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Lena Kiely


Lena focuses on advising U.S. and non-U.S. banks and other financial institutions on a broad range of U.S. bank regulatory, transactional and compliance matters arising under U.S. banking laws and regulations, including permissible activities and investments, control issues, affiliate and insider transactions, internal corporate reorganizations, new charter and other regulatory applications, corporate governance and supervisory matters.

She also advises on financial regulatory matters related to cryptocurrency and other digital asset activities.

Prior to joining the firm, Lena served as Managing Director and Chief Bank Regulatory Counsel at BNY Mellon, where she provided strategic and regulatory advice to senior management, all lines of business and risk, compliance and other corporate functions and participated in several firm governance committees.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Lena was Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where her practice included advising on U.S. bank regulatory matters in connection with M&A and capital markets transactions, Dodd-Frank Act implementation, living wills, and bank and bank holding company regulatory issues.

From 2002 to 2004 Lena was a law clerk for the Hon. John E. Sprizzo of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Lena is a member of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association and of the New York City Bar Association.



Bar of the State of New York, 2002


J.D., Columbia Law School, 2001

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Columbia Business Law Review, Articles Editor

B.M., Manhattan School of Music, 1997

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.