Kemp Little to advise 12 winning fintechs on final stage of API open banking challenge

By 2nd August 2018Industry News

Following the news that 12 winning fintechs have been selected to advance the future of small business banking, progressing to the final stage of the Nesta Open Up Challenge, Kemp Little is delighted to announce that it will be the sole appointed legal provider, supporting the businesses in bringing their open banking products to market.

Stage 2 of Nesta’s Open Up Challenge will see Kemp Little continue to provide advice to the participating fintech businesses on the full range of services they offer as a firm, including commercial technology, financial regulation, intellectual property, data protection, corporate advice, tax and employment.

The firm, which was the sole legal advisor during Stage 1 of the Challenge, previously supported the 20 rigorously selected fintech businesses in developing their own open banking products. This included successfully guiding a number of the participants through the application process for registration with the FCA as one of the newly created open banking categories of “account information service providers” or “AISPs”, enabling them to access customers’ transaction data directly from their bank accounts.

Kemp Little partner and fintech lead Chris Hill commented: “Our involvement in the Open Up Challenge has led to us being engaged directly with the FCA on some of the edge-case issues surrounding the implementation of PSD2 and the Payment Services Regulations. It has allowed us to build up what we firmly believe to be an industry-leading body of knowledge and practical experience in the law around open banking. We are thrilled to be involved in the next stage and look forward to working with all of the finalists.”