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Recent FinTech Salons

Our FinTech Foundry team has hosted over 25 FinTech Salons since 2018 in collaboration with a number of our FinTech industry partners. Keep reading to learn more about the types of events we have hosted in the past and how we continue to support and convene the FinTech community.
 

IPO Alternatives: What You Should Know about SPACs and Direct Listings

November 5, 2020 – Virtual
Shearman & Sterling is co-hosting the Finance Leadership Summit series throughout this Fall. The third webinar on IPO alternatives was held on November 5, 2020 and brought together CFOs, financial executives and their teams for an educational and interactive discussions on emerging trends and current challenges. 

Speakers:
Alain Dermarkar, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 
Andy Rabin, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Chase
Moderator: Matthew Lyons, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 
 

Getting Ready to Raise Capital: What Founders Need to Know and Shouldn't Be Afraid to Ask

October 13 and 15, 2020 – Virtual
Partners Gillian Emmett Moldowan (New York-Compensation, Governance & ERISA) and Kristina Trauger (New York-Capital Markets) and associate Cassandra Cuellar (Austin-Emerging Growth) provided startup founders with a legal perspective on raising capital and negotiating equity compensation in a recent two-part webinar series, co-hosted with Quesnay.

Part 1 of the webinar took place on October 13 at 12:00 pm ET and provided an overview of raising capital in private settings. Part 2 took place on October 15 at 12:00 pm ET and highlighted key considerations in accessing the public markets and equity compensation practices relevant to public companies.
 

Speakers:
Gillian Emmett Moldowan, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 
Kristina Trauger, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 
Cassandra Cuellar, Associate, Shearman & Sterling 
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Webinar: Getting Ready to Raise Capital: What Founders Need to Know and Shouldn't Be Afraid to Ask Part - 1
Webinar: Getting Ready to Raise Capital: What Founders Need to Know and Shouldn't Be Afraid to Ask Part - 2
 


The Future of Capital Markets at GBBC Blockchain Central UNGA

September 18, 2020 – Virtual
Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech Donna Parisi moderated a panel titled "The Future of Capital Markets" during GBBC Blockchain Central UNGA on Friday, September 18. The GBBC’s Blockchain Central UNGA, official partner of the UN Foundation’s Global Goals Week, brought together leading voices in technology, policy and business to discuss the role of technology and community in accelerating progress toward achieving the goals United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Speakers:
Michael Moro, CEO, Genesis Global Trading
Andre Portilho, Partner and Head of Volatility Desk, BTG Pactual
Ambre Soubiran, CEO, Kaiko
Michele Curtoni, Vice President, Digital Product Development & DLT, State Street
Yves Longchamp, Head of Research, SEBA Bank AG
Moderator: Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
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Webinar: The Future of Capital Markets at GBBC Blockchain Central UNGA
 

Return of the Down Round: Financing Amidst a Pandemic

July 28, 2020 – Virtual
Shearman & Sterling hosted the second installment of the FinTech Salon Series: Digital Edition 2020 with a webinar discussing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on different verticals and valuations within the FinTech industry, advice for companies looking to raise funds at this time and available government support programs. The webinar also touched on FinTech investment trends, predictions for the second half of the year, investing in diverse founding teams, executive compensation issues and more. 
 
Speakers:
Kirsty Grant, Chief Investment Officer, Seedrs
Ryan Gilbert, General Partner, Propel Venture Partners
Pawel Szaja, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Cassandra Cuellar, Associate, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Matthew Lyons, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Webinar: Return of the Down Round: Financing Amidst a Pandemic

Rethinking the Workplace: Designing Return-to-Work Plans

July 21, 2020 – Virtual
Shearman & Sterling hosted the first installment of the FinTech Salon Series: Digital Edition 2020 with a webinar highlighting considerations and pitfalls when designing return-to-work plans for FinTechs and early-stage companies and discussing how companies can balance the well-being of employees with business operations. The webinar also touched on the role of remote working going forward, what kind of flexibility employees can expect from their employers and legal and compliance challenges that should be considered when designing return-to-work plans. 
 
