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Firms To Watch: Fintech

With the arrival of Sarah Kenshall  from Burges Salmon LLP in October 2020, BPE Solicitors LLP has significantly bolstered its fintech offering. It acts for public sector and pseudo-governmental bodies on regulatory projects and particular experience in payments services.
James Burnie  arrived at gunnercooke LLP from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in May 2020, expanding the firm’s fintech offering. The practice handles blockchain, payment services and AI matters, and Burnie has significant experience in cryptocurrencies.

Fintech in London

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP's strong connections with financial services authorities see it remain at the forefront of regulatory issues shaping the fintech arena. In addition, its regular involvement in major fintech projects ensures that the firm maintains a strong profile among traditional and emerging technology platforms. Ben Regnard-Weinrabe, who heads up the practice, focuses on payments, retail banking and consumer finance matters. Etay Katz left for Ashurst in May 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ben Regnard-Weinrabe

Autres avocats clés:

Jane Finlayson-Brown; Nikki Johnstone; William Samengo-Turner; Daniel Fletcher

Les références

‘Will Samengo-Turner has been a staunch supporter for us during a frantically busy year.’

‘Will Samengo-Turner remains extremely calm under pressure and has often made himself available on short notice where required.’

‘Working with Will Samengo-Turner feels like working with a colleague rather than an external adviser; he is very much an extension of the in-house team and is as aligned with our goals as we are.’

‘Will Samengo-Turner resources work very effectively, ensuring that the associates that work with us are well briefed and not stretched too thin across other client work.’

Principaux clients

Nomura

Four Seasons Hotels

Axis Bank

Mubadala

The Co-operative Group

Nokia

Sage

Nikon

News UK

HP

Photobox / Moonpig

Rimini Street

Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Mail

IMI Precision Engineering

Ness

Incomm Payments

Columbia Threadneedle

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a multinational technology company  on the data protection aspects of the rollout of a pioneering Covid-19 testing programme in the UK and EU.
  • Advising a global financial services provider on a range of digital/data initiatives, including its use of cookies across Europe and its online behavioural advertising activities via real-time bidding (RTB).
  • Advising Four Seasons Hotels on a range of data privacy matters globally.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP's presence in the fintech space sees it advise clients such as start-ups, large corporates and institutional banking clients. The fintech offering covers advice on a myriad of transactional, regulatory and contentious issues, with the firm drawing on strengths from a broad cross-section of departments. Clients count on the expertise of practitioners active in areas such as M&A, capital markets, dispute resolution, technology, data privacy, antitrust and cybersecurity, among others. The team has expert knowledge of developing technologies, such as blockchain, smart contracts and artificial intelligence (AI), making it well- placed to handle high-profile fintech mandates. Simon Crown, Jonathan Kewley and Kate Scott now jointly lead the group, following Peter Chapman's retirement. Monica Sah  is knowledgeable about a wide ambit of legal and regulatory issues shaping the fintech arena, particularly those concerning global financial institutions and disruptor blockchain providers; her expertise includes financial and crypto asset product structuring, as well as the regulation of crypto exchanges and custody under AMLD5. In 2020, Oliver Pegden  made partner, while Simon Persoff joined from DLA Piper. In May 2021, Paul Ellison joined from Macfarlanes LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Crown; Jonathan Kewley; Kate Scott

Autres avocats clés:

Samantha Ward; Monica Sah; Simon Persoff; Paul Ellison; Oliver Pegden

Les références

‘I have found them consistent and reliable, especially when it comes to urgent matters.’

Clifford Chance has a a strong team in Europe and benefits from regional offices that are extremely knowledgeable about the local laws and regulations. The team is able to collaborate across different countries in Europe while still leveraging local expertise effectively.

They are extremely knowledgeable about the cryptocurrency industry and the other players in this space, which means that they provide insightful and relevant advice rather than just repeating the legislation.’

Principaux clients

OKCoin

Bayes Fintech

Hi 55 Ventures Limited

Worldpay

HQLAx

MarketAxess

Citi

MasterCard

Corda Network Foundation Stichting

WEX Inc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising HQLAx and Deutsche Börse on their jointly developed distributed ledger technology (DLT) solution for frictionless collateral swaps in the securities lending market, enabling market participants to transfer ownership of securities seamlessly across disparate collateral pools at precise moments in time.
  • Advising on a high-profile tech payments dispute between a fintech start up and a multinational credit card issuer.
  • Advising a global bank on ethical issues regarding the use of data and artificial intelligence, including public policy, financial regulatory, data protection, data privacy and antitrust enforcement and civil litigation risks.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's fintech offering is drawn from the firm's strengths in financial services regulation, IP, technology, corporate transactions and data protection. Emily Reid (who is a co-head of the global fintech practice) has over 30 years of experience in the fast-moving payments, consumer finance, merchant acquiring and banking industries. John Salmon is knowledgeable about the legal and regulatory issues related to blockchain technology. The practice counts start-ups, alternative lending companies, global banks and other financial institutions among its clientele. James Black made partner in 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emily Reid; John Salmon

Autres avocats clés:

Rachel Kent; Anthony Doolittle; James Black

Principaux clients

AXA PPP Healthcare Group Limited

Bloom

Banked

Covertech

Curve 1 Limited

Fairscore / Updraft

Floww

Fygo

General Internet

Global Digital Finance

Habito

Moneyfold

Monzo Bank

Open Banking Limited

PayPal

Paysafe

Pivotal Group

Santander Innoventures

WeCovr

Zopa

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Fronted on regulatory matters.
  • Continuing to be retained by Open Banking as their exclusive legal adviser in relation to all regulatory matters.
  • Providing ongoing advice on regulatory and competition law matters to Curve.

Latham & Watkins

As ‘the crème de la crème of the fintech market’, Latham & Watkins leans on its international network and strong US presence to provide wide-ranging advice to financial institutions, fintech companies and internet companies developing financial offerings. The firm acts for clients on projects involving areas such as blockchain, cryptocurrency, payments and electronic trading. It is able to advise businesses on their full lifecycle, from embryonic ideas to initial public offerings (IPOs) and beyond. The multidisciplinary team offers expertise in financial products and market infrastructure knowledge, technology and commercial matters, and regulatory issues. Team head Andrew Moyle has notable experience of payments and transfers, insurtech and virtual currencies. Stuart Davis is recommended for market infrastructure, blockchain, cryptocurrency and non-fungible token (NFT) matters. In 2020, Shing Lo joined from Bird & Bird LLP, while Mike Turner was hired from Taylor Wessing LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Moyle

Autres avocats clés:

Christian McDermott; Fiona Maclean; Stuart Davis; Shing Lo; Mike Turner

Les références

‘Immense international capabilities.’

‘Unsurpassable knowledge.’

‘A reliable set of hands for the most difficult problems.’

‘I wouldn’t trust anyone else with serious questions.’

‘Advice and work is provided with certainty and confidence.’

‘Christian McDermott and Stuart Davis in the UK have been of an immense help to our business.’        

‘Super-professional, out-of-the-box and business-oriented team.’

‘Extensive regulatory and legal knowledge.’

