We have founded an annual competition, the AEQUO Legal Tech Challenge, because innovation is our passion. We believe that the future belongs to those who create it.

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Submission of applications is over!
Do you have any great LegalTech ideas?

Please submit your application form to participate in the AEQUO Legal Tech Challenge 2017. The winner will receive $20,000, access to the leading legal and IT professionals, opportunities to attract investment for project development and much more.

Prize: $20 000
Final: 11-12 November, 2017
Selection criteria for projects:
Selection criteria for projects:


Your idea helps to propel legal services to the next level


Your idea is a high-tech approach to providing legal services


Your idea inspires and ignites the fire of souls
The projects will be analyzed and evaluated by a panel of judges, who are leading international and Ukrainian experts in innovation, IT, technology and law, including:
  • Dmytro Shymkiv

    Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, innovator, Ukrainian top-manager in IT, ex-Director at Microsoft Ukraine
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  • Andrey Kolodyuk

    Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA), venture capital investor, cofounder and managing partner of AVentures Capital
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  • Viktoriya Tigipko

    Founding and Managing Partner of TA Ventures, a venture capital fund, initiator of Code Club UA, the Ukrainian chapter of CodeClubWorld to teach programming to kids, President of the Odessa International Film Festival, initiator and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ukrainian Film Academy
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  • Igor Mazepa

    CEO of Concorde Capital, investment banker, chairman of the board of The Price of the State's Business Council, member of "Ukrsotsbank" Supervisory Board.
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  • Marina Vyshegorodskikh

    Vice President of Culture, Communication & Organisational Development at Ciklum. Supervrisory board member of BrainBasket Foundation.
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  • Taras Polishchuk

    Co-founder and CTO of the best travel start-up 2016 – TripMyDream, development engineer in IT with 10 years of experience
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  • Denis Lysenko

    Managing partner at Aequo. For over 15 years Denis has been acting for foreign investors (strategic players, private equity, banks and other lenders) in cross-border transactions.
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Stages of the competition
Stages of the competition

Call for applications

closes 31 August

Announcement of the shortlisted participants

8 September

Selection and announcement of top 10 finalists

26 October

Networking event

10 November

Bootcamp with presentation of ideas, keynote speakers, and announcement of the winner

11-12 November
The finalists of the project will be assisted by mentors, who are leading international and Ukrainian experts in innovation, IT, technology and jurisprudence.
  • Boris Pratsyuk

    PhD in Technical Sciences, founder of Android Dev Club, Head of R&D engineering at Ciklum. Co-founder of Fino start-up.
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  • Alexander Marinych

    The Engineering Manager at Grammarly deals with all aspects of engineering teams (people, processes, product, work environment). Before working in Grammarly, Alexander 12 years of programming, starting with academic projects on C ++ and continuing all the variety of technologies in the era of startups.
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  • Gennadiy Kornev

    Founder of Dovhe Ventures, a company helping startups and tech entrepreneurs to boost their projects and launch international sales. Previously, he was in charge of content projects in PocketBook and Kyivstar.
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  • Natalia Rogovaya

    CIMA Adv Dip MA Investment analyst of the international investment platform Startup.Network. Consultant on business planning and financial modeling
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  • Artem Korytny

    Engineering Manager / Customer Manager in the group company Altran, Lohika. Development and support of projects in the markets of the USA, Europe and Israel
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  • Alex Kavinsky

    Co-founder and CEO of 7Devs, software developer company specialized in IoT, medicine, specialized social networks and e-commerce. Portfolio manager, account manager, project manager with 7-year of experience.
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  • Myroslava Savchuk

    Senior associate with Aequo, specializes in international arbitration and litigation with particular focus on commercial, corporate, antitrust and tax litigation. Innovation advocate
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  • Andrey Nikolayenko

    Senior associate, patent and trademark attorney, Aequo, focuses on trademark, patent, copyright/related rights and domain name litigation. LegalTech savvy
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  • Do I need to know how to program?

    No, not at all!
  • How much does it cost?