Speakers:
Aneta Waberska, Head of Compliance, Ocrolus
Jai Garg, Associate, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Gillian Emmett Moldowan, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Webinar: Rethinking the Workplace: Designing Return to Work Plans

Main Street Lending Program Webinar Series with OakNorth

April 10 – May 1, 2020 – Virtual
Shearman & Sterling & OakNorth together have held a series of webinars on the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program and other COVID-19 funding programs. The webinars discussed the Federal Reserve’s requirements, the ability to review and process existing clients to selectively underwrite new business and understanding other business requirements.
 
Speakers:
Michael Chernick, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Russ Denton, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Brian Dillavou, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Sean Hunter, CIO, OakNorth
Neil Kahrim, Director, OakNorth
Reena Agrawal Sahni, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Webinar: Revised Terms for the Main Street Lending Program
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Webinar: Main Street Fed Funding: Get Ahead of the Curve
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UK FINTECH WEEK 2020

April 14 – May 1 – Virtual
Shearman & Sterling was a headline sponsor for Innovate Finance’s first-ever all-digital UK FinTech Week. Our attorneys participated in three sessions throughout the virtual conference, including those on scaling a FinTech to the US, global FinTech regulation and the future of FinTech in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entering the US Market: What to Know  
 
Speakers:
Alan Bickerstaff, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Sean Hunter, CIO, OakNorth
Sunny Parikh, Senior Vice President & Head of FinTech Innovation Lab New York, Partnership Fund for New York City
Reena Agrawal Sahni, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Sameer Gulati, Fintech Specialist, UK Department for International Trade
Multimedia:
Webinar: FinTechs Entering the US Market: What to Know
Thought Leadership: Seizing Opportunities in the US Fintech Market: Shearman & Sterling’s Guide to Successful Scaling

International Regulatory Panel
 
Speakers:
Nelson Chow, Chief Fintech Officer, Fintech Facilitation Office, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Gareth Ramsay, Executive Director for Data, Bank of England
Barney Reynolds, Global Head of Financial Services, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Iana Vidal, Head of Policy and Government Affairs, Innovate Finance
Multimedia:
Webinar: International Regulatory Panel

COVID-19 Impact on FinTech: What Does the Future Hold?
 
Speakers:
Simon Dodds, Of Counsel, Shearman & Sterling
Matthew Jones, Principal, Anthemis
Magdalena Krön, Global Rise Platform Director, Barclays
Pawel Szaja, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Janine Hirt, COO & Board Member, Innovate Finance
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Webinar: COVID-19 Impact On FinTech: What Does the Future Hold?

International Women's Day 2020 with NYC FinTech Women

March 6, 2020 – New York
Shearman & Sterling and NYC FinTech Women celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday, March 6. The event took place in Shearman & Sterling’s New York office and featured a fireside chat with Anita Bhatia, the Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, and a panel discussion on how new and innovative technologies are ushering in the next wave of FinTechs.
 
Speakers:
Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
Nicky Goulimis, Co-Founder and COO, Nova Credit
Catherine Martin, Director, OakNorth
Annelise Osbourne, Head of Strategy, Metechi
Tejal Mody, Managing Director, Rabobank
Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
PaymentsSource, ’Crossover Hiring’ Can Address the Gender Gap in FinTech
Video: International Women’s Day 2020 with NYC FinTech Women

Executive Compensation: Equity, Options & More

February 27, 2020 – New York
In collaboration with J.P. Morgan, Shearman & Sterling led a roundtable discussion on formation and pre-transaction planning and compensation considerations for startups and scaleups.
 
Speakers:
Kaylin Klinger, Executive Compensation Specialist, J.P. Morgan Chase
Matt Lyons, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Gillian Emmet Moldowan, Partner, Shearman & Sterling

Waves of Consolidation with Rebank

February 11, 2020 – London
In collaboration with the Rebank Podcast, the firm convened a panel discussion focused on M&A, IPOs and competitive dynamics within the FinTech industry.
 
