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Regulatory and compliance lawyer Nicolette Kost De Sevres joins Mayer Brown

2 June 2017

Mayer Brown announced today that Nicolette Kost De Sevres has joined the firm in Washington DC as a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. Previously, Ms. Kost De Sevres was a senior policy advisor at DLA Piper, where she served as co-head of that firm’s US Financial and Technology (Fintech) Compliance practice.

With 17 years of experience as an attorney in the corporate and financial regulatory sector, Ms. Kost De Sevres has practiced in London, Paris, Sydney and Montreal. She has several years of in-house experience, including service as special senior counsel in the New York Stock Exchange’s Paris office and as senior special counsel at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London, where she advised on regulatory reforms and the implementation of new regulatory requirements. Ms. Kost De Sevres also acted as chief of staff and special advisor to the president of the financial markets regulator in Montreal.

“Nicolette is a highly respected industry leader whose deep knowledge of France’s new anti-corruption and anti-money laundering requirements, which come into force this month, will greatly benefit our clients,” said Mike Lackey, leader of Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. “Anti-corruption compliance standards, anti-money laundering and enforcement practices are becoming increasingly more complex around the globe. We have seen this for some time in the US and UK and now in France. Nicolette’s arrival underscores the firm’s commitment to anticipating areas of risk and ensuring we are properly positioned to serve our clients’ needs, and we are delighted to have her join our global team.”

In addition to her expertise in cross-jurisdictional compliance matters, Ms. Kost De Sevres represents global banks, exchanges, trading firms and companies in relation to compliance, regulatory obligations, derivatives and securities law, ISDA issues, reporting and cross-border issues, including Dodd-Frank, MiFID, EMIR, AIFMD, BASEL, BRDD, AML, KYC, fintech regulation, blockchain and DLTs, Loi Sapin II and ongoing international financial regulatory reforms. She regularly appears before regulators in Canada, Europe and the US, including ESMA, the FCA, the AMF, the ACPR, the CFTC, the CFPB, FINRA and the SEC.

Jean-Philippe Lambert, a partner and member of Mayer Brown’s Management Committee, said, “Nicolette is an important strategic addition to our compliance and regulatory capabilities, especially in light of recent legislative and political developments around the world. In particular, Nicolette will help clients navigate France’s recently adopted set of compliance obligations, including its new anti-corruption law.”

Steve Kaplan, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement practice, added, “In the aftermath of Brexit, financial services firms with UK operations are determining the best strategies for realigning resources in Europe. At the same time, worldwide markets are experiencing unprecedented technological change and innovation. Nicolette deepens our capabilities in many areas that will be fundamental to our clients’ abilities to successfully address these challenges.”

Ms. Kost De Sevres serves on several boards, including the American Chamber of Commerce in France. She is a sought-after writer and speaker on international financial markets and the effects of regulation financial systemic risk, derivatives, high frequency trading and the legal framework of European financial markets. Notably, she is the author of International Economic Law, an in-depth guide and analysis of international economic laws and institutions and an author of a recent guide on the regulation of blockchain.

“Mayer Brown’s entrepreneurial spirit, collaborative environment and strong client base with financial institutions will greatly enhance my practice,” said Ms. Kost De Sevres. “I look forward to working with colleagues across the firm’s extensive global platform to advise companies on shifting financial regulations during this time of legal uncertainty.”

Ms. Kost De Sevres completed her PhD research on the correlation between finance, technology and regulation from the University of New South Wales, and her LLM and JD from the University of Montreal. She earned a certificate in EU law from King’s College London.

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