David Concannon, Yvette Valdez, and Stephen Wink, partners in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, received the Innovation Award from the New York Law Journal (NYLJ), as part of the publication’s 2020 Professional Excellence Awards for their cutting-edge work in fintech. The NYLJ said that the award “recognizes creative and inspiring approaches and forward-thinking firms and individuals.”
Concannon, Valdez, and Wink collaborated with leading blockchain technology company ConsenSys, a firm client, to develop the Automated Convertible Note, a complimentary, OpenLaw-based document generator that helps startups raise capital with customizable market standard terms and optional digital token provisions. The online document generator builds in protections and much needed flexibility to navigate securities regulatory concerns in nascent token projects.
Read the partners’ Q&A with the NYLJ about their proudest recent achievements, how they overcame challenges to develop the innovative tool, and their advice for younger attorneys looking to advance their own innovative ideas or visions.
Concannon, Valdez, and Wink are members of the firm's market-leading Financial Institutions and Fintech Industry Groups and Emerging Companies Practice. Latham’s fintech practice, ranked Tier 1 in the Legal 500 and Band 1 in Chambers FinTech, helps clients around the globe navigate the critical and ever-changing business, legal, and regulatory issues associated with the technological disruption of financial services.
This recognition is one of several Professional Excellence Awards Latham received from the NYLJ.