13 December 2018
Latham & Watkins has earned top rankings across the United States, Europe, and Asia in Chambers’ Professional Advisers FinTech 2019. According to Chambers, the guide “features the professional advisers with their fingers on the pulse and the ability to guide fintechs through any challenge and obstacle they might face.” Latham received leading rankings for the firm’s robust capabilities across a range of critical areas, including, Corporate, Securities & Financing, Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies, Payments & Lending, and Data Protection & Cybersecurity.
Latham received a Band 1 ranking in the US and a Band 2 ranking globally, as well as Band 2 rankings in Germany and Hong Kong. The publication also ranked several Latham partners, including Vivian Maese, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s FinTech Industry Group and Financial Institutions Group (Band 1, US, Legal: Corporate, Securities & Financing); Stephen Wink (Band 1, US, Corporate, Securities & Financing); Todd Beauchamp, Global Chair of the firm’s Payments & Emerging Financial Services practice (Band 3, US, Legal: Payments & Lending); and Marcus Funke (Band 2, Germany, Legal). Counsel Simon Hawkins was also named a “notable practitioner” in Hong Kong.
Chambers highlighted Latham’s strengths, saying, “They have an understanding of the business problem and put the law in the context of business circumstances, which adds so much value. I've never met any legal team that can provide the quality of business context around the law that their team can do." Chambers added: "Their key skill is navigating the shades of grey in a highly compliance-oriented, regulated industry. They did this masterfully."
Chambers described Latham as “a leading light in the FinTech space” that “continues to demonstrate outstanding capabilities across such key areas as data protection, payments, cryptocurrencies and broader regulatory issues” while drawing on “a wealth of experience of acting on landmark mandates in the technology sector, alongside tremendous resources across its extensive global network.” Chambers added: “With its exemplary track record guiding clients through complex, cross-border transactions, the firm counts established institutions as well as numerous startups among its clientele.”
Vivian Maese, a founder of the FinTech Industry Group, said: “Latham has built the preeminent globally integrated capital markets FinTech practice with incomparable experience in complex transactions and financial innovations that have data and technology at their core. We have worked very hard since the practice launched four years ago, and we are gratified by our top rankings and proud of our intellectual leadership in FinTech. We are very grateful to our clients for entrusting us with their fascinating work and for making this recognition by Chambers possible.”
London partner Andrew Moyle, Global Co-Chair of Latham’s FinTech Industry Group, added: “We are delighted to receive these leading rankings, which reflect the broad scope of our interdisciplinary, global resources and position at the helm of complex regulatory matters and first-of-their kind transactions.”