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The Top Fintech Lawyers 2021

12 September 2021
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Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Standing out for the strength of its financial services regulatory practice, Allen & Overy LLP's 'capable and responsive' team acts for clients across the spectrum of fintech, where the team advises on corporate and financing transactions, regulatory compliance, and the structuring of lending platforms.

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Linklaters
Linklaters

Linklaters

Linklaters LLP is a multinational law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Linklaters LLP's fintech group acts for financial institutions and major banks, disruptive technology companies, many of which operate in the payments space, and crowdfunding platforms. The team frequently advises start-ups on the regulatory considerations of developing new digital tokens or payment systems..

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Bird & Bird
Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird provides legal advisory services for various industries. It caters to aviation and aerospace, banking and financial service, communications, e-commerce, information technology, life sciences and biotechnology, media and entertainment, and sports sectors. The firm’s focuses include a range of areas such as commercial and corporate law, corporate restructuringa and bankruptcy.

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Clifford Chance LLP
Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance is a multinational law firm that is focused on practice areas such as banking and finance, capital markets, corporate & M&A, real estate, litigation and dispute resolution, and tax, pensions, and employment. Clifford Chance is one of the ten largest law firms in the world measured by both number of lawyers and revenue.

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DLA Piper UK LLP
DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning them to help companies with their legal needs around the world. DLA Piper strives to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to their clients. DLA Piper achieves this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help their clients succeed.

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Kemp Little LLP
Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little is an award winning specialist technology law firm. It acts for sector-leading organisations across a range of technology, digital media and communications industries and in sectors where technology is fundamental to an organisation’s operations and success. Technology is at the heart of everything it does, so its lawyers are exposed to the nuances of technology-driven business on a daily basis.

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Latham & Watkins
Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins offers legal advisory services. The firms practice areas include antitrust, joint ventures and strategic alliances, entertainment and media industry, funds and acquisition vehicles, finance, hotels, resorts, and gaming, out-of-court restructurings, benefits and compensation, controversy practice, exempt organizations, and international tax. Latham & Watkins was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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Slaughter and May
Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is an international law firm headquartered in London and a member of the Magic Circle of elite UK law firms.

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Browne Jacobson LLP
Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson is a national law firm and experts across the private and public sectors. Browne Jacobson LLP's 'proactive and commercial' team acts for high-growth fintech and insurtech businesses and investors in investment rounds and fundraising, and also advises more broadly on regulatory issues, such as FCA applications and GDPR, commercial agreements and contentious matters.

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CMS
CMS

CMS

CMS is a commercial law firm that provides clients with advice in a wide range of law and tax matters. They have long experience of working with corporate legal departments and in-house lawyers. CMS advises SMEs and major corporations on all aspects of national and international commercial law. Their strong teams comprise experienced specialists across a wide range of legal areas, making them a partner you can rely on. They are one of the few commercial law firms to possess expertise in all fields relevant to business enterprises, the public sector, high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs.

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Fox Williams LLP
Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams is an independent business law firm, based in the City, serving a diverse client base ranging from multinational corporations, PLCs, private companies and financial institutions through to small businesses and individual entrepreneurs. Fox Williams is a quality alternative to the larger City firms. It has a reputation for advising on complex legal and regulatory issues in its core areas of expertise. Fox Williams prides itself on providing a responsive service from efficient lawyers with commercial acumen and a problem-solving approach.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Addleshaw Goddard are a premium business law firm with international reach and an exceptional breadth of services. They can help to protect and grow your business through their long-term relationship investment, Their understanding of your markets and sectors, combined with Their collaborative team culture and They'll soon have you rethinking any fixed ideas you might have had about business lawyers.

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Ben Regnard-Weinrabe — Allen & Overy LLP
Ben Regnard-Weinrabe — Allen & Overy LLP

Ben Regnard-Weinrabe — Allen & Overy LLP

Ben Regnard-Weinrabe is a partner in the Financial Services Regulatory practice at Allen & Overy, with a particular focus on fintech, payments, retail banking and consumer finance. Ben has extensive experience advising on EU and UK law and regulation, products, commercial contracts and transactions for the commercial and retail banking, e-money, payments, virtual currency and consumer finance industries.

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John Salmon — Hogan Lovells
John Salmon — Hogan Lovells

John Salmon — Hogan Lovells

John is a highly experienced IT lawyer with a market leading reputation in the financial services sector. His main focus is advising financial institutions on their strategic IT projects and he supports his clients in implementing innovative digital and technology solutions whilst managing legal and regulatory risk.

