09 June 2019

Latham & Watkins scoop fintech pair

Firm expands fintech practice with prominent Washington DC hires, capturing two experienced partners from Crowell & Moring.


Latham & Wilkins has brought in Mitchell Rabinowitz and Jenny Cieplak from Crowell & Moring to bring substantial domestic and international transactional experience at the intersection of technology and financial services.

“Sophisticated understanding”

The pair join as partners in the financial institutions and fintech industry groups within the corporate department. Leaders in the FinTech space, their practices are at the intersection of technology and financial services and focus on joint venture and consortia transactions involving top-tier financial institutions creating and investing in novel technology and industry solutions for market infrastructure deployments. Marc Jaffe, global chair of Latham’s corporate department, said “Mitch and Jenny have a sophisticated understanding of innovative technologies, as well as the financial markets in which they’re deployed. Their skill-set further catalyzes the firm’s robust transactional practices in financial centers around the globe.” The firm says the pair are well-versed in issues relating to IP, electronic trading systems, cloud computing, data protection, and regulatory matters. They have worked extensively on the creation of electronic trading platforms, alternative trading systems, exchanges, clearinghouses, and data repositories.

Fintech form

Mr Rabinowitz has decades of experience working with many of the principal and largest industry players, including the world’s leading investment banks, infrastructure providers, start-ups, and newly created consortium entities. Together the pair have fintech form, having created a successful fintech practice at Crowell & Moring and are widely recognized as leaders in the field. Michael Egge, office managing partner of Latham & Watkins in Washington DC, said “Mitch and Jenny bring enormous talent and significant experience leading complex technology transactions in the financial services sector, and we are thrilled to welcome leading lights in the fintech space to our global platform.”

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