“I work with a number of lawyers in Hunton; Jarrett Hale, Eric Flynn, Greg Hesse, Tara Elgie, Abbie Lyle and Nikki Skolnekovich. I find their expertise on a range of legal topics to be best in class and they are all very responsive. I have always treated myself as if I were their most important client. “They have deep expertise in blockchain and crypto. Mark Radcliffe is very experienced in this field with a great knowledge of projects and different legal approaches. Their value lies in understanding the objectives, knowing the huge grey areas and different approaches, and recommending a good solution. “Steve Merriman – One of the most valuable lawyers I`ve ever worked with. Understand data, information and systems related to regulatory risks. Digs deeper into topics to provide practical legal advice. Very responsive. Carolyn White – Was able to resolve a greater diversity and complexity of compliance and regulatory issues than any other employee I have observed. “Goodwin has an incredible bank and excellent practitioners with years of experience in government service and client advice. They are constantly working with leading clients on new products and legal issues, making them the first port of call when we do something new.
The team is also very solution-oriented and knows very well how to find a path to a compliant product launch. I can`t talk enough about the company`s FinTech and financial services practices. Perkins Coie LLP`s extensive practice has an impressive track record of advising FinTech firms on all related matters. The majority of the firm`s clients are established and early-stage technology providers, although it also represents venture capitalists and financial institutions. The team has strong transactional, regulatory, litigation and compliance expertise, and “provides sound legal advice in a manner that can be implemented and executed by the client`s legal and compliance teams.” A key pillar of the company`s arc is its long-standing interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain, which regularly helps established customers as the technology enters the mainstream. The fintech industry group is co-led by Joe Cutler and Dax Hansen in Seattle and Dana Syracuse in New York. Clients also evaluate Seattle-based attorney Steve Merriman, who “dives deep into issues to provide practical legal advice.” Troy Foster, co-chair of emerging companies and venture capital in Silicon Valley, “always has solid ideas.” “The partners in this group know both the big picture and the practical details of the legal landscape. They also offer excellent insight into the impact of the law on companies. They are responsive and prioritise client needs and have worked wonderfully together within their group, using different experts on different issues to ensure we get the best advice as easily as possible. I particularly appreciate their strong global reach and the way they work together seamlessly across jurisdictions. They also did a great job using existing resources to advise us as effectively as possible. White & Case LLP has a diverse and diverse practice group that approaches the FinTech market from different perspectives.
The team covers all regulatory, transactional and procedural matters, including partnership agreements and product launches. This is reflected in the customer base, which includes banks and payment companies that are expanding into fintech, as well as fintech companies looking for bank charters or partnerships. The Corporate Finance team regularly advises PSPC`s mergers and acquisitions as well as stock exchanges. The company also has good credentials in cryptocurrency and blockchain, and helps commercial sellers and investors, including large media companies, with non-fungible tokens and other related projects. Key partners in Washington DC include Pratin Vallabhaneni, a regulatory partner who has advised the Republic of El Salvador on the high-profile adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender, and Era Anagnosti, who has experience in securities filings and other fintech regulatory matters. Douglas Landy, head of financial services regulation in New York, also has extensive experience in fintech and blockchain. Olivier Abergel assists managers, investment funds, large companies and mid-caps in their projects in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and mid-cap LBOs. Hogan Lovells US LLP has a large global fintech group led from Washington DC by Richard Schaberg, a highly experienced regulatory partner. The team works closely with colleagues from other major global financial centres, including London. The practice offers a wide range of transactional, regulatory, litigation, intellectual property and advisory services.
The client base is equally diverse, ranging from large financial institutions to start-ups to emerging and publicly traded technology companies. On the transaction side, the firm has extensive experience in large mergers and acquisitions and partnership agreements and regularly assists clients with product launches and related regulatory approvals and applications. Regulatory and compliance advice also extends to key areas such as cybersecurity and anti-money laundering initiatives. Other key figures include senior counsel Gregory Lisa, who handles regulatory matters, and partner Nathaniel Gallon in Silicon Valley. “The firm has a wide range of expertise that allows it to source efficiently from a law firm. I have also found that the firm is flexible in structuring an ongoing working relationship. “David Beam is a key partner to my legal team and business clients – he understands our business and products and provides practical and timely advice whenever needed. Zach Carrier provided essential and excellent expertise in trade finance and investment agreements in 2021.
Maria Earley; Jeffrey Silberman; Stephanie Sharron; Evan Minsberg “You know the industry not only from a legal standpoint. Also, while they are technically very proficient, they are not the approach of many other companies when it comes to risk. They present alternatives, explain the impacts and clearly explain what this means for your business. They are as good as they can be at understanding exactly what the in-house lawyer is dealing with. Really an extension of an internal team. “Evan Minsberg is my point of contact for all new product launches and iterations. He is part of our sales team and our legal team. “Greenberg Traurig has provided us with patent and intellectual property services. I could describe the GT team as highly skilled professionals.
“Joel Telpner is truly the number one lawyer in the world who fully understands the business, technology, and use cases of cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Joel is the only lawyer I would recommend for the legal side. “The Perkins team provides in-depth legal advice in a way that can be implemented and executed by the client`s legal and compliance teams. Key features include virtual assets, MSB licenses, AML/BSA, and OFAC/sanctions support. “Mark Furletti knows everything one can know about financial regulation, provides quick and direct answers with broad legal support, and is simply friendly and pleasant. There`s also never any pressure to offer extra business. Olivier Abergel holds a doctorate in law (corporate law) and has published several publications. “Jeff Silberman is an exceptionally knowledgeable lawyer who provides practical and straightforward advice. He is very business-oriented and aligned with our business and legal needs. “Latham has incredibly deep expertise in financial regulation, which positions it at the forefront of the fintech legal advisory market. Whether it`s a broker-dealer, investment firm, investment adviser or other SEC-related topics, payments, money or commodity transfers, they have you covered. American excellence is matched abroad, with London and Hong Kong being the highlights of their international fintech practice.
The company has also innovated in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry, working on new funding and token structures. Morrison Foerster combines an impressive pedigree of technology-driven advice with strong financial services expertise in the areas of regulation and enforcement. Clients include banks, payment providers, established technology companies, as well as start-ups and emerging disruptors. On the technological side, the team regularly supports digitization projects and the development of new products and platforms and is also the market leader in data protection. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are also on the agenda, with recent guidance for banks on related custody issues and the development of stablecoin platforms. The practice is co-led by Washington DC-based regulatory partners Crystal Kaldjob and Jeremy Mandell. Maria Earley, a Washington, DC-based partner (who recently joined Reed Smith LLP after working at Reed Smith LLP with Jeffrey Silberman, an “exceptionally competent” New York regulator) is a former enforcement attorney for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who gives weight to enforcement issues. Stephanie Sharron in Palo Alto is active in technology transactions. Attorney Evan Minsberg, a native of Venable LLP, New York, is a “go-to advocate for all new product launches and iterations.” Latham & Watkins LLP is praised for its “incredibly deep expertise in financial regulation, which positions it at the forefront of the fintech legal advisory market.” .