Principaux clients

Airbnb

Bitfury

BlackRock

Celsius Networks

Circle UK Trading Limited

ConsenSys

eToro

Farfetch

Nivaura

Payoneer

PayU

Refinitiv

Shift4 Payments

Silver Lake Partners

Square

StepEx

Symphony

Tokenise

TPG

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Silver Lake Partners on their $650m minority investment into Klarna Holdings AB, the holdco of Klarna Bank.
  • Advising Paysafe, CVC and Blackstone on EU regulatory matters in connection with Paysafe’s $9bn SPAC merger with Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp. II
  • Advising PayU on all aspects of its involvement in Diem (formerly known as Libra), Facebook’s flagship digital currency initiative.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP has a multidisciplinary approach to fintech matters and the team in London is able to draw on the resources of the wider global network for additional expertise. With the firm having strong relationships with regulators, it is at the forefront of regulatory issues impacting emerging fintech companies and larger established entities. It also assists with risk management, as well as investigations and enforcement actions. Particular areas of focus include payment systems and digital payments, digital assets, digitisation of financial markets, investment and corporate work, as well as data, cyber and tech disputes. Julian Cunningham-Day advises large financial services institutions and clients in other highly regulated industries, with a focus on data management, outsourcing, M&A and compliance. Harry Eddis is a go-to for advice on financial markets regulation, while Fionnghuala Griggs undertakes corporate work. Managing associate Richard Hay is experienced in new product development in the market infrastructures sphere.

Responsables de la pratique:

Julian Cunningham-Day; Harry Eddis; Fionnghuala Griggs ; Richard Hay

Autres avocats clés:

Lisa Chang; Michael Voisin

Les références

‘Brings to the table a pre-eminent understanding of markets businesses.’  

‘They have an increasingly comprehensive list of experience in the payments and e-money infrastructure and practice space.’

‘What I value is their ability to very easily apply their (vast) experience in FS reg historically to new applications of that law.’

‘Depth of knowledge and industry experience.’ 

‘Richard Hay is unrivalled in his knowledge of the sector, the contacts he has, and the legal issues underpinning it.’

‘Always able to draw on analogous projects and problems they have solved in the past.’

‘Creative thinking to solve problems.’

‘Michael Voisin leads from the front and is not just a senior figurehead but a key practitioner on the frontline leading the innovation.’

Principaux clients

Fnality

SC Ventures

Standard Chartered Bank

Xero UK Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Fnality International Ltd on the establishment of its blockchain-based global payment system.
  • Advised SC Ventures and Standard Chartered Bank on the establishment of Zodia Custody, an institutional custody service for certain widely traded cryptoassets.
  • Advising Xero on the regulatory (financial regulation, GDPR, data, etc) design of new add-ons for a cloud-based accounting platform.

Norton Rose Fulbright

With Norton Rose Fulbright having historical strengths in both the financial services and technology sectors, it is able to leverage its capabilities across a number of key disciplines to provide a full service to clients. It houses practitioners whose expertise spans areas such as banking, financial services regulatory, IP/IT, data privacy, payments and tax. The firm has recently been acting on a number of funding matters for fintech businesses, and it also advises on P2P platforms, payment systems, insurtech, regtech and cryptocurrencies. Sean Murphy counts start-ups, investors, banks and asset managers among his clientele. Nicholas Berry handles M&A, regulatory and transactional work. Victoria Birch and Imogen Garner are recommended for blockchain matters, while Hannah Meakin is recommended for advice on regulatory matters and cryptocurrency issues. Senior associate Charlotte Rowlandson has notable experience of corporate work, including venture capital and growth equity investments. Madeline Bailey joined as a consultant from an in-house role at MS Amlin.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sean Murphy; Victoria Birch; Imogen Garner; Hannah Meakin; Nicholas Berry

Autres avocats clés:

Charlotte Rowlandson; Madeline Bailey

Les références

‘Good depth of expertise and global coverage.’

‘Very responsive and able to make time for calls even with mis-matched time zones involved.’

‘Quick turn around on several drafting requests.’

Principaux clients

AIG

Anansi

Arch

FMO

HSBC Investment Bank

Global Parametrics

Global Blockchain Business Council

IG Markets

InsurWave

Nexus Mutual

Northern Trust

Pay.UK – the UK’s New Payment System Operator

Paxos (formerly itBit)

Paypal

Post Trade Distributed Ledger Group

Riskbook

Revenio Capital

SmartCo

Stable Group

Standard Chartered Bank

Starling Bank

Superfluid

TPAY

Zego

Zurich

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Northern Trust on its investment in Zodia Custody – a start-up providing institutional-grade custody for cryptocurrencies – with joint venture partner SC Ventures the innovation and ventures unit of Standard Chartered.
  • Advised longstanding client Starling Bank on its latest £272m Series D funding round (its largest ever), valuing the company at £1.1bn pre-money.
  • Advising Zego on its $150m Series C round of funding, valuing the business at $1.1bn and making Zego the UK’s first privately held InsurTech “unicorn.”

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May advises financial services and technology clients on their most complex and strategically significant projects in the fintech arena. The firm's workload spans areas such as blockchain/distributed ledgers, payments and insurtech, among various others. Its practice includes individuals whose knowledge covers regulatory, technology, IP and data issues, among other areas. Also notable is that the firm continues to run an incubator programme known as Fast Forward, which supports technology entrepreneurs and innovators in growth-stage companies. Ben Kingsley is recommended for governance, emerging markets and AI issues. He co-heads the practice with Rob Sumroy. Another key individual is Duncan Blaikie, who leads the firm's blockchain working group. Laura Houston made partner in May 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ben Kingsley; Rob Sumroy

Autres avocats clés:

Duncan Blaikie; Laura Houston

Les références

They’re extremely competent, timely, pragmatic and commercial. Very knowledgeable and on the ball with legal work for regulated firms.’

It goes without saying that Slaughter and May have a stand-out reputation across their firm, the really bring the same degree of excellence to all their practice areas and this is no exception. They are very knowledgeable, professional and I have every trust in their advice.’

The team is led by Rob Sumroy, who is a consummate professional, provides first-rate client service, is generous with his time, and engenders complete trust in his abilities and those of his team.’

Principaux clients

Standard Chartered Ventures

Stripe

Uncapped

Novus

PrimaryBid

Y Tree

Xero

TreasurySpring

Paymentsense

Checkout.com

Aztec

Transferwise

Plaid

OakNorth

Currencies Direct

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Standard Chartered Ventures, the innovation and ventures unit of Standard Chartered, on the negotiation and formation of its joint venture partnership with Northern Trust to launch Zodia Custody, an institutional-grade custody solution for cryptocurrencies.
  • Advised TransferWise (now Wise) on a range of governance and regulatory capital topics as well as its recent $319m investment round valuing the group at $5bn.
  • Advised PrimaryBid, an FCA-regulated platform that connects retail investors with listed companies on equity offerings, on its Series B fundraising round to raise approximately $50m.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is well-placed to provide a full service to clients in the fintech arena, with it fielding first-rate financial regulatory, private equity, commercial contracts, payments and technology practices. It also handles litigation for financial firms and has recently seen an uptick in fintech instructions from its Asia offices. Fiona Ghosh, who leads the fintech practice, focuses on payment solutions and specialises in the intersection of technology and regulated markets. William James is recommended for paytech, outsourcing and technology platforms.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fiona Ghosh

Autres avocats clés:

William James; Amanda Hulme

Les références

‘Excellent service, asked all the right questions and produced a top-quality commercially sound product.’                           

‘Superb and trusted advice.’

‘Will be calling on their services again soon.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and always available to help provide advice.’

‘They went over and above to ensure the deal was appropriately structured and my business was suitably protected.’

‘Would definitely work with them again and have already recommended their services to several other businesses.’

