New partner joins DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice in London

DLA Piper is appointing Sophie Lessar as partner to its Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) Practice. Sophie joins on 1 June and will be based in London.

Sophie joins from Simmons & Simmons where she focused on retail financial services, in particular payment services, e-money, banking products, lending and consumer laws. She also has particular experience in Fintech and has worked on numerous digitisation initiatives undertaken by various established corporates.

Sophie’s appointment is part of a continuing programme of investment into the IPT practice and follows the appointment of Deborah Bould last month. DLA Piper’s IPT practice already has a market leading reputation in the financial services sector and Sophie’s experience will complement this by providing an interface between commercial and regulatory – a fast-moving, specialised area in high demand from both the fintech sector and traditional banks.

Commenting on the appointment, Melinda Upton, Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice, said:

“Sophie has a rare set of skills and experience at the intersection of financial services regulation, payments and technology which will be of great value to our clients, and bolster our already strong technology and growing fintech practice. Sophie’s appointment allows us to offer integrated regulatory input to fintech transactions and provide a valuable link between our market leading technology, financial services regulatory and banking teams in the UK and across the world.”

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