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Bird & Bird

FinTech Legal

2 ranked individualsBand 3SpainFinTech 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

The lawyers at Bird & Bird in Spain have long been experts in technology regulatory matters. The firm boasts a dedicated team specialising in financial technology and payments matters. Building on the strong foundation of an experienced group of partners, the firm has enhanced its offering by adding the expertise of former in-house counsel from top financial institutions. The result is a thriving FinTech practice especially strong in payments regulatory and open banking mandates.

Strengths

"A great team and strong in cross-border work."

"They have really got to know our business and go the extra mile to spot things for us before we become aware of them ourselves."

Work highlights

Counselled BNEXT, the first Spanish neobank, on regulatory and compliance issues including for payments-related requirements and open banking.

Notable practitioners

Adrián Calvo is counsel in Bird & Bird's banking and financial services and FinTech groups. He has extensive experience as in-house adviser for Visa in Brussels and for the European Association of Cooperative Banks, and as such is a go-to adviser at the firm for clients in the open banking and payments fields. Clients praise his expertise and efficiency, reporting that he "really knows the payments business" and "asks all the practical questions."

José Luis Lorente Howell is head of Bird & Bird's finance and financial regulation practice in Madrid. He is well placed to represent businesses in their licence applications or advise ambitious FinTech enterprises on domestic or international corporate and financing matters, bringing established expertise in these areas. One client commends him as "the perfect link between innovation and banking regulation."

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Spain

FinTech Legal


Adrián Calvo
Band 3
José Luis Lorente Howell
Band 4