Principaux clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

The British Land Company PLC

Tumelo Limited

Fairscore Ltd (trading as Updraft)

Metro Bank plc

Knoma Ltd

Microsoft

Experian

Free2

Flywire

Bink (Loyalty Angels)

Card Processing Advisory Service Limited (CPRAS)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising HSBC Commercial Banking on the development and launch of HSBC Kinetic.
  • Advising FinTech Fairscore Ltd (operating as Updraft) with its debt and equity funding provided by Quilam Capital.
  • Assisting Flywire with a number of regulatory compliance and implementation requirements and continue to support them on regulatory matters.

Ashurst

Ashurst is seen as a first port of call by fintech innovators and financial institutions, with it having an excellent reputation in cutting-edge and transformational fintech projects. It offers a fintech legal labs programme, which is highlighted for ‘bringing some outstanding companies together from around the world, and also refreshing views of businesses that are not seen elsewhere’. The team draws on strengths from a number of practice areas, including finance, competition, corporate, disputes, employment and tax. David Futter co-heads the fintech practice with Tara Waters, who has notable expertise in new technologies. In 2020, Jonathan Cohen joined from Clyde & Co LLP, and in another development, Bradley Rice was promoted to partner. Etay Katz joined from Allen & Overy LLP in May 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Futter; Tara Waters

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Cohen; Bradley Rice; Etay Katz

Les références

‘Bradley Rice is very responsive and provides pragmatic advice around cryptocurrencies.’

‘I was astonished how deeply the whole team engaged with our project and understood such an innovative space like digital assets and cryptocurrencies.’

‘Tara Waters is like no other partner in law firm I have come across; she is so well tuned to the needs and resources of a start-up in the fintech space.’

‘The team is well-organised, precise and tech/business-savvy.’

‘Besides their profound knowledge, they also have great connections in Europe and the United States.’

‘Comprehensive legal knowledge paired with business and market insights make this team unique and highly efficient.’

‘The team comprises well-experienced and knowledgeable experts who complement each other.’

‘They are up-to-date and seem to take on head-first any task, regardless of its size and complexity, and produce a terrific product.’

Principaux clients

British Business Bank

FundRE

Islamic Finance Guru

Hamilton Capital Holdings

VBI Capital

Diginex

Touco

Neverstone

Ramp Swaps

Asto Digital (powered by Santander)

Crypton Digital Assets

eToro Money

Goldman Sachs Marcus

Heyman AI

Monument Bank

Nomisma Exchange

Nomura

District34

Online Giving (dba Enthuse)

Step Ladder

Spark Change

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised British Business Bank on its procurements for the establishment and administration of the UK Government’s COVID-19 Emergency Loan Schemes (CBILS, CLBILs and BBLs) and its Future Fund Scheme.
  • Acting for Crypton Digital Assets on its litigation funded and ground breaking litigation against Blockchain.com. (one of the most significant blockchain related cases in the City of London)
  • Acted for Nomisma on its MTF authorisation based on the new blockchain laws in Liechtenstein.

Baker McKenzie

Exceptional firmBaker McKenzie is ‘extremely professional and client focussed’. It handles strategic transactions and projects for clients across the fintech spectrum, including banks and financial services companies, fintechs and tech companies. Multiple departments in the London office are active in the fintech arena, including tax, corporate, employment, competition, IP, financial services regulatory and technology. With particular expertise in blockchain, the practice handles a number of crypto-assets and tokenisation projects. Sue McLean often handles international work in the corporate and commercial spheres. She co-heads the practice with Mark Simpson, who is ‘very approachable and affable’, and is recommended for UK and EU regulatory matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sue McLean; Mark Simpson

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Williams

Les références

‘Their team is excellent.’

‘I have been impressed with the depth of knowledge, from partners down to trainees.’

‘They are all approachable and affable.’

‘Their advice is consistently commercial and of a high standard.’   

‘Mark Simpson has a wonderful range of fintech experience, and you can tell he loves working in this space.’

‘Mark Simpson is an outstanding practitioner, who is highly committed to his clients.’

‘Mark Simpson is very knowledgeable and has a strong and efficient team in the financial services regulatory area.’

‘Mark Simpson is always aiming to provide the best and the most accurate advice.’

Principaux clients

Deposit Solutions

Ebury

HSBC

Veridium

Finbourne

Mollie

De Giro

Tik Tok

R3

Paypal

Revolut

Checkout Limited

Railsbank

JCB

Afterpay

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Mollie on a number of aspects of its expansion into the UK, including advising on passporting arrangements under European directives and advising on post-Brexit transitional arrangements and beyond.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP has notable expertise in payments, crowdfunding, open banking and blockchain. The practice is often seen in international mandates and it is noted for its strengths in handling corporate, commercial and regulatory matters for fintech clients. Other areas of focus include advice on Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) and Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) matters. Christian Bartsch is recommended for his expertise in emerging and disruptive technologies. He co-heads the practice with Trystan Tether, who is particularly active in the electronic banking and financial services, electronic cash, cryptocurrency and payment mechanisms sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Trystan Tether; Christian Bartsch

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Emmanuel

Les références

Very attentive team that has a good understanding of issues facing fintech firms.’

Principaux clients

Stripe

Booking.com

Various Mastercard group entities

easyJet

Western Union

EMPCorp

Moneynet

bunq

VOLT Technologies Ltd.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Stripe on launching card present services in multiple countries.
  • Advising the Moneynet group on its intercompany agreement between a new electronic money institution in Belgium and its group company in the UK.
  • Acting for Luxemburg-incorporated EMPCorp , an online wallet system provider in its claim against TechToPay (TTP) arising out of TTP’s breach of the terms of a Merchant Agreement.

CMS

CMS’ broad fintech offering includes expertise in payment solutions, electronic money, cryptocurrencies, anti-money laundering, investment and online investment platforms. Ian Stevens heads up the team, which acts for start-ups, investors, large financial institutions and corporates. Charles Kerrigan handles strategic and transactional matters, while senior associate Daniel Gallagher is recommended for IP transactions. Vanessa Whitman and Kushal Gandhi were promoted to the partnership in 2020, while Rizwan Rahman made partner in 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ian Stevens

Autres avocats clés:

Charles Kerrigan; Daniel Gallagher; Vanessa Whitman; Kushal Gandhi; Rizwan Rahman

Principaux clients

Lemonade

Klarna

ClearScore

Salary Finance

Monese

Liberis

Property Partner

BrickVest

Torca

Anacap

Blenheim Chalcot

Global Growth Capital

Parmenion Capital Partners

Virgin Money/Clydesdale Bank

Santander

AIB

Silicon Valley Bank

HSBC

Metro Bank

NatWest

Lloyds Banking Group

Sainsbury’s Bank

Charles Taylor InsureTech

Pension Insurance Corporation

Hastings

Elfin

Crypto Facilities

B2C2

Unmortgage

Goji

Rate Setter

Envestors

Alaco Analytics

ApprovalMax

ApTap

Archax

ARM

Atom Invest

BABB

Buildacy

Capital Pilot

Cerebreon

Cygnetise

Diaspora

Dozens

Ducit.ai

Flow

FST Network

FundAdminChain

Globacap

Greengage

Issufy

Kestrl

Leaseum Services

MAX Group

MoneeMint

MultiPass

Penfold

Qredo

Sprive

Straits

StudentFinance

Supermoney

SupraFin

Switchd

Truealpha

Uncapped

VALK

Vyne

Youtility

AkinovA

Hokodo

Humn.AI

So-sure

Waggel

Modulr

AlbaCo

Nude

invstr

Nuvei

Elevator Ventures (Raffeisen Bank’s corporate venture capital arm)

Koodoo Mortgages

Modulr

Tillit

Osu

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Uncapped, Student Finance, Hokodo, Lenkie on embedded finance and banking as a service ecosystem.
  • Advised ClearScore from the outset and throughout its growth, supporting its various fundraisings, product and services design and launches and compliance requirements, including its recent open banking and cyber protect products.
  • Advised Behavox on a $100m investment from Softbank.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal acquired Kemp Little LLP in February 2021, which saw it take on the latter firm's fintech practice. The amalgamated entity also benefits from ancillary support from Deloitte’s non-legal disciplines, including consulting, software development, risk advisory and tax. It acts for start-ups and established fintech companies on open banking, cryptocurrencies and blockchain, electronic payments, AI and regulatory matters, among others. ‘Formidable advocateChris Hill is ‘the go-to Gandalf in the intricate world of technology legal advice’. Hill is a thought leader on mobile payments and is well-supported by Jacob Ghanty, who focuses on financial services regulation. Rich Folsom made partner in April 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Hill

Autres avocats clés:

Jacob Ghanty; Rich Folsom

Les références

‘Each person is exceptional in their job – they are each very diligent and efficient.’ 

