Samuel Empson

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Previous Experience

  • Principal, Promontory Financial Group
  • Senior Associate, Promontory Financial Group
  • Associate, Promontory Financial Group
  • Analyst, Promontory Financial Group

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Samuel Empson

Senior Principal

Sam advises global financial institutions on a broad range of strategic, structural, and risk management matters. He focuses primarily on strategic planning, governance, and enterprise risk, helping clients define and achieve institutional objectives.


Sam has assisted an array of financial institutions — in the public and private sectors as well as in U.S. and international markets — in evaluating the effectiveness of, and making enhancements to, strategies and frameworks, operating models, organizational structures, and internal processes. In so doing, he has worked on engagements in over 10 countries throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, and has been a member of Promontory’s U.S., U.K., and Middle East operations.


  • B.A., history, dean's list, Williams College

Affiliations, Awards, and Civic Engagements

Representative Engagements

  • Refined and formalized a U.S. global systemically important financial institution’s enterprise strategic-planning process.
  • Assessed the quality of a large U.S. regional bank’s governance structure, as well as its strategic and capital-planning processes.
  • Supported a U.S. G-SIFI in developing a multiyear corporate risk strategy.
  • Restructured the operations division of a large Middle Eastern bank, and aided in refining that bank’s retail strategy.
  • Advised a major U.S. investment bank on an organizational approach to merging certain international operations into a single-entity structure.
  • Worked with an alternative asset manager on the structure of its investment in a U.S. thrift.
  • Advised a major European central bank on modifications to its organizational structure, staffing model, and internal processes as it assumed supervisory responsibility for eurozone credit institutions.
  • Developed a tailored governance and limit structure for a U.S. G-SIFI to onboard and off-board new and existing products, services, and clients.
  • Enhanced a U.S. G-SIFI’s risk management framework with a particular focus on risk appetite, organizational design, key processes, and roles and responsibilities.
  • Helped a European central bank enhance its risk management framework in light of increased post-crisis financial-risk exposures.

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