Speakers:
Noel Monro, Director, Rothschild & Co.
Tim Levene, CEO, Augmentum Fintech
Ian Sutherland, CFO, Tide
Pawel Szaja, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Will Beeson, Host, Rebank Podcast
Multimedia:
Podcast: M&A, IPOs and Competitive Dynamics in a Maturing FinTech Industry

Rise of Stablecoins with the GBBC

November 4, 2020 – New York
Shearman & Sterling and the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) convened a panel on Monday, November 4, to discuss the world’s most talked about digital assets – stablecoins, and their proliferation on a global scale. The evening’s dialogue focused on the impetus for companies launching enterprise digital assets, including factors such as the fast settlement of cost-efficient transactions without incurring the risk of price volatility, as well as questions raised around the regulations of such coins.
 
Speakers:
Jeffrey Bandman, Founder & CEO, BlockAgent
Michael Moro, CEO, Genesis Global Trading
Reena Agrawal Sahni, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Eric Winer, VP of Engineering, Gemini
Moderator: Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Blog Post: Shearman & Sterling and the Global Blockchain Business Council Convene a Panel on Stablecoins

Launch of US FinTech Market Entry Guide

October 22, 2019 – Washington, DC
Shearman & Sterling, the UK Department for International Trade and HM Treasury were delighted to host the launch of their new guide, “Entering the US Market: A Guide for FinTech Firms,” during DC FinTech Week 2019. Our guide outlines the likely legal and regulatory considerations, as well as potential pitfalls, for a FinTech firm looking to scale its business to the US.
 
Speakers:
Sameer Gulati, FinTech Specialist, UK Department for International Trade
Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Thought Leadership: Entering the US Market: A Guide for FinTech Firms

Demo Day With Empire Startups

October 15, 2019 – New York
In collaboration with Empire Startups, Shearman & Sterling hosted an interactive showcase with live demos from cutting-edge FinTech companies. During the event, Donna Parisi moderated a fireside chat with Kamran Ansari, Venture Partner at Greycoft, about the latest fundraising trends and best practices for both founders and other investors. The event also featured five up-and-coming startups working to disrupt payments, wealth-tech, accounting and more.
 
Speakers:
Kamran Ansari, Venture Partner, Greycroft
Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Michael Kane, Co-Founder and CEO, Hydrogen
Omri Mor, Co-Founder and CEO, Routable
Michael Rangel, Founder and CEO, Novo
Oona Rokyta, Co-Founder and CEO, Lance
Derek Webster, Founder and CEO, CardFlight
Multimedia:
Video: FinTech Demo Day
Blog Post: Shearman & Sterling Demo Day with Empire Startups

Building a Data Business Roundtable

October 7, 2019 – London
Shearman & Sterling convened a roundtable in London to discuss the business-planning considerations around building a data business. Topics included business structure, data sourcing and protection, regulatory factors to consider, data customer contracts, intellectual property considerations and tax considerations, among other things.
 
Speakers:
Emma Maconick, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Barney Reynolds, Global Head of Financial Services, Shearman & Sterling
Sara Ashall, Counsel, Shearman & Sterling
Simon Dodds, Of Counsel, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Blog Post: Building a Data Business

Angel Investing: How Angel Investing Platforms and Angel Investors Are Essential to Broadening the Funding Cycle with NYC FinTech Women

September 25, 2019 – New York
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the FinTech Foundry program, Shearman & Sterling joined NYC FinTech Women at Finovate to host a breakfast panel on angel investing. Among other things, the panel discussed the vital role that angel investors can play in getting a company off the ground and the relationship between angel investors and their portfolio companies.
 