‘The practice thoroughly engages, not only with the legal issues, but also on the commercial implications for the business more broadly.’

‘The team are always available and go above and beyond in terms of service levels.’

‘Chris Hill’s knowledge of fintech is extremely impressive and valuable.’

‘Compared to other firms they were able to suggest pragmatic tactics to complete deals which meant we moved at pace.’

‘This is a very plugged in practice, led by the deeply knowledgeable Chris Hill.’

‘Chris Hill has given us technical knowledge and insight when tackling different issues.’

‘Chris Hill has been approachable, understood our business and our challenges immediately and was able to highlight to us quickly areas to watch out for – but also super importantly areas that we do not need to worry about.’

Principaux clients

Flux

Monese

Marqeta

Lykke

Fluidly

Lufthansa

NALA Payments

Quantexa

Credit Kudos

Fractal Labs

Assure Hedge

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Flux on its deal with Barclays to put Flux’s automated digital receipts product into the Barclays mobile app.
  • Advising neobank Monese on its core terms and conditions and ongoing product developments.
  • Advised Quantexa, the contextual decision intelligence software company, on its $64.7m Series C funding round.

DLA Piper

The fintech team at DLA Piper handles a broad range of mandates for its clients, such as assistance with strategic projects, regulatory advice, financing and seed investments. Its cross-practice approach sees the firm act for banks and challenger banks, private equity and venture capital investors, asset managers, and trading platforms and exchanges. Martin Bartlam has expertise in technology solutions for new and traditional funding structures, while Anthony Day handles outsourcing and transformation projects. Bartlam and Day jointly lead the practice with Bryony Widdup, who is recommended for funding work. In 2020, Sophie Lessar joined from Simmons & Simmons, and in another key development, legal director David Cook was hired from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Martin Bartlam; Anthony Day; Bryony Widdup

Autres avocats clés:

David Cook; Sophie Lessar

Les références

‘The DLA team are incredibly knowledgeable in this fast moving area, especially around regulation which is constantly evolving.’

‘I work with both Bryony Widdup and Martin Bartlam, both are excellent advocates for sensible regulation in fintech and digital Assets and their intelligence, knowledge and commitment helps bring clarity to an often misunderstood area.’

Principaux clients

ING Bank N.V.

Archax Limited

EQT Ventures

Eldridge

Athora

Willis Towers Watson

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising ING Bank on the regulatory implications of Project Pyctor.
  • Advised EQT Ventures in respect of a seed investment in Treecard Ltd, the payment card provider partnered with Ecosia to facilitate reforestation activities.
  • Provided critical regulatory advice throughout Archax’ authorisation process, including on complex issues arising from the application of MiFID II (second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) and the CSDR (Central Securities Depositories Regulation) in the context of digital securities and distributed ledger technology.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's practice has built up a sizeable client base since its inception in 2015, with it acting for fintech companies, financial institutions (including challenger banks) and investors. It advises clients on a wide range of matters, such as M&A and investment transactions, IPOs, private fundraises, product-specific regulations and data protection. Matthew Gough focuses on commercial arrangements, IT and outsourcing agreements and software licensing. Simon Gamlin and Craig Rogers are also key individuals in the group. James Burnie left for gunnercooke LLP in 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Gough

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Gamlin; Craig Rogers

Les références

‘Matthew Gough is brilliant, easy going, professional, fun, dedicated and passionate about this sector.’

‘We would not use anyone else for this sort of work.’       

‘I have been constantly impressed with the quality of their service and commercial approach to finding solutions to legal matters.’

‘The team are very much in tune with current developments and are all over legal tech.’

‘They host an annual technology conference, which is both informative and inspiring.’        

‘I enjoy meeting with the team, as they are down to earth and able to connect with you on a human level.’

Principaux clients

Aon group

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Kubrick Group

Maia Technology

Admiral Group Plc

ZOPA

Monzo Bank

Nexo Capital Inc

FLEETCOR Technologies Inc

Noel Moran and others (Prepaid Financial Services)

TAAL Distributed Information Technologies Inc

Aryza Holdings Limited

Foreign Currency Direct PLC

Specialist Risk Group PlC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Aon on a strategic collaboration with Goldman Sachs for the development of a novel investment management platform for Aon’s captive insurance clients globally.
  • Advising the sellers of Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) on the sale of PFS, a multi-award winning European provider of white label payments and banking-as-a-service technology, to Australian listed EML Payments Limited (EML).
  • Advising FLEETCOR Technologies Inc, a global business payments company, on its acquisition of Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX), a non-bank cross-border payment solutions provider.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s cross-practice team comprises of lawyers with expertise in areas such as finance, regulatory, IT and corporate. It advises large tech companies who wish to acquire or invest in fintechs, and financial firms who are investing in fintech solutions. The practice has particular expertise in platform regulation and risk management, receivables finance, corporate fundraising, payment services and open banking. Simon Briskman, who leads the practice, is experienced in advising banks and other financial institutions on technology and outsourcing. James Walsh is recommended for commercial work and digital regulation. Stephen Moller is experienced in fintech-enabled funding platforms.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Briskman

Autres avocats clés:

James Walsh; Stephen Moller; Marsili Hale; John Worthy; John Brunning

Les références

‘John Worthy has a grasp of the subject matter which is second-to-none.’

‘John Worthy’s experience means that he is quick to get to the heart of the issue.’

‘John Worthy is diligent and provides good client service.’

‘The firm provides leading legal and regulatory expertise on all matters of commercial technology business.’

‘Solid and tested understanding of client/supplier technology-based relationships, whether on the commercial side or purely technical.’

‘Flexibility to adjust the advising contribution to the issue at stake rather than a blanket approach.’

‘John Brunning is not only an expert asset to have to advise our firm but is also a very effective manager.’

‘John Brunning’s insights into multifaceted technology provision contracts is second-to-none and gives a strong sense of all risks being covered.’

Principaux clients

Verifone

World-pay

Glory Global Solutions (International) Limited (GGS)

Shopify

Currencies Direct

Codat Limited

Ask Finance

Clearglass Limited

Hammock Financial Services Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Verifone on a range of payments regulation and operational issues across its European footprint.
  • Advising Glory Global on the €200m acquisition of a global touch-screen payment kiosks manufacturer.
  • Advised Worldpay on the drafting of a BIN/ICA Sponsorship Agreement under which Worldpay would act as MVB’s agent to solicit and acquire Merchants on behalf of MVB in the United States.

