Laura Magyar is a Managing Director at Patomak. Ms. Magyar puts her decades of experience with SEC, FINRA, FCA and banking issues to work advising Patomak clients on regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues related to all aspects of their activities in the financial markets. She assesses and provides expert advice on firm compliance with regulatory expectations and best practices across multiple jurisdictions including compliance with swaps regulatory obligations, anti-money laundering/know your customer and market abuse (trade surveillance).
Earlier in her career, she served as a branch chief in the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations for 15 years, where she oversaw inspections of broker-dealers and investment advisers for compliance with SEC and FINRA rules and regulations. She led teams conducting analysis of firms’ processes and policies for regulatory compliance (through monitoring and testing of controls), conducted legal analysis of firms’ adherence to obligations, and conducted risk-targeted examinations to inform policy.
Ms. Magyar worked on matters touching on many of the SEC's examination program's priorities, including sales practices, best execution, Regulation SHO, foreign-domiciled U.S.-registered broker-dealers, and anti-money-laundering compliance, among other high-profile issues.
During her tenure at the SEC, Ms. Magyar was seconded to the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority, where she investigated potential rigging of foreign-exchange benchmarks, supervised U.K. affiliates of U.S. banks, and served as a liaison with the SEC.
Previously, she worked at Promontory Financial Group on securities markets issues. Prior to joining the SEC, Ms. Magyar spent several years in the private sector. She served as an associate at Bellows and Bellows, P.C. in Chicago, where she represented a number of broker-dealers and
registered representatives in regulatory matters involving the NASD. She gained firsthand experience of the financial industry while working for seven years at Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc., and Howe Barnes Investments Inc. Ms. Magyar earned her J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.