    Nothing! The AEQUO Legal Tech Challenge 2017 is completely free to everyone attending! Oh, and we forgot to mention free food and drinks!
  • How do I know if I got accepted?

    We will be doing two rounds of acceptances and we will email you with details if you get accepted.
  • I know a company that would like to sponsor the competition. What do I do?

    Excellent! Please let them know that they can contact us by e-mail:
  • How many people on the team?

    From two to five participants
  • What if I have additional questions?

    Please contact us through e-mail at, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
is a leader in LegalTech, as well as:
The first law firm in Ukraine, recommended by FT Innovative Lawyers
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The Innovative Law Firm of the Year according to PLS Top Teams 2016 by Yuridicheskaya Praktika (Legal Practice)
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The first law firm to launch sophisticated online services for clients in Ukraine – AEQUO Hub
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One of the first firms to provide legal services online in Ukraine and share knowledge in the cloud with clients. Aequo also commissioned a comprehensive survey of the legal market and shared the results with the profession. Although clients did not say innovation was a priority, competition in the Ukrainian legal market is driving Aequo to differentiate itself through formalizing its client relationship management. FT Innovative Lawyers 2016
Pro Bono project – Mobile App RATE YOUR JUDGE

Extra recognition by HiiL Innovating Justice 2016, The Hague Institute for Innovation Law

«Idea to Change the Country» – the National Competition for the Best CSR Projects 2016.

Our Clients
Our Expertise

Software, development, licensing and maintenance agreements, commercial technology arrangements

E-commerce regulation

Related IP technology issues

Competition issues in the IT sector

Data protection and information security

Strategic investments and private equity transactions in the IT sector

Tax advice on outsourcing arrangements

IT disputes

Our Team
Oleksandr Mamunya
Partner, co-head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)

An attorney-at-law and a registered patent and trademark attorney. Since 2003 Oleksandr has been practicing law in the areas of Intellectual Property (patents, trademarks, trade names, copyright and related rights, domain names) and Litigation. His legal expertise includes litigation and out-of-court dispute resolution over a number of patents, well-known trademarks and trade names of many major Ukrainian and international TMT companies. Oleksandr works in close cooperation with the Ukrainian Institute of Industrial Property (PTO) and is involved in projects for improving the mechanisms of intellectual property rights protection in Ukraine. He has participated in drafting and amending a number of legislative acts regarding the intellectual property relations in Ukraine. Oleksandr has been repeatedly recommended by reputable international and local legal rankings such as Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers, Legal 500, World Trademark Review 1000, and The Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients, 100 Best Lawyers in Ukraine (Clients Choice) by Legal Gazette (Ukraine), etc. World Trademark Review 2016: «Oleksandr knows the market inside out and provides robust protection across all areas of IP.»

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Anna Babych
Partner, co-head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT)
A non-practicing Solicitor (England and Wales)

Anna is regarded by industry experts as one of Ukraine’s most experienced lawyers in TMT. Her transactional experience includes work on a number of the most complex and high value TMT deals in recent Ukrainian history, as well as regulatory matters and data protection. Anna is one of Ukraine’s leading transactional lawyers. Anna focuses on international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and general corporate commercial advice to private and public companies. Anna is a well-known practitioner in the sphere of corporate governance. In addition, she regularly advises national and international clients in connection with labor and employment issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and transfers of undertaking. Anna has been repeatedly recommended by reputable international and local legal rankings such as Chambers Europe and Chambers Global, Best Lawyers, IFLR 1000, Legal 500, and The Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients, 100 Best Lawyers in Ukraine (Clients Choice) by Legal Gazette (Ukraine), etc. Legal 500 2016: «Anna Babych has impressive experience and is up for any challenge.»

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Edward Smyshliaiev
Chief Innovation Officer
For last 15 years Edward has successfully led technology and software development efforts. He has held senior positions at various early-stage technology companies and global enterprises, including Global IT Director position at Silicon Valley company Lohika acquired by international engineering group Altran. Edward earned a bachelor of economics from National University of State Tax Service and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Milano Politecnico.
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