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Adrian Phillips started his career at Simmons & Simmons in the corporate department where he concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and insolvency. In 1995, he joined Visa in London, becoming General Counsel and a member of the excom of Visa CEMEA in 1996. He subsequently became Head of Risk and Legal Affairs in 2000. In 2006/7, he, together with a team, was responsible for the merger and IPO of Visa Inc on the New York Stock Exchange. Adrian moved to San Francisco in 2007, where he became Deputy Chief Risk Officer and was a member of the excom of Visa Inc. In 2010, Adrian joined Amadeus as Head of Legal IT and Privacy based in Madrid and subsequently Nice. He left Amadeus in the summer of 2014 and was involved in a number of activities including setting up a compliance SaaS company and acting as a special counsel for Jones Day.

He is today General Counsel for 441 Trust Company Limited, a company representing the interests of many banks in Europe in relation to their sale of Visa Europe to Visa Inc for c. $20 billion dollars. Adrian is also on the Advisory Board of Brighton University Business School, is a Governor of Queens Park Primary School and is a Non-Executive Director of Americio SICAV, a Spanish investment company.