CGCN Group: Leaders in Financial Services Advocacy

There has never been a more exciting or a more uncertain time for the financial services industry. New financial technologies and private funding opportunities are radically improving possibilities for both financial institutions, investors, and consumers, but new legislation and regulation at the federal level could have massive impacts on the industry for better or worse.

We are here to help you navigate the coming changes from Washington D.C. as well as seize on any potential opportunities.  The partners at CGCN have a long history of being part of the process of shaping financial technology and securities policy, both in the government and as corporate advocates. While others may take a wait-and-see approach, we believe in seizing favorable openings by working with a broad spectrum of influential voices including grassroots activists, the press, and rank-and-file members of Congress so that we have a strong base of support before we even approach key Congressional leaders.

At CGCN, we understand that lawmakers want companies of all sizes to have access to the capital they need to create jobs and facilitate growth. They want to promote innovation in banking and investing that helps people secure their financial futures. Let us make sure you have a seat at the table to help make that happen!

Meet Our Expert Team


Mike is a highly regarded expert on financial-services issues who had a hand in crafting every major piece of legislation that moved through the Senate Banking Committee from the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 through the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Nielsen served as the top banking and economic aide to former Utah Sen. Robert Bennett and as Staff Director of the Financial Services Subcommittee of the Senate Banking Committee. He joined CGCN in 2013 and continues to focus on economic and financial services issues on behalf of clients.


Scott brings a decade of experience to CGCN having most recently worked as Legislative Director for Chairman Mike Crapo.  He served in leadership roles for two members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee where he successfully crafted and advanced financial services legislation into law. He was also Majority Staff Director for the Securities, Insurance, and Investment Subcommittee where he worked on policy connected to the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Scott was named one of The Hill’s top 2020 lobbyists.


Antonia has built her reputation working for some of the most high-profile members of the House and Senate, including then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch.  She has played an instrumental role in the communication and strategic planning for a wide variety of issues, including tax reform, health care and trade agreements.  The Washington Post described her as “one of the top Republican message gurus on Capitol Hill.” Antonia was named one of The Hill’s top 2020 lobbyists.


John understands the inner-workings of the House of Representatives and what it takes to pass or stop any piece of finance-related legislation.  Having served as a top aide to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy he has worked with every member of the Financial Services Committee – many of whom also serve as members of the Whip Operation.  As the Floor Director and through his capacity on the Whip Team, John worked with the Committee and policy teams to marshal priorities across the House Floor. John was named one of The Hill’s top 2020 lobbyists.


Sam brings unrivaled passion and expertise to his work on clients’ behalf. He worked as a top aide on the House Financial Services Committee to then-Chairman Mike Oxley before spending four years as the top liaison between House GOP leaders and the business community as a senior advisor to then-House Majority Whip Roy Blunt. As the Washingtonian noted, his “experiences allow him to offer his clients an exceptionally well-rounded view of the legislative process.”