DLA Piper LLP (US)

FinTech Legal Department

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What the team is known for DLA Piper is one of the foremost firms in the country for transactional FinTech matters. The firm's international capabilities allow it to work seamlessly with clients on complex multi-jurisdictional matters. They are praised for having a deep global bench of individuals, which gives them the ability to work through digital securities, blockchain and data privacy issues, among others. They draw on substantial structured finance expertise to provide dependable advice on mergers, acquisitions and financing deals in the FinTech space.

Strengths"They are really well connected to the major players in the space and are extremely generous with sharing information and contacts. They are clearly knowledgeable and at the forefront of a rapidly developing space."

"Best-in-class technical knowledge of the law and current market norms, combined with exceptional commercial deal-sense. Extremely efficient and trusted without reservation. Extremely strong communication skills in working through complex and difficult negotiations."

Work highlights Served as privacy diligence counsel for Visa in its USD5.3 billion acquisition of San Francisco-based FinTech company Plaid.

Notable practitioners

David Whitaker
advises both emerging companies and large traditional financial institutions on regulatory and operational issues surrounding the digital financial sector. He is well regarded for his privacy and data security expertise, and capability in advising how to structure businesses to fit regulations.

Margo Tank
is the US co-chair of the firm's financial services sector. Her expertise covers blockchain, state regulations, and digital financial products and platforms, among other areas. She also advises FinTech clients in areas such as smart contracts and emerging payments mechanisms.