Maria Ruiz De Velasco

Head of Regulatory Affairs

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Maria Ruiz De Velasco is Head of Regulatory Affairs at RegGenome – a University of Cambridge spin off offering machine-readable regulatory content. She is a dual-qualified lawyer (Spain and UK) with over 18 years’ experience in capital markets regulation, payments regulation, compliance, fintech and the functioning of EU institutions and other international bodies. Maria is a member of the European Banking Authority’s Banking Stakeholder Group since February 2021.

Her previous roles include being a Deputy Director in the Regulatory Policy and International Affairs Department at the Portuguese Securities Commission (CMVM). During this time, she was a member of the Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee (IPISC) and of the Financial Innovation Standing Committee (FISC) at the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). She also worked as an advisor and a Compliance Officer at different financial institutions in the UK (Morgan Stanley, Alliance Bernstein and LaSalle Investment Management), Portugal (Abanca, SIBS, Banco Espírito Santo) and Spain (ECIJA, Fintonic).

Maria is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (UK) and, more recently, collaborated with ISCTE Executive Education and Centro de Estudios Garrigues, lecturing on the subject of Financial Regulation.