Global law firm Baker & McKenzie will be supporting Hong Kong-based SuperCharger Fintech Accelerators 2.0. Baker & McKenzie is very active in China with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. Baker & McKenzie was previously a supporter of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 1.0 – the first group of early stage Fintech firms that went through the program.
Gavin Raftery, Head of Global Acquisition Finance and a member of the Asia-Pacific Banking & Finance Steering Committee, commented on their commitment saying his firm was keen on the disruption occurring in financial services.
“…it presents both opportunities and challenges to financial institutions. While there are new areas, such as big data, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence and blockchain, many challenges are familiar. With our strong on-the-ground Financial Services and sector capabilities, we are uniquely positioned to help both local and international companies navigate the legal and regulatory fintech landscape.”
Baker & McKenzie also engages by actively mentoring and participating in the program. Baker & McKenzie sector specialists Karen Man and Frank Meier (financial services regulatory) and Paolo Sbuttoni (technology, communications & data privacy) and Andrew Lockhart (partner of the Finance and Projects Practice Group) all mentor and share knowledge with the participants of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 1.0 throughout the program.
Applications for SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0, which starts on 9 January 2017, are now open and being accepted until 20 October 2016. In addition to Baker & McKenzie’s sponsorship, this year’s SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator 2.0 is also supported by Standard Chartered Bank and Fidelity International as the Main Partners in the programme; Cyberport, as the venue partner providing the FinTech companies the newly opened Cyberport Smart-Space FinTech Centre as their co-working space; as well as other supporting organizations such as Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, Arbor Ventures, General Assembly, AWS, FinnovAsia, e27 and Crowdfund Insider, among many others.