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Burges Salmon appoints heavyweight Fintech lawyer

Posted: 11th January 2021

Firm appoints fintech expert Martin Cook as Head of Fintech.

Burges Salmon is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Cook as its new Head of Fintech.

Prior to joining Burges Salmon, Martin was General Counsel and Group Company Secretary at WorldRemit, the international payments business that provides money transfer services to more than 130 countries. Martin has previously held a range of senior roles including Global Head of Legal and Regulatory at Funding Circle, Deputy General Counsel at Wonga Group and Senior Legal Adviser at Royal Mail.

Martin will join as a director and will sit within with the firm’s Funds and Financial Regulation team, working closely with colleagues in the firm’s Financial Services sector and Technology & Communications groups.

Martin says: “I am hugely excited to be joining Burges Salmon’s highly regarded Funds and Financial Regulation team. With a focus on building the firm’s Fintech practice, I am looking forward to working alongside the wide range of highly experienced lawyers at Burges Salmon. I am also enthusiastic about building relationships with the firm’s impressive range of existing fintech, technology and financial services clients and working with other participants across these sectors in the future.

With strong experience of working in and for customer-focused and technology-driven regulated businesses, Martin was also a founding member of the government-established FinTech Delivery Panel, which is a combination of leading UK-based fintech start-ups, scale-ups and financial services institutions.

Burges Salmon’s Head of Corporate, Nick Graves, says: “Fintech and financial services are important growth areas for the firm, so we are excited to welcome a lawyer of Martin’s calibre to Burges Salmon.

Martin has spent many years working for a variety of technology and fintech organisations, so he has a genuine understanding of the types of issues that in-house teams in these sectors face on a daily basis.

Martin Cook joined Burges Salmon on 7 January 2021.

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