Scott is one of the leading European experts regarding the competition law aspects and regulation of payments, with particular expertise in the field of card payment schemes.
Scott is a partner in our Brussels office, who works closely with both our Competition & EU law team and our Banking & Finance regulatory group.
He has more than 15 years experience of competition and regulatory law, and is considered one of the leading experts regarding the competition law aspects and regulation of payments (and card payment schemes in particular) in Europe.
Before joining us, Scott was Senior Regulatory Counsel at MasterCard, where he provided day-to-day legal advice on a broad range of regulatory issues regarding the payments sector, including the Interchange Fee Regulation, the Payment Services Directive (PSD2), the European Central Bank (ECB) recommendations/ European Banking Authority (EBA) guidelines for the security of Internet payments. He was also involved in the lobbying efforts regarding these pieces of legislation.
During his time at MasterCard, Scott also handled a broad range of competition law matters including investigations by the European Commission as well as national competition authorities in Europe and beyond, appeals against decisions of these authorities to the EU and national courts, and private actions for damages based on these decisions. Scott also advised on the competition law aspects of commercial agreements, pricing changes, rules changes, etc.
Scott also acquired significant expertise in the area of new emerging means of payments, advising the MasterCard business on a variety of legal issues surrounding e-wallets and mobile payments, the tokenisation of card details, security aspects, the interaction between MasterCard and some of the "Digital Giants" and handset manufacturers, etc.He is an active participant in various industry groups relating to the payments industry.
Scott studied law in Brussels and Oxford, and is a Belgian-qualified lawyer. He started his career in the competition law department of a major international firm in Brussels, where he worked extensively on matters regarding the card payments sector.
Scott has dual French and British nationality and is fully bilingual.