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Chris Hill

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Kemp Little LLP

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Commercial Technology

Position

Commercial Technology Partner and Fintech Lead

Career

Chris is a partner in the Commercial Technology team. Since joining Kemp Little in 2010 he has developed a broad practice covering numerous sectors and aspects of technology contracting, but with particular experience in the areas of financial and professional services, retail and software development and licensing, and a focus on financial services technology or “Fintech”. His work is split between customers and suppliers, from FTSE 100 companies and global professional services firms, to mid-tier growth businesses and numerous start-ups. He has spent time working both in-house and as a proxy in-house counsel, and is praised by clients for his pragmatism and technical insight.

Languages

German and Czech

Education

Chris joined Kemp Little from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, having trained at Lovells.

He has a first class degree and a Master of Studies degree in German and Czech from New College, Oxford.


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Kemp Little LLP, which is a specialist technology and digital media law firm, has a dedicated commercial technology practice that advises customers and suppliers on a full range of commercial contracting issues. Its work spans all areas that are core to business operations, such as the supply and procurement of goods and services, warehousing and parts supply, advertising and marketing, and distribution. The practice was bolstered by the hire of financial regulatory expert Jacob Ghanty from K&L Gates LLP in November 2017, strengthening its support to clients in the financial services sector; this is one industry which is experiencing rapid changes driven by new technologies. Ghanty works alongside Paul Hinton, who leads the commercial technology team and is also the financial services practice head. Another key individual is Chris Hill, who is knowledgeable about fintech-related contracts, such as those involving software, cloud and data licensing. Hill is also recommended for his mobile payments and open banking expertise. Beyond financial services, the firm's other areas of activity include retail, manufacturing and professional services. Andrew Joint is leading the advice to Phillip Morris International on various matters, including agreements related to the provision of consultancy services linked to the launch of its new e-cigarette products. In addition, Joint and others have been assisting SCRAM Systems with negotiating contracts with police forces and government departments over its transdermal alcohol monitoring equipment (which reads alcohol consumption via an ankle bracelet). Outsourcing practice head Paul O’Hare is leading the firm's push into transactions involving robotic process automation (RPA), and service integration and management (SIAM). Calum Murray and managing associate Rupam Davé are other names to note.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Hill - Kemp Little LLP

Within: Fintech

With particularly deep experience in cryptocurrencies and open banking, particularly at the start-up end, Kemp Little LLP's 'commercial' department is 'excellent on all counts'. It has also been increasingly busy with payments and regtech work; clients say it has 'expert knowledge of payments regulations and how they apply to small, medium-sized and large technoloy companies'. The team handles the full range of fintech work, and adopts 'a well-reasoned, practical approach to complex legal issues'. The 'astute, extremely personable' Chris Hill is 'always available'; he and Andy Moseby  advise payments start-up Flux on commercial, corporate and regulatory matters, and along with data protection expert Nicola Fulford, both partners have been assisting Nesta and the 20 fintech companies participating in Nesta's 'Open Up Challenge' with commercial, regulatory, IP and corporate matters. Hill has also been handling Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency trading matters for numerous companies; licensing arrangements for Californian insurtech company Qlaimstech; and 'agile software' development agreements for foreign exchange trading platform SmartCharts. Other clients of the practice include Eigen Technologies, AxiomHQ, Worldpay, Monese and the New Zealand-based Xero. Payments expert and senior associate Sophie van Wingerden is 'a safe pair of hands' who 'knows UK and EU financial regulations inside-out'. The 'responsive' Jacob Ghanty joined from K&L Gates LLP in November 2017; he is especially strong in fintech matters pertaining to MiFID and funds.

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