OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Fintech is reinventing financial services. Where once we looked on newer companies in the financial technology sector as the disruptors, innovators, or pioneers of new processes, we now see established financial services companies deploying greater resources to nurture innovation, form strategic partnerships, and make significant advances in technology.

What we are presented with is a new frontier for financial services. One brimming with possibility, yet one that will require a careful understanding of regulation and risk to navigate successfully. The Blakes Fintech group brings together Canada’s pre-eminent technology, financial services regulatory, and M&A practices to provide the ideal combination of innovation and experience to guide you through this landscape.

How We Can Help

At Blakes, we can offer a deep understanding of the fintech industry to meet your sophisticated legal needs: from the big picture of the industry to the day-to-day operational challenges within your business.

Our group’s depth of expertise and experience spans areas such as: mobile and emerging payments, payment platforms (including mobile wallets, payment apps and tokenization), payment processes, peer-to-peer lending, e-commerce and online transactions, digital security and encryption, and robo-advisers.

We have regularly acted for companies, including leading regulated financial institutions and fintech
developers, on: 
 

  • Regulatory aspects of fintech product and service development, including licences, registration, required consent, and industry standards
  • Negotiating fintech arrangements with both financial institutions and fintech organizations
  • Investments in early- and late-stage fintech companies
  • Fintech partnerships and strategic alliances
  • Regulatory advice on blockchain technology-based solutions
  • The development, protection and commercialization of proprietary technologies and underlying fintech solutions
  • Fintech software and processes, including distribution and licensing arrangements
  • Legal requirements applicable to digital currency and digital currency platforms
  • Cybersecurity and data privacy considerations for both providers and users of fintech solutions
  • Drafting terms and conditions applicable to mobile apps, mobile wallets and mobile payments
  • Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights related to fintech solutions
  • Registering and litigating patents relating to fintech products and services

And as the first, and only, Canadian law firm to join the Chamber of Digital Commerce the world’s largest trade association representing the digital asset and blockchain industry we are leading the fintech conversation on behalf of Canada’s legal community.

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4284
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Reinsurance, Financial Services, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, Fintech
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3316
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Corporate Governance, Venture Capital, IP Licensing & Agreements, Fintech
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4017
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Residential Mortgage Business, Payment Cards & Technologies, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Banking, Insurance, Reinsurance, Lobbying, Financial Services, Fintech
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4042
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Information Technology, Mergers & Acquisitions, Outsourcing, IP Licensing & Agreements, Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5831
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Insurance, Financial Services Regulatory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Insurance Litigation, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Reinsurance, Payment Cards & Technologies, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2761
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Shareholder Activism, Technology, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2667
Areas of Expertise: Information Technology, IP Licensing & Agreements, Technology, Outsourcing, Life Sciences, Communications, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Fintech
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4243
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Technology, Outsourcing, Information Technology, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4348
Areas of Expertise: Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Financial Services, Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3277
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Europe, United States, Latin America, Cybersecurity, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2216
Areas of Expertise: Competition & Antitrust, Foreign Investment, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Litigation, Competition Law Compliance, E-Discovery/SIRs, Merger Review & Control, Misleading Advertising, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2602
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Corporate & Commercial, Banking, Anti-Money Laundering, Insurance, Equipment Financing, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3290
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Banking, Anti-Money Laundering, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Financial Services, Fintech
Patent Agent | Toronto, Calgary
Toronto: 416-863-2518
Calgary: 403-260-9782
Areas of Expertise: Patents, Oil & Gas, Oil Field Services, Pipeline & Midstream, Payment Cards & Technologies, Information Technology, Fintech
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