About Me

I am a partner in the Brussels office of Bird & Bird where, as an expert in payments regulation and competition law, I work closely with our Finance & Financial Regulation group, our EU & Competition law team, as well as our Public Affairs team.

With more than 15 years' experience of competition law and regulation, I have considerable expertise in payments regulation and competition law across Europe.

I advise payment schemes, payments services providers (e.g. card issuers and merchant acquirers), processors, merchants, as well as other stakeholders in the payments value chain.

I advise them on payments regulation, such as PSD2 (the update EU Payment Services Directive) and the 'level 2' documents under PSD2 such as the Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on Strong Customer Authentication, the EU Interchange Fee Regulation, the EU Cross-Border Regulation, the EU SEPA Regulation. I also advise on AML regulations, outsourcing regulations, banking secrecy rules, and other financial services regulations.

I also advise on a variety of competition law issues, in particular in the payments sector.

Along with the Bird & Bird Brussels public affairs team, I also provide support to clients on their public affairs initiatives related to draft legislation and regulations.

I regularly speak at events and conferences relating to the payments industry.

Before joining Bird & Bird in 2016, I was senior regulatory Counsel at Mastercard for four years, where I provided day-to-day legal advice on a broad range of payments regulatory and competition law issues, as well as private actions for damages. I was also providing support to public affairs initiatives.

Before joining Mastercard, I worked in the competition law department of a major international firm in Brussels, where I handled a diverse array of competition law matters, including investigations by the European Commission, as well as the national competition authorities in Europe, appeals to the EU and national courts, and private actions for damages.

With dual French and British nationality, I am fully bilingual.
Education

Studied

  • University of Oxford, LLM, EU Law
  • Université libre de Bruxelles, Bachelor's Degree, Law

Admissions

  • Brussels Bar, 2004
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'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

'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

'Scott McInnes of Bird & Bird is a regulatory lawyer who specialises in the regulation of payment services. A client reports: 'He is extremely skilled - not only does he master the relevant legislation but he also understands the complex payments ecosystems.''

Chambers Europe 2020

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