FinTech Law

Overview

The financial services industry is undergoing significant digital transformation. Constant innovation to meet rapidly changing customer demand has its challenges, but it also presents considerable opportunities. Our international cross-practice team has significant experience in the FinTech law space and has a spectrum of solutions to support your next enterprise.

Our FinTech lawyers operate at the forefront of this evolving business landscape, helping companies - customers and service providers - understand and navigate the complex regulatory and operational challenges. Our team offers creative legal solutions paired with deep market knowledge, working with you to understand what you really need.

What is FinTech?

FinTech is financial technology or technology used specifically within the financial services sector. It can also describe businesses that provide financial services through technology or are technology providers to the financial services players, such as software, cloud services and mobile technology. Many products are designed to provide consumers with ease of use but FinTech also includes technologies for businesses as well.

We know that your business objectives will not stop at the border so neither do we. Our team operates internationally, spending significant time in both New York and Silicon Valley. We have deep experience advising companies of all sizes, whether financial institutions or technology providers. We also have experience in mentoring FinTech companies at accelerators and within shared workspaces like the FinTech Innovation Lab.

Key areas in FinTech law

FinTech legal services

Meet our international team

With offices in major jurisdictions across the world, our core teams in Canada and the UK offer comprehensive global legal advice across the FinTech space. For more information on how we can help you, contact one of our teams.

Canada

As the financial services landscape changes, new players and new relationships will continue to transform the industry. Companies need a legal partner with the vision, creativity and knowledge to bridge gaps between the innovative and the traditional.

Both the technology and the laws governing it are highly complex, requiring sophisticated legal and technical insight and a deep understanding of the ever-evolving regulatory space and technology advances. Our multi-disciplinary team combines experience in digital banking, mobile wallets, payment services, open banking, banking-as-a-service, peer-to-peer lending, equity crowdfunding / online investment platforms, payment apps, robo-advisers and e-commerce, with excellence across a full suite of legal disciplines. Our team has deep experience in assisting players in the financial services sector negotiate a myriad of agreements, including collaboration agreements between financial institutions and FinTech companies.

Client work

Some of our FinTech projects include:

Recognition

They are the best at what they do; they understand the law at the highest level. They have good subject matter expertise and are able to understand my tech and protect it well, no matter the area. Chambers FinTech

Our team has been recognised by Chambers FinTech and the Canadian FinTech & AI Awards for its work as a leading FinTech law firm, particularly in the area of blockchain and smart contracts.

We are the only international law firm to be a founding partner of the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI). 

Contact our team in Canada

To learn more about how our FinTech Group can help you succeed, please contact any member of our team.

Parna Sabet-Stephenson
Partner, Leader of FinTech and InsurTech (Canada)

Usman M. Sheikh
Partner, National Head of Blockchain & Smart Contract Group

Michael Garellek
Partner, Leader of Financial Services Regulatory Group

Viona M. Duncan
Partner, Co-Chair of Global Tech

Naïm A. Antaki
Partner, Co-Head of Montréal Tech Group

UK

In the UK, the very highest quality legal advice delivered through a partner-led service makes our FinTech team a popular choice with clients ranging from the world's leading financial institutions and public companies to private businesses and entrepreneurs.

In a rapidly changing environment, you need the benefit of experience but also need a team with the breadth and depth to offer a fresh approach. Our lawyers are at the cutting edge of new and emerging opportunities with considerable market knowledge gained through an early and sustained presence in the FinTech sector.

From our platform structuring service (including investment, regulatory and tax support) to advice on employment issues and intellectual property (IP) matters, we provide joined-up support from every angle, giving you the time and freedom to focus on your enterprise.

We also have a dedicated Financial Services Regulatory team, which includes lawyers who have worked as regulators and in-house at financial firms – acting for a broad range of clients, from banks and asset managers, to brokers and corporates.

Client work

Some of our projects in the FinTech space include:

Awards and recognition

Working regularly with [the firm], we knew it understood our business and had the right blend of sector know-how and M&A expertise to support us. - CEO, tech company

We are proud to be ranked by both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for our work in the financial services sector. The Legal 500 recognises our work in FinTech with David Brennan, Ian Mason, Jocelyn Paulley and Sushil Kuner named as key lawyers in the space.

We also frequently provide insight at seminars, webinars and industry conferences on financial services and FinTech topics.

Contact our UK team

Find out more about how we support our FinTech clients with the wide-ranging legal issues and opportunities in the sector.

David Brennan
Partner, Co-Chair of Global Tech

Ian Mason
Partner, Joint Head of UK Financial Services Sector

Alasdair McKenzie
Partner

Kam Dhillon
Principal Associate

Sushil Kuner
Principal Associate