Specialist technology lawyer Karl Foster has joined Blake Morgan as Legal Director.
Previously Head of Legal at MicroEnsure, a fintech and insurance intermediary providing services to the emerging markets, Karl has also worked in telecoms at Orange as a senior in-house Counsel specialising in outsourcing and media before moving to Atradius, a global insurance company specialising in international trade, managing legal and regulatory affairs on a global basis. Karl’s experience also encompasses corporate matters, having been responsible for corporate affairs, regulatory liaison and company secretarial matters, MBOs, company reorganisations and funding rounds during his career.
Partner Penri Desscan said: “Karl joining is a real coup; he brings a wealth of experience in the technology, media and telecoms sector, having acted on a number of heavyweight matters. He is particularly well versed in broader international, regulatory, compliance and risk issues, having worked in telecoms and financial services dealing with issues at the forefront of the market. With his in-house background in senior roles, he understands the needs of businesses from start-ups and SMEs’ to large multinational corporates. Karl has a strong track record in providing innovative, reliable, and pragmatic advice. We are delighted that he is joining our business.”
Karl Foster added: “I look forward to joining the Blake Morgan team at this exciting time in its development. I look forward to bringing my wider experience to the role, both as an experienced lawyer but also as a client, and helping to deliver effective, commercial advice and real added value to clients.
“I am looking forward to marrying my technology and financial services background and harnessing other experts at the firm to support the fintech sector, particularly in Wales which continues to grow as start-ups, investors and large corporations take advantage of the thriving ecosystem. So many leading global brands now call the Cardiff Capital Region home to their businesses. At Blake Morgan, we’ve got a great opportunity to support this dynamic market with expert legal advice that makes a real difference to our client’s commercial success.”