Osborne Clarke LLP

The ‘very approachable and commercially-minded’ team at Osborne Clarke LLP is active in the consumer finance, technology, AI, data protection, corporate and commercial spheres of fintech. Regulatory and dispute resolution work is another mainstay of the work undertaken by the firm, which acts for clients such as start-ups and growth businesses, challenger banks and large mainstream financial institutions. It has particular experience of structural, strategic and commercial transformations, and digitisation. With former practice head Kate Johnson leaving the practice in April 2020, the team is now jointly led by Nikki Worden and Mark Wesker. Worden is ‘effective, pragmatic and highly experienced’ and often acts for digital banks, lenders, innovators and platforms. Wesker is recommended for M&A, takeovers and IPOs.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nikki Worden; Mark Wesker

Autres avocats clés:

Paul Anning

Les références

‘The team is Innovative and able to manage matters and work effectively across the board.’

‘They have a deep understanding of the sector and have worked with many fintechs – particularly on payments and new products.’

‘They can leverage a large amount of knowledge when advising you.’

‘Nikki Worden is exceptional; she has a good reputation among fintech GCs in the consumer credit and payments space.’

‘With Nikki Worden, it is clear in every facet of her advice that she has exceptional in-house experience.’

‘Very broad practice in this area with wide knowledge of the industry from the perspective of bigger players and new comers.’  

‘Nikki Worden’s industry knowledge and no nonsense approach suits me very well and she is mindful of fees and resources.’

‘Nikki really is like an in-house expert who just happens to have landed in private practice – as in, her depth of knowledge about our specific area of business is incredible – as though she is working here’.

Principaux clients

Advanced Payment Solutions Limited (Cashplus)

Wirecard Card Solutions

gohenry

ClearBank

SalaryFinance

Totally Money

Liberis

Hargreaves Lansdown

Radiant Financial

LOQBOX Savings Limited

Monzo Bank limited

Microsoft

Simply Asset Finance

Airbnb Payments

UK Finance

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided multidisciplinary support to Wirecard and helped it achieve a solvent wind down in the UK.
  • Provided multidisciplinary support to APS/Cashplus on its journey to fully authorised bank status.
  • Provided key support in helping Liberis grow both domestically and internationally.

Paul Hastings LLP

Working closely with its colleagues in the US, Paul Hastings LLP provides a cohesive transatlantic service to international corporates and smaller domestic companies in the fintech space. Its team is well-versed in financial services regulatory, transactional, data protection, IP and technology-related issues. The practice continues to act on a number of high-profile cryptocurrency projects, including assisting various bitcoin exchanges with expansion, new product development and anti-money laundering matters. Other areas of focus include payments, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and compliance, including PSD2 and GDPR issues. Arun Srivastava, who heads up the practice, is recommended for advice on cross-border regulatory issues and contentious financial services matters. Sarah Pearce leads the EMEA privacy and cyber security practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Arun Srivastava

Autres avocats clés:

Nina Moffatt; Sarah Pearce ; Konstantin Burkov

Les références

‘I worked with Nina Moffatt and she was always helpful and professional and went above and beyond in her duties.’               

‘Nina Moffatt is a strong payments and regulatory specialist within the fintech team at Paul Hastings, with good knowledge of UK and European requirements.’

‘The billing was always clear and consistent and we appreciated their collaborative approach to working with the company on obtaining change of control approvals for an acquisition.’ 

‘Nina Moffatt has fantastic sector knowledge in payments, as well as practical advice on how best to deal with each of the regulators.’          

Bristows LLP

The Bristows LLP team is ’approachable, highly experienced and commercial in its advice’. With a reputation for technology and IP, the firm is well-placed to handle fintech matters, and often does so internationally, dealing with both contentious and non-contentious work. Specific areas of focus include AI, robotics, DLT and blockchain, for which it provides advice to challenger banks, investors, academic institutions, banks and large corporates. The practice is led by Louise Eldridge, who advises fintech clients on M&A, venture capital investments and joint ventures. She is also knowledgeable about financial services regulatory issues. Vikram Khurana made partner in May 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

Louise Eldridge

Autres avocats clés:

Toby Crick; Marc Dautlich; Vikram Khurana

Les références

‘Others have claimed to have deep understanding in tech, but Bristows seem to walk the walk where others have not.’                   

‘Toby Crick is a true technology specialist with a real understanding of the drivers of our business and what really matters to us.’

‘Toby Crick has led some of our cutting-edge projects and is now our go to external lawyer on all things technology sourcing (both customer and supplier side).’

‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic, provides sensible advice, and consequently value for money.’

‘Louise Eldridge is attentive, available and provides sound advice.’

‘They took the time to understand our business and risk appetite and this was factored in to the advice throughout.’

‘Toby Crick obviously has a deep understanding of software, but combines this with commerciality and pragmatism.’

‘Toby Crick combines deep tech knowledge with being able to convey and distil complex issues to non-techies.’

Principaux clients

DNB Bank AsA

Optal Financial ltd

Quant Network

Eigen technologies

Latent Logic

Generation Investment Management

Core Logic

Aspen

Adthena

Munich Re Digital Services

The Guardian

Isle of Man Enterprises Plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised blockchain technology provider Quant Networks on various corporate and legal matters, including the standard terms and conditions for its novel application of blockchain.
  • Advising Aspen on a wide range of IT procurement needs, including multimillion IT procurement and seven figure savings in software licence matters.
  • Advised DNB Bank on the platform developed by their joint venture with 11:FS.

Dentons

Dentons combines the strengths of its TMT and financial regulation practices to advise on high-value payments, electronic money, crypto, digital banking and IT outsourcing transactions. It acts for innovative banks, non-traditional lenders and fintech firms. ‘Outstanding partnerJonathan Garforth co-heads the team with Martin Fanning (who is recommended for IT matters in the financial services industry) and Alison Bryce.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Garforth; Alison Bryce; Martin Fanning

Autres avocats clés:

Tristan Jonckheer; Antonis Patrikios

Les références

‘They know their stuff inside out and work collaboratively.’

‘They are always keen to push the boundaries of what is possible for their clients.’                         

‘Jonathan Garforth is incredibly bright; he is always coming up with innovative solutions for his clients and finally is absolutely on top of his game.’

‘They are truly global in a work area that is without borders. It is important that law firms that serve this area reflect that.’

‘The Dentons team is able to connect with colleagues around the globe for country-specific regulatory advice.’

‘The team sets itself apart in its human and personable approach.’

‘They explain and navigate a complicated topic like regulations in a clear and understandable manner.’

‘Jonathan Garforth is widely respected and a team player who sees the bigger picture.’

Principaux clients

Ant Group (World First, Ant Financial and Alipay UK)

Paypal Inc

TreviPay (Multi-Service Technology Solutions, Inc)

John Lewis Partnership

ING Bank N.V., London Branch

FCMB Bank (UK) Limited

Karma Technologies International Limited

Cheddar Payments Limited

Aventus Network Services Limited

cashbackApp (Enigmatic Smile Limited)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Paypal Inc on its signing to acquire Curv, a provider of cloud-based infrastructure for digital asset security based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Advising Karma Technologies International Limited, on its UK launch and its rebranded product “Borofree” that included advice in respect of the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent review into the buy-now-pay-later industry.
  • Advising Multi Service Technology Solutions, Inc (MSTS) doing business as TreviPay (and its former parent, World Fuel Services Corporation) as lead global regulatory counsel on the payments regulatory aspects of a deal which saw MSTS sold to private equity firm, Corsair Capital.

