Burges Salmon advises Ordo on investment by Nationwide's Venture Fund

Burges Salmon's Corporate team has advised innovative payment request service Ordo, in relation to an investment by Nationwide’s Venture Fund

17 May 2019

Ordo is the trading name of The Smart Request Company Ltd, a FinTech established in 2018 to bring to market a secure messaging and request for payment solution. Ordo and Ordopay are trademarks of The Smart Request Company Ltd. Using open banking and Faster Payments, Ordo aims to protect against invoice and payments fraud, while improving cashflow for SMEs and helping consumers keep on top of their finances in real time.

The investment is the latest deal as part of Nationwide’s £50 million Venture Fund, through which the building society is making strategic investments and partnerships with innovative early stage companies.

The Burges Salmon team comprised corporate partner Mark Shepherd and senior associate Alex Lloyd.

Mark Shepherd comments: “It was great working with the team at Ordo. Nationwide’s investment delivers an excellent platform for Ordo’s expert management team to deliver a brilliant and innovative product in a competitive market place.”

Fliss Berridge, one of Ordo’s founders and General Counsel says: “Burges Salmon were fantastic. We had informative, supportive and tailored, commercial advice that was just right for helping us complete the investment as efficiently as we could, meaning we could get on with delivering Ordo for the UK’s SMEs and their customers.”

Ordo’s purpose is to improve the financial wellbeing of SMEs, consumers, public, private and third sector organisations by helping everyone be more in control of their money coming in, and bills and expenses going out. It enables payers to simply, swiftly and securely see what they’re being asked to pay, trust who’s asking, and choose when to pay; billers to simply, securely, and cost effectively send the information their customers need, without sharing private financial information; and billers to understand the status of their bills and payments, with their money going straight into their account, cost-effectively and instantly. For more information go to www.ordopay.com

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