Helping Your Startup Grow

Focus on building your business & leave the legal troubles to us!

about us

We are lawyers of a new generation who:

– provide you with tailored quality service;

– speak your language – we follow technology trends and you can be sure we understand your product;

– bring clarity out of complexity;

– have vision & always provide working legal solution even on the most daring & innovative startup ideas;

– don’t believe in limits & time constraints;

Our Super Powers

Our Mission

Embrace innovation

Bring a new level of excellence

Build long term partnerships

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

You do what you do best – build your business!

We do what we do best – protect you at every stage of your development life-cycle.

  • "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

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

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

We can introduce you to experienced and quality accountants.

Marketing agencies and Business consultants

We can introduce you to business consultants & marketing agencies.

Our Approach

Our approach is to get to know your legal needs, so we can fully protect your rights and provide value to your business. And this is how it is all happening:

  • Make a request

    Tell us about your legal needs and/or questions, be as specific as you can.

  • Contact

    We will be in touch within 24 hours. At this stage, we might ask you to give us some more information.

  • Offer

    Based on the complexity of your legal needs, we will present you with an offer.

  • Get to work

    After we have agreed on the terms, we will get down to work. We will then walk you through everything.

Teodora Donkin

Teodora Donkin

teodora@donkin.eu
 
Teodora Donkin is a Sofia University LL.M. graduate, Attorney-at-Law and Mediator. Prior to becoming founder of Donkin&Partners, Teodora specializes International Law in the Netherlands and Entrepreneurship in the US. In 2013 she becomes member of the Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE).

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 to 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 Donkin

Teodora Donkin

teodora@donkin.eu
 
Teodora Donkin is a Sofia University LL.M. graduate, Attorney-at-Law and Mediator. Prior to becoming founder of Donkin&Partners, Teodora specializes International Law in the Netherlands and Entrepreneurship in the US. In 2013 she becomes member of the Association of the Bulgarian Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE).

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 to 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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