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Harry Eddis — Linklaters
Harry Eddis — Linklaters

Harry Eddis — Linklaters

Harry has long-standing expertise in financial markets regulation, and regularly advises banks, broker-dealers, investment managers and other financial services institutions on all issues related to their regulated status. In addition, he offers guidance on perimeter issues, such as authorisation requirements, market abuse and market conduct requirements, as well as wholesale market infrastructure. Recently, Harry has been advising on MiFID II and Brexit issues for a broad range of financial service institutions as well as industry bodies. Harry is a market-leading expert on clearing platforms, advising both banks and Central Clearing Counterparties (CCPs) on a number of projects involving the structure of clearing arrangements across a wide range of product types, including credit default swaps (CDSs), IRS, commodities and foreign exchange (FX) products.

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Ben Kingsley — Slaughter and May
Ben Kingsley — Slaughter and May

Ben Kingsley — Slaughter and May

Ben is a partner in the Financial Regulation Group of Slaughter and May and is a member of its Financial Institutions Group. He has been recognised as a leading individual in the ‘Financial Services: Non-contentious Regulatory’ section of Chambers UK. He advises both financial institutions and non-regulated firms on the UK and EU financial regulatory aspects of a broad range of matters. In particular, Ben has considerable experience in advising on the UK and international anti-money laundering and financial sanctions regimes.

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Emily Reid — Hogan Lovells
Emily Reid — Hogan Lovells

Emily Reid — Hogan Lovells

With over 30 years' experience, Emily Reid has built a reputation for delivering innovative ideas and solutions to the smallest and largest players in the fast moving payments, consumer finance, merchant acquiring and banking industries from FinTech start-ups to major banks and financial institutions. She has a wealth of experience in the law and regulation that applies to these firms as well as the rules that underpin payment schemes and other infrastructure.

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Fiona Ghosh — Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Fiona Ghosh — Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Fiona Ghosh — Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Fiona is a Partner at Addleshaw Goddard specialising in complex Commercial, Technology, Payment and FinTech arrangements. Her practice focuses on guiding clients through large scale disruption, business transformation and strategic risk management, particularly in the intersection between regulation and technology. Fiona is one of The Lawyer's 2020 Hot 100 recognising her contribution in these fields. Fiona sits on the Lexis Nexis Consulting Editorial Board for Commercial Law and the editorial board of the journal, Payments & FinTech Lawyer.

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Kate Johnson — Osborne Clarke LLP
Kate Johnson — Osborne Clarke LLP

Kate Johnson — Osborne Clarke LLP

Kate specialises in Payments and Fintech. She advises on the regulatory environment affecting payments, as well as structuring and contractually documenting significant and transformational payments projects. She acts for clients at all levels of the payments industry: payment service providers, technology providers, telcos, platforms, physical and virtual retailers, schemes, industry bodies. Kate’s work is focused in the Fintech space and she has particular expertise advising Electronic Money Institutions and Payment Institutions on the full range of product types.

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McLean Angus — Simmons & Simmons LLP
McLean Angus — Simmons & Simmons LLP

McLean Angus — Simmons & Simmons LLP

Angus is an IP specialist with a particular focus on advising clients on the IP aspects of commercial and corporate transactions in a range of sectors including Financial Institutions and TMT. He also specialises in copyright and breach of confidence/trade secrets disputes arising out of employee moves. Angus is head of FinTech at Simmons & Simmons and is recognized as a “leading individual” for FinTech in Legal 500 2018 and one of only four “thought leaders” in Europe for FinTech in Who’s Who Legal 2018.

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Sam Robinson — CMS
Sam Robinson — CMS

Sam Robinson — CMS

Sam is a partner in the Financial Services Regulatory practice. Sam advises clients include banks, asset management firms, broker dealers, payment institutions and corporate finance houses on a broad range of regulatory and compliance matters within the financial services sector. Prior to working in private practice, Sam worked for seven years at the UK financial services regulator, the Financial Services Authority, and has also spent time on secondment at Santander Asset Management UK Limited.

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John Casanova — Sidley Austin LLP
John Casanova — Sidley Austin LLP

John Casanova — Sidley Austin LLP

John Casanova is a partner and has been practicing in the firm’s London office since 1999. He also practiced in the firm’s Singapore office from 2012 to 2016 and in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office from 1996 to 1999. He co-heads the firm’s EU Financial Services Regulatory group. He advises clients on a wide variety of U.S., English and EU financial services regulatory and transactional matters. He has assisted clients with setting up and operating regulated businesses and financial services joint ventures in the UK, the EU and in Asia. He also works with clients in responding to regulatory investigations and examinations. He has handled commercial transactions for regulated entities and acquisitions and disposals of regulated businesses and asset portfolios.

