Combining years of private practice, in-house experience, and business leadership atleading international private wealth firms, Sergio Alvarez-Mena provides unique insightand solutions to the industry’s private wealth challenges. A recognized industry leader, herepresents clients in cross-border matters involving U.S. and international regulatoryauthorities including in-country regulators. He regularly advises international banks andbroker-dealers in their private wealth business on tax transparency, AML issues arisingfrom private wealth matters, SEC and FINRA obligations, and conduct of businessinternationally.
Sergio has an extensive legal and corporate background in cross-border regulatorymatters involving the Latin American, European, and Asian private banking markets.Prior to joining Jones Day, Sergio served as director of Credit Suisse Securities (USA) inthe legal and compliance department, where he was responsible for CSSU’s internationalcross-border private banking business and advised CSSU North America private bankingon securities and banking and lending matters.
Prior to Credit Suisse, he was lead counsel for all domestic and U.S.-based cross-borderbusiness for Morgan Stanley, including the Latin American division, and for the New York,Geneva, Miami, and São Paulo offices as well as the Private Wealth Managementdomestic business. He also served as business head of Morgan Stanley’s internationalprivate client group.
In addition, Sergio served as lead counsel to Merrill Lynch International’s Latin Americaprivate client division and Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust (Cayman) and Merrill Lynch BankSuisse for a decade and was partner at an international law firm for 15 years, where herepresented financial institutions in cross-border matters
The University of Georgia (J.D. 1981; WelbornCody Scholar; Editor, Georgia Journal ofInternational and Comparative Law); Loyola ofthe South (B.A. summa cum laude 1978)
Florida and Georgia
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Director of the Florida International Banker’sAssociation (FIBA), where he also served asvice-chair of the board of directors and directorand chair for the Wealth ManagementCommittee for nearly a decadeLANGUAGESSpanish