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StandoutLexoo99826This platform puts together vetted lawyers and clients, and covers most practice areas of law. Clients submit a query and receive quotes from different lawyers within one to two days, across most areas of legal expertise. It employs 350 lawyers in 15 jurisdictions.
StandoutAddleshaw Goddard78823AG Elevate is a fund worth £500,000 set up to support fintech start-ups with 20 hours of free legal advice, networking opportunities and the possibility of connecting with the firm's more established institutional clients.
StandoutOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe78722Connecting Germany's Mittelstand (mid-sized companies) with start-ups, the firm is tackling tax issues in stock option plans, making bridges between Silicon Valley and Germany, and showing the way for successful investments. Commended: Sven Greulich.
StandoutMLGTS87722A US-style incentive plan for employees working in start-ups under Portuguese law that reduces the administrative burden on the founders and enables them to buy and sell company shares later on.
Highly CommendedIgnition Law77721Focused on start-ups and smaller businesses, the firm fields flexible lawyers who can fulfil the role of virtual in-house counsel alongside a sister business that provides financial and accounting services.
Highly CommendedHerbert Smith Freehills77721The firm helped set up Clear Bank, obtaining regulatory approval for the UK's first new clearing bank in 250 years. It provided flexible and generous fee arrangements and a hands-on approach.
CommendedSimmons & Simmons77620One of the first to create a fintech fund, it introduced a programme to provide £25,000 of free legal advice to start-ups, stimulating other firms to follow suit.
CommendedPinsent Masons67720The firm partnered with Entrepreneurial Spark, fielding 100 volunteers to assist start-ups with legal matters. It provided an educational experience for both the start-ups and the lawyers.
CommendedCuatrecasas57820The firm created an accelerator for legaltech start-ups, which not only provided legal advice and support but used the firm as a guinea pig for the new tech.
CommendedBird & Bird77620The firm created a development agreement for a digital matchmaking tool to help start-ups connect with investors and network with Finnish innovators.
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