Paul Nockels
Office Location
Chicago, IL

Paul Nockels

Capital Markets Leader

About Paul

Based in Chicago, Paul Nockels leads the Great Lakes financial services practice and national capital markets industry sector. He oversees assurance, tax and consulting services provided to various market participants, serving clients that have significant international business operations and securities, derivatives and investment activities.


Paul is a certified public accountant with nearly 30 years of accounting and financial reporting experience. He leverages deep knowledge in leading and reviewing audits of financial statements of broker-dealers, futures commission merchants, and investment companies, including business development companies and private investment funds. In addition, Paul assists with interpretation and application of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission net capital guidelines, CFTC segregation and secured rules, and SEC customer protection regulations. 

Driven to provide strategic solutions that help clients grow and succeed, Paul supports client goals and industry excellence by championing cross-channel communications, mentoring industry professionals and providing strategic counsel. 

Paul is a frequent moderator and speaker at industry seminars on accounting and regulatory matters, and has served on several external and internal peer reviews of financial services practices.

Professional affiliations and designations

  • Certified public accountant, Illinois
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • AICPA Stockbrokerage and Investment Banking Expert Panel, former member 
  • Ledger & Quill alumni organization, DePaul University, board member
  • RSM Partner of the Year 2012 
  • Joseph M. Checkers Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Quality and Service


  • Bachelor of Science, accounting, DePaul University