S. Burr Eckstut

Partner, New York

Biography

Overview

Burr Eckstut is a partner in the Technology Transactions Practice, within the Firm's Global M&A Group and Global IP Group. He advises clients on legal matters involving software, data, media, and other intellectual property.

Burr has particular expertise in fintech, and has been recognized by Chambers and Partners as a leading lawyer in the fintech industry. He has worked extensively on fintech matters involving financial market data and technology, crypto assets, digital banking and payments.

In addition, Burr has significant experience advising clients in a range of other industries including digital health, advertising, and connected transportation, and he has broadly applicable expertise in data licensing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Education
JD
Duke University School of Law

Order of the Coif; Duke Law Journal  

MA
Duke University
BA
Grinnell College
Languages
English

Experience

Representative matters prior to joining White & Case include:

Financial Market Data and Technology

  • Envestnet | Yodlee, on a range of data agreements, including data access agreements with tier 1 financial institutions such as JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Capital One, TD Bank, and Charles Schwab.
  • Rhodium Group, on:
    • a strategic partnership with BlackRock to incorporate Rhodium’s climate change data into BlackRock’s financial models and risk analytics for the Aladdin platform; and
    • the subsequent sale of Rhodium’s proprietary climate risk models to BlackRock.
  • Coinbase, on data licensing matters, including a strategic agreement with Trading Technologies for trading connectivity and the distribution of Coinbase’s market data.
  • Coalition of Rainforest Nations, on the development of a platform for the registration and exchange of carbon credits, including a data registry services agreement with IHS Markit.
  • A high-frequency trading firm, on a wide range of market data and technology issues.

Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology

  • Fox Entertainment and Blockchain Creative Labs, on the launch of the Masked Singer NFT Digital Collectibles Platform.
  • Sony Music, in its investment in NFT Marketplace MakersPlace.
  • BanQu, a provider of a blockchain-based supply chain and identity solution, on its form customer agreement.
  • A major participant in OTC cryptoasset markets, on a range of technology-related matters.
  • A startup cryptoasset exchange, on regulatory issues and its participant agreement.

Payments and Banking

  • Stearns Bank, on its strategic partnership with Productfy to support fintechs offering innovative money movement, neobank, payment processing, and card issuance solutions.
  • BancAlliance, a network of community banks, on strategic partnerships with fintech companies.
  • Credit Sesame, on a partnership with Community Federal Savings Bank to hold accounts for the Sesame Cash digital banking service.
  • A sharing economy platform, on various aspects of a strategic payment processing program for the benefit of suppliers and purchasers on the platform.
  • A large merchant, on a strategic partnership to support its co-branded credit cards.

Other Matters

  • E-SMART, a provider of an intelligent speed adaptation technology for commercial vehicles, on its strategic partnerships, revenue-generating agreements, and IP & technology matters.
  • A pharmaceutical company, on licensing clinical data for use in connection with training diagnostic models by machine learning.
  • Media-buying services agreements for large multinational corporations.
  • A medical devices manufacturer, in a complex strategic customer agreement.
  • A diversified industrial conglomerate, on its forms and strategy for negotiating with digital technology vendors.
     
Awards and Recognition

Chambers FinTech, FinTech Legal: Payments & Lending (2022)