Kristen N. Geyer

Partner & Government,
Regulatory and Compliance
Practice Co-Chair
Kristen N. Geyer
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Professional experience

Kristen Geyer’s senior-level experience has provided opportunities to serve clients in London, Brussels, Washington DC, New York and Texas as she has continued to grow her sophisticated international practice. She has worked with legal issues in more than 30 countries on commercial, financial services, technology, clearing & settlement, trading, custody, banking and related matters.

Large multi-national firms engage Ms. Geyer to help structure, evaluate and manage legal strategy and support on complex global projects involving the US, Europe and Asia. She also helps mid-size companies and growth companies understand the potential legal pitfalls of doing business internationally and to tackle these challenges taking into account their risk appetite, growth objectives and other related legal issues.

Ms. Geyer has particularly deep knowledge of European and US financial services regulations and laws, collateral management and securities lending, global IT contracting issues (including outsourcing arrangements), and US and international compliance programs (including anti-money laundering, sanctions, anti-bribery, and export control programs). She supports both European and Asian clients doing business in the US and US clients doing business internationally.

Additionally, Ms. Geyer often consults for other US based lawyers who need to support their clients doing business internationally. Whether in the face of international disputes or complex international business law issues, she helps US lawyers identify and understand international legal issues, and works with her wide network of legal contacts throughout the world to help assure a successful outcome.

Ms. Geyer previously served as General Counsel, Board Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Euroclear, a large financial services firm based in Europe with over $20 trillion in assets under custody in 40+ countries. She managed a multi-location and multi-cultural staff of more than 40 lawyers and compliance staff. Kristen has negotiated mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations under the laws of multiple European countries and has organized corporate board and governance matters for companies operating under the laws of the US, U.K., France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.

She has also held positions with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.K. senior financial regulator as well as with leading US law firms in New York and Washington DC.

Ms. Geyer has served as the chair of the International Section of the Austin Bar Association member of the Advisory Committee to the International Law Section of the Texas Bar Association.

Interesting Facts
When not practicing law, Kristen sings in an Austin choir and writes fiction. She also belongs to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Canary Islands Descendants Association, in celebration of her illustrious Texas and San Antonio ancestors. She is proud to be a descendant of one of the only women survivors of the Alamo.

Professional experience
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • Euroclear (General Counsel & Corp. Secretary)
  • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (Sr. Special Counsel)
  • U.K. Securities & Investments Board
  • Georgetown University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A.