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Kemp Little LLP

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Number of employees:100
Languages:English

Contacts:
Commercial Technology Partner & FinTech Lead:
Chris Hill
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 1636

Head of Financial Regulation: Jacob Ghanty
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 8031 

Overview & History:
Kemp Little is recognised as the go-to technology and digital law firm in the UK. The firm is highly focussed on all parts of the technology and digital spectrum and remains at the forefront of evolving technology in an increasingly digitised and technology-reliant world, serving the sectors that are particularly reliant on technology for their success.

Having consistently done substantial amounts of work for a wide variety of financial services businesses – which have become some of the biggest users of technology – the firm combines deep knowledge of the financial services sector with a desire to deal with and help to shape new technologies and business models. The breadth of the practice mirrors the breadth of the fintech sector: the firm advises some of the biggest fintech companies in the world, as well as some of the most innovative and promising start-ups in the market.

The Kemp Little FinTech practice is recognised as one of the leading practices in the City, and brings together technology specialists from the areas that innovative fintech businesses need the most – commercial, IP, data protection, data licensing, employment, M&A and investment.

Main Areas of Practice:

Open Banking:

The firm is the appointed and sole legal advisor to Nesta’s CMA-mandated Open Up Challenge, helping FinTech businesses in developing their own open banking products and bringing them to market. The firm is engaged directly with the FCA on some of the edge-case issues surrounding the implementation of PSD2 and the Payment Services Regulations and has an industry-leading body of knowledge and practical experience in the law around open banking.
Contact: Chris Hill
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 1636
Email: [email protected]

Cryptocurrencies:
The firm advises companies operating in the crypto ecosystem, assisting with contract structure, regulatory risk and helping to reconcile the new technology with legislation and existing legal principles and approaches. In addition, it advises companies on their ICOs.
Contact: Rich Folsom
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 1656
Email: [email protected]


Electronic & Mobile Payments:
The firm advises payments firms operating at the interface of technology and the financial sector, including unregulated providers of payments technology at the perimeter of the authorised financial sector.
Contact: Chris Hill
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 1636
Email: [email protected]

Artificial Intelligence:
The firm advises businesses on the evolving legal and ethical issues around artificial intelligence including contracting arrangements, regulation and IP issues, as well providing support for corporate transactions involving AI businesses.
Contact: Andrew Joint
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 1667
Email: [email protected]

Biometrics:
The firm advises on biometrics, including compliance with regulations such as GDPR and PSD2 as well as contracting arrangements and IP issues.
Contact: Chris Hill
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 1636
Email: [email protected]

InsurTech:
Clients range from major insurers, brokers and insurance marketplaces to rapid growth insurtech players. The firm supports the evolving needs of the insurance sector, adapting to new processes and solutions and applying knowledge to guide clients through the risks and to avoid pitfalls.
Contact: Chris Hill
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 1636
Email: [email protected]

Investment in the FinTech Sector:
The firm advises on the most appropriate structures and throughout the whole funding lifecycle of a technology business: from initial investment to subsequent investment rounds, through to buy-outs, add-on acquisitions, debt financings to trade sales and liaison with the capital markets.
Contact: Andy Moseby
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 1650
Email: [email protected]

Financial Regulation:
The firm has a dedicated team of financial services regulatory specialist lawyers. Each of the team has deep industry experience, with some having spent time in-house, working in overseas jurisdictions or at a financial regulator.
Contact: Jacob Ghanty
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 8031
Email: [email protected]

RegTech:
The firm advises a broad range of regtech companies on issues from contracts to regulatory compliance to data protection, and has guided a number of them through difficult negotiations with major incumbent financial services providers and complex regulatory issues.
Contact: Jacob Ghanty
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 8031
Email: [email protected]

Employment:
The firm’s employment and labour law specialists help businesses to manage their exposure to employment law risk, giving strategic advice to in-house legal teams as well as HR and line managers.
Contact: David Williams
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 1641
Email: [email protected]

Consumer Rights & Data Protection:
The firm supports clients on the full range of data privacy issues, from collection and use through to disposal. The team is entirely focussed on data issues and advises clients on the opportunities afforded by data analysis, customer profiling and online behavioural advertising, and the various stages of the compliance cycle including drafting policies and consents and the legal aspects of cloud-based services and platforms.
Contact: Anita Bapat
Tel: +44 0 20 7710 8033
Email: [email protected]

Recent Highlights & Awards:
■ Highly commended in the Emerging Payments Awards for best professional services organisation supporting emerging payments
■ Boutique Law Firm of the Year for 2017 by The Lawyer
■ Tech Law Firm of the Year for 2016 and 2017 by the Internet Services Providers Association (ISPA)
■ Listed in The Times Best Law Firms 2019 for TMT
■ The British Legal Awards 2017 –Specialist Law Firm of the Year Finalist.
■ 6 partners listed in Who’s Who Legal, including Chris Hill for Legal Banking: Fintech