Fintech & Financial Institutions

Our team members have an in-depth understanding of both contentious and non-contentious aspects of the work in the Fintech & Financial Institutions sectors. The landscape of this industry sector has changed dramatically and our lawyers have taken part in reshaping it. We have represented the traditional banks and their owners, online lenders and their shareholders, including the acquisition of new service providers. Having worked with Russia-related inbound and outbound investment, we have acted for all sorts of investment funds, private equity funds, venture funds and their target companies of some of most complex deals, projects and disputes in the industry.

Members of our team have advised, among others, on the following deals, projects and disputes in the Fintech & Financial Institutions sector*.

Dispute resolution

  • Representing holders of Russian bank’s shares sold out at an auction conducted in the bankruptcy case of a large insolvent bank, including before the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

  • Representing a top Greek bank in a number of high-profile disputes before Russian courts with respect to the foreclosure over land plots as well as in subsequent bankruptcy proceedings of Russian subsidiaries of a Greek development conglomerate following a EUR40 million default under Greek law governed facility agreement

  • Representing a nationalized Irish bank in Russian bankruptcy proceedings, corporate disputes, real estate disputes and parallel litigations and arbitrations in Ukraine, Ireland, Panama and Belize

  • Representing a Dutch bank in connection with a bankruptcy case involving its debtor and in a parallel dispute on invalidation of loan agreements tried by a court of general jurisdiction, including before the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

  • Representing a major Russian businessman in a dispute over asset freezing in connection with a subsidiary liability action against the former management of a major Russian bank

  • Representing a prominent Russian businessman as the subject of a financial regulation authority investigation by a Baltic country associated with the collapse and nationalisation of a major local bank.


  • Advising confidential client on its proposed acquisition of an international payment system

  • Advising Finstar on the acquisition of a stake in a European pay-day loan business

  • Advising Finstar on the disposal of Rive Gauche

  • Advising a Russian investment company on the sale of strategic stake to a leading international bank and on a related secured financing

  • Advising a European company on the acquisition of a European bank

  • Advising ING on the disposal of its Russian pension funds business to Aviva

  • Representing a US-based investor in connection with the formation of a joint venture to operate a pay-day loan business in Russia and subsequently representing the existing shareholders of the joint venture in connection with the sale of a 33% stake to a new strategic investor (investing both through debt and equity)

  • Advising Finstar on its disposal of Baltic Trust Bank (Latvia) to GE

  • Advising Mosnarbank in connection with its merger with Eurofinancebank

    *This includes experience of our team members prior to joining RGD.