know-how and trade secrets
  • Due diligence of technological companies to identify potential risks concerning the protection of IP in the sphere of IT; developing processes and documents to mitigate such risks
  • Patent searches and patenting in the sphere of IT; formalising rights to integrated circuit layouts
  • Advising on 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 regulatory compliance
  • PPPs in the sphere IT
  • Providing an integral support for public private partnership projects focusing on information technologies