Banking 2019: Fintech Analysis

For the second year, WWL is publishing our findings into our research of the global fintech market. In this chapter we are proud to present 65 of the top fintech specialists in the world.

Methodology

The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
 
Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
 

EMEA

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Martin Hess Wenger & Vieli Ltd, Zurich
2. Angus McLean Simmons & Simmons LLP, London
3. Ben Kingsley Slaughter and May, London
4. Fiona Ghosh Addleshaw Goddard LLP, London

Leading Firms

Osborne Clarke

This prominent international firm emerges with the most practitioners listed for their fintech practice, with a total of five listings this year.  
Joan Carette “has great knowledge and mastery of the complexity of the payments and fintech sector”, comment sources, who note that she, provides “very high-quality work even under time pressure”.
Mark Taylor is described by peers as “a superb name in the fintech market”. His experience lies in fintech-related digital payment, cybersecurity and e-signature matters.
John Buyers is recognised by market commentators as “a strong lawyer in payment services matters in the fintech space”. He commands over 20 years of experience in IT and has been at the forefront of fintech matters in recent years.

Hogan Lovells

A renowned full-service firm that performs impressively this year with four of its practitioners listed.
Rachel Kent is recognised as “a great lawyer for regulatory work in the market”. She commands over 20 years of experience in advising exchanges, financial institutions and insurers on regulatory matters.
Emily Reid is lauded as “an extremely highly regarded practitioner in the field” by impressed interviewees. She has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, and focuses her cutting-edge practice on payment scheme matters, regulatory compliance and operational strategies.  
Jonathan Chertkow is praised by interviewees as “an incredible lawyer who is well regarded among fellow practitioners”. He is a specialist in regulatory compliance matters pertaining to the payment services sector.
John Salmon is “a very well-regarded name in the fintech market”, comment respondents to our research. His practice is geared towards helping various financial institutions navigate regulatory issues in the implementation of innovative technologies.

Simmons & Simmons

This acclaimed international firm demonstrates the strength of its fintech team with two highly ranked specialists this year.
Angus McLean is a top tier practitioner and a Global Elite Thought Leader, who is described by peers as “a truly outstanding and active lawyer in the market with an eye for fintech work”. He commands considerable expertise in a broad range of fintech matters, to which he applies his deep experience in IP law.
Penny Miller is singled out by peers for her “very strong regulatory practice and impressive knowledge of the law”. Her practice covers both UK and EU regulatory matters relating to derivatives, structured finance and other financial products.

Addleshaw Goddard

Performs well this year with two of its members listed for their work in the fintech space.
Global Elite Thought Leader Fiona Ghosh is described by peers as “a very impressive lawyer who knows her stuff and is respected by clients”. She comes particularly well regarded for her payment services expertise.
William James is identified by respondents as “an extremely good lawyer and highly acclaimed figure in the market”. He commands over a decade of experience advising clients on innovative payment transaction technologies.

Other Leading Individuals

Austria

Andrea Gritsch of Wolf Theiss is “highly professional, sensitive to delicate details of case work and very responsive”, according to commentators. She is well versed in assisting prominent clients in relation to the adoption of new technologies.

Belgium

Willem Van de Wiele at White & Case draws high praise from market commentators this year, who say “he has the broadest legal knowledge of blockchain in Belgium, while being modest and eager to learn”.

Pierre Berger with Baker McKenzie has “an impressive focus on payment services in his practice”, according to fellow practitioners. His practice encompasses the full range of financial regulatory work.

Etienne Dessy at Linklaters is praised by peers in Europe as “a highly regarded financial regulatory lawyer who is very capable and reliable”. His advises a range of blue-chip financial institutions on Belgian and EU financial regulation.

Catherine Houssa of Simont Braun is “very active in the fintech market and is doing a great job”, according to sources. Her clientele includes a wide range of financial services and insurance companies.

Denmark

Jacob Høeg Madsen at Kromann Reumert is establishing himself as one of Europe’s top names for fintech work. He is well known for his expertise in financial regulatory matters.

Rasmus Mandøe Jensen of Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab is a favourite among clients who describe him as “pragmatic, very knowledgeable and creative in his solutions to problems”. He is experienced in financing transactions, payment services and financial regulation matters.

England

Ben Kingsley of Slaughter and May is one of the most distinguished fintech practitioners in the EMEA market. He is a specialist in regulatory issues, e-money, payment services and mobile banking matters.

