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NickolasReinhardt

Co-founder and Director

Nickolas co-founded Afore Consulting in 2007. Over a career of 20 years, he has come to be regarded as one   of the most influential financial services consultants in Brussels. Previously, he ran the global regulatory practice at a public affairs company. He has extensive experience in all areas of financial services and competition policy. He trained and worked as a merchant banker in Hamburg.

Nickolas has an MA in History and Politics from the Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel and has also studied and lectured at the University of Limerick and Queens University, Belfast. He speaks German, English and French.

About Nickolas Reinhardt

AnneKeane

Co-founder and Director

Anne co-founded Afore Consulting in 2007. She has been in Brussels for 20 years and is a trained barrister, called to the Bar of England and Wales by The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She oversees the running of the company. Having worked in the EU institutions, she also advises on engagement, strategy and campaigns.

Anne is Irish and has an MA in European Studies in European law, economics and politics from the University of Limerick. She also speaks French and German.

About Anne Keane

DanielTrinder

Senior Policy Advisor

Daniel leads on banking, securities markets, Brexit from a UK perspective and supports on tech issues.

He has an extensive background in banking having worked at Goldman Sachs International, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays. He oversaw the supervisory engagement, advocacy and regulatory policy impacting the business. Earlier in his career he was at HM Treasury where he led on the UK’s strategy towards the EU on financial services and G7/8. Daniel bring a hands-on business approach to consulting.

About Daniel Trinder

JeanPlattard

Senior Consultant

Jean covers insurance, accounting and tax issues. He follows the work of the standard-setting bodies and regulators in Europe, the US and the IAIS. Jean previously worked for a trade federation representing the accountancy and audit profession and for another consultancy in Brussels.

After his studies he completed internships at the United Nations in New York and the OSCE in Vienna. He is a law graduate having studied in France and the UK. He holds an LLM in European Comparative Law. Jean is French and speaks English, Spanish and elementary Japanese.

About Jean Plattard

PalomaGarcia Muñoz

Senior Consultant

Paloma leads on payments, data protection and cyber security issues. She has a background in the European Parliament where she worked with the Spanish Press Delegation. She also worked at the state tax agency in Granada, Spain.

Paloma is a graduate in law and business. She studied at Granada University, Spain and in the UK. She is Spanish and speaks English and French.

About Paloma Garcia Muñoz

LindaStrazdina

Senior Consultant

Linda covers FinTech policy, cryptoassets and stablecoins, cloud technology and blockchain, Digital Single Market, CMU and competition policy. Before joining Afore Consulting, she was in the Cabinet of the European Commission’s Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis. Linda previously worked in the Permanent Representation of Latvia on Institutional Affairs during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. She is a graduate of the European College in Bruges, Science Po and the University of Maastricht. Linda is Latvian and speaks English, Spanish and French.

About Linda Strazdina

LucaGiusti

Consultant

Luca covers banking recovery and resolution, taxation and Eurozone reform. He was previously an Advisor at the regional representation office of the Italian region of Emilia Romagna supporting activities on Cohesion Policy and the Multiannual Financial Framework. He was also a Robert Schuman Trainee at the European Parliament at the Economic Governance Support Unit.

Luca holds an MA in Economics from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Curore, Milan and a BSc in Economics of Businesses and Markets from the same university. Luca is Italian and speaks English and French.

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TinaSamar

Consultant

Tina works on sustainable finance, infrastructure investment, accounting and auditing and EU-Asia. Previously she was a Robert Schuman Trainee at the European Parliament in the Policy Department for Budgetary Affairs.

She trained as a lawyer and worked for some time in her native Slovenia. She holds a Master of Laws from Leiden University and a BA in law from the University of Ljubljana. She is Slovenian and speaks English, French, Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian.

About Tina Samar

ConstantineArvanitis

Junior Consultant

Constantine works on payment issues and supports on the FinTech annual conference and sustainable finance events. She previously worked at the European Institute of Public Administration in the Netherlands and Regioeuropa, an association of Greek regional and local authorities represented in Brussels. Her studies are in law and she holds an LLM in European Public Law and Governance from Maastricht University. Constantine holds both Belgian and Greek nationality.

About Constantine Arvanitis

InmaculadaPérez Ruiz

Junior Consultant

Inmaculada covers EU policies on artificial intelligence and cyber security, as well as supporting the team on payments and FinTech issues.

Before joining Afore Consulting, she was the European Parliament Affairs Assistant at the Spanish Permanent Representation to the EU. She has hands-on experience of the EU institutions and the European decision making process.

A lawyer by training, she is called to the Spanish Bar. She holds an LLM in European law from both Maastricht University and Valencia University and a BA from Lleida University. Her mother tongues are Spanish and Catalan. She is fluent in English and speaks French and German.

About Inmaculada Pérez Ruiz

IlonaVaculova

Executive Assistant

Ilona is responsible for the smooth running of the office and diary management. Her background is in the hospitality sector and prior to joining Afore Consulting she was the deputy Front Desk Manager at the Thon Hotel in Brussels. Her studies are in Hotel and Tourism from the Hotel school in Kromeriz and also in languages from VUB, Brussels. Ilona is Czech.

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