Georgiou Payne Stewien LLP (GPS for short), led by corporate partner head, Brett Stewien, represented Know Your Customer, an award-winning RegTech company headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Singapore, China, Ireland, and the UK, in respect of a global commercial partnership underpinned by a strategic financial investment by CRIF, a leading banking credit information provider.
Know Your Customer provides digital solutions for corporate KYC and client onboarding automation to financial institutions worldwide. GPS has previously advised Know Your Customer on earlier rounds of financing.
CRIF is a global company based in Bologna (Italy) specialising in credit bureau and business information, as well as advanced digital solutions for business development and open banking.
“This new partnership and investment represent a tremendous achievement as well as an essential foundation for the next phase in Know Your Customer’s global expansion. The entire team at Know Your Customer is looking forward to collaborating closely with CRIF to expand the reach and further advance the capabilities of our cutting-edge corporate KYC solution” commented Claus Christensen, CEO & Co-Founder of Know Your Customer,
"This is a significant milestone for the Know Your Customer team, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to support our client through this transformative transaction. Having worked with the team for the past several years, including with Carla Lamb, Group General Counsel, we have seen the company's impressive growth first-hand, and we very much value our work with Know Your Customer and its team," said Brett Stewien, the GPS partner who led the firm's deal team.
"Brett Stewien has been indispensable as Know Your Customer’s outside Hong Kong counsel from the early stages," said Carla Lamb, Group General Counsel. "Their strategic guidance and years of experience were instrumental in helping us rapidly complete the fundraising process without compromising the quality of the work product. In addition to this transaction, we appreciate their understanding of the demands on general counsels, and the need to provide commercial advice in a straight-forward and expedient manner."