About Claire Harrop

Claire Harrop is a senior associate in the financial regulation team at Freshfields. She co-founded the firm’s global fintech group in 2013, when Bitcoin’s highs were USD1,000 and paying by mobile phone was science fiction. Taking advantage of the combination of her financial services practice and scientific background (she holds a Masters in Physics from the University of Oxford), she has advised on fintech developments for several years, including the regulatory regime applicable to crypto-assets, new methods of carrying out payments, the regulation of crowdfunding and potential applications of distributed ledger technology.


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