Cristina Pérez is a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for HSBC Securities (USA), Inc., where she supports the emerging markets structured products and derivatives businesses for the Americas region. Before joining HSBC in 2006, Cristina was a Vice President at Credit Suisse's Legal and Compliance Department and an associate at Shearman and Sterling, working in both cases on derivatives and structured finance matters. Cristina has also practiced civil law in Ecuador where she advised U.S. and European oil, communication and other companies regarding transnational acquisitions and other types of transactions. She has vast experience working with Latin America.
Cristina has a JD from New York University School of Law and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador as well as a BA "Cum Laude" from Williams College. From 1997 to 1999, Cristina was an associate professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador's School of Law and taught courses in comparative law, ethics and lawyering.