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP's team acts for a large number of disruptors in the fintech space and has particular experience of advising on investments into start-ups and growth companies. Leveraging expertise in financial services regulation, data privacy, IP, corporate and tax law, the team is well-placed to handle both contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Jonathan Segal has noted expertise in P2P lending, while Chris Finney is recommended for commercial and regulatory matters. Kolvin Stone joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in June 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Segal

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Finney; Andrew Woolf; Kolvin Stone

Principaux clients

yabeo Ventures

Revolut

Yapily

StudentFinance

Wagestream

ThinCats

Koyo Loans

Tabeo

Balderton Capital

Lending Works

BillFront

Deep Grey Research

ArchOver

Relendex

Fundsquire

Fronted

Outfund

Go Car Credit

Solidatus

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised international venture capital firm yabeo on its investment in digital mortgage lender Molo as part of a £266m debt and equity funding.
  • Advised Tabeo on the structured debt facilities provided to lenders lending via the Tabeo platform to fund dental healthcare.
  • Advised Solidatus on its £14m growth investment from Albion Ventures, HSBC and Citi Bank.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises high-profile and fast-growing businesses on the gamut of issues arising at every stage of their lifecycle, as well as undertaking a significant amount of work for major banks. The practice advises on M&A and fundraising, financial services regulation, insurance, technology and commercial contracts, among other matters. Caroline Rae co-heads the team with Nick Pantlin. Rae is recommended for corporate transactions, while Pantlin handles blockchain, procurement and systems implementation matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Caroline Rae; Nick Pantlin

Autres avocats clés:

Barnaby Hinnigan; David Coulling

Les références

‘Very good at distilling difficult concepts into easy to understand summaries.’

‘The team always seem to be at the forefront of innovation in this area, working in collaboration with the company as opposed to just being its advisers.’   

‘Wonderful team that is very easy to work with and very well rounded in terms of skills that matches our business needs.’

‘Level of detail and subject matter knowledge is excellent.’

‘The strength of the team lies in their leader Nick Pantlin, who is exceptional, not just as an overseeing partner, but also for his own expertise and experience at ground level.’

‘Always contactable and responsive, no matter what the request is.’

‘A strong team with expertise across the market.’

‘They have been exceptional during the pandemic at maintaining our good relationship and level of service.’

Principaux clients

ClearBank

Tandem Money

FourAid Limited

LendInvest

11:FS

Reefknot Investments

Huozhi

Invesco

The Big Exchange

EML Payments

Optal Limited

AxiCorp

FNZ Group

Comcast Corporation

Block.One

Moneysupermarket

TSB

BNPP

Credit Agricole

UBS

Santander

KodyPay

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised EML Payments on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Sentenial Limited, a European Open Banking and Account-to-Account payments provider
  • Advised Tandem Money, a UK challenger bank, on a combined equity fundraising of c.£60m from both new and existing investors, its strategic acquisition of Allium Lending Group Limited, and the strategic disposal of Tandem’s Hong Kong subsidiary to one of its major shareholders.
  • Advised Huozhi, a fintech social enterprise start-up, in relation to its secure aid funding solution, which enables the secure tracking of aid from NGOs and government donors (in the form of goods or donations) to beneficiaries in conflict zones in a way that minimises or eliminates risk of interference.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP advises a range of clients, including start-ups, global financial institutions and tech companies. Its broad expertise includes fintech-related IP matters, cloud-related outsourcing agreements, cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. On the emerging technology side, the practice handles transactional work, disputes and regulatory matters. Mark Prinsley leads the IP and IT group and also the outsourcing practice; he has considerable experience of conducting outsourcing projects for large financial institutions. Oliver Yaros is recommended for digital transformation projects and IP transactions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Prinsley

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Chapman; Oliver Yaros; Charles Thain

Principaux clients

Previse

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising award-winning fintech Previse on the innovative legal framework that supports its business model and on IP and data privacy rights .
  • Advising a leading provider of online consumer personal loans on a blockchain solution.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is particularly strong in payments and digital identification matters. It also advises fintech businesses and financial institutions on AI and machine learning, and collaborations between banks and fintechs, such as the development of both core banking technology and innovative new solutions. Team head Yvonne Dunn acts for fintech start-ups and established financial services companies. Angus McFadyen handles technology transactions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Yvonne Dunn

Autres avocats clés:

Angus McFadyen; Luke Scanlon; Andrew Barber; Andrew McMillan; Jonathan Kirsop; Thilo Schneider

Les références

‘Agile in moving with their clients and know how to support us most optimally.’

‘Angus McFadyen is really a business partner that helps us to smooth out difficult topics and resolve problems.’

‘Andrew Barber is our bible on regulatory matters and our knowledgeable counsel that guides us through the FCA landscape.’

‘We deal frequently with Angus McFadyen, who continues to impress with his technical knowledge, market knowledge and intellect.’

‘They have in-depth knowledge of the sector, excellent regulatory expertise and are very responsive and personable.’

‘Angus McFadyen is able to use these skills in delivering advice quickly, but in a thorough and commercial manner.’

‘Angus McFadyen understand the language and working of large financial organisations, which means he is easily understood by all he deals with, not just the legal team.’

Principaux clients

ING Bank NV/Yolt Group

Account Technologies/Indigo Michael Limited

Caple International

Open Identity Exchange (OIX)

Google

The Post Office (Identity business)

Digital Identity Net (OneID)

Aviva

AXA

Aegon

Legal & General

National Westminster Bank plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising ING Bank NV/Yolt Group on many aspects of its growth and development from a legal perspective.
  • Advised a large UK financial institution on a major collaboration between it and a fintech provider, which will result in the financial institution relying on the fintech to provide core banking solutions.
  • Advising a number of clients on digital identity technology.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has noted expertise in payments, blockchain and digital banking. It advises start-ups on regulatory issues, as well as tax, employment, IP, investment and corporate matters. Angus McLean heads up the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Angus McLean

Autres avocats clés:

Penny Miller; David Parkes

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP's cross-departmental team draws on strengths in technology, corporate, financial services and dispute resolution to advise a range of clients, such as start-ups, fintech giants and large financial institutions. Dan Reavill is recommended for IT matters, such as those concerning software, data and AI. He co-heads the practice with Tim Lewis, who is active in the financial market infrastructure and payments spaces. Senior consultant Mark Evans is also recommended for payments work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Lewis; Dan Reavill

Autres avocats clés:

Louisa Chambers; Mark Evans; James Longster; Natalie Lewis

Les références

‘A potent force for fintech clients navigating the opportunities of technologically-enabled innovation in an ever-changing regulatory landscape.’                            

‘Dan Reavill is very perceptive to client needs and offers pragmatic solutions to complex problems.’

‘Natalie Lewis is able to get to the point on knotty legal issues and provides clear legal advice.’

‘Fintech sits at the intersection between different specialisms and the team at Travers Smith is able to draw on considerable expertise in all of these specialisms and pull the different strands together effectively, to give sensible, practicable, commercial advice.’

‘This is the only firm I have used so far where I have experienced the same the high standard of service and quality of advice from all practitioners, at every level, in every area of specialism.’

‘Dan Reavill is extremely easy to work with, very down to earth, highly responsive, and always happy to chat through potential issues and propose sensible, workable solutions.’

Principaux clients

Euroclear UK & Ireland Limited

Pay.UK Limited

Request to Pay (managed by Pay.UK Limited)

WorldRemit

Mobile Payments Services Company Limited

Paymentsense

Small World FS

Paym (operated by Mobile Payments Services Company Limited)

CLS Bank International

ICS, FPS and Bacs payments systems (operated by Pay.UK Limited)

Access UK Limited

Inflexion

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Euroclear UK & Ireland Limited on the implementation of a bespoke payments mechanism to support CREST settlement in euros following the termination of access to TARGET2 via the European Central Bank in March 2021.
  • Acted for Pay.UK as project counsel on the launch of a new overlay service called Request to Pay, part of the next generation of the UK’s electronic payments infrastructure providing a new, flexible way to manage and settle bills between businesses, organisations and friends.

