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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


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


Senior Policy Advisor

Daniel leads on banking, securities markets, Brexit from a UK perspective and supports on technology 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 brings a hands-on business approach to consulting.

About Daniel Trinder

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Senior Advisor

Sir Jonathan Taylor brings his experience as a high profile national and international policy maker to the team. He is particularly knowledgeable on banking and financial services, infrastructure projects and policy, and on climate, environment and sustainability issues. Previously he was Vice President and Member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank; Director General, Financial Services and Stability, HM Treasury; Director General, London Investment Banking Association and Counsellor at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU.

About Sir Jonathan Taylor


Senior 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.

About Luca Giusti


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.

About Ilona Vaculova


Executive Administrator

Marielise is part of our team ensuring the smooth running of the office. She works on organization and supports on communications.

Marielise previously worked in the travel industry and prior to joining Afore Consulting was a business travel consultant.

She was awarded an MA in Tourism Management from Université Libre de Bruxelles. Marielise holds dual nationality British and Italian and grew up in Belgium. She speaks English, French, Italian and Dutch.

About Marielise Semeraro