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Chris Daniel

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Payment Systems Group


Co-Chair of the Payment Systems Group and is a partner of the corporate department of Paul Hastings LLP. Chris focuses his practice on financial institutions and other companies participating in the banking and payment systems of the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has significant experience advising clients on issues related to investments into payment systems companies and banks in the U.S., Europe, and Asia (including China), creation of settlement networks, joint ventures in the payments context, the regulatory issues related to prepaid cards, the EU’s Payment Services and E-Money Directives, China’s Administrative Measures for the Payment Services Provided by Non-financial Institutions, global money transmission, and anti-money laundering and terrorist financing issues associated with payments.


Stoll, Keenon & Ogden - 1995 - 1998 (Associate) Alston & Bird - 1998 - 2007 (Associate/Partner (2004)) Paul Hastings 0 2007 - Present (Of Counsel/Partner (2009)




Chris is a member of the American, Georgia and Atlanta Bar Associations


Chris previously served in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 - 1992 where he was an Instructor Pilot for the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training Program which trains the majority of NATO's fighter pilots. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He also served as the Articles Editor for The Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law (1994-95). He received his B.A. From Wake Forest University where he graduated cum laude (Honors in Economics) and was a member of the 1986 NCAA Championship Golf Team.


Golfing, Snow Skiing, fly-fishing

United States: Media, technology and telecoms


Within: Leading lawyers

Chris Daniel - Paul Hastings LLP

Within: Fintech

Fielding a multidisciplinary team with broad experience, Paul Hastings LLP‚Äôs practice boasts a wide range of capabilities handling matters across the fintech sector. The group's impressive client roster ranges from global corporates, such as Samsung ‚ÄĒ which it advised on a range of privacy, security, data ownership, advertising and marketing issues relating to the launch of Samsung Pay ‚ÄĒ to start-up companies including Even. The firm advised the latter on the launch of its financial health app in collaboration with Wal-Mart. The team has experience assisting clients navigating the cryptocurrency market and regulatory environment; Altanta-based practice head Chris Daniel¬†and cybersecurity and data expert Behnam Dayanim¬†in Washington DC are leading advice to Coinbase on the passing of a North Carolina state house bill allowing cryptocurrency exchanges to operate, as it is exempt from traditional money transmission laws. The group also leverages its M&A capabilities in transactions, such as assisting Moneygram on the recent proposed acquisition by Ant Financial; advising Paysafe Group on US regulatory aspects of its $3.9bn acquisition by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners; and acting for Circle Internet Financial¬†in connection with elements of its $400m acquisition of Poloniex. Other key names to note include San Francisco-based Thomas Brown, particularly for antitrust and competition in the financial services industry; Washington DC-based¬†of counsel Lawrence Kaplan, who attracts praise for his ‚Äėoutstanding expertise in banking related matters‚Äô; cybersecurity expert Robert Silvers; and structured credit partner Richard Davis¬†(both also based in Washington DC). Silicon Valley Bank, cryptocurrency exchange Gemini Exchange and Barclays are all clients.

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