Arcelia Olea Leyva

Local Partner, Mexico City



Arcelia advises clients on matters including banking, securities and financial institutions, as well as Fintech. Prior to joining the Firm as a partner, she was the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at the Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV); which is the Mexican regulator in charge of supervising and regulating financial entities such as public companies, stock exchanges, banking institutions, credit unions and brokerage firms.

At the CNBV, Arcelia participated in several projects of great relevance to the financial sector, such as the compilation in a single regulatory instrument of the secondary regulation applicable to credit institutions, credit unions, cooperative savings and loan associations, among others. During her term at the CNBV, Arcelia was responsible for drafting the Financial Reform in 2014, granting authorizations to new financial entities, designing the legal framework of the new Fintech Law and issuing legal opinions and interpretations of financial laws and their secondary regulations.

Arcelia was a member of the USMCA (The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) negotiations team in the Financial Services Chapter.

Prior to serving as the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at the CNBV, Arcelia was the Subdirector of banking conciliation and arbitration at the Comisión Nacional para la Protección y Defensa de los Usuarios de Servicios Financieros (CONDUSEF). Arcelia also worked for a prestigious boutique firm specializing in criminal law.

Bars and Courts
Authorized to practice law in Mexico
Master's degree in Law and Economy of the European Union
Instituto Ortega y Gasset
Madrid, Spain
Attorney at Law
Escuela Libre de Derecho
Mexico City


Speaking Engagements

Arcelia is a banking legal framework teacher and a key speaker in many financial forums and seminars