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Our FinTech clients are leading the financial technology revolution. They are the financial institutions, financial services and technology companies developing and implementing the software, hardware, and business strategies that are reshaping the world’s very understanding of the marketplace and even currency itself. Of course, reshaping the global economy comes with many challenges. That’s why leading companies and financial institutions in the FinTech industry turn to Womble Carlyle – we remove obstacles to business. Our FinTech team is comprised of attorneys from several key practice areas including intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, data management, and litigation, all with experience working specifically with financial technology matters. From the earliest days of online banking to the integration of blockchain and cryptocurrency, these attorneys have spent years advising banks, payment processors, software and hardware developers, insurers, and everyone in between on nearly every aspect of their FinTech strategies.
Our FinTech team operates in three key locations: Charlotte, NC, the nation’s second largest financial hub; Atlanta, a hub for the payment processing industry; and Washington, D.C., the epicenter of FinTech regulation and enforcement. Of course, FinTech has proven that data is both a global currency and a global commodity and therefore a law firm must have a global presence to effectively serve its clients. In addition to our many attorneys having international experience, Womble Carlyle also maintains several strategic alliances with FinTech-savvy law firms around the world, including U.K.-based Bond Dickinson.
Whether it’s in the Cloud, on a wearable, or crossing the globe at light speed, wherever financial technology is being developed and deployed, we’ll be there to help you use it and protect it.
FinTech is evolving at light speed within a complex regulatory environment that struggles to keep up. This scenario presents businesses on a regular basis a litany of potential regulatory risks that can create costly delays at best, and costly legal issues at worst. Our FinTech attorneys advise clients on all manner of regulatory issues, both in the U.S. and abroad. This work includes the obvious, such as securities matters and the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, as well as the less obvious, such as the Office of Foreign Assets Controls and HIPAA rules. The team advises clients on developing compliance strategies as well as responding to investigations and has significant experience with the SEC, FTC, FCC, OCC and numerous consumer protection entities including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The FinTech boom has sparked a new era of competition within the financial services sector as companies look to create, own or utilize the next big tech innovation. This has created an equally competitive and complex transactions environment, one in which even the most obscure actors can profoundly impact the deal. Our attorneys are attuned to the complete life-cycle of technology, they know where the shifts are occurring in the financial services industry, and they spot opportunities and risks unique to this sector while they are still on the horizon. Our attorneys bring this detailed vision of FinTech to the table every time they represent a financial services or technology company in complex transactions, and we firmly believe in knowing your business as well as you do.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Contracting and Outsourcing
Our FinTech attorneys help clients develop business strategies that take full advantage of their data while also safeguarding it. We regularly work with clients during the product development and implementation process, including counseling clients on data commercialization and monetization opportunities. Our work includes advising clients on federal, state, and international privacy compliance matters for even the most bleeding-edge financial technology.
No plan is perfect, however, and no lock is unbreakable. That’s why our FinTech attorneys are especially skilled at guiding clients through data breaches and other cybersecurity events such as cyber intrusions and cyber ransom attacks. This includes defending clients in bet-the-company litigation, advising during investigations, and crisis communications.
We represent FinTech clients in a wide range of disputes and litigation including regulatory matters (both in the U.S. and abroad), issues related to data breach, intellectual property disputes, and breach of contract and vendor disputes. The FinTech team attorneys have specific experience representing clients in matters involving the SEC, FTC, FCC, EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and numerous consumer protection entities including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Our team also works with clients on proactive strategies to prevent and resolves disputes, and provides counsel during investigations and the pre-trial process.
Womble Carlyle provides clients one of the most-respected IP practices in the country. Whether your need is initial patent or trademark filings or complex transactions or litigation, our FinTech attorneys will see to it that your intellectual property is protected and productive.
Patents and Trademarks
Womble Carlyle and Bond Dickinson are partnering with the George Washington University Center for Law, Economics & Finance to present the third FinTech Forum: The Global Reach of Financial Innovation.