Lucy Fato is Managing Director, Head of the Americas and General Counsel of Nardello & Co. Based in New York City, Lucy oversees the firm’s North and South American practices and serves as the firm’s global General Counsel. Lucy has more than 25 years of legal, compliance, regulatory and corporate governance experience advising numerous corporations, financial institutions and boards of directors.
Previously, Lucy was Executive Vice President & General Counsel of McGraw Hill Financial (now known as S&P Global). During her tenure, she resolved financial crisis-related litigation and other regulatory matters, including claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, multiple State Attorneys General and CalPERS, and regulatory actions brought by the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She also interacted with global regulators, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on legal, compliance and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining McGraw Hill Financial, Lucy was Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Marsh & McLennan Companies where she advised on and oversaw all SEC/NYSE compliance, capital markets and other corporate finance transactions, as well as privacy, trade sanctions and e-discovery matters, among other things. She also managed the day-to-day operations of the company’s global legal department, and acted as the primary liaison to the company’s Board of Directors on Board and Committee meeting matters and corporate governance.
Prior to her role at Marsh & McLennan Companies, Lucy was a capital markets partner at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell where she began her legal career in 1991. At Davis Polk, she represented financial institutions as well as domestic and foreign private issuers on capital raising transactions, general corporate matters and corporate governance.
In 2009, Lucy was inducted into the YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, a non-profit organization that works with the City of New York and local communities to maintain the park for the wellbeing of all New Yorkers. In 2015, she was the Randall’s Island Park Alliance business honoree and was named by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the “2015 Attorneys Who Matter” for her dedication to furthering corporate ethics. Lucy is a frequent speaker on topics such as risk and crisis management, corporate governance, and legal and compliance operations and best practices.
Lucy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in business and economics, and received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. She is admitted to the State Bars of New York and California