PARTNER PROFILE: LINKLATERS LLP
Julian has been in Linklaters’ Technology group since qualification, and he is a Co-leader of the global Telecoms, Media and Technology sector group. He has a wide practice encompassing regulatory and commercial financial services work, all aspects of information governance, IT and outsourcing contracts, e-commerce and media work. His particular focus is working in highly regulated industries such as financial services, telecoms, professional services, utilities and the public sector, where he can combine his regulatory and commercial expertise. In recent years he has advised many financial services companies on their strategies for addressing digital risks and opportunities.
While ‘fintech’ is the latest buzzword, financial technology is not new to us. We have been advising clients on technology-driven solutions in financial services for over 40 years. From the implementation of S.W.I.F.T. payments in 1973 to the advent of digital currencies, our clients look to us for expert advice based on our great depth of experience. It is testament to this experience that we have worked with such a diverse client base at all stages of growth, from early-stage start-ups to established financial institutions.
Our strong relationships with regulators, banks, insurers, funds and infrastructure and service providers mean that we understand the issues that affect every area of the financial technology ecosystem. This enables us to deliver incisive and informed advice across the value chain.
Paul Lewis is Co-head of Innovation for Linklaters and, in such role, he is involved in many of the new and exciting legaltech projects we undertaking at the moment both for our clients and in our own business, including A.I. and blockchain applications. Paul is a specialist in structured capital market securities and derivatives, and in recent years his long standing and established clients in this space have looked to him for advice on the application of smart contacts and distributed ledger technology. Paul is a regular speaker at key industry events on the subject of blockchain.