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Covington is a leading global provider of legal services to market participants in the financial services industry and has been for decades. The rapid growth of the “fintech” industry—comprised of companies that make use of new technologies to provide financial services traditionally offered by banks, companies that partner with banks to provide financial services using innovative technologies, and other companies that provide financial technology services—has created significant opportunities for all segments of the financial services industry.

Covington’s attorneys in Washington, New York, London, and San Francisco are uniquely well situated to provide sophisticated legal counsel in the areas of financial institutions, consumer financial services, technology and IP transactions, venture capital and emerging companies, capital markets and securities, mergers and acquisitions, insurance coverage, privacy and cybersecurity, and derivatives compliance and enforcement to companies in the fintech sector.

We advise on a range of different fintech matters, including:

  • Financial services compliance and licensing requirements applicable to new financial technologies
  • Acquisitions of financial technology providers
  • Commercial agreements between financial institutions and technology companies
  • IP licensing agreements involving financial technology companies
  • Venture capital and “angel” investing matter
  • Insurance coverage for emerging payment technologies
  • Financial services applications of new technologies such as “blockchain”
  • Major technology and social networking companies’ provision of services to the financial services industry
  • Regulation of consumer reporting agencies, data brokers, and “big data” service providers