#UBAITConf: The Future Is Now!


KYIV - April 12, 2018. The largest IT-law conference in Ukraine, #ubaITconf, has brought together a large number of foreign and national IT-law experts to discuss the most pressing issues of the development of advanced technologies and the role of lawyers in this process.

Andriy Stelmashchuk, President of the Ukrainian Bar Association, Ilarion Tomarov, Counsil to Vasil Kisil & Partners, and Nikita Polatayko, Program Coordinator, Head of IT practice at Aequo Law Firm, thanked the guests, participants, and partners of the event, announced the agenda and noted that this year the conference was attended by an unprecedented number of foreign experts.

Discussions on the future of the economy and law started the first working session of the Forum. The moderator of the first session was Nazar Cherniavsky, partner at Sayenko Kharenko (Ukraine). Pavlo Kravchenko, founder of Distributed Lab (Ukraine), Dmytro Kohmanyuk, administrator of the national domain zone.UA (Ukraine), and Charles Whitehead, professor at Cornell Law School, advisor to several multinational financial institutions (New York, USA) shared their thoughts on the matter.

Participants noted that with the development of information technology, people become mobile, free from  territorial boundaries. The profession of a lawyer in the near future will not be so popular and desirable. The future is for project managers who will take on communication, and most of the functions of the lawyer will perform artificial intelligence.

After a coffee break, guests were able to choose a section of their own interest. Nataliya Solomahkina, co-founder of Bot & Partners (Ukraine), Oleksiy Stolyarenko, Head of IT Practice at Baker McKenzie (Ukraine), Jombor Orban, Senior Associate at Kinstellar, Budapest (Hungary), Yuri Garassim, ELEKS Corporate Security Director, President of Cloud Security Alliance Lviv Chapter (Ukraine), and Arsen Kulik, lawyer and personal data advisor at ELEKS (Ukraine) spoke on privacy and personal data protection.


The main idea expressed by the speakers is that today, due to the development of information technology, personal data is extremely unprotected, and therefore require special attention and protection. In Europe, the rules for the personal data protection (GDPR), which will take effect in Ukraine in a year, are also in place.

As experts have noted, Ukrainian legislation in general reflects the provisions of European legal acts, so changing norms will not be radically necessary. Questions may arise in terms of their compliance.

The speakers warned Ukrainian colleagues about the risks associated with the preservation of personal data when providing services to clients from the EU, and advised on how to minimize them.

At the same time, Maria Ortynska, Director of IPstyle (Ukraine), Natalia Yurieva, Intellectual Property Counsel at Wargaming (Czech Republic), Leonhard Reis, Attorney, Professor, Austrian Symposium of IT Law (Austria), and Ilarion Tomarov, Counsel to Vasil Kisil & Partners (Ukraine), discussed the issue of intellectual property and compliance.

Among the issues that the speakers focused on: the sale of software and IT services online under the EU law, the disclosure of commercial secrecy in relations with foreign clients, etc.

Mykyta Polataiko, Charles Whitehead, Gordon Einstein, Managing Partner of CryptoLaw Partners (Los Angeles, USA), and Nestor Dubnevich, Senior Associate at Jusculum (Ukraine), analyzed ICO as a capital market.

The speakers explained in detail the blockade of the mechanism and its role in the functioning of the financial market. Charles Whitehead noted that BlockChain is a natural stage in the development of the capital market, the feature of which is the exclusion of an intermediary in transactions.

Taras Kyslyy, Counsel to the EPAP Ukraine, with his colleagues Olga Baranova, tax lawyer, Anna Kravchuk, partner at Synergy, and Oksana Kobzar briefed the guests on current and emerging taxation issues for IT business, talked about the progress in taxation of software products, and also shared ideas on effective structuring of international IT-business.

Finally, the participants talked about cybersecurity and cryptotechnology. The topic of Internet security presented foreign experts. This discussion was moderated by Mykyta Torubka, Counsel to MORIS GROUP (Ukraine). Carlos Alvarez, Director for Security, Stability and Security at ICANN (USA), presented a report on how to counteract compromise of the domain name system. Damaris Vigil, a Microsoft Digital Criminality Officer in Central and Eastern Europe (FI), revealed legal strategies in the fight against cybercrime, and Wiccoe Woll, partner at Haberman Ilett (UK), shared pieces of advice how to efficiently calculate losses in IT disputes.

The topic of cryptotechnologies and rights was discussed under the moderation of Nazar Polyvka, partner at Axon Partners (Ukraine). Alyaksey Varabey, chair of the Belarus  Blockchain association "Technology of Distributed Registers" (Belarus), introduced the audience the form of a smart contract. Sergiy Mohnyev, crypto exchange lawyer at CEX.io (UK), told where and how a licensed crypto-currency exchange is created. Dmitry Matveyev, a partner at the Aleynikov & Partners Law Firm (Belarus), reported on the phenomenon of the Belarusian cryptospace and the main provisions of the Decree to foreign business.

The Ukrainian bar Association expresses sincere gratitude to all participants of the conference - guests,  partners, speakers - for creating a friendly and warm atmosphere for constructive dialogue and exchange of experience. We are confident that the advice and knowledge shared by our extraordinary speakers will help lawyers better understand the prospects of the profession.

Partners of the event, whose organizational and financial contribution helped to hold a high-level event - the exclusive general partner - Vasil Kisil & Partners, partners - Baker McKenzie, Aequo, Juscutum, Axon Partners, MORIS GROUP, Kinstellar, morning coffee partner Synergy and profile partner ELEKS.