Stephanie Shepard Cobb ’94 (Comm ’89)
Head of Compliance, Europe
Millennium Capital Partners
Describe your work: After over 10 years as a corporate lawyer at large firms in Boston, London and Amsterdam, I moved in-house and have not looked back. I started as general counsel for a U.K.-based asset manager, where the work quickly expanded into dual general counsel/ chief compliance officer roles. I moved exclusively into compliance three years ago at Ares Management. Earlier this year, I joined Millennium, a global investment management firm, overseeing its European compliance team. I enjoy navigating the complexities of regulations and laws across Europe. The past few years have been particularly fascinating as the financial services industry in Europe prepares for the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work? Foremost, I enjoy spending time with my husband (Shane Cobb ‘93) and our three children. We love traveling together, particularly exploring new countries, cultures and food. Recent highlights have been Japan, Russia and Costa Rica. We also enjoy taking advantage of the theaters and museums in London (the Donmar Theatre is a favorite). One of the unexpected benefits of living in London is frequent visits from friends and family; as a result, living an ocean apart does not seem so isolating. I have been a trustee of the London Children’s Ballet for many years, supporting the charity in its mission to change lives through dance. I am also looking forward to becoming a UVA parent this autumn.
Are you where you expected to be at this stage of your career and life? Absolutely not! While I did not have any preconceived ideas about what my future would be, working in Europe and raising a family there was not at the top of the list. What I never imagined, though, was how much I would enjoy regulatory and compliance work. What historically was considered a “tick the box” role has become businesscritical to financial services firms. Compliance definitely has a seat at the table these days.
What do you like about your life 25 years after law school? I have an amazing family and fantastic job, and I live in a diverse, tolerant and vibrant city. I love the unpredictable way my life has unfolded. It keeps me guessing about what lies ahead over the next 25 years. Who could ask for more than that?