Vivian A. Maese

Vivian A. Maese

Class of 2011

Vivian A. Maese is a  senior executive with 25 years of Wall Street experience. Ms. Maese is currently a Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP. 

Previously, Ms. Maese was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, a global financial services company. She lead the Global Workforce Strategy and Solutions team, and developed and implemented strategic plans to boost Morgan Stanley’s efficiency and profitability. She was responsible for creating and maintaining Morgan Stanley’s sovereign intelligence hub, assessing country risk and evaluating world-wide resource and talent markets. She oversaw Morgan Stanley’s strategic sites.

Ms. Maese was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at BIDS Trading, LP, a broker/dealer and Alternative Trading System regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), created by Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Knight Capital Group, Lehman Brothers, NYSE/Euronext and UBS. She provided strategic leadership and legal counsel to BIDS and its Board of Directors, building consensus on a diverse Board at a very difficult time for U.S. equities markets. Responsibilities included regulatory compliance, risk management, intellectual property, human resources, and corporate governance matters. She worked with the SEC to implement market structure rule changes critical to BIDS. She improved corporate efficiency and drove the Strategy Committee in concluding a successful investment round. She was on SIFMA’s General Counsel Committee.

Ms. Maese was a Senior Vice President at NYSE/Euronext at a pivotal point in the 200 year history of the Exchange. Working closely with the President of NYSE/Euronext and the leaders of the specialist community on the NYSE floor, and with legislators, the SEC, and the CFTC, she built consensus for a critically important new market model for the NYSE, and won SEC approval. Working closely with the CEO and COO, she led the deal team in the competitive acquisition of Wombat; was key in creating the New York Block Exchange joint venture between the NYSE and BIDS; and gained SEC approval for an exchange traded fund for the gold commodity.

Ms. Maese’s career as a lawyer began at Salomon Brothers. Among the first lawyers on Wall Street to anticipate the importance of technology and intellectual property, she built a department focused on these issues. She was an industry leader who correctly positioned her clients as new issues emerged. After Salomon merged into Citigroup, she earned increasing responsibility, ultimately becoming a Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel of Citigroup. She managed technology/intellectual property issues and transactions for all Citigroup corporate lines of business. She has wide-ranging experience with strategic transactions, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and banking and securities regulatory issues. She was also General Counsel of Citigroup’s Global Transaction Services business, which services corporate clients in over 100 countries, generating $4 billion in annual revenue.

Ms. Maese has been on the front line of Wall Street’s newsworthy events such as the Global Research Settlement. She helped build technology applications into profit making businesses.

Ms. Maese was on the Board of the New York City Health and Hospitals Foundation and the Ms. Foundation Advisory Board. A Founder and Chair of the Wall Street Computer Law and Intellectual Property Roundtable, she was also on SIFMA’s Technology and Regulatory Committee, and Chair of the Patent Committee.

Ms. Maese graduated with honors from Hunter College, and from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted in New York State, Federal District Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.