Anthony Day with DLA Piper is garners plaudits from clients, who are “impressed by his dedication, deep knowledge and expertise in the fintech space as well as his generosity with his time and help”. He is particularly experienced with high-value outsourcing, systems implementation and cloud computing projects.

Chris Hill at Kemp Little is described as “an outstanding practitioner who is gaining significant traction in the market”. He is experienced at advising a range of clients from start-ups to blue-chip names on software development and licensing matters.

Switzerland

Martin Hess of Wenger & Vieli is one of Europe’s leading lights in the fintech market. He is a regulatory expert with significant experience advising clients on initial coin offerings, digital assets and payment systems.

Benedikt Maurenbrecher with Homburger ranks prominently for his fintech practice, for which he receives widespread praise from peers across Europe. His handles an array of transactional and regulatory matters.

Turkey

Muhsin Keskin with Esin Attorney Partnership earns effusive praise for giving “quick, simple and clear answers to questions, and translating complex frameworks into simple forms”. He leads the finance and capital markets team and brings over a decade of experience to his practice.

 

North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Ana Badour McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto
2. Scott Joachim Goodwin, Redwood City

Leading Individuals

Canada

At McCarthy Tétrault, Ana Badour is lauded as “a well-known figure in the digital assets field”. She provides comprehensive advice to a variety of banks, insurance companies and credit unions on regulations pertaining to the fintech sector.
Charles Morgan is praised internationally as for his expertise in fintech in the Canadian market. He is experienced in commercial transactions including joint ventures and M&A as well as e-commerce matters.

Blair Wiley at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt is identified by peers in Canada as prominent name in the field. His focus in the fintech space lies in blockchain and cryptocurrency regulatory matters and capital-raising efforts.

Matthew Flynn of Bennett Jones is recognised by respondents in Canada as an active player in the fintech market. He commands over 20 years of experience in technology transaction matters.

USA

Scott Joachim at Goodwin enjoys a strong reputation in among peers in the US market and stands out as one of the top names in the region in our research. He is adept at advising clients on complex financial transactions involving significant technology elements.

Rebecca Simmons at Sullivan & Cromwell receives international praise and recognition for her practice in the fintech space. She earns recommendations for her varied expertise in banking regulation, structured transactions and the development of novel financial products.
Andrew Gerlach is identified by peers in the market as strong name for fintech-related work.

 

Latin America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Bruno Balduccini Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo
2. João Fernando Araújo Nascimento Schroeder & Valverde Advogados, São Paulo

Leading Individuals

Brazil

Bruno Balduccini at Pinheiro Neto Advogados emerges as one of the region’s leading fintech practitioners and is “at the forefront of the fintech market”. Clients and peers say, “His level of expertise and industry knowledge of fintech is unparalleled in Brazil.”

João Fernando Araújo Nascimento at Schroeder & Valverde Advogados is one of the top minds in Latin America’s fintech market. He has significant experience in advising startups on the regulatory landscape.

Rubens de Camargo Vidigal Neto of Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados draws acclaim from peers in Brazil for his work in the fintech space. He is a well-known name for financial services-related work.

Giancarllo Melito at Barcellos Tucunduva Advogados is “an impressive specialist in payment regulations”, according to interviewees. His broad practice spans IT, electronic payment and business litigation matters.

 

Asia-Pacific

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Adrian Ang Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore

Leading Firm

Allen & Gledhill

Three lawyers in Singapore from the firm are recommended this year.
Adrian Ang is one of the stars of the international fintech market. Clients enthusiastically praise his “deep understanding of capital markets, the jaw-dropping speed of his responses and his affable yet professional nature”.
Alexander Yap is identified for his “ability to negotiate outcomes for parties”, as well as his “strong skills in the tech space”. He is well versed in advising on online trading, e-contracting, and regulatory issues surrounding personal data protection.
Tham Kok Leong is a well-known name at the firm who brings significant experience and expertise in the tech industry and IP matters to the fintech space. His practice focuses on advising on and drafting commercial agreements regarding a large variety of new technologies.

Other Leading Individuals

Singapore

Luke Grubb of Clifford Chance enjoys a strong reputation in the market. He commands over 20 years of experience advising on a range of technologies including payment services, cloud computing and others that intersect with the fintech market.

Stella Cramer at Norton Rose Fulbright is recognised by sources as “a very active figure in the tech space”. She leads the firm’s fintech team in Asia on a variety of commercial transactions, outsourcings and regulatory matters, as well as global compliance programmes.

 

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