Stéphane Kerjean (Head of Section Accountability & Cooperation, ECB Banking Supervision) joined the ECB legal services in 2001 after several years in private practice. He has been actively involved in the preparations for the establishment of the SSM. Prior to joining the SSM Secretariat in 2020 to deal with accountability and supervisory cooperation, he was in charge of matters related to the supervision of less significant institutions and of the ECB fintech team. Stéphane was seconded for a couple of years at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C. He holds a diploma of the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences Po), a postgraduate degree in European business law from the University Paris V René Descartes and was admitted to the Brussels bar.