Christine Edwards is a nationally recognized authority on financial services, corporate governance and public company issues and is a retired partner of Winston & Strawn LLP and headed the firm’s bank regulatory practice. Ms. Edwards has extensive experience advising public company boards on governance matters, supervising complex transactions, internal investigations and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Winston & Strawn in 2003, Ms. Edwards served for three years as executive vice president and chief legal officer at Bank One Corporation, a predecessor company to JPMorgan Chase. Previous to that, for over 25 years, Edwards spent her career at Morgan Stanley, where she succeeded to the role of executive vice president and chief legal officer of that company (the first and only woman to do so) and its predecessors. It was there that she achieved the distinction of becoming the first female General Counsel on Wall Street.
In 2010, Edwards joined the public company board of BMO Financial (TSX, NYSE “BMO”), a $760 Billion asset banking institution headquartered in Toronto. She chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and serves on the Human Resource Committee. She also serves on the Board of BMO Harris, the company’s US subsidiary headquartered in Chicago and on the Board’s Audit and Compensation Committees.
Edwards also serves as the Vice Chair of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Chairs the Audit Committee, and serves on the Executive, Nominating and Governance Committees.
Edwards serves on the Leadership Board of the US Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness in Washington DC and is Co-Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the International Organization of Women Corporate Directors. Ms. Edwards is a frequent speaker and author on topics of corporate governance and the financial services industry.