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Expert resume of John Powers

Former U.S. General Counsel, BNP Paribas; former head of Global Compliance for International Finance Corporation; and former Associate General Counsel for the U.S. Corporate and Investment Bank of Credit Agricole

John has broad and extensive financial markets experience, ranging across transaction execution (derivatives, securities and bank finance), regulatory (bank and broker-dealer) and crisis management.  Over the years, John has been a participant in various documentation projects of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, and at Credit Agricole he was heavily involved in the implementation of the Title VII (as well as other provisions) of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation.  John has served as a member of numerous senior-level committees of the institutions he has been employed with, including those dealing with reputational matters, new products, client on-boarding and corporate governance.  He has been responsible for supervising litigation and enforcement matters, as well as internal and external investigations, including U.S. congressional investigations and other high profile reputational matters.  John has also worked on and been responsible for the supervision of a number of notable work-out matters over the years, including Drexel, Orange County, Worldcom, Enron, Long-Term Capital and Lehman, and was the principal internal counsel regarding U.S. legal issues associated with the merger of BNP and Paribas.  Before moving to in-house counsel positions, John was an associate in the New York and London offices of Cravath, Swaine and Moore.

Since John’s retirement in 2018, John has been working on a number of pro bono projects, including those regarding immigration and corruption matters, U.S. military veterans’ disabilities claims, audit reform and a non-profit start-up in the health-care space.

John has a B.A. degree from St. John Fisher College, a MBA from Adelphi University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.