Bryan Cave Expands Its Payments Practice in Europe and Judith Rinearson Heads to London Office

Bryan Cave Expands Its Payments Practice in Europe and Judith Rinearson Heads to London Office

The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP today announced it will expand its payments practice in Europe. As part of the initiative, New York Partner and Leader of the Prepaid and Emerging Payments Team Judith Rinearson will relocate to the firm’s London office in the UK.

The firm sees tremendous opportunity in the global payments space, particularly in the realm of mobile payments and digital/virtual currencies. Bryan Cave currently has a global payments law infrastructure that spans several countries.

“Bryan Cave is a global firm with payments clients all over the world,” said Bryan Cave Chair Therese Pritchard.

“It makes sense for our clients both here and abroad to continue to create opportunities for global expansion.”

Rinearson is a recognized authority in the areas of emerging payment systems, including prepaid, credit and debit cards, mobile payment applications, electronic payments, digital/virtual currencies, ACH payments and global remittances. She has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, particularly in the areas of compliance with state and federal consumer protection laws, anti-money laundering laws, state money transmitter licensing laws and abandoned property laws. Rinearson co-chairs the DATA (Digital Asset Transfer Authority) Consumer Protection Working Committee and was recently named one of the top 10 global payments lawyers by Paybefore magazine.

“Emerging payments, mobile apps and virtual currency are all top of mind for our clients, who are very interested in the European marketplace,” Rinearson said.

“What is more, the timing of my move is ideal. The payments industry is such a hot area now, and we’re fortunate to have a lot of depth on our U.S. payments team, which allows me to take advantage of this opportunity. I am also excited about having the chance to provide expanded legal resources to our U.S. clients, and to introduce Bryan Cave’s payments capabilities to our European clients."

Although based in London, Rinearson will continue to maintain her NYC office and service her existing client base.

Payments Team Co-Chair John ReVeal adds,

"With seasoned payments lawyers coast to coast in the U.S., adding the London time zone is a true ‘win-win’ for our clients. We look forward to finding new opportunities for our clients in these and other growth areas.” ReVeal, based in Washington D.C., is the firm’s lead bank regulatory lawyer.

About Bryan Cave LLP

Bryan Cave LLP has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 1,000 attorneys across the United States, Europe and Asia serve clients’ needs in the world’s key business and financial markets.

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