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Our FinTech Law Watch blog focuses on topics at the intersection of law, innovation, and commerce.

The FinTech industry is experiencing an extraordinary rise, buoyed in part by the growing surge in investments and regulatory advancement across the globe, that has been occurring in the industry as companies capitalize on current, and most significantly, future value. According to Accenture, more than $50 billion has been invested in almost 2,500 FinTech companies since 2010.

Global Counsel to the FinTech Industry
K&L Gates, a global firm with locations on five continents, has a team of lawyers with vast experience assisting clients in navigating the regulatory, policy, and business issues surrounding the FinTech space. The K&L Gates platform operates on a strong foundation of dedication to client service. We are transparent with our clients throughout the duration of a matter and work side-by-side to develop innovative solutions.

Our Practice
Our fully integrated firm is poised to provide strategic and efficient legal solutions that are representative of the FinTech industry’s constantly evolving platforms, services, and technologies. Our lawyers, with dedicated knowledge in their field, are steadfastly committed to staying on top of industry trends. We pride ourselves on being continually cognizant and informed of emerging developments. Our progressive approach to the FinTech space ensures that we are able to provide our clients with legal advice that is line with the cutting-edge advancements typically seen in the industry.

We represent a broad range of clients, including:

  • Start-up and emerging growth companies
  • Payment companies 
  • Retailers 
  • Transactions processors and software developers 
  • Mature technology companies 
  • Banking and financial services institutions 
  • Investors 
  • P2P and crowdfunding platforms 
  • Wealth management and robo advisors 
  • Trading technologies

What We Do
As the demand for technological innovation and revolutionary ideas rapidly grows, the need for regulatory guidance in areas such as securities compliance, consumer protection, and data and privacy are mounting as well. Our securities, commodities, and consumer financial services lawyers’ knowledge spans the full range of regulatory and compliance issues, and we boast extensive experience advising our clients on the complex laws that regulate the FinTech industry.

On the corporate side, our M&A, commercial, and IP lawyers have substantial experience representing companies of all sizes in acquiring and selling businesses in the FinTech space, as well as licensing, jointly developing, outsourcing, and exploiting critical products, systems, and services. These capabilities translate to our representation of FinTech companies, where we work with clients who range from startups to some of the world’s largest organizations.

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Assisted Tantrum Street, a mobile payments company, in patent prosecution and counseling.
Advised Frankfurt, Germany-based, VWD Group, a leading provider of financial market data, on regulatory issues in connection with a trading platform operated by VWD Group and Germany-based, Dusseldorf Stock Exchange, an exchange that provides information and consulting services as well
Advised InvestEdge, an integrated wealth management platform, in corporate, commercial, and regulatory issues in addition to patent prosecution and employment advice.
Advised London, England-based, finnCap Ltd in its role as nomad and broker to Millers Point, Australia-based, eServ Global (ASX: ESV), a company that specializes in Mobile Money solutions and Value-Added Services to Telco Service Providers, on its £15 million fundraising on AIM and ASX by way of a private placement with institutions and open offer.
Represented MMXChange LLC, a hub platform for model portfolio providers and users, in the formation of the company, provided regulatory advice and drafted the initial set of commercial documents with model portfolio providers and customers.
Represented Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC), in connection with its leading of the Series A funding round for New York-based Axoni, a blockchain startup which serves the world’s largest financial institutions and capital markets service providers with full stack blockchain solutions
Negotiated for Reston, Virginia-based, Preston Wealth Advisors, a company that provides investment advisory services, on its license agreement and management services agreement with a company that provides the proprietary trading system.
Represented San Francisco, California-based, ClearXchange, a P2P payments company, as general outside counsel handling a variety of matters including corporate, strategic transactions, IP, regulatory, antitrust, and contracting
Acted for the sole founder in the sale of an electronic payments business for AU$70 million to Atlanta, Georgia-based, Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN). Global Payments Inc. is a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services. The target business, eWay Payments, is , a Canberra, Australia-based business which facilitates the electronic transfer of funds by end users using the internet banking services of their financial institution for the benefit of relevant merchant entities from whom end users purchase relevant merchant goods or services.
Negotiated for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based, BayesFusion, which provides a precise framework that combines the Bayesian framework with existing methods for modeling, on its license with the University of Pittsburgh Tech transfer office.