Catherine Brown

Partner - Financial Services
Catherine delivers major strategic advisory and consultancy assignments to the world's top financial institutions. Her recent work focuses on banking conduct, compliance, governance, and accountability, as well as regulatory response.

Since 2010, investment banks have faced the daunting task of responding to thousands of pages of post-crisis regulatory reforms – some final some yet uncertain, overlapping, conflicting, and affecting almost every part of the investment bank’s business and operating model, front to back.

My work focuses on making order out of chaos, helping my clients find pragmatic solutions to complex, multi-dimensional, or unstructured problems.

Catherine is an active participant in industry-wide organisations including initiatives to establish market standards for good conduct. She chairs various industry initiatives and is associate board member of the FICC Market Standards Board.

I lead much of our work on conduct in financial services companies. This is different to our advisory work but just as challenging. There’s a significant downside to getting it wrong.

Catherine grew up in six different countries, has lived and worked in London and New York, and travelled far beyond. Currently, she lives in London with her family. She is a proud supporter of and participant in Oliver Wyman's diversity networks, and is involved with industry initiatives like the 30% Club, which looks to increase the number of women in all levels in business.

I grew up in very different countries moving every one to two years. My diverse upbringing is a huge part of who I am and what I love. It’s made me bold, resilient, optimistic, and curious.

Prior to joining the firm, Catherine spent many years in investment banking and fixed income at Salomon Smith Barney / Citi, before moving on to Lehman Brothers. She holds a BA in Mathematics magna cum laude, an MSc in Operations Research and an MBA from Columbia Business School.