Shift4’s Acquisition of The Giving Block

Latham & Watkins has advised Shift4 on the deal while Pillsbury represented The Giving Block.

Shift4 (NYSE: FOUR), a leading provider of integrated payment and technology solutions, announced the acquisition of The Giving Block, which specializes in cryptocurrency fundraising for nonprofits.

Shift4 (NYSE: FOUR) is boldly redefining commerce by simplifying complex payments ecosystems across the world. As the leader in commerce-enabling technology, Shift4 powers billions of transactions annually for hundreds of thousands of businesses in virtually every industry. 

The Giving Block makes Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency fundraising easy for nonprofits. Empowering mission-driven organizations, charities, universities, and faith-based organizations of all sizes to leverage crypto technology to achieve their mission.

The Latham team was led by Bay Area partner Eric Schwartzman (Picture), with Bay Area associates Chris Cruickshank, Tyler Warner, and Ben Bouwman. Advice was also provided on benefits and compensation matters by New York partner Bradd Williamson, with New York associates Anne Bracaglia and Megan Alessi; on tax matters by New York partner Eric Kamerman and Washington, D.C. partner Andrea Ramezan-Jackson, with New York associate Lukas Kutilek; on capital markets matters by New York partner Adam Gelardi, with New York associates Adam Johnson and Zoey Wu; on intellectual property matters by New York partner Jeffery Tochner, with New York associate Sebastian Moss; on data privacy and security matters by Washington, D.C. partner Jennifer Archie, with Washington, D.C. associate Jimmy Smith; on payments matters by Washington, D.C. partner Todd Beauchamp, with Washington, D.C. associate Loyal Horsley; on financial regulatory matters by New York partner Stephen Wink, with Austin associate Clayton Cromer; on insurance matters by Los Angeles partner Drew Levin, with San Diego associate Hannah Cary; on public company representation matters by New York counsel Emily Corbi, with New York associate Naseem Faqihi Alawadhi; and on antitrust matters by Bay Area partner Josh Holian.

The Pillsbury team was led by Corporate partner Steven Kaplan with partners Nora Burke, Jessica Lutrin and Michael Heuga, counsel Justin Bintrim, Lindsey Livingston and David Johnson, senior associate Kevin Miel, and associates Pranav Gangele and Ava Gerami.

Involved fees earner: Megan Alessi – Latham & Watkins; Jennifer Archie – Latham & Watkins; Todd Beauchamp – Latham & Watkins; Anne Bracaglia – Latham & Watkins; Hannah Cary – Latham & Watkins; Emily Corbi – Latham & Watkins; Clayton Cromer – Latham & Watkins; Christopher Cruickshank – Latham & Watkins; Naseem Faqihi Alawadhi – Latham & Watkins; Adam Gelardi – Latham & Watkins; Joshua Holian – Latham & Watkins; Loyal Horsley – Latham & Watkins; Adam Johnson – Latham & Watkins; Eric Kamerman – Latham & Watkins; Lukas Kutilek – Latham & Watkins; Drew Levin – Latham & Watkins; Sebastian Moss – Latham & Watkins; Andrea Ramezan-Jackson – Latham & Watkins; Eric Schwartzman – Latham & Watkins; James Smith – Latham & Watkins; Jeffery Tochner – Latham & Watkins; Tyler Warner – Latham & Watkins; Bradd Williamson – Latham & Watkins; Stephen Wink – Latham & Watkins; Zoey Wu – Latham & Watkins; Justin Bintrim – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Nora Burke – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Pranav Gangele – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Ava Gerami – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Michael Heuga – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; David Johnson – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Steven Kaplan – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Lindsey Livingston – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Jessica Lutrin – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Kevin Meil – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP;

Law Firms: Latham & Watkins; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP;

Clients: Shift4 Payments; The Giving Block;