Ashurst has announced the first cohort of businesses for FinTech Legal Labs, a three-day accelerator programme designed to provide FinTech businesses with legal support and access to investors and leading financial institutions.

The 36 businesses were selected by the FinTech Legal Labs Team from over 100 applicants. As evidenced by the large number of companies involved, the Labs programme is not like law firm fintech accelerators such as Slaughter and May’s Fast Forward or AG Elevate from Addleshaw Goddard, which take place over a period of months. However, speaking to Legal IT Insider, partner Abradat Kamalpour, who leads FinTech Legal Labs, said: “When I designed the programme I listened to what the fintechs said and for them to commit to a three-to-six month programme is quite heavy. We designed the three-day programme becuase we felt we could cover all the areas of law in day one and two and give them access to clients and investors.”

He added: “We have a lot of post Lab activities planned including breakfasts and events and I’m sure we’ll get requests from clients to meet these companies. We’re thinking about how that will be structured on an ongoing basis.”

Whereas these types of programmes are a good way for law firms to make contact with young companies that they hope will grow to become profitable, it is also a way to help existing larger clients. Kamalpour told us: “We’re also focussed on our institutional clients and helping them to access these companies.”

The first Fintech Legal Labs cohort comprises:

Amiqus Nomisma
ATLANT Blockchain Real Estate Platform OneCrowd
Automated Regulatory Monitoring Paycasso
Bond180 Plenitude
Capexmove Portabl.co
Caura Ltd Quadible
Crowdz Quo Money
Crypton QVAN
District 34 Saxo Bank
E3 Compliance Training Senseforth ai
EyesClear Ltd Shieldpay Ltd
Hub85 Ltd Smarter Contracts
Jibrel Network SPARE
kompany Spark Change
Kynec Synswap
Minden Ventures (Winvesta) Tokeny
Neotas United/UT Tax Ltd
Nivaura WeYan Technologies Ltd

Nivaura has notably taken part in Allen & Overy’s innovation accelerator Fuse and A&O invested in Nivaura as part of its £20m seed funding in February.

This latest programme will be run over three days from 20-22 November, and is designed to:

  • Cover key areas of law relevant to the accepted FinTech companies and give them access to the firm’s clients and contacts from financial institutions and investors; and
  • Provide leading financial institutions and investors access to cutting edge FinTech companies that have been accepted in the programme.

Kamalpour said in a statement: “We had an overwhelming response to the launch of the inaugural programme from a wide variety of great FinTech businesses operating in the sector. 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.”