A global legal executive and Chief Administrative Officer with an operational and commercial mindset, Sylvia Khatcherian has recently added to her vast experience serving as lead global technology counsel to two Fortune 100 financial services companies and as Deputy General Counsel to the world’s largest hedge fund. She is currently the Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel at a tech/AI start-up overseeing, among others, Finance & HR. An enabler of early adoption of tech innovations to advance and transform businesses, Sylvia created value by facilitating business growth, enhancing operational effectiveness, building capability, structuring complex commercial transactions, securing/protecting intellectual property (IP) rights/information assets, and enabling compliant use and cross border transfer of data. Her collaborative spirit and ability to create/implement multi-dimensional solutions informs all her work, as does her board experience.
Currently, a Board member of Reynen Court LLC (AI/other legal technology app store startup), Sylvia serves as Chair, Tech, Cyber & Privacy Law Committee for the NYC Bar Association. She is a frequent presenter on industry panels, including the International Bar Association, on whose Management Board she has also served.
In early 2021 Sylvia joined MiiM, Inc., a tech start-up developing product offerings using computer vision and AI to help understand and optimize experiences as people in the physical world. She joined as General Counsel, quickly assumed additional responsibilities, and as Chief Administrative Officer, now oversees Legal, Finance, HR, marketing and external relations and performs all commensurate duties of these roles.
Earlier, as Deputy General Counsel at Bridgewater Associates (2015 – 2020), Sylvia led a legal team responsible for firm-wide coverage of technology, information security, privacy, IP and commercial transactions matters, and supported capability building, improving operational effectiveness and safeguarding the Firm’s assets. She was instrumental in enabling the transformation of corporate shared service functions to improve service quality and cost-effectiveness; furthered AI development progress by setting up/operationalizing a new AI and machine-learning focused subsidiary, and securing patent protection for the Firm’s inventions; and enabled the expansion of business capabilities in China. She enhanced the service level/ efficiency of the legal function and positioned the team to handle increasing volume/complexity with the reduced cost through a subcontracted managed service model; and strengthened cyber incident readiness by developing/implementing, in coordination with Security, an enterprise-wide integrated incident response plan. Sylvia secured/protected IP/information assets by creating and implementing a holistic IP/information asset protection program, and led assessment of compliance readiness with evolving privacy, data protection/cyber security laws.
From 2001 to 2015, as Managing Director, Legal & Compliance Division at Morgan Stanley, Sylvia built and directed a respected global team (NY, London, Singapore, Hong Kong) responsible for tech, privacy, intellectual property & e-commerce matters. She served as General Counsel to Global Tech & Data, and as a member of various operations and risk committees. Sylvia enabled continued business growth by developing the strategy/procedures for adopting cloud computing, data analytics, mobile technologies and use of social networking in a risk-managed and regulatory-compliant manner; enabled the successful implementation of strategic business initiatives by managing the execution of infrastructure/services arrangements, acquisitions and divestitures(JV with Mitsubishi, Smith Barney acquisition, Discover divestiture); and was part of a team that enabled geographic expansion and local regulatory compliance in 15 new countries.
As Head of the Technology Law Group for American Express (1995 – 2001), Sylvia protected innovations, enabled investment monetization and led execution of novel arrangements to support the development of new online client offerings. She started her career in private practice, was a partner at Brown Raysman and Millstien, and taught at Brooklyn Law School (1996 – 2003). She has a JD degree from the NY University School of Law, and an A.B. (Math/Econ), magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University.