Global consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal has boosted its Global Forensic and Dispute Services group with the addition of Christopher Laursen, who joins as a Managing Director in the firms’ Washington, D.C. office.
Christopher Laursen has an extensive background working with financial institutions in connection with products, markets, risk management and regulation, and brings more than 20 years of regulatory and advisory experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Laursen served as a partner at management consultancy NERA Consulting.
Previously, he was Manager of Risk Policy and Guidance for the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), where he was responsible for the development and interpretation of regulations and guidance issued to Federal Reserve-supervised financial institutions and examiners. He also worked closely with supervisors from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to craft and implement U.S. interagency regulations and policies.
Prior to his roles at the FRB, Laursen served as an examiner for both the Federal Reserve System and the OCC where he directly assessed financial company activities including trading and dealing, credit underwriting, and portfolio management. As an examiner he held various senior positions including lead trading and capital markets examiner over Bank of America.
Laursen earned an MBA in finance from Wharton and a BBA in finance from the University of Miami. He also maintains the Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional from the FINRA Institute at Wharton.
“Chris brings an invaluable set of skills to the firm at a time when regulators are increasingly focused on financial institutions and risk management,” says Bryan Ruez, Global Co-Leader of Alvarez & Marsal Global Forensic and Dispute Services. “Having worked with some of the world’s top financial firms as well as key regulatory organizations, Chris has an informed perspective that enhances the value and insights A&M brings to its clients.”