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2023 First Edition

ITechLaw Startup Legal Playbook

A Quick Reference Guide to International Market Entry for Startups (and Their Lawyers)

The ITechLaw Startup Legal Playbook: A Quick Reference Guide to International Market Entry for Startups (and Their Lawyers) aims to provide startup founders and lawyers with a concise guide to key issues in foreign jurisdictions. The Playbook was created to help triage important issues and enable better risk assessment and questioning. Its many authors are ITechLaw lawyers from around the world experienced in working with startups. The Playbook is broken into chapters by country.

This publication is a result of the Startups Committee of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw). Initially discussed in 2020 during the pandemic, the committee developed foundational questions and collaborated with colleagues worldwide to create country-specific chapters. We are grateful for the overwhelming response and currently provide detailed chapters for thirty-nine countries. Future editions aim to include more countries, updates to reflect changing laws, and expanded questions covering specific industries and regulatory regimes. We welcome contributions for countries not listed and ideas for future expansions. We encourage you to share the playbook with clients and colleagues. (When you do so, you may include or exclude specific country chapters at your discretion.) We hope you find the following chapters helpful in your pursuit of global success. 
With the help of 39 law firms around the globe, the Startup Legal Playbook is a robust wealth of knowledge to jumpstart your global expansion. 

ARGENTINA

Marval, O’Farrell y Mairal

AUSTRALIA

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

AUSTRIA

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

BELGIUM

Agio Legal

BRAZIL

Campos Thomaz & Meirelles Advogados

BULGARIA

Dimitrov, Petrov, and Co. Law Firm

CANADA

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

COLOMBIA

Posse Herrera Ruiz

CROATIA

Vukmir and Associates LLC

DENMARK

Bird & Bird Law Firm

DENMARK

Poul Schmith/Kammeradvokaten

FINLAND

Waselius & Wist

FRANCE

Bersay

GERMANY

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB

GREECE

Skopa-Zanganas & Associates Law Firm

HONG KONG

Tanner De Witt

HUNGARY

Szecskay Attorneys at Law

ICELAND

LEX Law Firm

INDIA

Gandhi & Associates

IRELAND

Pinsent Masons

ITALY

Paradigma – Law & Strategy

LATVIA

ZAB Ellex Kļaviņš

LITHUANIA

Glimstedt

MEXICO

Santamarina y Steta S.C.

MONTENEGRO

Law Office Vujacic

NETHERLANDS

BG.legal

PANAMA

Legal IT Abogados

PORTUGAL

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

ROMANIA

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

RUSSIA

ALRUD Law Firm

SERBIA

Karanović & Partners

SINGAPORE

Collyer Law LLC

SPAIN

Garrigues

SWEDEN

Synch Advokat AB

SWITZERLAND

Walder Wyss

TAIWAN

Formosa International

TURKEY

CBL Law Office

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Al Tamimi & Company

UNITED KINGDOM

Temple Bright LLP

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Withersworldwide