Scott McInnes

Scott McInnes - Partner, Financial Services, Payments, Bird & Bird LLP

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

Scott advises payment schemes, payments services providers (eg card issuers and merchant acquirers), processors, merchants, as well as other stakeholders in the payments value chain regarding 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 and the EU SEPA Regulation.

In addition to this, Scott also advises on a variety of competition law issues, in particular in the payments sector and together with the Bird & Bird Brussels public affairs team he also provides support to clients on their public affairs initiatives related to draft legislation and regulations.

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 payments regulatory and competition law issues, as well as private actions for damages.

Before joining Mastercard, Scott worked in the competition law department of a major international firm in Brussels, where he 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.