Alston & Bird continues its London office expansion with the hiring of payments lawyer Gupinder Assi as counsel. He joins from Fiserv, one of the world’s largest global payments companies, where he was vice president and head of legal for its Asia-Pacific operations.
“Adding outstanding talent like Gupinder aligns with our strategic goal to further grow our London office while building on our market-leading global payments practice,” said Rich Willis, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s London office and a payments industry veteran of more than 20 years. “With the ongoing transformation of the entire payments and commerce ecosystem, Gupinder enhances our ability to provide transactional and compliance/regulatory counsel – on a truly global basis – to payments industry participants of all types, whether banks, processors, merchants, private equity funds, or the technology companies and other FinTechs that have accelerated this transformation.”
As head of legal for Asia-Pacific for First Data Singapore, and then for Fiserv Singapore after Fiserv acquired First Data in 2019, Gupinder handled a variety of legal matters across the region, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. His experience includes advising on and negotiating agreements with merchants, payments facilitators, independent sales organizations, digital wallet providers, card schemes, and financial institutions for acquiring and issuing processing services.
He brings a wealth of payments experience to Alston & Bird, where he also advises payment system clients on new market entry and product rollouts, joint ventures, share and asset acquisitions and disposals, and shareholder agreements.
Before his position at Fiserv, Gupinder worked for 17 years as counsel in private practice for a prominent law firm in London and Singapore, providing advice on a variety of corporate and commercial matters.
Gupinder joins a practice that is a recognized leader in the payments industry. Among Alston & Bird’s London office mandates in 2020, it represented Dubai-based Network International, a London Stock Exchange listed company, in its $288 million acquisition of DPO Group, a pan-African payments business. The office also represented Elavon in its $300 million acquisition of Sage Pay, a leading provider of payment gateway services in the UK and Ireland, from FTSE 100 constituent Sage Group.
Gupinder is the most recent addition to Alston & Bird London’s office. In August, the firm welcomed financial services litigation partner Paul Morris, and in March, it added finance partner James Fisher.