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Expert resume of Kirsti Niinisalo-Snowden

Senior strategic and committed legal, regulatory and risk banking expert with experience on the management committee of Nordea London Branch for several years as well as having significant input into the Group in the Nordic countries. Member of influential committees and boards including the Chairmanship of the Legal and Regulatory Committee of the Association of Foreign Banks in London for seven years, the board of the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Harvard Law School Association in the UK.

Carrer History

1985 - August 2016     Nordea Bank AB, London and its predecessor banks

Responsibilities at Nordea and its predecessor banks have covered a wide range of legal, operational risk and compliance work related to the bank's London Branch, 

September 2014 - August 2016     Head of Legal Services and Regulatory Developments, full member of the Management Committee, London

Nov 2009 - August 2014     Head of Legal Services, Risk and Compliance, non-voting member of  Management Committee, London

Oct 2007 - 2010     Compliance Coordinator, Nordea International Network (part-time, in addition to main duties)

2001 - 2009     Head of Legal Services & Compliance, London

1986 - 2001     Various roles including Head of Legal Services, and Secretary to the Management Committee  London

Earlier Positions 

Jun 85 - Oct 85     Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, Attorneys, New York

Sep 84 - Jun 85     Harvard Law School            

Jan 83 - Aug 84     Confederation of Finnish Industries, Helsinki

Responsibilities included acting as the Finnish representative on the Restrictive Business Practices Sub-Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, Paris, and on the Restrictive Trade Practices Committee at the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris.

Aug 83 - Aug 84     Genesit Limited, Finland

Apr 82 - Mar 83     Tuusula District Court, Finland

May 79 - Dec 82     National Coalition Party Parliamentary Group, 

Nov 78 - Apr 79     Department of Commercial Law, University of Helsinki  and Institute for University and Science Policy

Committees and Board Memberships

April 2009- September 2016     Chairman, Legal and Regulatory Committee of the Association of Foreign Banks, London; member of the same committee since 1988

1999 - 2001     Finnish-British Trade Guild (Board member)

Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce, London:

2001 – 2006     Vice Chairman

2006 – 2008     Chairman

2008 –2016      Board member

2015 -  date     Harvard Law School Association Board member

Education and Qualifications

1978      M. A. (Law) University of Helsinki, Finland (‘distinction’)

1983       Qualified as a Judge in Finland

1985      Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard Law School, USA

Fulbright Scholarship and Finnish Cultural Foundation Scholarship. Specialised in International Commercial Law and Bilateral Investment Protection Treaties


2009    Knight of the Order of the Finnish Lion


Fluent English, Finnish and Swedish; basic German


Music, in particular playing the piano (Grade 8 equivalent in Finland), politics, current affairs and history, rowing (qualified Level 2 coach) and fitness training

Additional information

Nationality: Finnish

Married to Sir Richard Snowden, Justice of the High Court, two grown-up sons

Updated December 2016