Burges Salmon LLP

At Burges Salmon LLPMartin Cook (who joined from WorldRemit in December 2020) leads the fintech practice. The team's work covers blockchain and cryptocurrency projects, payments and lending, data protection and cyber security, among various other areas. Also notable is that it handles a significant amount of government policy-related work and is at the forefront of legislative developments in the fintech arena. Sarah Kenshall moved to BPE Solicitors LLP in October 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

Martin Cook

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Shepherd; Tom Dunn

Les références

‘Martin Cook is very amenable and easy to work with.’

‘They are always quick to respond and have a very commercial mindset, which we really like.’

‘The team is great and has relevant experience in all key areas related to our business.’

‘Burges Salmon were very quick to support us and assist with finding the best outcome.’

‘Martin Cook is extremely commercial – he quickly identifies and works towards solutions for the business but, equally, he knows the law and regulatory landscape extremely well so is comfortable setting boundaries and working within them.’

‘Strong sector knowledge within fintech and payments more generally.’

‘City quality work from a Bristol base makes this a go-to practice for great quality work at great value.’

‘They understand the pace and dynamic environment of a fintech and have proved to be extremely responsive and accommodating with last minute requests and tight turnaround times.’

Principaux clients

Ascentric (Investment Funds Direct Limited)

Villa Plus Limited

World First (UK) Limited

Think Money Limited

Honda Finance

Currency Global

Embark Group

Phillips 66

Faster Payments

Recognise Financial Services

Kreos Capital Partners

Bolt Bikes London Limited

Marlborough Group

Praemium

Parmenion

St James’s Place Wealth Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Recognise Bank with its entry into the lending market.
  • Advised Nucleus Financial Group PLC, an AIM-quoted fintech provider of platform services to IFAs on a £145m bid for the company.
  • Assisted Kreos Capital Partners with several matters, including fintech financing and equity subscription.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

With a strong technology infrastructure and IP practice, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is well placed to handle fintech matters and is particularly active in the commercial and regulatory aspects of the sector. The practice has particular expertise in cryptocurrency, blockchain, regtech and payments technology. Co-head of team Mark Bailey specialises in regulated IT sector contracting, with a focus on the financial services sector. William Garner, who jointly heads the team, handles regulatory matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Bailey; William Garner

Autres avocats clés:

Kate Troup; Christina Fleming

Les références

‘Very professional and competent.’

Principaux clients

Coinbase

OneRagtime Platform Ltd

Duco Technology

Conferma

Kuende

Nxtera Ltd

Cheshire Datasystems Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Lanistar Limited, which has recently pre-launched the world’s first polymorphic payment card, on the financial services implications of its card product.
  • Drafted and agreed market-wide customer terms on behalf of Whitespace, which provides an end-to-end digital (re)insurance trading platform.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG assists clients with debt and equity investments in the fintech sector, and it also handles IP, commercial contracts, regulatory issues and platform structuring matters. Clients of the firm include start-ups and other fast-growth companies, listed funds, crypto asset firms, banks and other financial institutions. David Brennan and Ian Mason co-head the multidisciplinary team, which has notable blockchain and distributed ledger technology expertise. The group in London is part of a larger international practice that acts for clients globally.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Brennan; Ian Mason

Autres avocats clés:

Jocelyn Paulley; Shushil Kuner

Les références

‘Gowling WLG shows the type of commitment and engagement that we want from our external counsels.’

‘They are highly responsive, provide high-quality pragmatic advice, and are our “go-to advisers” for UK financial services and advertising issues.’

‘They really understand our business and commercial objectives on the detailed level that we need and actively try to find solutions rather than just identify problems.’                     

‘Sushil Kuner is incredibly responsive and her deep-seated regulatory knowledge and first-hand FCA experience really shines through.’

‘Ian Mason is a former senior ex-regulator and is astute and pragmatic.’

‘Sushil Kuner is an expert on the UK’s consumer credit regime.’

‘We have great confidence in Sushil Kuner’s technical and legal nous, as a result of which she is currently working on some of our highest profile work streams.’

Principaux clients

Draper Esprit plc

Peel Hunt LLP & NPlus1 Singer Capital Markets Limited

Reorg Research, Inc.

Klarna Bank AB

Expertus Technologies, Inc.

InfraCo Africa

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Draper Esprit plc on its fundraise conducted by way of placing for a target issue of £100m.
  • Advised Klarna Bank in relation to  regular regulatory advice on the UK Consumer credit regime, the FCA’s financial promotion rules, product governance issues and payment services.
  • Advised Expertus Technologies Inc., a leading fintech company based in Montréal providing cloud-based solutions designed for the financial services and payments industries, on its acquisition by IBM.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP advises a range of investor clients on investments into fintech businesses, and it also acts for fintech companies on regulatory and transactional matters. Working closely with its colleagues in the US, the team is well-placed to handle transatlantic matters, including those concerning payments, ICOs, blockchain and crypto. Jacqui Hatfield, Chris Grew and Shawn Atkinson co-head the team. Marco Boldini, who joined from PwC LLP in 2020, splits his time between London and Milan.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacqui Hatfield; Chris Grew; Shawn Atkinson

Autres avocats clés:

Marco Boldini

Les références

‘The team is very specialised, extremely responsive and well prepared.’

‘I strongly appreciate the knowledge of regulatory topics within different jurisdictions.’

‘Marco Boldini, despite his seniority, is always available and committed to ensure the highest quality of services.’               

‘Exceptional support and advice received from Chris Grew.’       

Principaux clients

OakNorth Bank Limited

Azimo

Baleen Capital

Bought By Many

Microsoft Corporation

Currency Cloud Group Limited

Cathay Capital Private Equity

Fidel Limited

Finverity Ltd

Oval Money Ltd

Vostok Emerging Finance Ltd.

Revolut

Kinnevik

MoneyFarm

Griffin Financial Technology Limited

Global Processing Services (UK) Limited

Imagine Mortgages

PayPal Holdings, Inc

Scalapay Limited

Shopify

Wirex

Railsbank

TransferGo

Thanks Ben Ltd.

Nerdwallet, Inc.

Ziglu

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Vostok Emerging Financing on its investment into the $255m Series E financing of digital secured lending platform Creditas and $21.6m Series B financing of Juspay, an India-based company that developed an online platform designed to be used for mobile-based payments.
  • Advised Sprints Capital International LP on its investment into the $50m and $180m financings of PPRO, a London-based company that provides electronic payment services intended to meet the needs of both payment service providers and payment industry leaders.
  • Providing regulatory advice in relation to Microsoft’s Worldwide Payment Systems group.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP, which has a well-established reputation in the technology industry, excels in handling corporate and investment matters for fintech companies and investors. It advises on a range of issues associated with new and emerging technologies, such as mobile payments, cloud computing, AI blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Graham Hann assists clients with commercial, IT and data-related issues. He co-heads the team with Angus Miln, who is recommended for venture capital and private equity transactions, and Charlotte Hill, who has expertise in financial services regulatory issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Graham Hann; Charlotte Hill; Angus Miln

Principaux clients

Laybuy

Interactive investor (ii)

OMERS Ventures

Curve

Monzo

Digital Moneybox

Kuda

Dawn Capital

Tide

Digicert

MarketFinance

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised digital bank Monzo Bank on its £60m Series G and sub Series G+ £75m fundraising round.
  • Advised UK fintech Curve on its $95m Series C fundraising round in anticipation of its US launch and further European growth.
  • Advised Laybuy on the UK aspects of its IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is able to cover all the legal, regulatory and commercial issues facing its clients, which is underpinned by its strengths across a multitude of disciplines, as well as its international reach. The team's work spans areas such as payment services and e-money, crypto assets and data usage. Fintech-related corporate and finance transactions are among the drivers of activity, as are regulatory matters, IP, cybersecurity and dispute resolution. The practice is jointly led by Jonathan Rogers and Guy Potel.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Rogers; Guy Potel

Les références

‘They are remarkably personable for a massive firm.’

