Technology companies are riding the wave to global expansion faster than firms in most other industries. As soon as tech firms have a viable product they can turn to global markets hungry for the latest and greatest innovation.

On the quick trip from the garage to foreign markets, tech businesses face a number of common legal and regulatory issues. Particularly FinTech companies operate in a highly regulated environment and may find themselves subject to banking, securities or payment services regulation. Startups cannot always address these issues proactively due to limited time and resources. Thus, having a checklist of important issues to keep in mind is key to navigating the early days of international expansion.

This checklist provides practical guidance on how to start up a FinTech business and how to take it global.

View checklist here.

Lothar Determann

Lothar Determann advises on data privacy law compliance, information technology commercialization, copyrights, open source licensing, electronic commerce, technology transactions, sourcing and international distribution at Baker McKenzie in San Francisco & Palo Alto.


Manuel Lorenz is a partner in the Frankfurt office of Baker McKenzie and heads the German financial services regulatory department. His practice includes advising banks, investment firms, payment firms, fund managers and Fintech companies on licensing and product-related regulatory matters. In addition, Manuel also advises in the area of capital markets and public companies.


Radzym Wójcik is an associate in the Firm’s Warsaw office and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions group. He routinely works on corporate acquisitions and disposals, and advises foreign companies in their investments in Poland as well as Polish companies in their expansion in foreign markets.