The UK is at the forefront of FinTech development worldwide. Powered by increasing competition, an encouraging regulatory environment, the development of new technologies and new uses for existing ones, and improving data richness and availability, FinTech is changing the way customers engage with financial services providers.
The market's desire to increase the level of financial inclusion, business efficiency and reduce costs, and the need for improved customer engagement and experiences, are driving the emergence of new business and operating models, products and services. The traditional financial services landscape is being disrupted.
Particular strengths of the UK FinTech market are online and mobile payments, accounts and lending, money transfers and foreign exchange, data analytics, financial software, peer to peer and crowdfunding platforms. We can expect to see growth in areas such as RegTech, InsureTech and automated advice, authentication and cybersecurity, wealth management and financial inclusion services, back office processing and blockchain based solutions.
At CMS we understand and are exceptionally well placed to advise on the challenges and opportunities FinTech presents: the desire to innovate and move at pace in a commercial manner which complies with the regulatory framework.
We have expertise in supporting FinTech startups and their investors, and other stakeholders. These include technology service providers, banks and brokers to collaborate to establish, develop, finance, market and protect new business models, technologies and services. We provide a full legal support service to FinTech businesses including advice, negotiation and documentation support on the establishment and initial funding of the business; protecting your intellectual property; attracting and retaining talent in your business; setting up your premises; your relationships with the regulators and meeting your regulatory requirements, including applying for regulatory authorisations; collaborating and sharing information with other businesses; disputes; ongoing funding, investment and M&A activity; cybersecurity and data privacy issues; and your engagement with your customers, suppliers and other third parties.
If you are a financial services business looking to implement FinTech solutions then we have the capability to advise you on all aspects of your implementation.