Natalie Pringle

Natalie Pringle | CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Natalie Pringle

Natalie is the Programme Manager for the CMS equIP start-up accelerator, the largest Tech focused programme run by an International law firm.

The CMS equIP programme supports high growth Tech start-ups by providing heavily discounted legal fees and useful introductions to help start-ups as they scale.

Having completed her undergraduate degree in Law, Natalie has spent the last 10 years in roles spanning numerous industries and jurisdictions. This experience had allowed her to work with a variety of different teams and develop her skill set in business development and project management.

After forging a successful career in International Real Estate, Natalie launched the Hong Kong division of The New Savvy, the largest financial literacy platform in Asia dedicated to helping women improve their financial wellbeing. As CMO for the brand, Natalie spearheaded the expansion of the organisation throughout Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore and Vietnam hosting regular events and securing partnerships with corporate partners and International schools. Natalie is passionate about the role that Technology plays in democratising personal finance solutions and raising awareness of the importance of financial literacy.

Having been involved in the launch of several FinTech start-ups, Natalie proceeded to pursue her passion for supporting start-up founders when she joined CMS to lead their accelerator programme. Since joining the firm in January 2020, Natalie has helped to promote the accelerator across the start-up ecosystem, providing founders with access to a world-class legal team in multiple jurisdictions.

In her role at CMS, Natalie consistently works to ensure that the programme is accessible to founders from all backgrounds and demographics, particularly focusing on the #LeadHers initiative. #LeadHers was launched specifically to help female founders on the equIP programme connect with investors and secure funding.

Natalie has written articles for well-known publications covering guidance for start-ups looking to join an accelerator programme and top things which founders should consider when approaching VCs for funding. Natalie has also been featured as an invited speaker for panel discussions and industry events focusing on empowering women in tech.

Yasmin Johal

Yasmin Johal | CMS

I am a Financial Services Regulatory Associate, specialising in FinTech at CMS London.

I have extensive experience advising FinTech firms (ranging from start-ups to more established organisations), as well as domestic and international investors in the FinTech industry, on a range of complex UK and EU regulatory issues.

I have a wealth of industry experience across the UK and US markets, having:

• undertaken a secondment to a leading global professional services firm working within their fiduciary management business.
• acted as one of three business leads for HSBC North America’s (Private Bank) Global Standards project under the Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the US Department of Justice, focusing on implementing technological innovation in change and transformation to enhance the client onboarding processes in North America and the Americas (from a business perspective).
• worked in Barclays’ corporate compliance team, advising on compliance risk and enhancing the banks New Product Approval process through the use of software and programmes.
• supported Morgan Stanley’s investment banking team across all aspects of legal and compliance, and leading a project which looked at the use of high-frequency trading and deployment of algorithms in the bank’s products.

I have always had an interest in technology, and its deployment within financial services, from both an incumbent and FinTech perspective. I have taken the lead on large global projects which have revamped traditional financial services and embraced technology through the use of programming, coding and algorithms, in enhancing both business-facing and client-facing offerings.

I am a member of the equIP accelerator programme (at CMS) which is one of the world’s prominent start-up legal incubators and a founding member of the CMS equIP #LeadHers campaign, which focuses on supporting female founded Tech start-ups. I am also an active member of the FinTech, InsurTech and Blockchain Associates groups at CMS, helping contribute to thought leadership, participating in industry events and being a pivotal point of contact for clients on areas of my specialism, all of which has helped champion female-founded Tech start-ups.