Introduction

Fintech

Fintech. Innovations in financial services. What exactly does this mean? To us, it means developing new products and services that improve how financial institutions can best serve their clients. At De Brauw, we answer client questions on how to handle new challenges when deploying fintech for the first time. This can include minimising and anticipating regulatory and technological risks, dealing with data and privacy issues, contracting with innovation partners, and clarifying regulatory qualification of fintechs.

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Financial markets regulation, privacy and data protection, information law, IP and contracting all come together in fintech; including bitcoin, blockchain, automation of insurance, crowdfunding, contactless payment, and artificial intelligence. Since these are heavily regulated areas, it is not unusual for fintechs to be subject to strict policies, rules and regulations. This is why we advise start-ups and other companies using this technology to use the standard tools that traditional financial service companies provide. We also assist financial institutions in fundamentally changing their operations.

Our FinTech practice group combines our expertise on financial regulation, privacy & data protection, contracting for innovation, corporate advisory and corporate litigation. With this cross-section of knowledge and expertise, De Brauw is able to spearhead new developments in the ever-changing financial technology landscape. De Brauw regularly consults with the Dutch Central Bank and the Netherlands Authority of the Financial Markets on unaddressed aspects of FinTech legislation. Our diverse, multidisciplinary and dedicated team works out of our offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, New York, Shanghai and Singapore and, as required, together with our Best Friends – renowned firms and market leaders in their jurisdictions – Slaughter and May (UK), Bredin Prat (France), BonelliErede (Italy), Hengeler Mueller (Germany) and Uría Menéndez (Spain).

Would you like more information about our fintech services? Please contact Bart van Reeken or Ernest Meyer Swantee.