I’m a commercial solicitor with 17 years’ experience as General Counsel in technology companies. I advise on a wide range of agreements, particularly those relating to internet payment processors, intellectual property, data security and regulatory and compliance matters.
Clive started his career in private practice as a commercial solicitor, before moving in-house to take up a role as in-house counsel to WorldPay Limited, at the time it was acquired by RBS in June 2002. During his eight years with RBS Clive was closely involved in the putative refinancing and IPO of WorldPay (2001), WorldPay’s subsequent purchase by RBS (2002), the purchase of Bibit BV from its venture capital owners (2004), the amalgamation of the businesses of WorldPay, Bibit BV and Streamline/NatWest (2004 onwards), the forging of banking partnerships in Singapore, Hong Kong, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and France, and the day to day legal issues surrounding the whole of the acquiring and payment service provider business. The role expanded after 2002 to looking after the legal affairs of the whole of RBSWorldPay, (net income in 2009 of about £400 million) and its offices (and subsidiaries) in the US, Singapore, Holland and Germany.
In 2009 Clive moved to Voice Commerce Group, to take up a role as General Counsel. This was an internet start-up, led by the people who founded WorldPay. In the space of a year it became the first non-bank Visa and MasterCard licensed issuer and acquirer, one of the first authorised payment institutions under the Payment Service Regulations as well as an authorised Electronic Money issuer.
Clive took up the role of General Counsel at Ixaris Systems Ltd, a technology company that uses the software it produces to both run its own prepaid card programmes and to offer “perfect fit payments” to financial institutions, in 2013 (and its Executive Management Team in 2015), from where he joined Clayden Law in 2018.