‘To have a global leader both in size and expertise, whilst knowing you’re speaking to people with empathy and understanding of a business’ needs is very impressive.’

‘Knowing that we are getting truly the best legal advice but also in a time-efficient manner allows us to continue focusing on running our business at pace.’

‘Guy Potel has been invaluable in helping to take us from a small 9-person start up to a 150-person company on two continents with a number of strategic investors on our cap table.’

‘Guy Potel can be thrown into any situation and be incredibly tactical.’

‘Guy Potel manages to become the linchpin bringing everything together in multi-party negotiations.’

‘Guy Potel has built a stellar team, as people obviously want to work with him.’

‘Guy Potel seems like he can turn his hand to anything, he is able to marshal specialist resources from around the firm at a drop of a hat.’

Principaux clients

Tink

Stripe

PingPong

Klarna Bank Ab

TPay Mobile

Nets

Pollinate

DB/Google Cloud

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Deutsche Bank AG on a strategic, multi-year partnership with Google Cloud aimed at accelerating the bank’s transition to cloud services and the co-innovation of new products and services.
  • Advised fast-growing fintech company Pollinate on its series C round and global expansion.
  • Continuing to advise Klarna throughout 2020 on a range of matters, most recently on a UK/EU wide compliance review of regulations impacting its business.

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP provides international regulatory advice and support on corporate transactions, investments, IP issues and commercial matters. Its team's experience spans cryptocurrencies, ICOs, mobile and online payment services, as well as e-money services. David Naylor counts digital media, internet and mobile technology businesses among his clientele. He co-heads the practice with Jason Fisher, who is recommended for advice on regulatory issues. Calum Smyth joined from an in-house role at Barclays in July 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Naylor; Jason Fisher

Principaux clients

Worldpay

Western Union

GEO BD Blockchain

Rakuten

Thomsons Online Benefits

Tessian

Duedil

Beauhurst

Vizolution

RightIndem

Eligible.ai

MyO Receipts

iPipeline

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Worldpay on regulatory matter.
  • Acted for Hiscox on its investment alongside Development Bank of Wales into Bikmo.
  • Advising Tessian on IP matters and on all aspects of its data protection compliance.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP fields a team that ‘understands fintech and start-ups’. It focuses on investments into fintech companies, and also handles corporate and regulatory matters, as well as dispute resolution. Clients include insurers, SMEs and AIM-listed fintechs. Declan Cushley jointly leads the practice with Jon Snade, who is recommended for insurtech matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jon Snade; Declan Cushley

Les références

‘Good people who do what they say and don’t hide behind complex explanations.’        

‘Strong team from partner to associate level.’

‘Accommodative, great expertise and open to supporting us, however we need.’

‘Partners have consistently offered excellent advice and show great knowledge of industry.’

‘Associates are hardworking, affable and the quality of work has been consistently strong.’        

‘Intelligent, articulate, affable, proactive and hardworking.’

‘Jon Snade is highly experienced in start-up transactions at all stages.’

‘Jon Snade is friendly and professional.’

Principaux clients

Eos Venture Partners

Thingco Limited

Laka LTD

Shareholders of Brokerbility

Equals Group plc

Hastee Limited

Enro Holdings Limited (T/A Superscript (formerly Digital Risks)

Coconut Platform Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised global, independent, InsurTech-focused venture capital fund Eos Venture Partners on its investment in InsurTech company Concirrus as part of a $26m extended Series B round, led by Albion VC and CommerzVentures.
  • Advised AIM-listed Equals Group plc on the acquisition of the business and assets of Effective FX Limited, an international payments specialist.
  • Advised ThingCo (a telematics company) on a £3m investment from BHL Holdings (the majority owner of comparethemarket).

Mills & Reeve LLP

In May 2020, Mills & Reeve LLP’s fintech offering was bolstered by the arrival of Jagvinder Singh Kang from Codified Legal. He now jointly leads the team with Kevin Calder. The practice has considerable experience in corporate and financial deals in the fintech sector, and it also handles IT and data protection matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jagvinder Singh Kang; Kevin Calder

Autres avocats clés:

Stephen Hamilton; Peter Wainman

Principaux clients

Paypoint plc

Premia Solutions Limited

Brady plc

Receipt Bank

Financial Conduct Authority

Bluestone

Validus IVC

Eckoh plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided fintech advice to PayPoint, which is a leading fintech business specialising in payment transfers to enable bill payments through a network of local stores.
  • Provided fintech advice relating to European Banking Authority Guidelines, Financial Conduct Authority FG16/5 requirements, and Financial Conduct Authority SYSC 8 requirements to a multi-billion pound insurance organisation, on procurement of its multi-million pound mission critical cloud computing arrangements with a NASDAQ listed company.
  • Provided fintech advice to a US private equity-backed financial account aggregation technology platform service provider, on its European arrangements to allow financial transaction account aggregation with global financial institutions.

Reed Smith LLP

Under the joint leadership of Claude Brown, Brett Hillis and Howard Womersley-Smith, Reed Smith LLP‘s practice is active in a range of compliance and financial regulatory matters for its clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Claude Brown; Brett Hillis; Howard Womersley-Smith

Les références

‘Multijurisdictional and coordinated advice.’

‘Fast delivery.’

‘Good memorandum format, to the point and easy to read.’

‘Well priced.’                    

‘Claude Brown is and has always been easy to reach and has provided advice in an accurate and useful manner.’

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' work for clients in the fintech sector covers corporate and finance transactions, as well as a wide ambit of regulatory issues. Robert Bray, who heads up the team, is experienced in including private equity and venture capital work. It acts for start-ups and banks, both in the UK, and globally. In a recent development, Julian Thatcher joined from an in-house role at MHMK Capital.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Bray

Autres avocats clés:

Miriam Lampert; Julian Thatcher

Les références

‘Great fintech knowledge and how to navigate cryptoasset regulation from a UK and EU perspective.’

Principaux clients

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Currency Cloud

TP ICAP Plc

Contis Group

Neptune Networks

Euronet Worldwide, INC

Monex Group

TransUnion

Trussle

Tide

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Broadridge on its acquisition of Itiviti Holding AB, in an all-cash transaction valued at €2.14bn from Nordic Capital.
  • Advised Neptune Networks on its fundraise of up to £14.95m of new equity in Neptune Networks Limited offered to existing bank shareholders of Neptune via a two tranche investment.
  • Advising Trussle on several mandates over the last 12 months, including (i) commercial and regulatory advice and (ii) employee incentive/growth share structuring and associated tax advice.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for financial institutions, tech companies and regulators, and utilises its transatlantic presence to handle fintech matters with an international dimension. It draws on the expertise of practitioners in areas such as IP, technology, corporate and litigation to advise on the development of new businesses and fintech products. Alastair Mitton heads up the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alastair Mitton

Autres avocats clés:

Ben Butler