Kristi Swartz is an experienced fintech lawyer and has been instrumental in developing Hong Kong’s fintech ecosystem. As the leading fintech partner at DLA Piper, she advises clients on an array of matters including structuring, licensing and corporate governance. She also provides advice in respect to digital assets, stablecoins, payments & alternative payments, and the licensing and development of equity crowdfunding, robo-advisory and the running of compliant crypto exchanges to name just a few. Kristi has practiced in Hong Kong for over 20 years. With a background in regulatory compliance, she is committed to bringing new concepts to market. Recognized as an industry leader, she is known for championing client with a client describing her as a “fintech superman”.
The Legal 500, Regulatory 2023 comments that “Kristi has in depth knowledge and is commercially orientated. She is able to offer the most pragmatic solutions to clients and is an expert in her field. Her understanding of the commercial and evolving industry allows her to provide the most suitable advice to clients”. Chambers 2023 comments that she has "Strong knowledge of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. Her experience and current work is immensely valuable. She is a leading proponent of the Hong Kong FinTech landscape, beyond the scope of legal counsel.“ Kristi cares deeply about our community and sits on the board of directors of the Faith In Love Foundation Limited (a Hong Kong registered charity) and Global Women Connect Limited (a Hong Kong registered charity), as well as being a founding member of the 30% Club’s Hong Kong chapter. Kristi also serves on The Women’s Foundation’s Fundraising Committee and is an active Ambassador.