Vivian Maese focuses on strategic and corporate transactions and projects (M&A, JV, spinouts, consortia, commercialization of IP) in the financial services industry with an emphasis on technology, IP, data, trading, regulation and compliance. Vivian advises clients, ranging from bulge-bracket financial institutions to emerging companies, on matters at the intersection of financial services regulation and technology; as well as on technology innovations in financial services, such as blockchain, crypto assets and artificial intelligence. She helps her clients build, maintain and extract value from their businesses.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Vivian was a partner at Latham & Watkins and co-chaired the firm’s Financial Institutions and Fintech industry groups. She also served as general counsel and corporate secretary at BIDS Trading, a financial services industry consortium for equities trading, and provided oversight on all legal issues related to U.S. cash trading and market data for the New York Stock Exchange. Vivian spent more than 20 years at Salomon Brothers and Citigroup, where she worked her way up through the ranks to become a divisional general counsel and managing director. She was the lead lawyer on many corporate transactions and technology initiatives, including the Fulcrum Project, which transformed electronic trading on Wall Street.
Vivian is top-rated in all the major directories and was named Band 1, the highest ranking possible, in Chambers & Partners Professional Advisors Fintech ranking for 2020. She has been recognized repeatedly for her accomplishments. Most recently, Vivian was named a FinTech, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Trail Blazer by the National Law Journal. In addition, Vivian was nominated by her clients and received the Markets Media Women in Finance Award. In 2018, she was named to the Women in Fintech Powerlist and the Financial Times named Vivian as a Top 10 Innovative Individual in its North American Innovative Lawyers report in 2016.
Throughout her career Vivian has been very active in the community. In 2018, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Hope for a Healthier Humanity (HHH) Foundation, which provides resources to cultivate better health care infrastructures, offer education services and donate medical supplies to people in underdeveloped nations.
Vivian received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.