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Digital Finance Resources

The future of finance is digital. Our digital economy is reimagining financial markets in a way not seen in generations. Ashurst's global team is at the cutting-edge of these developments.

Experts in finance. Experts in technology

The global financial sector is experiencing profound change, fuelled by explosive advances in technology and unprecedented customer expectations. These advances are leading to the creation of new digital assets, challenging existing financial and payments market infrastructure and giving rise to new digital platforms in ever-increasing scale and ambition.

Taking advantage of this revolution requires deep experience across the financial markets and technology. Our global team comprises specialists from our Financial Regulation, Digital Economy, Corporate, Capital Markets, Disputes, Employment, Tax and [Restructuring / Insolvency] practices, each of whom combine their expertise with a genuine and thorough understanding of digital technologies and transformation projects.

Our global, multi-disciplinary team of experts provides innovative advice to the world’s leading financial institutions, technology companies, start-ups and disruptors at the heart of this revolution. We are trusted with our clients’ most ambitious, transformational and innovative projects; specialising in particular in the design, build and delivery of new digital platforms, digital assets and digital money.

Digital assets

Breaking new ground requires trusted advisors who are experts in their fields. Creating a new financial market requires specialists spanning the globe and multiple legal disciplines. It also requires deep knowledge and experience of what came before. Our lawyers are experts in their fields and have amassed leading experience in this rapidly advancing market that is hard to rival.

We embed our experts with your own; collaborating seamlessly with your business, legal, risk and compliance teams. We help you push boundaries, forge new paths, but always manage your risks.

Our expertise include:

  • Tokenisation of traditional financial assets
  • Creation of new, native asset classes
  • Financial market infrastructure based on DLT/blockchain

    Digital money

    Payments are synonymous with fintech. But the transformation in payment systems and infrastructure is at a cross roads. The advent of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, led initially by bitcoin, has forced a moment of reckoning.

    Technology companies have entered the market. Central Banks have launched digital currencies. New firms are redesigning old messaging systems for the modern era.

    Our experts have deep-rooted experience advising clients on all aspects of payments, from exciting, high-growth challengers to Central Banks and the world’s largest payment firms.

    Our experience includes:

    • The creation and use of cryptocurrencies and stablecoins
    • The development of Central Bank Digital Currencies
    • Upgrades to traditional payments infrastructure

    Digital platforms

    The key drivers of fintech and digitalisation are creating greater efficiencies and responding to customer demand for better client experiences. We have deep experience helping a broad range of clients from start-ups and disruptors, to global financial and technology companies realise the potential of digital transformation.

    We are more than legal advisors. We think outside the box. We challenge the status quo. We work alongside you to realise the potential of your ideas, including:

    • Building end-to-end digital platforms for new and existing businesses
    • Supporting the launch of new firms, products and services
    • Transitioning firms from legacy systems to digital-only platforms

    Strong industry connections

    Having strong connections to global leaders and regulators across the financial services industry facilitates unrivalled access for our financial services clients to key decision-makers, enabling them not only to keep pace with the latest developments as they happen, but also to shape them.


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Fintech Legal Labs

Ashurst designed this programme to accelerate FinTech business with bespoke legal expertise and provide access to investors and leading institutions. We run an annual EMEA Lab in London and will also launch in further jurisdictions including the Asia Pacific region. Our intention is to create a global ecosystem of FinTech businesses, investors and leading institutions.

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Digital Assets Digest

Welcome to our Digital Assets Digest, a monthly round-up of key developments in the digital asset marketplace.

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Recognition - Awards


Most Innovative Law Firm Headquartered Outside Asia Pacific


Future of Legal Services Innovation (Large Private Practice)


Most Innovative Firm of the Year


Digital Champion of the Year


Most Innovative Firm of the Year


Best Fintech Law Firm


Law Firm of the Year

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