James Taylor is an associate in the firm’s Business Law department, sits with the Technology and Life Sciences group and is a member of Strategic Technology Transactions and Licensing team. James helps clients buy, sell, develop, license, use and protect technology and intellectual property in both business and consumer facing environments.
James has a wide range of experience but focuses on financial services and fintech (with an emphasis on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, electronic money, payments and outsourcing in the regulated sector) where he assists established clients and start-ups navigate complex regulatory regimes.
James also has significant experience assisting client with the collection, exploitation and distribution of various data sets, both in the financial services sector and other technology sectors generally.
- One of the largest cryptoasset foundations in Switzerland with its software development agreements and compliance with open source software licenses
- Coordinating with local counsel worldwide to assist a private investment and asset management company with obtaining requisite permissions to act as a crypto exchange and wallet provider on a global basis
- An established cryptoasset wallet provider and exchange on the release of its first loyalty token
- A software company on the regulatory classification of a stablecoin issued to facilitate payments in the telecommunications industry
- Advising in respect of the application of strong customer authentication under PSD2 when one of the parties to a transaction is established outside of the European Union
- The venture capital firms backing one of the largest global blockchain payment systems that is backed by one of the world’s largest social media networks
- A provider of cryptoasset derivatives on its appointment of an authorised representative regulated by the FCA and its commercialization of a financial market data platform
- Various clients in relation to regulatory and intellectual property considerations for non-fungible tokens
- A fintech company on its set-up and running of a private blockchain utilised by a consortium of financial services companies to clear and settle payments*
- A European government in relation to regulating distributed ledger technology and drafting new laws to give blockchain technology “legal personality”*
- A Swiss cryptocurrency exchange in respect of whether proposed utility tokens were specified investments under UK financial regulation, the financial promotions regime and AML/KYC requirements*
- A company utilizing artificial intelligence in the audio detection sector on its complex licensing arrangements with several of the largest technology companies in the world
- Complex distribution agreements relating to hardware, software and data for a company operating in the internet of things and smart home sectors
- Negotiating the appointment of a global pharmaceutical company as reseller for a client’s innovative healthtech mobile application
- A petrol data exploitation company on its global partnership and reseller arrangements
- The commercial arrangements for a data business increasing efficiency in the construction industry
- Various partnership and reseller arrangements for data analytics providers in the financial markets and shipping sectors
- One of the world’s largest social media networks in relation to its development of virtual reality hardware and software
- One of Europe’s leading fixed income markets in relation to its data licensing arrangements and novation of customer agreements as a result of Brexit*
- An English multinational investment bank in relation to its data licensing requirements with over 50 stock exchanges globally*
- GTT in relation to the information technology and transitional service aspects of the sale of its Transatlantic & N American network infrastructure business to iSquared for $2.15 billion
- Nasstar on its acquisition of KCOM’s national ICT services business
- Skew on the sale of its institutional data visualization and analytics platform for crypto markets to Coinbase
- Digital Currency Group on its acquisition of Luno’s cryptocurrency investment business
- Various venture capital firms on their investments into technology companies operating in the financial services, fintech and data sectors
* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.
James is a member of the Society for Computers and Law.
James has enjoyed secondments with legal tech start-up ThoughtRiver and the London Stock Exchange Group Plc. He helped the latter extensively with its Brexit-related projects, licensing of trading platforms, and exploitation of financial market data.
Prior to becoming a solicitor, James was an analyst with Allianz Insurance plc.
Legal Practice Course2014
The University of Law
The University of Exeter
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales