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 Burr Eckstut advises clients on transactions involving technology and data, including the negotiation of agreements for strategic partnerships, licensing, technology services, outsourcing, and acquisitions.

Mr. Eckstut has particular expertise in Fintech. He is co-chair of Covington’s Fintech Initiative and has deep experience negotiating agreements for technology-driven partnerships in the financial services industry, having worked extensively in areas such as financial market data, digital banking, payment systems, trading platforms, digital assets, and blockchain technology.

Financial Market Data and Technology

  • Envestnet | Yodlee, on a range of data agreements, including data access agreements with financial institutions such as JPMorgan Chase and Charles Schwab.
  • Rhodium Group, on a strategic partnership with BlackRock to incorporate Rhodium’s climate change data into BlackRock’s financial models and risk analytics for the Aladdin platform.
  • Coinbase, on its strategic agreement with Trading Technologies for trading connectivity and the distribution of Coinbase’s market data.
  • Defiance ETFs, in an agreement to license indexes for its Augmented & Virtual Reality ETF (AUGR) and Quantum Computing ETF (QTUM).
  • Coalition for Rainforest Nations, on a data registry services agreement with IHS Markit to support the issuance and trading of carbon credits under the REDD+ standard.
  • A high-frequency trading firm, on various market data and IP issues.
  • A bank, on market data licensing issues relating to its fintech strategy.
  • An alternative data firm, on data sourcing agreements.

Payments and Banking

  • Monzo, on its partnership with Sutton Bank to establish the card program underlying Monzo’s initial U.S. product launch.
  • Credit Sesame, on a partnership with Community Federal Savings Bank to hold accounts for the Sesame Cash digital banking service.
  • A sharing economy platform, on various aspects of a strategic payment processing program for the benefit of suppliers and purchasers on the platform.
  • A large merchant, on a strategic partnership to support its co-branded credit cards.
  • A startup payments service, on its end user terms.
  • A bank, on its end user terms and privacy policy for its mobile banking app.
  • A retailer, on a service agreement for the nationwide implementation of a cloud-based point-of-sale system.
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Blockchain

  • A food producer, on an agreement to participate in a blockchain-based supply chain data platform.
  • A startup, on an agreement with a blockchain technology company to develop a software platform for issuing digital security tokens.
  • A provider of a blockchain-based supply chain and identity solution, on its form customer agreement.
  • A startup cryptocurrency exchange, on regulatory issues and its end user terms.
  • A digital asset firm, on a financial index partnership.

Other Matters

  • Media-buying services agreements for large multinational corporations.
  • An advertiser, in an agreement for creative branding services from an advertising agency.
  • A medical devices manufacturer, in a complex strategic customer agreement.
  • A diversified industrial conglomerate, on its forms and strategy for negotiating with digital technology vendors.
  • The manufacturer of a connected device for the transportation industry, on its form customer agreement and key customer negotiations.

Pro Bono

  • Ohio A. Phillip Randolph Institute et al. v. Smith et al. (S.D. Ohio 1:18:-cv-00357 TSB). The firm represents plaintiffs challenging Ohio’s current congressional redistricting plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

Previous Experience

  • Bloomberg L.P., Legal Department Chief of Staff and Corporate Counsel