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A&O advising Zopa on its USD300 million fundraising led by Softbank Vision Fund 2 - October 2021

Allen & Overy is advising digital bank Zopa on its latest round of fundraising. The bank, which was the world’s first peer-to-peer lender and is one of the UK’s newest digital banks, has raised USD300m (GBP 220m) in a round led by Softbank Vision Fund 2.

Software, connectivity, data and fintech dominate M&A in Silicon Valley - October 2021

As transaction activity in the tech sector continues to power ahead, new challenges and opportunities are confronting Silicon Valley companies and setting the agenda for the industry.

Podcast series – Inside the SPAC: Q&A with EFIC1 - August 2021

In this podcast series EFIC1 Chief Investment Officer, Ben Davey, talks about its choice to do a SPAC IPO and how to find a suitable business combination.

Allen & Overy to add game-changing multidisciplinary technology team in U.S.; Expands West Coast presence - August 2021

This multidisciplinary and highly-experienced team continues A&O’s rapid expansion in the U.S. and significantly enhances the firm’s leading Technology practice, completing the creation of a global offering to clients with a critical Silicon Valley presence.

Allen & Overy advises on its largest M&A transaction to date - June 2021

Allen & Overy has advised on its investment in fintech firm Tamara, based in Saudi Arabia. The transaction is the largest M&A transaction undertaken by to date.

Cryptocurrency and the value of trade marks - June 2021

Wirex, a leading cryptocurrency company, has succeeded in its trade mark infringement claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London in respect of its CRYPTOBACK mark – used in relation to a credit card reward scheme where customers receive bitcoin as rewards. 
Allen & Overy today announced its role in advising Cielo S.A. (Cielo), a leading electronic payments business in Brazil and in Latin America, in the drafting, negotiation, execution and delivery of the contractual framework with Facebook, Inc. (Facebook) to launch the “Facebook Pay” platform in Brazil. 

Financial services: towards digitalisation and consolidation - December 2020

U.S. financial services sector M&A picked up in the second half of 2020, in line with the wider U.S. market. Asset management and fintech investments led the way, with regional bank mergers also showing signs of growth.

Money laundering concerns prompt consultation on regulation of virtual asset service providers in Hong Kong - November 2020

The Financial Services and Treasury Bureau (FSTB) issued the Public Consultation on Legislative Proposals to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Regulation in Hong Kong (Consultation Paper).

New EU digital finance strategy & proposals – September 2020

The European Commission yesterday adopted a new digital finance package, made up of a digital finance strategy, a retail payments strategy, legislative proposals for an EU regulatory framework on crypto-assets, and proposals for an EU regulatory framework on digital operational resilience.

Fintech M&A: The future of dealmaking post Covid-19 coronavirus

After a run of high-value deals at the start of the year, fintech M&A has dramatically slowed. What will dealmaking look like in the future? For investors in the fintech market, the contrast could not have been more stark. In the first quarter of 2020, financial institutions, financial sponsors and mature fintech companies generated a series of increasingly high-value deals.

Allen & Overy’s Fintech group returns as contributing editor to the second edition of Global Legal Insights Guide to: Fintech 2020

For the second consecutive year, Allen & Overy is featured as Contributing Editor of the second edition of Global Legal Insights GLI Guide to: Fintech 2020. As part of our role as Contributing Editor, members of A&O’s Fintech group in the U.S. authored the preface of the publication, as well as one general chapter. Our colleagues in the U.S., Germany, Indonesia and the Czech Republic contributed four country chapters.

Will Covid-19 coronavirus accelerate the "Tech" in FinTech across Asia-Pacific? - May 2020

With the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic causing some nations to undergo lockdowns and the widespread implementation of social distancing rules restricting physical contact, financial institutions are now being forced to review their operational channels and prioritise the development of digital channels and platforms. We provide below a brief overview of some of the ways in which we expect Covid-19 will accelerate the shift to digital.

Cryptoassets: legal and regulatory issues - January 2020

Here are some highlights from a seminar which looked at trends in law and regulation concerning cryptoassets, cryptocurrency and blockchain. If you have registered you can see the full recording here.

Related people: Heenal Vasu, Etay Katz, Daniel Fletcher, Jason Rix.

French law paves the way for the digital assets services providers regulation - November 2019

Over the last few years, digital assets did not appear to fall within scope of French law or regulation as they could not be characterised as e.g. currency, electronic money, financial instruments.

The French Government has taken the initiative to create a cutting-edge legal framework in order to regulate the provision of digital assets services in France.

A&O co-authors the second edition of the FINTECH Bridge Journal with the Fintech Circle - October 2019

A Fintech Bridge represents a bespoke agreement outlining collaboration between two governments, cooperation between regulatory bodies and connectivity between two markets and ecosystems.

This encourages the sharing of information, including emerging trends and regulatory issues, with counterparts and discussions around areas of best practice.

A&O advises on breakthrough blockchain commodity trading platform Forcefield - May 2019

Allen & Overy is advising on the development of the pioneering blockchain-based, multi-jurisdictional commodity trade and finance platform known as Forcefield, which is being launched by a consortium comprised of Accenture, ABN Amro, Anglo American, CMST International, Hartree Partners, ING Bank, Mercuria and OCBC Bank amongst others. 

Future Licence Requirement for Crypto Wallet Providers in Germany - May 2019

On 20 May 2019, the German Federal Ministry of Finance published a draft bill (Referentenentwurf – “Draft Bill”) for the implementation of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (“AMD 5”). While most of the Draft Bill is dedicated to amending the German Money Laundering Act (Geldwäschegesetz – “GWG”), it also broadens the scope of the licensing requirement under the German Banking Act (Kreditwesengesetz – “KWG”) for certain services related to crypto values, thus “gold-plating” AMD 5 which does not contain a licensing requirement: The Draft Bill introduces a new licensable activity, the custody of crypto values (Kryptowerte). Also, by introducing a broad definition of crypto values and qualifying these as “financial instruments” within the meaning of the KWG, arranging and trading activities in cryptoassets will also be subject to licensing requirements if provided in Germany. While such broad definition of financial instruments partly confirms the current view of the regulator, it partly also goes beyond that, in particular as it covers security tokens and investment tokens regardless of whether or not further requirements are met. As a consequence, some firms might have to apply for a licence to the German regulator BaFin by end of 2019. 

Allen & Overy advises Network International on its GBP2.2 billion initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange - April 2019

Allen & Overy is advising Network International Holdings plc (Network International), the leading enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East and North Africa region, on its GBP2.2 billion initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the Premium Segment of the London Stock Exchange (LSE). 

Fuse cohort member Nivaura poised for further growth - February 2019

Nivaura, one of the original members of Allen & Overy’s Fuse cohort, has closed a strategic seed funding round, raising $20m from a number of prominent partners.

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