Your startup legal lab

We are a team of highly motivated business lawyers helping entrepreneurs change the world.

about us

We are passionate about what we do and love legal challenges. And while we are aware that innovative startup ideas demand innovative legal solutions that are often deeply hidden in the grey areas of the legislation, we are not afraid to find them. Just the opposite, we are constantly looking for new endeavors and chances to expand our legal-knowledge stack by helping the most innovative startups find the legal solutions for their life-changing ideas.

We are a flexible team of experienced professionals, focused on being easily approachable and highly responsive. We strive to develop an open and dynamic working relationship with you to always ensure that we meet your business needs.

Our Super Powers

Our Mission

Embrace innovation

Innovation drives the world; it is the natural way of evolution; it is the reason of recent times of unprecedented change. We embrace innovation. We find legal solutions to the most daring startup ideas.

Bring a new level of excellence

To be sure that you are making smart decisions to protect your company and its future, we are always doing thorough research of all the applicable Bulgarian and international legislation and court practices.

Build long term partnerships

We believe that a happy client is a potential long-term partner, so we work hard on delivering quality on time. If your business grows, we grow as well, so we want to make sure we provide the legal services at their best.

Practice Areas

“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence

-Abraham Lincoln

Commercial Law

Data Protection

IT Law

Litigation

Intellectual Property

Labor Law

Immigration Law

Blockchain

E-Commerce

Competition law

Mediation

Anti-Money Laundering

what we do

Our competitive advantage is that we speak your language, the startup language and can translate it into legal. When we have the legal picture crystal clear, we then translate back to the startup language and provide you with an understandable explanation on your legal issues. Startup law doesn’t have to be a confusing maze and you shall always understand where law, business and product meet.

We don’t tell entrepreneurs all the things they cannot do. Instead, we provide succinct, battle-tested advice on how to achieve your startup’s unique business objectives.

  • "Teodora has already handled a few cases for me, from 2 x legal issues (one locally and one internationally) through to getting the Bulgaria residency paperwork organized for my family. It's crucial that everyone associated with my businesses act as part of a joint team - and I'm delighted that we feel that Teodora is a genuine team member, not a mere 'outside adviser'."

    Alun Hill
    Alun Hill Journalist, writer, broadcaster, multiple business owner
  • "When starting our start-up journey in Bulgaria we were looking for a Law Firm that can consult us on a vast variety of questions and we got Teodora Ivanova recommended as a good fit. Since then she has done a tremendous job in acquainting us with everything from regular corporate law to new state-of-the-art issues that have not yet been addressed by the lawmakers. In rare cases when the issues were beyond her expertise, she was able to provide us with the right contacts to properly resolve them. Today, we consider Teodora as an integral part of our team."

    Victor Botev
    Victor Botev CTO of Iris.ai
  • “I have started working with Donkin and Partners Law Firm, and particularly Teodora Ivanova while resolving a commercial issue with my company. The complexity of our work required a fair bit of research and expertise and Ms. Ivanova was able to maneuver us through it with a great deal of care and clarity while ensuring we were aware of the process and on the same page. We have continued working together since then, and I would definitely recommend Donkin and Partners Law Firm for any kinds of commercial matters.”

    Alexander Gavazov
    Alexander Gavazov CTO & Founder of Atlantify Ltd.

Law up your startup

services

Creating a new business from the ground up is as overwhelming as it is rewarding. One of our first tasks as startup attorneys is defining and handling the assortment of legal matters that come into play when running a business. Thus, we are able to legally power you at every stage of your startup development life-cycle.

Here we have broken down chronologically some of the legal issues that you may encounter:

Business Planning

We can review your business plan, give you an objective assessment of its legal strengths and weaknesses, and help you create a legally compliant action plan to turn your business vision into reality.

Entity Formation

We can help you decide when and where to incorporate your startup company and what kind of legal entity to choose. We will explain to you everything about the initial structuring of different legal entities, the management boards, voting rights, shares, capital, etc. We will also help you with all the paperwork.

Shareholders Agreements

The business of startups is all about change and disruption. That’s why there are cases when the existing legal framework for entities structure and rights cannot suit shareholders’ needs. It is why and where shareholders’ agreements play an important role.

Contracts

We can help you draft all kinds of commercial contracts for arranging your relations with your partners. We can also review any such contracts and if necessary, make amendments, give you advice and negotiate them for you. When doing all the paperwork, we will fully protect your business interests while taking into account all the applicable legislation.

GDPR Compliance

We can provide you with tailored advice and ensure full GDPR compliance for your company, taking into account all the specifics of your business.

Employment

We will explain to you the difference between employees and independent contractors, and advise you on determining the appropriate status for each position you intend to fill. We will advise you on your rights and responsibilities as an employer, as well as draft all kinds of contractor agreements, employment contracts, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements.

Copyright, Trademarks, Patents

We can explain to you everything about your intellectual property rights and help you decide if and how to assign it. We can help you draft license agreements and advise you if you need to apply or make а registration to protect it.

Financing

We can advise you on the different kinds of financing processes, including seed financing, venture capital, etc., and examine for you the proposed terms, structures, loan agreements and any other legal documents.

