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 payments.

Scott is a partner in the Brussels office of Bird & Bird, who works closely with both our Competition & EU law team and our Banking & Finance regulatory group.

He has close to 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 payments in particular) in Europe.

Scott advises not only a major international card scheme, but also payments services providers (e.g. issuers and acquirers), large international merchants, as well as various stakeholders in the payments value chain.

He has significant expertise in the area of new emerging means of payments, advising on a variety of legal issues surrounding e-wallets and mobile payments, the tokenisation of card details, security aspects, the interaction with some of the "Digital Giants" and handset manufacturers, etc.

Before joining Bird & Bird in 2016, Scott was Senior Regulatory Counsel at Mastercard for four years, where he provided day-to-day legal advice on a broad range of regulatory issues regarding the payments sector, including the EU Interchange Fee Regulation, the EU Payment Services Directive (PSD2), the European Banking Authority (EBA) guidelines for the security of Internet payments. He was also involved in the lobbying efforts regarding these pieces of legislation.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Scott worked in the competition law department of a major international firm in Brussels, where he handled a broad range of competition law matters including investigations by the European Commission as well as national competition authorities in Europe, 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.

He is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences relating to the payments industry.

Scott studied law in Brussels and Oxford, and is a Belgian-qualified lawyer.

Scott has dual French and British nationality, and is fully bilingual.

See Scott's recent PSD2 video here.

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  1. ‘Responsive, well connected and commercial’, Bird & Bird’s team has ‘in-depth knowledge of the regulatory issues that the whole industry is facing’.

    Legal 500 EMEA, 2018
  2. 'Group head Scott McInnes is widely lauded as an ‘out-and-out specialist in European payments regulation’. [Bird & Bird as a] practice, which handles the full spread of regulatory matters, has a particularly strong reputation for outsourcing, electronic banking and online payment services.'

    Legal 500 EMEA, 2018
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