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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. One example of this is our robust blockchain practice and our plans to establish an internal, private, and permissioned blockchain to assist in the exploration, creation, and implementation of smart contracts and other technology applications for future client use.

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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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.
Represented American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), a global services company providing customers with access to products, insights, and experiences that enrich lives and build business success, in its alliance with Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), the world’s largest retailer, to offer Bluebird, a reloadable prepaid card that is to serve as an alternative to traditional banking accounts.
Represented American Express in the acquisition of Harbor Payments, Inc., an Atlanta, Georgia-based privately held provider of electronic invoice presentment and payment (EIPP) systems.
Represented Brady plc (AIM:BRY), the leading supplier of trading and risk management solutions for energy, metals, and soft commodities, in its acquisition of the Norwegian company, Navita Systems AS, a premier provider of software and services to the global energy and commodity trading community.
Represented BIA Digital Partners SBIC II, LP in its investment in Cash Cycle Solutions, Inc., a provider of billing and payment processing solutions.
Represented The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager with more than $157 billion in assets under management across 101 funds and 64 fund of funds vehicles, on the voluntary public takeover of vwd Vereinigte Wirtschaftsdienste Aktiengesellschaft, a German-based financial content and market data provider.
Represented Clarity Payment Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of prepaid card solutions that utilized the Visa®, MasterCard®, EFT, and ATM networks for Fortune 500 companies as well as domestic and international financial institutions, in its sale to TSYS.
Represented Deem (f/k/a Rearden Commerce, Inc.) a developer of a suite of e-commerce applications that allow consumers and businesses to purchase products and services, in its sale of 100 percent of the issued and outstanding membership interests of ExpenseWire, LLC, to Paychex of New York, LLC, a subsidiary of Paychex, Inc.
Represented Fitch Group in the sale of its Algorithmics Inc. subsidiary to IBM Corp. (NYSE:IBM), a multinational technology and consulting corporation. Algorithmics Inc. is a financial risk analytics software and advisory company based in Toronto and owned by Fitch Group, which is majority owned by Paris-based holding company Fimalac.