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Nicolette Kost De Sevres

Nicolette Kost De Sevres

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Nicolette Kost De Sevres is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC and Paris offices and a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. She heads the Compliance team in Paris. Previously, she was a senior policy advisor at a global law firm, where she served as co-head of that firm’s US financial and technology (fintech) practice.

With 17 years of experience as a lawyer in the corporate and financial regulatory sector, Nicolette has practiced in London, Paris, Sydney, Washington DC 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. She also acted as chief of staff and special adviser to the president of the financial markets regulator in Montreal.

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

Nicolette 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 on financial systemic risk, derivatives, high- frequency trading and the legal framework of European financial markets. Notably, she is the author of the book International Economic Law and one of the first articles on DLTs, Blockchain Revolution: An Analysis of Regulation and Technology Related to Distributed Ledger Technologies.

She was named one of Canada’s Top100 Most Powerful Women in 2008 and as Star of the Quarter by the American Bar Association in 2007. In 2017, she was named on the Powerlist of Women of the Year in Fintech, in the UK and as Best Lawyer in European Law by Lawyers Monthly.

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