Recognized by the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, 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, Business, Ethics and Global Investigations team in Paris. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, she served as global co-head of the Financial and Technology (Fintech) practice at another global law firm. Nicolette has 18 years of experience as a lawyer in the corporate and financial regulatory sector and 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 (NYSE Euronext) and as 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 served as special counsel to the president and as chief of staff and of the financial markets regulator in Montreal.
In addition to her experience in anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance, risk assessment and investigation matters, Nicolette represents global banks, exchanges, trading firms and companies in matters involving compliance, regulatory obligations, derivatives and securities law, ISDA, reporting and cross-border issues, including the French Loi Sapin II, Dodd-Frank, MIFID, EMIR, AIFMD, BASEL, BRDD, AML, KYC, PDS2, fintech regulation, UK Bribery Act, FCPA/DOJ, World Bank Integrity Guidelines and ongoing international regulatory reforms.
She regularly appears before regulators in Canada, Europe and the United States, including ESMA and the FCA, AMF, ACPR, CFTC, CFPB, FINRA, SEC, the World Bank and other multilateral banks.
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 (2008) and one of the first articles on DLTs, “Blockchain Revolution: An Analysis of Regulation and Technology Related to Distributed Ledger Technologies” (2017).
- University of New South Wales, PhD, ABD
- University of Montreal, LLM
- University of Montreal, JD
- King’s College London
- District of Columbia (as a Special Legal Consultant)
- American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in France—board member
- Canadian Corporate Council Association—Quebec—former president
- Quebec Bar — former member of the executive board
- Young Bar Association of Montreal – former president
- Quebec State Court of Appeals — former member of the executive board
- American Bar Association — Financial Products Committee
- Implementation of compliance plans required by the Sapin II law and the law on the duty of care for various international groups whose registered offices are in France.
- Implementation of anticorruption and anti-money laundering compliance plans for many international groups operating in France.
- Organization of internal investigations in compliance matters, interviews with relevant executives, and analysis of documents in order to assess the risks of breaches to laws applicable in compliance matters for a company in the building sector.
- Implementation of a series of training sessions in France and in the United-Kingdom on the global risk of corruption for a French company in the publishing sector.
- Setting-up of tools necessary to the maintenance of an efficient and continue compliance with French and US banking regulations within a major French bank.
- Organization of training sessions of sales representatives on at-risk practices in competition and corruption matters within an international group based in France and active in the building materials sector.
- Assistance in the structuring of these transactions in order to ensure compliance with applicable anticorruption laws (including Sapin II Law, US FCPA and UK Bribery Act).
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