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Rika Khurdayan


Rika Khurdayan’s practice involves blockchain, virtual currencies, ICO’s and international private client work.

Rika focuses on legal and regulatory aspects of blockchain and distributed ledger technology, particularly, securities and futures regulations applicable to token generating events and cryptocurrency.

Rika has extensive experience helping clients structure, negotiate and execute their most complex business transactions, including cross-border investments, joint ventures and capital markets transactions.

Rika advises a variety of clients, including private equity and venture capital funds, private companies and family offices, in their acquisition, investment and disposition strategies. Rika helps these clients navigate the multiple tax laws, property regimes and legal systems as they move people, financial assets and business interests across international borders.

Major aspect of Rika’s practice involves counsel to high-net-worth individuals, families and investment funds in connection with optimal investment and holding structures for U.S. inbound transactions, tax-advantaged transfers of assets, pre-immigration tax strategies and acquisition, ownership and management of luxury assets.

Rika often provides advice on FATCA, FIRPTA, CRS compliance, PFIC rules, CFC rules, international tax treaties and works closely with investment advisors, accountants, insurance planners and other attorneys to ensure coordinated approach and effective implementation of every project.


750 Third Avenue, St 900
New York, NY
O. 212.457.9797
Areas of Expertise
Foreign Investments in U.S.
Luxury Assets
Pre-immigration Tax Planning
Tax-advantaged Onshore and Offshore Structures
Application of CFC and PFIC rules
Tax Planning for Multinational Families
Business Advisory
Fund Formations
Blockchain Advisory
SEC rules and regulations for ICOs
Available Exemptions from SEC Registration
Education and Admissions
New York Law School, cum laude
Bar Admissions
New York
U.S. District Court Southern
District of New York


Super Yacht Purchase and Registration

Successfully completed acquisition of a luxury yacht, involving negotiating post-closing manufacturing work, offshore closing, clearing through customs in the EU, Cayman flag registration, obtaining U.S. cruising license

Close-Ended Asset Based Fund

Coordinated creation of legal, marketing and business documentation for a fancy color diamond fund (master feeder structure) focused on enhancing value of an existing collection of rare color diamonds and acquiring new diamonds

Trust and Asset Restructuring

Assisted with restructuring of client’s existing holdings (real estate, fine art and collectibles), including review of insurance policies and negotiations with underwriters to cover gaps and additional risks

Luxury Estate Lease in Greenwich, CT

Represented as co-counsel a member of a royal family in drafting and negotiating the lease for a residential property in Greenwich, CT 

Due Diligence and Feasibility of Building a Methanol Production Facility

Analyzed feasibility of a project involving dry natural gas to methanol production plant in Marcellus Shale taking advantage of the cheap stranded shale gas available in the area and limited regional competition

Pre-immigration Planning and Re-structuring

Represented a leading global gold retailer in connection with the owner’s plans to relocate to the U.S., including analyzing current global business operations and personal assets and designing an optimized tax and corporate structure to minimize US tax consequences

Holdings Restructuring and Cayman Star Trust

Represented a foreign client in restructuring of business holdings and contributing all interest in business to a Cayman Star trust

Importation and Registration of High-Performance Car

Assisted a client in importing a luxury high-performance car from Middle East to the United States to operate on the U.S. roads

Super Yacht Incident and Insurance Coverage

Successfully advised the owner and coordinated the inspection, claim coverage and repair process for a luxury yacht following accident at sea

Pre-VC Funding Restructuring and Conversion of a Successful Start-up

Represented a successful tech start-up in connection with converting an existing NJ LLC into DE corporation with super-voting stock for founders and non-voting restricted stock for employees

Purchase Price Adjustment Dispute

Advised a leading healthcare advertising and marketing agency in its post-acquisition $1.8M purchase price adjustment dispute

Structuring and Launching of Crowdfunding Platform

Assisted a client with structuring and launching health technology crowdfunding platform, including guiding the client through several rounds of capital raise

Two-tier Maltese Operating Structure

Represented a client in connection with planned relocation to the U.S. and designed a two-tier Maltese operating structure in order to defer U.S. income taxation and ensure preferred dividend distribution rates

U.S. Inbound Operating Structure

Advised Ukrainian-based water filtration company in connection with U.S. market entry, and establishing production facility and operations in the U.S.