Alston & Bird LLP

FinTech Legal Department

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What the team is known for Alston & Bird have garnered a strong reputation for their expertise in the banking and finance industry, with strong capabilities in payments law. The firm is sought after by technology providers, financial institutions and trade associations, who receive advice on a wide range of matters including crowd-sourced funding, M&A transactions and large intercompany payment processing systems.

Strengths"They have top-notch expertise in the regulatory and payments space. Among the top firms in the FinTech space."

Work highlights Counselled Paxful, an Estonia and Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange, regarding the expansion of its operations into the USA. The mandate included advice on broker-dealer regulatory issues, state money transmission law, Bank Secrecy Act compliance, and general corporate governance in the burgeoning cryptoasset exchange industry.

Notable practitioners

Vivian Maese
combines in-house experience at the New York Stock Exchange with a strong track record in private practice to deliver top-notch legal advice on corporate matters. Her practice includes transactions, data and intellectual property, alongside deep expertise in clarifying legal uncertainties arising from novel technologies in the financial sector. Clients say: "First of all she is caring; you don't find that a lot. She does what needs to be done for the company and what needs to be done for me as the owner of the company. She is fair and equitable, and very accommodating to whatever we need." Another interviewee affirms: "It's amazing the rapport she has built with her clientele. She's very patient, thoughtful and strategic, especially for younger, emerging companies. Good, sage counsel - she can protect you as you set up your business."