Sara Colas

Head of FS Advisory and Consulting, with over 20 years within the financial services banking capital markets and asset management sector. Sara has held senior management and executive positions across several top tier institutions operationally managing and overseeing an array of financial products and businesses. Sara has deep product, business, process, governance, risk, compliance, business and operations management experience, is control focussed combined with technical expertise across financial trading products and markets with an ability to influence and implement change. Sara has a proven track record of leadership, operational re-engineering, experience in start up and building out new and innovative solutions that maintain pace with the business development. This is combined with a core understanding of the legal, risk and regulatory framework in which we operate.

Sara brings access to experience and a wealth of knowledge and understanding across a broad business and product spectrum. She has lead numerous regulatory and legislation solutions across the various jurisdictions bringing compliance through implementing process and technology recommendations.

Through her career Sara has held various leadership and managerial positions with various levels of employee responsibility dependent upon the role. Previously Sara held operations management roles at Lloyds, Merrill Lynch and State Street before moving to Lehman Brothers. Within the Lehman Brothers Administration Sara led the middle office and client service operations teams with a wider focus including solving for the multiple regulatory, legal and operational matters to portfolio repatriation, whilst overseeing the build out of a supporting operations infrastructure. Held responsibility for all regulatory compliance developments and operational forensics capabilities to support evidence in landmark court case hearings.

With OCREUS Group responsibly for managing client delivery, as a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner and FCA / PRA  Skilled person, Sara works with both buy and sell side firms on numerous initiatives including operating models, new business, products, processes, operational, business governance and regulatory reform, risk,  compliance and solutions. Sara provides various Interim Management and advisory to clients.

Sara also leads our expert witness engagements, providing litigation support through case management, discovery and research processes, deposition and court live note analysis, whilst also overseeing regulatory compliance review analysis through the expert practice.

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