The Chambers & Partners Global FinTech Guide 2022 has just been released and The Bench is the only law firm in the UAE that has been recognised as having a deep bench of multiple ranked individuals with FinTech expertise (Ahmed Thabet and Joby Beretta).
Chambers FinTech identifies the leading payments, blockchain, cyber security and data protection specialists globally, offering an invaluable resource for start-up and scale-up FinTech businesses, incumbent tech and financial services firms, and PE/VC investors in the sector.
The 2022 Guide comments on The Bench's specialist knowledge in this area, its bench strength of senior FinTech lawyers and its impressive list of FinTech clients.
Chambers notes: "The Bench provides expert advice on IP protection strategies, FinTech M&A and outsourcing. The firm handles complex contract negotiations and licensing agreements, and has additional capability in digital payments matters. The firm counts an impressive list of FinTech startups, financial institutions and TMT suppliers among its client base".
Quotes from clients provided to Chambers include:
"The team is very knowledgeable on the subject matter and makes relevant recommendations that support the protection of my business and clients."
"They are good, flexible and appreciate the startup financial situation. Their main strength is the quality of lawyers they have."
Quote from Chambers:
Ahmed Thabet specialises in banking law, and has considerable experience working in-house at financial institutions. He advises a range of clients, including FinTech start-ups, on digital payments, corporate/commercial, banking and related matters. "This gentleman is the best and kindest lawyer I have ever dealt with," a client enthuses, adding that Thabet handles work for startups "with passion and understanding of their situaiton."
Joby Beretta is a co-head of the practice and advises on FinTech transactional matters. "We love working with him not just for the expert service he provides, but also his personality," says a client, explaining that "he ensures we have understood everything and clearly explains why he has laid things out in a certain way, which helps greatly."