J. Kevin McCarthy

Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel, The Bank of New York Mellon 

Kevin McCarthy is a senior executive vice president and general counsel of BNY Mellon. A member of the company’s executive committee, McCarthy heads BNY Mellon’s legal department and also has overall responsibility for government affairs, the corporate secretarial function, and global corporate security. He is the executive committee sponsor for VetNet, an employee resource group that supports employees who are former military or have family members who have served. VetNet is one of six ERGs that reflect BNY Mellon's commitment to diversity and workplace excellence by supporting employees with shared interests.

McCarthy was appointed to his current position in April 2014. He joined BNY Mellon in 2010 as deputy general counsel and led the litigation, enforcement, and employment law functions. In 2013, he was appointed senior deputy general counsel and assumed additional responsibility for the legal teams supporting the company’s asset servicing businesses and corporate center functions.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, McCarthy was general counsel of Cowen Group, Inc., a diversified investment bank and financial services firm. From 2004 to 2007, he was a partner at Wilmer Hale, focused on securities and litigation matters. From 1996 to 2004, McCarthy was at Credit Suisse First Boston in a variety of roles, most recently as managing director and global head of litigation. McCarthy began his legal career as an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

McCarthy received a BA from Siena College and his JD from Albany Law School of Union University.

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