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Financial Services

Preeminent in its field, our Financial Institutions Practice advises a broad range of financial institutions, private investors and government agencies on transactional and regulatory matters.

We have represented clients in many of the largest and most complex mergers of the past decades, as well as important and innovative capital raising transactions and regulatory matters ranging from compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing regulations to chartering new institutions and obtaining regulatory approvals for expanded banking powers. Our clients span the entire spectrum of financial services, including global and smaller domestic banks, insurance companies, asset management firms, securities and mortgage brokers, credit card issuers and specialty finance firms, as well as investors in these companies and their boards of directors. During the financial crisis and its aftermath, we were at the forefront of advising clients on innovative strategies for recapitalizations and restructurings, as well as purchases of failed banks from the FDIC by banks and private investor clients.

Clients appreciate our unique insight into issues relating to the financial services industry, gained through our extensive deal experience and deep knowledge of the complex and changing regulatory framework. Most of the lawyers in our Financial Institutions Practice have broad experience in both regulatory and transactional matters, giving them an invaluable perspective to address our clients’ needs with practical and creative solutions.

“They are extremely smart and experienced lawyers. They inspire confidence and are able to think creatively.”
Chambers USA 2017, Financial Services Regulation (quoting a client)

Featured Clients and Transactions

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JPMorgan Chase’s $58 billion merger with Bank One
Mellon Financial’s $16.8 billion merger with Bank of New York
U.S. Treasury in developing and implementing its $250 billion TARP program for investments in banks
Travelers’ in its $16 billion merger with St. Paul Companies
Manulife’s $11 billion acquisition of John Hancock
Ant Financial’s investments to extend its online payment platform in Asia (helloPay, Mynt, Kakao Pay, Paytm and Touch ’n Go)
Blackstone-led consortium’s announced $20 billion acquisition of a majority interest in Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk Business
Charles Schwab’s acquisition of Nordstrom Bank
Countrywide Home Loans’ landmark appellate reversal in an RMBS case
IBERIABANK’s $1 billion acquisition of Sabadell United Bank and $220 million acquisition of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Company
Institutional Shareholder Services, a portfolio company of Vestar, and Vestar’s $720 million sale of ISS to Genstar Capital
JPMorgan’s acquisition of WePay
People’s United’s acquisitions of LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., Suffolk Bancorp and investment management firm Gerstein Fisher
TD Bank in defeating class certification in an action arising out of the Stanford Ponzi scheme
TransUnion’s IPO

Other transactions have included the Toronto-Dominion Bank in its acquisitions of numerous banks, securities brokerage firms and asset managers; and initial public offerings for asset management firms, including Ares, Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR, Oaktree and others.

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Band 1 or 2 ranking in Financial Services Regulation: Financial Institutions M&A by Chambers USA 2009-2018

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