Litigation

While no one wants to think of his business as a potential target for a lawsuit, you should be prepared for the possibility of litigation. We can give you advice on the proactive steps you can take to mitigate the risks of litigation or in the event that your business faces a lawsuit, you can fully rely on us to competently represent you before court.

Monthly Support

We will provide you with legal services and assistance related to the day-to-day business and help you make informed decisions so that you can retrieve the maximum value out of your business.

Legal advice on a specific legal issue

We can also provide you with a legal statement on a specific legal issue.

Legal training and seminars

If you want to be able to update and support yours or your employees’ legal knowledge on a specific legal matter, we can tell you everything you need to know.

Walking the extra mile

Drawing on our extensive network of professional contacts, we can introduce you to the people you need to connect with to get your business up and running. Similarly, we are working with all other kinds of professionals operating in different areas and will be happy to connect you with any of them. Just ask us!

Accountants

Cash flow is often a challenge for startup businesses. We can leverage our professional network to introduce you to accountants who can help you produce financial reports or even develop your financial projections.

Marketing agencies and Business consultants

We can also introduce you to business consultants from within our professional network, as well as marketing agencies that will help you get your marketing and sales going. And we know how important are these for you and your business.

Our Approach

Our approach is to get to know your company so that we can fully understand your technology, product, service, goals, competitive advantages, and limitations. We have the business savvy to fully understand your business and the legal powers to create working legal solutions, considering your existing and planned business processes. And this is how it is all happening:

  • Your request

    Let’s go through this together. Get started by contacting us and telling us about your legal needs, be as specific as you can.

  • Analysis and Contact

    We will be in touch quickly to provide our assistance. At this stage, we might also need to tell us a little bit more. We will ask you all we need to know.

  • Offer

    When we have crystallized the legal issues ahead of us, based on the size, complexity and delivery terms of the legal issue, we will present you with an offer.

  • Get to work

    After we have agreed on the terms, we will get to work and draft all the documents, research all the matters that go into resolving your legal needs. We will then walk you through everything.

Teodora Ivanova

Teodora Ivanova

teodora@donkin.eu
 
Teodora Ivanova is a Sofia University LL.M. graduate, Attorney-at-Law and Mediator. Prior to becoming founder of Donkin&Partners EOOD, Teodora has specialized International Law in the Netherlands and Entrepreneurship in the USA. Due to her multidisciplinary and international path, Teodora has worked with entrepreneurs globally, and thus, broadened her experience in Corporate Law, Startup Law, Personal Data Protection and Trial Litigation.
 
Starting to collaborate with the most progressive Bulgarian Startups, she began to deeply understand startup issues, explore their nature and last, but not least, learned to not lose sight of business needs when thinking through legal issues. This lead to establishing Donkin&Partners - startup-savvy and startup-friendly law firm, handling an increasing number of complex startup legal matters with a growing portfolio of diverse national and international clients.

We are hiring!

We are hiring!

We are currently looking for smart and motivated people to join our team!

We strive to succeed by creating a team of forward-thinking people, working in an informal and friendly atmosphere of respect and trust. We aspire to offer a great workplace to practice law in Bulgaria.

If you:

✓ are interested in Startup Law and innovations
✓ have excellent English
✓ are proactive and constantly challenging yourself
✓ have strong analytical skills and attention to detail
 
Send us your CV and cover letter to info@donkin.eu
 
 

Teodora Ivanova

Teodora Ivanova

teodora@donkin.eu
 
Teodora Ivanova is a Sofia University LL.M. graduate, Attorney-at-Law and Mediator. Prior to becoming founder of Donkin&Partners EOOD, Teodora has specialized International Law in the Netherlands and Entrepreneurship in the USA. Due to her multidisciplinary and international path, Teodora has worked with entrepreneurs globally, and thus, broadened her experience in Corporate Law, Startup Law, Personal Data Protection and Trial Litigation.
 
Starting to collaborate with the most progressive Bulgarian Startups, she began to deeply understand startup issues, explore their nature and last, but not least, learned to not lose sight of business needs when thinking through legal issues. This lead to establishing Donkin&Partners - startup-savvy and startup-friendly law firm, handling an increasing number of complex startup legal matters with a growing portfolio of diverse national and international clients.

We are hiring!

We are hiring!

We are currently looking for smart and motivated people to join our team!

We strive to succeed by creating a team of forward-thinking people, working in an informal and friendly atmosphere of respect and trust. We aspire to offer a great workplace to practice law in Bulgaria.

If you:

✓ are interested in Startup Law and innovations
✓ have excellent English
✓ are proactive and constantly challenging yourself
✓ have strong analytical skills and attention to detail
 
Send us your CV and cover letter to info@donkin.eu
 
 

grow

Almost everyone we work with uses us on a go-forward basis for all of their continuous legal needs. We are experts in helping clients grow.

Soo…

If you are a startup, scale-up, investor or entrepreneur, who has numerous legal questions or tasks to get up to speed in starting or running your business, don’t hesitate to contact us!

address

15-17 “Tintyava” Str.
Izgrev 1113
Sofia, Bulgaria
Work&Share Coworking Space

e-mail

info@donkin.eu

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