Julia Z. Nikolaev

Head of the U.S. practice

Ms. Julia Z. Nikolaev is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in various areas of law, who is licensed to practice law in the United States and in Russia. She has worked for both large corporations and small companies providing expertise in complex legal matters involving startup, business transactions, and business immigration law. She has been an active participant in the blockchain and bitcoin community since early 2016. Ms. Nikolaev is an active member of California Bar Association and of The International Women’s Leadership Association. In 2013, she has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who organization for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in legal profession.

Colin Breeze


Mr. Colin Breeze brings two decades of experience in securities and commercial legal representation with a focus on technology startups and capital formation. In addition to his work on behalf of clients with their capitalization transactions and interactions with securities regulators, Mr. Breeze has been active in the establishment and management of novel investment platforms targeting emerging markets, illiquid assets, real estate, private equity and venture capital asset classes, with specific projects targeting the healthcare, technology, cybersecurity, and financial products verticals. Since launching his legal and investment career, Mr. Breeze has remained a member of the New York State and California Bar Associations.

Sergey Sopot

Head of the Ukrainian Practice

Mr. Sergey Sopot is a seasoned attorney who practiced corporate and international law in Ukraine for over 25 years. He has been a founder of “Sopot & Partners” with over 40 attorneys on staff, which remained a top player on the legal scene in Ukraine for many years. In addition, Mr. Sopot is a successful entrepreneur whose ambitions reach far beyond just legal profession. He had always been interested in innovative technologies and stayed abreast with the latest developments generating unique and creative ideas and embodying them into prosperous business projects. Throughout his career, Mr. Sopot ran multiple ventures advancing modern technologies and next generation products. His proven expertise working with emerging technologies attracts and targets early adopter audiences allowing him to build an extensive network of business and legal connections worldwide.

Kharabet Konstantin

Head of the Russian Practice

Kharabet Konstantin, professor, lawyer, chairman of the Moscow legal Bar “Corporate Defence”. A dedicated supporter of the blockchain technology.Since 2001 – professor in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, the author of more than 180 scientific papers, including 8 monographs, on criminology and deviantology, the fight against illicit drug trafficking. Member of the Russian Philosophical Society and the Russian Criminological Society. He has been practicing law practice since 1996, since 2005 – Chairman of the Moscow legal Bar “Corporate Defence”. Member of the International Union of Lawyers and the International Association of Russian-speaking lawyers. Since 2013 – member of the Presidium and Expert Council of the National Association of Compliance (Russia). Practices in the field of corporate and commercial law, electronic finance, mediation, compliance procedures, environmental law. The clients of lawyer Kharabet K. and his team in different years were and are: the Central Bank of Russia, the Ministry of Construction, the Ministry of Health, the Group of Companies “RENOVA” and others. The “Corporate Defence” (Legal Bar) is a participant and nominee of the Russian National rating “The Best Law Firm” (starting from 2012). Prof. Kharabet K. – a permanent participant (as a speaker and listener) of business seminars, congresses, scientific conferences held in Russia, Germany, Latvia, the United States and France.