Latham & Watkins Represents Shift4 in Two Strategic Acquisitions

Firm represents the leading financial technology company on its acquisition of an eCommerce payments provider and a prominent crypto donation marketplace.

March 02, 2022

Latham & Watkins LLP has advised Shift4 (NYSE: FOUR), a leading provider of integrated payment and technology solutions, in two acquisitions. Shift4 has announced that it will acquire Finaro, a cross-border eCommerce payments provider with a large European presence, and has acquired The Giving Block, which specializes in cryptocurrency fundraising for nonprofits. These acquisitions support Shift4’s ambitious goals and better position the company to pursue a multi-trillion-dollar addressable market across the world, including accelerating growth in eCommerce, gaming, stadiums, restaurants, hospitality, specialty retail, charitable giving, and a new capability with cryptocurrency enablement.

Latham’s representation of Shift4 is a testament to its global platform and reach. The firm was able to seamlessly assemble cross border, multidisciplinary teams to advise our client on multiple sophisticated deals simultaneously.

The team that represents Shift4 in its acquisition of Finaro was led by London partner Edward Barnett, with London associates Medha Marathe, James Hollingshead and Christian Roberts. Advice was also provided on tax matters by London partner Helen Lethaby and New York partner Eric Kamerman, with London associate Aoife McCabe; on data and technology transactions matters by London partner Christian McDermott, with London associates Mihail Krepchev and Ianthe Fry; on regulatory matters by London partner Stuart Davis, Hong Kong partners Simon Hawkins and Richard Watkins and Tokyo partner Hiroki Kobayashi, with London associate Sam Maxson, and Hong Kong associate Vivian Yeung; on sanctions matters by Washington, D.C. partner Eric Volkman and London partner Charles Claypoole, with London associate Thomas Lane; on US capital markets matters by New York partner Adam Gelardi; on employment matters by London partner Sarah Gadd, with London associate Paul Lawrence; on US related benefits matters by Los Angeles counsel Aryeh Zuber, with Los Angeles associate Harrison Taylor; on antitrust matters by Brussels partner David Little, with London associates Oscar Hayward and James Mathieson; on US public company representation matters by New York counsel Emily Corbi, with New York associate Naseem Faqihi Alawadhi; on insurance matters by Los Angeles partner Drew Levin, with San Diego associate Hannah Cary; and on German legal matters by Dusseldorf associate Jakob Baldes.

The team that represents Shift4 in its acquisition of The Giving Block was led by Bay Area partner Eric Schwartzman, with Bay Area associates Chris Cruickshank, Tyler Warner, and Ben Bouwman. Advice was also provided on benefits and compensation matters by New York partner Bradd Williamson, with New York associates Anne Bracaglia and Megan Alessi; on tax matters by New York partner Eric Kamerman and Washington, D.C. partner Andrea Ramezan-Jackson, with New York associate Lukas Kutilek; on capital markets matters by New York partner Adam Gelardi, with New York associates Adam Johnson and Zoey Wu; on intellectual property matters by New York partner Jeffery Tochner, with New York associate Sebastian Moss; on data privacy and security matters by Washington, D.C. partner Jennifer Archie, with Washington, D.C. associate Jimmy Smith; on payments matters by Washington, D.C. partner Todd Beauchamp, with Washington, D.C. associate Loyal Horsley; on financial regulatory matters by New York partner Stephen Wink, with Austin associate Clayton Cromer; on insurance matters by Los Angeles partner Drew Levin, with San Diego associate Hannah Cary; on public company representation matters by New York counsel Emily Corbi, with New York associate Naseem Faqihi Alawadhi; and on antitrust matters by Bay Area partner Josh Holian.

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