Wolfgang Maschek’s practice includes the representation of both private and public sector clients at EU and national level across various regulated industries and policy matters. His focus areas include environmental and chemicals policy, international trade and foreign direct investments, including investor-state disputes, financial services, anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing, taxation, technology/ICT and data privacy cybersecurity matters, as well as the retail and aviation sector. Wolfgang chairs our strongly growing European Public Policy Practice, with members spread across our 14 European offices.
Wolfgang’s practice group has been recognized as one of the top public policy law firm offerings in Brussels in The Best EU Public Affairs Consultancies & Law Firms Guide 2019.
Wolfgang was previously Senior Counsel and Head of the European Regulatory and Public Affairs department at a global financial services provider. Until 2006, Wolfgang worked for the Austrian Central Bank, where he was responsible for communication with the European institutions and for strategic advice related to European developments affecting monetary policy decisions. Previously, he worked for the European Commission and for the Oesterreichische Kontrollbank.
An active member of various Brussels-based 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 (e.g., FinTech/RegTech).
Wolfgang is a member of the Board of Directors of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation, which promotes the role of public service and pro bono work in the practice of law and the development of public policy. Under Wolfgang’s leadership, a new collaboration was established between the foundation and the prestigious College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.