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Yvonne Dunn — Pinsent Masons
Yvonne Dunn — Pinsent Masons

Yvonne Dunn — Pinsent Masons

Yvonne leads Pinsent Masons Financial services technology practice. She specialises in advising on non-contentious technology matters, including outsourcing, systems development and integration, e-commerce and IT procurement. Yvonne also leads the firm’s FinTech practice and advises on projects which combine technology and the regulatory environment in which our financial services clients operate. She leads several of the firm’s TMT and outsourcing relationships with major banking and insurance clients and regularly speaks and writes on TMT and outsourcing issues specific to the financial services sector.

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Jonathan Emmanuel — Bird & Bird
Jonathan Emmanuel — Bird & Bird

Jonathan Emmanuel — Bird & Bird

Jonathan is a partner in the Commercial Group based in London. He assists clients with disruptive digital technology adoption including cloud computing, blockchain, agile software development and open source licensing. He is experienced in commercial law matters advising suppliers and customers in negotiating large complex technology, outsourcing/sourcing projects and consultancy engagements.

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David Futter — Ashurst
David Futter — Ashurst

David Futter — Ashurst

David Futter is a partner in digital economy group of Ashrust. David supports some of the world's leading businesses deliver complex technology-related transactions so that they can transform and grow their business. He specialises in digital transformations, particularly within the fields of Fintech and payments, having led deals for many of the major participants across the financial services value chains – including banks, processors, card schemes, tech vendors and merchants/retailers. David also advises regularly on a wide range of IT procurement, outsourcing and service contracts, data protection and privacy regulation, and intellectual property law. David is recognised in Legal 500 for his expertise in IT, Fintech and digital payment matters for which he provides "exceptional advice and service". He has also been named in Who's Who Legal as a leading expert for his work in Fintech.

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Sue McLean — Baker McKenzie
Sue McLean — Baker McKenzie

Sue McLean — Baker McKenzie

Sue has significant experience advising on commercial technology projects for almost 20 years. She advises clients (both customers and vendors) on a wide range of technology matters, including outsourcing, cloud, digital transformation, technology procurement, development and licensing, m/e-commerce, AI, blockchain and data privacy. Sue also advises on the commercial, technology and intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions and joint ventures. Her clients include some of the world's best known tech companies and multinational corporations. She also enjoys working with emerging and growth companies.

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Andrew Moyle — Latham & Watkins
Andrew Moyle — Latham & Watkins

Andrew Moyle — Latham & Watkins

Andrew Moyle is the Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Fintech Industry Group and a partner in the London office. He has more than 20 years of experience providing commercial legal advice on the structuring, negotiation, implementation, and management of complex technology and outsourcing transactions. He is currently a member of the firm’s Strategic Client Committee and has previously served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee as well as Managing Partner of the London office.

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Jonathan Segal — Fox Williams LLP
Jonathan Segal — Fox Williams LLP

Jonathan Segal — Fox Williams LLP

Jonathan is a partner in our corporate and technology teams who specialises in FinTech and Alternative Finance, dedicating 100% of his time to helping clients in London’s burgeoning FinTech and Alternative Finance scene. His experience spans a variety of financial products, including loans (both corporate and consumer), real estate and development finance, asset-based lending, receivables financing, asset finance and trade finance.

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Trystan Tether — Bird & Bird
Trystan Tether — Bird & Bird

Trystan Tether — Bird & Bird

Trystan has been a Partner at Bird & Bird for over 20 years and am a member of the firm's International Finance & Financial Regulation Group. Although he started his professional career and still undertake work as a banking lawyer, he is probably best known now for his expertise in the fields of payments, electronic banking and financial services.

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Selachii
Selachii

Selachii

Bitcoin, Fintech & Commercial Litigation Lawyers in London. Selachii are London’s fastest growing boutique litigation firm. Proactive, tenacious litigation solicitors delivering you the best outcome & best advice for you

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Burges-Salmon
Burges-Salmon

Burges-Salmon

Our fintech lawyers have a deep understanding of fintech law and the specialist expertise required to help you launch, fund and grow your business.

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James Russell - Norton Rose Fulbright
James Russell - Norton Rose Fulbright

James Russell - Norton Rose Fulbright

James Russell is a technology lawyer based in London. He focuses on outsourcing, information technology and intellectual property law. James has extensive experience in onshore and offshore technology and business process outsourcing, systems procurement, intellectual property matters, and data protection as well as general commercial work. James specialises in high end complex projects and has led on a number of high profile transactions including advising Friends Life on the largest UK life and pensions outsourcing worth over £1.4 billion and Old Mutual Wealth on its ground breaking 20 year business process outsourcing agreement for back office administration activities.

