Ballard Spahr has been named a Top Law Firm finalist in LendIt's first Industry Awards competition to honor Fintech market leaders, emerging innovators, and top performers. Finalists were selected from hundreds of applicants worldwide by more than 30 industry experts, including CEOs, investors, and media, who chose finalists based on their innovation, emerging talent, and top performers.

Ballard Spahr will compete for top honors within its award category at the LendIt Awards Ceremony in New York City on March 7 at the LendIt USA 2017 conference, the world's largest show in lending and Fintech. The award for Top Law Firm will be presented to the firm "that has demonstrated deep expertise, unique value, and commitment to clients and the dissemination of legal best practices for online lending."

"We are thrilled to be a Top Law Firm finalist at this elite conference," said Partner Scott M. Pearson, who leads Ballard Spahr's Marketplace Lending Task Force. "We take a unique approach by providing services across the spectrum of our Fintech clients’ needs, so it's rewarding to be recognized as an innovator in this space. It's also exciting that many finalists among the other 17 categories happen to be our clients."

Ballard Spahr represents companies of every size in every segment of the Fintech ecosystem, providing services from customer-facing product structuring and compliance work, to deals with investors and senior lenders, to regulatory diligence, to litigation and regulatory enforcement defense, to transactional work. Clients range from the largest commercial and investment banks in the world, to institutional investors such as private equity firms and hedge funds, to online lenders of every description, to Fintech companies offering services other than lending (such as payments), to the wide range of service providers assisting these companies.

"Being honored as a Top Law Firm in Fintech further enhances our reputation as a leader in the consumer financial services space," said Partner Alan S. Kaplinsky, who leads the firm's Consumer Financial Services Group. "Our Consumer Financial Services Group is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. This depth and breadth of resources, and the wide range of clients we serve, allow us to maintain knowledge in literally every nook and cranny of the financial services world, including technology, and to offer clients excellent and efficient counsel from lawyers who have dealt with their issues before."

Attorneys in our Marketplace Lending Task Force represent dozens of Fintech companies providing loans and financial services to consumers and small businesses directly and through bank partnerships. Ballard Spahr's Consumer Financial Services Group is nationally recognized for its guidance in structuring and documenting new consumer financial services products, its experience with the full range of federal and state consumer credit laws throughout the country, and its skill in litigation defense and avoidance.

For more information about the LendIt Industry Awards, visit www.lendit.com/usa/2017/awards.