Patrick Krekels is General Counsel and Board Secretary of SWIFT. Patrick was appointed General Counsel and Board Secretary in January 2016. He joined SWIFT in 2001 as Deputy General Counsel. The Legal & Compliance team provides legal support and is responsible for regulatory compliance, corporate governance, Oversight affairs and legal risk management. Patrick studied Law (1986) and Economics (1987) at the University of Leuven, Belgium and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Illinois (1988). He is a member of the New York Bar. Prior to SWIFT, Patrick worked as an attorney at the Brussels Bar with the law firm De Bandt (now Linklaters) for 3.5 years and for Philips Electronics during 9 years (from 1992 until 2001). He was the General Counsel for Philips Electronics in Belgium and Luxembourg and was a Manager of the Corporate Legal Department in charge of M&A transactions and legal matters of Philips Research (Headquarters) in The Netherlands.