As the Commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation, Susan L. Donegan is the chief regulator of Vermont’s financial-services industry. The department supervises traditional and captive insurance companies and their representatives, state-chartered banks and credit unions, licensed agents and brokers, and all other non-depository financial institutions, as well as securities broker-dealers and investment advisors.
Donegan is a seasoned attorney with broad subject-matter knowledge of financial services regulation. She earned a law degree from Vermont Law School, a master of laws degree in banking and financial services law from Boston University School of Law, and a master of laws degree in European Union and International Trade Law from Amsterdam Law School at Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Donegan worked at the Vermont department from 1985 to 1990 and was its first director of securities regulation. She also held the position of counsel to the commissioner and hearing officer at the Massachusetts Division of Insurance from 2008 to 2011 before returning to Vermont to assume the deputy position. Donegan was in private law practice for many years in Boston and overseas at a major Dutch law firm specializing in financial services law and regulation, private international law, litigation, data protection and privacy law.
Donegan is admitted to practice law in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and California, and is qualified as a solicitor in the Republic of Ireland and England and Wales.