Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

FinTech Legal Department

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What the team is known for A Toronto-based firm, Osler Hoskin has a diverse FinTech practice. Osler is recognised by the market as having deep expertise in digital payments and has a number of large global payment providers as clients. They are also involved in shaping the payments regulatory environment in Canada. As well as serving large corporate entities, they are deeply embedded in the startup community, including sometimes acting pro bono for entrepreneurs.

Strengths"They are deeply knowledgeable about the FinTech sector and are able to translate that into practical outcomes to drive efficient negotiations and balanced outcomes."

Work highlights Advised Capital One on the launch and roll-out of Google Pay for its Canadian customers, including on related regulatory compliance.

Acted for a digital identity network, Verified.Me, that aims to connect with participating financial institutions and remove many of the steps currently required to establish a person’s identity.

Notable practitioners

Chad Bayne is the founder and co-chair of Osler's emerging companies practice group. He works on corporate and securities law matters with a focus on the technology sector. Clients praise the value he adds to their operations, with one saying he "has good solutions for business problems versus just trying to apply the law blindly." His experience is also appreciated: "Very relatable, he works with a lot of tech companies, has a useful network, and has seen many of our challenges before." Bayne is also Osler's representative at Creative Destruction Labs, a programme for seed-stage startups.