Hogan Lovells launches Global FinTech Mentors Program at Innovate Finance Global Summit
10 April 2017
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Hogan Lovells is launching a Global FinTech Mentors Program, through which its most experienced Financial Services and Regulatory partners will guide FinTech organizations, at any stage of development, through their FinTech journey.
FinTech mentors will be available to organizations in the UK, U.S., Germany and Hong Kong, with mentors forging ongoing relationships with FinTechs and providing:
- Invaluable commercial insight on how financial services businesses can successfully launch, expand and improve their products
- Access to the firm's FinTech network, leveraging its Strategic Partnership with Innovate Finance
- Complimentary legal and compliance training and access to a host of industry events
- A package of affordable advice, from regulatory compliance to fund raising, data security to employment law
- Contacts across Hogan Lovells global network of lawyers when looking to scale businesses/products
- Use of the bespoke Regulatory Accelerator tool launched last year, and other new FinTech tools due to launch in 2017.
FinTech partner and Head of Hogan Lovells Financial Institutions Sector, Rachel Kent, said
"It is great for the industry that so many law firms are offering support to FinTechs. What we offer is more than just legal advice, we help start-ups to integrate themselves into the FinTech ecosystem and to fulfil their objective of bringing their product to market. Our FinTech Mentors Program will allow us to share our extensive industry knowledge with a new breed of financial services companies and to help them to launch, expand across borders and to be successful."
In 2016 the firm's Global FinTech group worked with over 40 start-ups and momentum players such as Brolly, Habito, KREDITECH, Landbay, Salary Finance, Tide and Zopa, providing legal and commercial advice to help move their businesses forward including on accessing the FCA's Regulatory Sandbox.
Phoebe Hugh, Co-Founder & CEO of Brolly, said:
"Hogan Lovells, Rachel Kent in particular, has given me a great deal of legal support but also brings the added value of their excellent commercial perspective. They just get FinTech and are very well connected."
Daniel Hegarty, Founder & CEO of Habito, said:
"They have given me invaluable support as I grow my business, for example, giving me the opportunity to attend Davos 2017. It's not the kind of support I had expected to get from a law firm."
Giles Andrews, Co-Founder and Chairman of Zopa, said:
"Having worked with Emily Reid for over a decade, I continue to rely on her to help my business when we are looking at new ideas. Her immense knowledge of the industry and ability to deliver solutions for the unprecedented is such an asset for me."
Rene Griemens, CFO of KREDITECH, said:
"Richard Reimer helped us at an earlier stage of our history to structure our regulatory setting worldwide. He is particularly experienced in talking with the regulator which helped us to understand what is important and to find our position in the lending market. He knew the issues and provided solutions, exactly what a growing company needs."
Hogan Lovells has a history of innovating precedent setting legal and regulatory solutions, including advising on market firsts such as: the establishment of the UK's first internet bank; the launch of Zopa – the world’s first peer-to-peer lender of its type; the launch of a mobile P2P payments service - the first of its kind in the UK market; and are currently advising on payments use cases using blockchain.
At the forefront of market developments in FinTech, in 2016 Hogan Lovells led debate in the industry, including through Innovate Finance's Industry Sandbox Steering Committee and Transatlantic Policy Working Group; hosting events and roundtables, in particular relating to Women in FinTech; and publishing a highly regarded report: "Blockchain, DLT and the Capital Markets Journey: Navigating the Legal and Regulatory Landscape".
The firm will continue to lead the way on key issues including PSD2, open banking and Brexit, and will publish further reports in the UK and U.S. exploring regulation of the blockchain and the integration of RegTech into the U.S. financial regulatory system. Also launching in 2017 will be a suite of new online tools for established institutions, FinTechs and start-ups.
FinTech Mentors will include:
Rachel Kent – Global Head of the Financial Institutions Sector, Partner, London,
Emily Reid – Head of Commercial and Retail Banking, Partner, London,
John Salmon – Technology Partner, London,
Philippa Verrecchia – Financial Services Regulation Senior Associate, London,
Tim Brandi – Corporate Partner, Frankfurt,
Richard Reimer – Banking and Finance Partner, Frankfurt,
Philipp Weber – Corporate Senior Associate, Frankfurt,
Richard Schaberg – Corporate Partner, Washington, D.C.,
Lewis Cohen – International Debt Capital Markets Partner, New York,
Mark Parsons – Corporate and Commercial Partner, Hong Kong