Adrienne Seaman is a lawyer and exchange executive who is currently a managing director and associate general counsel, international, for CME Group. The exchange hired Seaman from Taylor Wessing as its first Emea legal head in 2008 as part of an expansion of its legal team. In March 2016, Seaman was promoted to managing director.
Seaman led the in-house advice prior to the launch of CME Europe, a London-based futures exchange that launched in April 2014. Before that, she served as a partner at Taylor Wessing, where she concentrated on IT law including internet trade, electronic banking and financial services, and intellectual property and commercial arrangements. She also served as Partner and Head of Business Technology for Stephenson Harwood, where she was responsible for a team of seven lawyers and the development of the firm's technology and outsourcing business.
Seaman holds a bachelor of laws from the London School of Economics, a master of laws from the University of London's University College and a legal practice diploma from Guildford College of Law.
MarketsWiki Education Video, October 2015
"Technology is at the heart of our business, particularly in these electronic days, so having a lawyer who can do financial services and technology without going white and feeling sick makes a lot of sense."
In 2008, Adrienne Seaman was looking for a change, for fear of getting "bored" in her job as a partner in a London law firm. As a lawyer with a degree in computer science, she was particularly well suited to join CME Group as it began its expansion in Europe. Two weeks after she joined, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, and the wheels of regulatory change were set in motion for the entire financial market. Today she has no worries about being bored.
Seaman asks, "who in the business will be worrying about law and regulation?" The answer, of course, is everyone. In this MarketsWiki Education talk, she offers tips not only for the would-be lawyers in the room, but also the 95 percent of people in the room who will not be lawyers, but will invariably need to deal with lawyers and legal issues throughout their professional careers.
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