Wolfgang Maschek is a highly respected EU regulatory and public policy expert, and leads our European Public Policy Practice in Brussels. Wolfgang chairs a team of legal and policy experts as well as seasoned senior-level professionals who have worked in the EU Parliament or EU Commission, served as ministers and ambassadors, or held senior positions within national governments in Europe and beyond.
Wolfgang’s practice includes the representation of both private and public sector clients at the EU and national level across various regulated industries and policy matters. Focus areas include financial services (in particular payments), taxation, antimoney laundering/counter-terrorism financing, technology/ICT, data privacy, cybersecurity, international trade and foreign direct investments matters, including investor-state disputes. Across relevant matters, the European Public Policy Practice works very closely with our 46 global offices and, in particular, with our preeminent Public Policy Practice lead out of Washington DC.
Wolfgang was previously Senior Counsel and Head of the European Regulatory and Public Affairs department at Western Union, a global financial services provider. Until 2006, Wolfgang worked for the Austrian Central Bank where he was responsible for communication with the European institutions. Previously, he worked for the European Commission and for the Oesterreichische Kontrollbank.
An active member of various EU trade associations, Wolfgang previously served as the vice-chair of the European Payment Institution Federation (EPIF) and Chair of its Technical Committee. He was also a member of the EU Payment Services Market Expert Group, the European Retail Payments Board (ERPB) and the World Bank’s Global Remittances Working Group, amongst others. Wolfgang is a frequent speaker on retail payment services regulation and its evolution, including on the impact of the increasing digitalization of the financial services industry (including FinTech).