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

COUNSEL TO THE GLOBAL FINTECH INDUSTRY℠

The FinTech industry is experiencing an extraordinary rise, buoyed in part by the growing surge in investments, collaboration between incumbents and market disruptors, and regulatory advancement across the globe. These developing trends have 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.

Our Firm
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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Represented First Data Corporation in their sale of 100% of share capital of their wholly owned subsidiaries in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia for €73 million, to France-based Worldline (Euronext: WLN), a European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. First Data Corporation is a global payment technology solutions company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Represented Nubank, a leading financial technology company in Brazil, in raising an USD$80 million Series D round of financing led by DST Global, with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, Founders Fund and QED Investors, as well as new investors Redpoint and Ribbit Capital.
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