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Fintech, Ireland 

Fintech has disrupted and refreshed just about every corner of global finance. In Ireland, there is a thriving ecosystem, which includes established global and domestic financial institutions, global and domestic technology companies, start-ups, incubators, innovation hubs, investors, academia, research centres, industry bodies, and a strong advisory network.

Our multidisciplinary financial services sector team in Ireland has extensive experience advising financial institutions, technology companies and fintech companies.

As a full service law practice, we can advise on the full spectrum of legal issues that arise in the course of conducting business in Ireland.  Key areas of service are outlined below.

Corporate Transactions

Our corporate law practice advises a broad range of clients, from some of the world’s largest financial institutions to growing and start-up fintech businesses, on the full spectrum of corporate law matters including:

  • commercial arrangements and contractual advice
  • company secretarial
  • corporate governance
  • corporate reorganisations
  • debt and equity issues
  • initial public offerings
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • private equity
  • takeovers
  • venture capital

View profile: Gerard Ryan

Financial Services Regulation and Governance

Our dedicated Financial Services Regulation & Governance group acts for a wide variety of financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, payment service providers, investment managers and financial intermediaries, based in Ireland and overseas.

Our lawyers have significant local and international regulatory experience. We advise and assist clients on a wide range of financial services regulatory, governance and compliance issues relevant to their requirements, such as:

  • Central Bank of Ireland authorisations
  • Central Bank of Ireland enforcement
  • corporate governance requirements and best practice
  • culture audits and reviews
  • on-going compliance with the applicable regulatory regime
  • regulatory investigations and inquiries

View profile: Piaras Power

Tax Matters

Our Tax group primarily advises domestic and international corporations and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland on all aspects of taxation.

The team has particular experience in inward investment projects, cross border tax planning, corporate restructurings, public and private mergers and acquisitions, demergers, flotations and joint ventures, including in respect of fintech related projects, whether advising on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, peer-to-peer lending, e-money and payments services, e-commerce in financial services, cyber security and data protection, data hosting, managed services and outsourcing, technology development and procurement or systems integration projects.

View profile: Alan Connell

Data Protection and Cybersecurity

Our dedicated Data Protection Group recognises the importance of providing sound data protection advice and has a strong focus on finding practical solutions for all our clients' needs.  Our clients include IT companies, financial institutions, private companies, pension funds and insurance companies.  We provide focused advice on a wide range of data protection issues including:

  • Compulsory registration of Controllers and Processors
  • Data protection access requests and exemptions
  • Data protection audits
  • Data transfer and data processing agreements
  • Dealing with dawn raids, enforcement notices and prosecutions by the Data Protection Commissioner
  • Dealing with the Cookies Directive and the Electronic Privacy Regulations
  • Electronic communications and privacy regulations advice
  • Export of personal data issues
  • Marketing issues (opt-outs and opt-ins)
  • Privacy policies
  • Record retention and deletion advice
  • Safe Harbour and Binding Corporate Rules issues

View profile: Marie McGinley

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