Speakers:
Rishwie Cauvery, Investor, Pipeline Angels
Marie Chevrier, Founder & CEO, Sampler
LeAnn Darland, Co-Founder and CEO, TALEA Beer Co.
Angela Lee, Founder & CEO, 37 Angels
Moderator: Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services & FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Thought Leadership: Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Open Banking: Regulation Challenges & Race for Change

September 6, 2019 – New York
Shearman & Sterling hosted a delegation from the Danish Consulate to discuss open banking and how regulatory factors are affecting the transformation of the financial services industry.
 
Speakers:
Emma Maconick, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Reena Agrawal Sahni, Partner, Shearman & Sterling

Risk vs. Reward: AI and Cybersecurity with Quesnay

June 26, 2019 – New York
In collaboration with Quesnay, Shearman & Sterling hosted a panel discussion on the intersection of AI and cybersecurity. The discussion touched on how AI may disrupt the financial services industry, potential cybersecurity risks firms should monitor when rolling out AI capabilities and how firms can implement effective AI and cybersecurity infrastructures within their businesses.
 
Speakers:
Jennifer Campbell, Vice President, Enterprise Security Architecture and Cyber Risk Management, Deutsche Bank
Vivek Dhayagude, Chief Technology Officer, Skybridge
Lindsey Guinn, Senior Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank Emma Maconick, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling

Blockchain Dinner with Empire Startups

May 21, 2019 – New York
In collaboration with Empire Startups, Shearman & Sterling convened a roundtable dinner discussion focused on the intersection of blockchain and financial services. The event featured a wide range of attendees, including those from venture capital firms, FinTechs, financial institutions and other service providers.
 
Speakers:
Robert Chu, Founder, Embleema

Machines, Mayhem and Mischief

May 9, 2019 – New York
Shearman & Sterling hosted a roundtable dinner discussion with Clara Durodié, Executive Chair of Cognitive Finance Group. Clara presented on AI and its impact on financial services, including the emerging technologies landscape, trends in AI, AI applications and ethics of AI.
 
Speakers:
Clara Durodié, Executive Chair, Cognitive Finance Group

Expanding to the UK Market Roundtable with Copenhagen Fintech Lab

May 1, 2019 – London UK
In collaboration with Copenhagen FinTech Lab, Shearman & Sterling hosted a discussion for a Danish delegation of FinTechs on considerations for scaling a FinTech to the UK market.
 
Speakers:
Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Barney Reynolds, Global Head of Financial Services, Shearman & Sterling
Simon Dodds, Of Counsel, Shearman & Sterling
Simon Letherman, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Pawel Szaja, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Ellie Teo, Senior Associate, Shearman & Sterling

London FinTech Foundry Launch

April 29, 2019 – London
In partnership with FinTech Cocktail Club, Shearman & Sterling hosted a cocktail event to formally launch the firm’s FinTech Foundry program in London. This coincided with the Innovate Finance Global Summit kicking off UK FinTech Week, one of the world’s leading FinTech conferences globally.

Expanding to the US Market Roundtable with the UK Department for International Trade

April 1, 2019 – New York
In collaboration with UK Department for International Trade, Shearman & Sterling hosted a discussion for a British Danish delegation of FinTechs on considerations for scaling a FinTech to the US market.
 
Speakers:
Alan Bickerstaff, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Matt Lyons, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Gillian Emmett Moldowan, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Reena Agrawal Sahni, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Ryan Au, Associate, Shearman & Sterling

Investing in Women: Why Bridging the Gap Matters

March 8, 2019 – New York
On International Women’s Day, Shearman & Sterling hosted a breakfast panel called “Investing in Women: Why Bridging the Gap Matters” in partnership with NYC FinTech Women. The panel focused on why accelerating the number of female entrepreneurs, start up and venture capital investors, and board members is important to achieving gender parity and #BalanceforBetter.
 
Speakers:
Gillian Emmet Moldowan, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Krista Edmunds, BI Innovation Officer, Barclays
Loretta McCarthy, Managing Partner, Golden Seeds
Jennifer Byrne, Co-Founder and President, Quesnay
Moderator: Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Thought Leadership: FinTech: Achieving a Better Balance