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FinTech

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Our experienced team provide seamless technical and commercial advice based on our deep understanding of the sector.

 

Overview

Spanning multiple offshore jurisdictions and with visibility on all the diverse growth opportunities arising offshore in the worlds of financial and digital technology, our dedicated FinTech group combines expertise with strong co-ordination and team-work to offer a seamless service to businesses using offshore structures to generate funds and leverage new technology.

Services include:

Funding New Technology (Offshore technology funds and other funding vehicles, including ICOs, ITOs and crypto funds)

At Mourant Ozannes our leading edge pedigree in offshore fund formation is matched with years of experience of working with investment managers and technology companies to form venture capital and private equity funds for investment in diverse technological areas including digital technology, crypto-currencies, FinTech, renewables, MedTech and bio-venture companies.

After traditional debt and equity fund raising models, comes the ICO/ITO – crowdfunding in the digital world. We understand the issues, challenges and the opportunities of this new environment and can help you navigate the offshore legal and regulatory landscape for your funding.

The regulators in our offshore jurisdictions have adopted a characteristacally pragmatic and innovative approach in seeking to understand and, as appropriate, accommodate the particular risks of investment in these potentially high-yielding assets.

Financial Regulation & RegTech (Regulation and its effects)

At Mourant Ozannes, our highly experienced financial services and regulatory team advises traditional financial institutions alongside developing FinTech companies who operate from or who sell products and services into our offshore jurisdictions. The depth of knowledge in our specialist team and our regular engagement with governments and regulators puts us at the cutting edge of financial regulation, well-placed to understand the needs of our clients in this fast developing sector.

We advise institutions who want to use technology to improve efficiency and client experience through, for example, the use of cloud, managed platforms and apps. Our expert advice helps clients to apply data protection and financial regulation, including meeting outsourcing and anti-money laundering requirements, to their products, services and operating models. We also support FinTech newcomers to our jurisdictions, helping them navigate our licencing regimes and ensuring that their products, services and offerings are in line with local regulatory requirements.

Supporting Offshore Digital Technology Businesses (Assisting with offshore tech business set-up and relocation)

Mourant Ozannes is strongly positioned excellently to advise tech businesses looking to establish themselves in any of our tax efficient but appropriately regulated offshore jurisdictions. Our clients include long established financial institutions, newer FinTech businesses and retail giants who rely on technology to deliver their products and services. Our market-leading corporate, employment, regulatory and property teams work together to provide a seamless service for FinTech businesses wanting to set-up and operate offshore or complete an offshore merger or acquisition.

Our experience and understanding of the legal, tax and regulatory framework in our jurisdictions is second to none, so we can navigate through the full range of issues that will affect an offshore FinTech business, from obtaining licences, negotiating leases, addressing competition issues, understanding financial services regulation, taxation, dealing with employees, meeting data protection requirements, to corporate structuring and client contracts. We can also leverge our extensive local network to make introductions for FinTech companies that are new to our markets.

Blockchain and Smart Contracts

With its depth of resources and its wide ranging knowledge and experience (across multiple offshore jurisdictions), Mourant Ozannes is also well placed to be at the forefront of blockchain and distributed ledger technology involving offshore entities and to offer assistance to those businesses and individuals looking to develop products and solutions in the blockchain space offshore. With any new technology, particularly something as disruptive as blockchain, there are a range of factors to consider, including contractual, data protection, taxation and regulatory issues. Mourant Ozannes can help navigate through the process from concept to product or service, including advising in relation to smart contracts and digital asset arrangements.

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