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Linklaters
Linklaters

Linklaters

Linklaters LLP is a multinational law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Linklaters LLP's fintech group acts for financial institutions and major banks, disruptive technology companies, many of which operate in the payments space, and crowdfunding platforms. The team frequently advises start-ups on the regulatory considerations of developing new digital tokens or payment systems..

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Pinsent Masons
Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons is a law firm that offers a range of legal services to its clients. The company’s range of services include banking and restructuring, construction advisory and disputes, employment, insurance and reinsurance, litigation, projects, regulatory, sourcing, commercial, corporate, intellectual property, property, and tax. It offers its services to firms in the manufacturing, financial services, real estate, energy, and infrastructure industries. Pinsent Masons was founded in 2003 and is based in London.

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Christopher Hill — Kemp Little LLP
Christopher Hill — Kemp Little LLP

Christopher Hill — Kemp Little LLP

Chris is a leading technology and fintech lawyer, as listed by the Legal 500 2019. He is a specialist in IT and fintech law with a wealth of experience in all areas of fintech, technology, payments, retail, media and telecoms, working for companies from start-ups to major institutions.

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Sean Murphy - Norton Rose Fulbright
Sean Murphy - Norton Rose Fulbright

Sean Murphy - Norton Rose Fulbright

Sean is a corporate lawyer based in London. He is the global head of our FinTech practice and is head of our Technology and Innovation practice in EMEA. Sean has experience of a broad range of international corporate matters including, public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity buy-outs and venture capital and growth equity investments. He is a widely recognised FinTech expert and is the co-chair of the US Chamber of Digital Commerce's Smart Contracts Alliance.

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Hogan Lovells
Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is a large multinational law firm that provides legal advisory services in the areas of government regulation, litigation and arbitration, corporate finance, and intellectual property. Hogan Lovells has around 2,500 lawyers working out of more than 40 offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.

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Norton Rose Fulbright
Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. It provides the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. It has more than 4000 lawyers based in more than 50 cities across EMEA, LATAM and APAC. Recognized for its industry focus, it is strong across all the key industry sectors such as financial institutions, energy and infrastructure.

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Herbert Smith Freehills
Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s leading professional services businesses, bringing together the best people across our 27 offices, to meet all legal services needs globally. The company can help organizations realise opportunities while managing risk. Understanding their requirements, objectives and operating environment is important to the company - it listens and takes time to do this.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP
Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP is an international law firm with offices around the world. It was founded in 1896 by twins Edward and Percy Simmons. Since then it has never stopped learning, growing and adapting. It focuses on four highly regulated sectors – using our specialist skills to understand your business and the forces at play around it. All grounded in exceptional knowledge of the legal detail.

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Osborne Clarke LLP
Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke is an international legal practice with over 270 Partners and more than 850 talented lawyers in 26 locations.

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Sidley Austin LLP
Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being a powerful legal adviser for global businesses, with approximately 1,700 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law.

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Taylor Wessing LLP
Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. They take a single-minded approach to advising their clients, helping them succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues. They support clients wherever they want to do business. Their 26 offices around the world are not token presences - they blend the best of local commercial, industry and cultural knowledge with international experience to provide proactive, integrated solutions for their clients.

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Ashurst
Ashurst

Ashurst

Ashurst is a multinational law firm and a trusted advisor to corporates, financial institutions, and governments. The company has an international network of offices in 16 countries, allowing us to provide help and advice to clients across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. With more than 1,600 partners and lawyers working across 10 different time zones.

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Baker McKenzie
Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie is a business law firm that offers legal advisory services in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity, corporate restructuring, acquisition finance, financial services, capital markets, securitization, and structured finance. Baker & McKenzie was founded in 1949 and is based in Chicago, Illinois with more than 60 offices in 35 countries.

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Eversheds Sutherland
Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland provides legal advice and solutions to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, founded in 1743 is a multinational law firm headquartered in London.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick is a global law firm that focuses on serving technology, energy, infrastructure, and finance sectors. Orrick's global Emerging Companies Group provides advice on tactical approaches to companies from incubation to their strategic exit and future growth opportunities. Their lawyers, who work intimately with founders in technology, are experts in the emerging space.

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Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP
Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

Paul Hastings is an international law firm that provides legal solutions to many financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

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