Jennifer Taylor

Compliance and Operational Risk Executive, EMEA, Merrill Lynch

Jennifer Taylor was appointed as Compliance and Operational Risk Executive, EMEA in March 2017. Prior to that, she was Chief Operating Officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In her role as the COO, she had responsibility for developing and implementing operating plans across the firm’s business with a particular emphasis on strategic planning and execution, governance and controls, and infrastructure efficiency. She serves on the boards of bodies and legal entities on behalf of the Bank including Merrill Lynch International, BAMLI and AFME.


She joined Merrill Lynch in February 1997 in London where she was responsible for the legal coverage of structured finance transactions. She moved to Australia to become General Counsel of Merrill Lynch, Australia in November 2000. She was then appointed as General Counsel for the Private Client business in Asia Pacific in April 2002 and became General Counsel for all Merrill Lynch businesses in the Asia Pacific region in June 2003. She took on the additional role of Chief Administrative Officer in 2006 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer from November 2007 until June 2013 when she moved to London to take up her current role.


Jennifer read law at Trinity College, Dublin and holds an LL.B degree. She is an English qualified solicitor and did her training with the law firm Freshfields in London.