Collaboration and curiosity are key

Practice area spotlight: Fintech

To be a good fintech lawyer you need not only comprehensive legal skills, but also an understanding on what fintech – and the particular business – is all about, writes Hanna-Mari Manninen of Dittmar & Indrenius

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Finland and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? Legal services are offered in Finland by variety of different type of actors, mostly by attorneys-at-law offices but also by other law firms and by consulting and accounting firms. The competition has been increasing, …

Can Paris take advantage of the fintech boom?

Practice area spotlight: Fintech

Hubert de Vauplane, Gilles Saint Marc, Tristan Bonneau, and Wilfried Robin of Kramer Levin Naftalis et Frankel consider the future of French fintech

Please provide an overview of the current legal market in France and recent developments? French authorities and regulators have exhibited constant interest for fintechs, which are driving technological innovation and providing additional financing sources. Regulations implemented in the last few years demonstrate French regulators’ commitment to establish appropriate frameworks that foster the development of fintechs …

Malta’s ‘bull-like’ market

Practice area spotlight: Fintech

The fintech space is a fast-changing environment, which is constantly
presenting unprecedented and often mind-boggling dilemmas, explains Leonard Bonello of GANADO Advocates

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Malta and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The Maltese legal market is currently thrusting rather vibrantly, particularly in the blockchain and crypto sphere, following the christening by parliament of a unique, non-intrusive and principles-based regulatory framework specifically regulating DLT platforms and …

Fintech to mature in Mexico

Practice area spotlight: Fintech

As regulation evolves, only those able to understand the market will be able to advise both public and private clients in complex transactions, say Ramón Bravo H. and Héctor Cuevas-González of Deloitte Legal Mexico

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Mexico and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The Mexican legal market has rapidly evolved during the last 10 years, mainly attributable to: the rapid expansion and establishment of Mexican offices of several international law firms, as well as the ‘re-integration’ of …

Brexit fears are overstated

Practice area spotlight: Fintech

Despite uncertain times in the UK, Chris Hill of Kemp Little believes the future is bright for UK fintech

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in the UK and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The UK fintech market has been very busy over the last year, and appears not to have been significantly impacted by Brexit as yet. We are starting to see legal work in fintech …

Technology outpaces legislation

Practice area spotlight: Fintech

The Ukraine’s regulators are ready to cooperate with the business in search
of compromise, says Sergii Papernyk of Evris Law Firm

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in the Ukraine and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? At present, the legal market in Ukraine is characterised by the high level of competition that makes law firms look for the new niches of economy and develop those practices that have not …

A state of flux

Practice area focus: Tax contents

S Saravana Kumar of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill believes tax practitioners will be kept busy for the foreseeable future thanks to the change in Malaysia’s tax regime

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Malaysia and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The renewed emphasis on the rule of law and transparency under the new government, as well as the new Prime Minister’s promise that illegally collected taxes will be returned, is encouraging for tax practitioners. …

The future looks bright for Japan’s tax practitioners

Practice area focus: Tax contents

The trend for taxpayers to turn to lawyers, rather than accountants, to handle complex tax law issues and the steady increase in disputed tax assessments are promising signs for the market, says Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s Yushi Hegawa

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Japan and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The Japanese tax market has been modestly active for the last several years. On the controversy side, there are a small but significant number of tax assessments where the taxpayers wish to dispute the …

Substantial benefits

Practice area focus: Tax contents

Thanks to Cyprus’ strategic location and other incentives for businesses, tax
practitioners are likely to stay busy, but they must also be aware of the authorities’ crackdown on insubstantial companies, says Elias Neocleous of Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Cyprus and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? The most significant development in the current legal market is an unprecedented tightening of regulatory scrutiny and focus on abuse of the financial and banking system. Since the beginning of 2018 the Cyprus government …

Preparing for change

Practice area focus: Tax contents

Developments in national and international law, particularly with regard to tax compliance and aggressive tax planning, will have an impact on Austrian practices over the next few years, writes Gerald Schachner and Kornelia Wittmann of bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Please give us an overview of the current legal market in Austria and how any recent developments have impacted your practice? Whereas tax lawyers are increasingly receiving mandates to represent clients before the tax courts, the general landscape of tax advice in M&A is equally shared between tax lawyers and tax advisers. The Big Four …