Ashurst selects cohort for inaugural FinTech incubator

by Steve Randall12 Nov 2019

Ashurst selects cohort for inaugural FinTech incubator

Thirty-six businesses will be given legal support and access to investors and leading financial institutions thanks to Ashurst.

The global law firm will welcome the cohort to its FinTech Legal Labs later this month for a three-day programme. They were chosen from more than 100 applicants.

"We had an overwhelming response to the launch of the inaugural programme from a wide variety of great FinTech businesses operating in the sector,” said partner Abradat Kamalpour, who leads FinTech Legal Labs. “We are really delighted with the businesses that we are talking into the first cohort and the programme is set to be a fantastic platform to bring together know how, collaboration and create partnerships from across the FinTech and institutional sectors."

White & Case hires long-standing Hogan Lovells partner

Alexander (Xander) McMyn has joined White & Case as a partner in its global banking practice in Singapore.

He joins the firm from Hogan Lovells with almost 20 years of experience in Asia-Pacific and is recognized as a leading lawyer in the region's finance market.

He advises creditors, sponsors and borrowers on a wide range of transactions and has a particular focus on key investment destinations.

"Xander's arrival is a further demonstration of our ongoing pursuit of the Firm's strategic growth priorities in Asia-Pacific,” said White & Case partner Eric Berg, Head of Asia-Pacific. “A combination of lateral additions and internal promotions have added ten new partners in the region over the past year, and these lawyers have strengthened our strategically key disputes, finance and M&A practices in Australia, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore."

Legal risk of not helping outweighs being a good Samaritan

Fear of litigation should not stop Americans from giving life-saving help according to a new study.

The American Heart Foundation will present research this week that shows that the legal risk of not helping is greater than helping. Although there are ‘Good Samaritan’ laws in many US states to protect those who help others from litigation, people are often concerned about the legal ramifications of attempting CPR.

"The misgivings people express about being blamed for a bad outcome if they were to perform bystander CPR is essentially unfounded," said the study's lead author Travis Murphy, M.D., an emergency medicine attending physician and a fellow in surgical critical care at the University of Florida in Gainesville. "A person is much more likely to be taken to court for not providing CPR soon enough."