With deep experience in financial services regulation, Mark Chorazak regularly counsels banks, thrifts, private equity investors and other financial services firms on a wide range of transactions and regulatory matters. A significant portion of his practice relates to mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions where the target or issuer is a banking organization or other financial institution, and he represents clients before the major financial services regulators. Mark also actively advises global banks, asset managers and other financial institutions on the requirements, impact and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and related regulations.
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- Ant Financial in its attempted acquisition of MoneyGram
- The Charles Schwab Corporation in its acquisition of Nordstrom FSB
- TD Bank in its acquisition of Scottrade and of numerous banks, securities brokers, asset managers and other financial services businesses
- Iberiabank in its acquisitions of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Company and Sabadell United Bank
- KeyCorp in its $4.1 billion acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc.
- People’s United Financial in its acquisitions of Suffolk Bancorp, Danvers Bancorp, Smithtown Bancorp Inc., River Bank and branches of RBS Citizens
- Underwriters in the IPOs of Opus Bank, Capital Bank Financial Corp, EverBank Financial Corp and First Interstate BancSystem
- Non-controlling bank investments by The Carlyle Group, The Blackstone Group, Castle Creek Capital and Lightyear Capital
- Banco de Crédito e Inversiones in its acquisition of City National Bank of
Florida and in capital raises
- JPMorgan Chase & Co. in numerous capital raises
- Underwriters in capital raises by TCF Financial, Home Street, First Hawaiian, Wilshire Bancorp and First Horizon
- CorpBanca in its merger with Banco Itaú Chile
- Citizens Republic Bancorp in its sale to FirstMerit Corporation
- Hamilton State Bancshares and Opus Bank (Bay Cities National Bank) in recapitalization transactions
Duke University School of Law, 2006 J.D.
Duke Law Journal, Editor; Bidlake Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing
Oxford University, 2002 MSc
Syracuse University, 2000 B.A.
Phi Beta Kappa; summa cum laude
- American Bar Association; Vice Chair, Legislation and Regulation Subcommittee
- Center for Banking and Finance at the UNC School of Law, Board of Advisors
- Vice Chancellor John W. Noble, Delaware Court of Chancery
Mark Chorazak is Counsel in Simpson Thacher’s New York office and a member of the Firm's Financial Institutions Practice. Mark’s practice focuses on financial institution regulatory matters. He regularly counsels banks, thrifts, investors and other financial services firms in connection with mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions before the major financial services regulators, including the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, as well as state banking regulators.
Mark also advises clients on compliance matters, anti-money laundering matters, authority and control issues, Volcker Rule matters, fintech and financial innovation issues, corporate governance and enforcement actions. A major focus of his practice relates to legislative and regulatory developments affecting financial institutions, with a particular emphasis on the impact and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
Mark holds a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he was Editor of the Duke Law Journal and won the Bidlake Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing. He also received his MSc in 2002 from Oxford University and his B.A., summa cum laude from Syracuse University in 2000.