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What the team is known for

Linklaters uses its close ties with the UK's financial regulators and its active participation in industry bodies to provide a broad range of FinTech clients with an exemplary level of legal service across related financial and technological practice areas. The firm has been a core member of the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce and contributed to the legal guidance note on the status of crypto assets and smart contracts under English law. Clients can take advantage of Linklaters’ global network, particularly in key FinTech hubs such as Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Strengths

"Linklaters has a strong international network. The firm has had some strong recent hires in the US, and in APAC they're highly regarded. You know the team can handle complex mandates globally."

"Linklaters is definitely near the top for FinTech. The team there knows what they're doing and can apply themselves in a useful way. They've clearly been doing this for a long time, and have developed great cryptocurrency experience. If you show them a new technology product they can help with creative solutions."

Work highlights

Advised the European Investment Bank on the issuance of its first ever notes on the Ethereum public blockchain for central bank digital currency issued by the Banque de France.

Notable practitioners

Harry Eddis is a partner in the financial regulation group and co-heads the global FinTech team. His practice revolves around financial markets regulation in matters of authorisation and market conduct requirements. "Harry is very good at bringing his long history of financial regulatory experience to new questions and products," notes one interviewee. "He is very responsive, accommodating and has a great depth to his level of expertise," says a market expert.

Richard Hay is the firm's UK head of FinTech. Hay has been an active participant in numerous international regulatory and standard-setting bodies like the OECD, the FSB and the CPMI. His area of expertise is in capital markets and payment structures, notably trading, clearing, payment and settlement systems. "Richard is one of the leading minds in this space. He's very well connected and has a deep technical understanding of the issues, while being very practical with it. He can articulate complex, novel things simply," enthuses one client. Another interviewee says: "He's the crypto genius. He has in-depth knowledge of this FinTech market and all its legal issues. We'd consider him the go-to man for anything crypto- or blockchain-related."

Julian Cunningham-Day is considered to be "really knowledgeable, very responsive and solutions-oriented." As a partner in the firm's global technology group, Cunningham-Day supports many of the world's largest financial institutions on their significant digital transformation projects. "Julian is brilliant," says a client, who continues: "He's deeply knowledgeable in his field and gives actual advice without fence-sitting. His advice is speedy and to the point."

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