How FinTech Firms Can Enter the US Markets

October 14, 2019

The rise of FinTech has connected global financial markets like never before. While it has created significant growth opportunities, it can also expose growing FinTech firms to challenging differences in regulatory frameworks and legal implications. To help FinTech businesses navigate their expansion efforts to the U.S., Shearman & Sterling’s FinTech Foundry, in association with the UK’s Department for International Trade and Her Majesty’s (HM) Treasury, today launched a comprehensive guide entitled, Entering the U.S. Market: A Guide for FinTech Firms.

“FinTechs that are looking to expand their businesses to the U.S. can benefit a great deal from operating in the region, including new market opportunities, capital raising advantages and access to one of the world’s deepest talent pools,” said Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech at Shearman & Sterling. “Many firms face barriers to entry, leading to a deceleration in their growth, due in large part to the differences in regulatory and compliance frameworks. Our goal is to help our clients navigate this multi-faceted landscape to ensure their entry into the U.S. is as seamless as possible.”

The guide provides firms with a comprehensive overview of everything firms should be aware of when setting up in the U.S. From immigration law and employment law considerations to digital asset regulations, data privacy, intellectual property protections and broker-dealer guidelines. This also includes regulatory insight for FinTech firms that engage in banking or partner with regulated banks in the U.S. and are subject to additional oversight by the federal or state governments. Partnering with the right experts can make the journey significantly easier and enable firms to focus on building out their products and growing their businesses. The U.K. Department for International Trade and HM Treasury also provide advice and practical support for U.K. FinTech firms that wish to scale in the U.S.

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