Management Team

The Mizen Group is a boutique RegTech compliance advisory firm specializing in regulatory compliance with innovative diagnostic products and compliance advisory services. Co-founded in 2015 by Patrick Kelly and Paul McCarthy, our firm has built diagnostics and a consulting practice designed to give control back to the compliance officer and the financial institutions. Our abiding mission is to assist you in mitigating your compliance risks and reducing regulatory costs while achieving demonstrable compliance with regulatory obligations. We achieve this by offering effective and efficient solutions that are tailored to your needs. Our solutions allow you to assess and manage compliance processes with the goal of ensuring “green state” and continued sustainability. Mizen’s innovative products were developed by combining content and technology that can be utilized by all stakeholders to quickly assess and provide insight into the quality of compliance programs. The Mizen Group is a member of the Institute of International Bankers (IIB), the Association of International Bank Audit and Compliance Professionals (AIBACP) and Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS).

Patrick Kelly 

Chief Executive Officer / Partner

Patrick Kelly is a co-founder and CEO of The Mizen Group and has over 25 years’ experience in developing, growing, and managing complex top tier global banking, securities, and insurance projects as a partner with a big four consulting firm.

Since founding The Mizen Group, Mr. Kelly was engaged as the Technology & Operations lead for the Monitor appointed by NYDFS to oversee the remediation efforts of a global bank under a consent order. Mr. Kelly led review and remediation teams in over 20 international locations covering Investment Banking, Retail, Wealth Management and Private Banking. In addition, he was responsible for overseeing the team reviewing and validation the implementation of an AML solution for the Correspondent Banking division of the bank’s US entity.

Notable projects led by Mr. Kelly include:

  • Reviews of compliance programs for NY banks
  • Risk and regulatory assessments of banks
  • BSA/AML model validations
  • BSA/AML system selection for international banks
  • Due diligence on a regional bank prior to purchase by a private equity firm
  • Liquidation of assets from a bankrupt financial institution
 

Paul McCarthy 

Chief Technology Officer / Partner

Paul McCarthy is a co-founder and partner of The Mizen Group with 20+ years’ experience in delivering large complex and diverse technology, analytical and governance driven by the singular purpose of using data to effectively manage risk and improve decision making.

A senior technologist and strategist with experience formed from the vast array of the roles he has held in both fulltime and advisory capacities with major corporations to technology startups, Mr. McCarthy’s curiosity of data and strong understanding of business and technology facilitate his ability to communicate with all levels of an organization to influence change. Since the formation of The Mizen Group in 2014, notable roles and engagements to date include: 

  • Chair of Sanction Innovation and Technology Taskforce (SITT) at Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists
  • Key member of a NYDFS appointed monitor at a global international bank with lead responsibilities to oversee the validation and implementation of an Actimize correspondent banking system.
  • Designed and applied an approach to validate AI based AML risk models
  • Designed an approach to create and leverage synthetic data sets to streamline testing, tuning, and optimization for implementation of various AML systems (e.g., Actimize, Mantas, etc.)
  • Managing and overseeing development and production of our Mizen’s proprietary diagnostics to measure compliance processes (e.g., AML/sanctions, Cyber, Data Protection) as well as compliance and conduct culture at financial institutions.
  • Leading teams to implement programs for DFSNY 504 certification, perform independent model validations, integrity validations, data governance, compliance program reviews.
  • Contributing/sponsoring academic and industry innovative research in the areas of Sanctions, Big Data, Governance and Compliance in the RegTech space.
 

Deepa Keswani 

Director, Compliance Advisory / Partner

Deepa Keswani leverages her years of experience in compliance management to offer specialized regulatory and compliance knowledge, advisory and support services as well as project management and managerial support. She has advised on corporate governance, compliance culture, program remediation, assessments, model validations, training and process improvements.

Formerly, as a senior compliance executive at Commerzbank, she managed the New York Branch’s Compliance department for 6 years before leading an expanded AML, Anti-Fraud & Sanctions department in New York as Head of Financial Crimes after its merger with Dresdner Bank in 2009. In 2014, she took on the role of Head of Regulatory Compliance managing the Branch’s regulatory relationships and working with the authorities on the coordination, organization and management of various exams and reviews.

She is also an adjunct lecturer at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business/Center for Global Governance, Reporting & Regulation for the credentialed program Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional (“CCRP”) and teaches classes on OFAC compliance, FCPA and Conduct Risk. Deepa is CAMS certified and a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and its active New York Chapter. She is also a charter member of the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialist (ACSS) and certified sanctions specialist (CSS). In addition, she is a member of the Association of International Bank Audit and Compliance Professionals (AIBACP), Mid Town Regulatory Group, and Financial Women’s Association’s Directorship and Corporate Governance (DCG) Committee (Co-Chair) and volunteers at the New York League of Independent Bankers (NYLIB).