Latham & Watkins Adds Leading FinTech Partner in New York

Experienced partner at the vanguard of technology and financial services regulation joins firm.

July 15, 2014

New York … Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Vivian Maese has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the Corporate Department.  

Maese’s practice focuses on strategic transactions at the intersection of technology and financial services regulation. She is a leading FinTech lawyer on Wall Street. Maese has wide-ranging experience earned in-house at Salomon Brothers, Citigroup, the New York Stock Exchange, and Morgan Stanley as a Managing Director. She was also the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at BIDS Trading, LP, an electronic equities trading venue that matches buy-side and sell-side trading interests.

The Financial Services industry is driven by technology, and Maese is deeply knowledgeable in all aspects of technology and operations. Her expertise extends to electronic trading and market structure, crowdfunding, cloud computing, mobility, cybersecurity, disaster recovery, privacy, cryptocurrencies, peer-to-peer systems, intellectual property, and the regulation of financial institutions. She has extensive experience advising global banks, global fund complexes and FinTech companies and has deep ties to the FinTech startup community in New York.  

Maese’s experience is highly complementary to Latham’s platform including the firm’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Emerging Companies, and Technology Transactions and Outsourcing practices, as well as having a strong nexus with the firm’s broad M&A and capital markets practices and IP litigation capability.  

Jimmy Brandt, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York, said: “Vivian is a pioneer in the increasingly important FinTech space, and we are delighted to add her many talents to our market-leading team. Vivian brings a unique skill set to the practice and her stature is conferred by more than two decades working at the cutting edge of financial services, regulation and technology.”    

“The FinTech world has expanded rapidly, driven in part by the accelerating pace of technological developments. The legal issues have become more complex and diverse in the increasingly regulated environment. Having expertise in this highly technical area will become even more critical as financial institutions continue to look at ways to automate a growing number of their securities, operations and accounting systems,” added Witold Balaban, Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Financial Institutions Group and a partner in the firm’s New York office. “Vivian’s arrival provides us with an opportunity to further develop our financial institutions capability, in particular with a focus on the rapidly growing FinTech industry. She is very much in the mix with the professionals who are at the forefront of evolving the FinTech space and she is well-known by the investment banks and the New York startup community focused on this growth area.”  

James Gorton, Global Co-Chair of the Corporate Department and a partner in the firm’s New York office, commented: “Vivian is an exciting addition to the team. She understands the DNA of this space like few others – she has the unusual combination of deep financial industry knowledge and technology background, terrific business acumen, and well-developed industry connections. Vivian is very entrepreneurial and she will help expand our Emerging Companies Practice in New York to take advantage of the synergies with our market-leading practices in Boston and our West Coast offices.”  

“Latham stands apart for its sophisticated and integrated financial regulatory, technology and emerging companies capability. Financial institutions face an increasingly regulated and automated landscape and changes to the delivery of financial services will continue to reshape the industry. Technology has been the driving factor in creating new ‘financial’ businesses and it will continue to fuel innovation in the sector. This makes for a dynamic and complex environment – one which Latham understands from all angles on a global scale,” said Maese.

Maese joins Latham & Watkins from Dechert LLP. She received her BA, cum laude, from Hunter College and her JD from Brooklyn Law School.

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Jimmy Brandt, Office Managing Partner, New York +1.212.906.1278

Witold Balaban, Global Co-Chair of the Financial Institutions Group +1.212.906.4550

James C. Gorton, Global Co-Chair of the Corporate Department +1.212.906.1804

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