Bank/Thrift/Credit Union Regulatory Practice

We have an active banking and thrift regulatory practice, representing federal and state banks and thrifts of all sizes on a wide variety of legal and regulatory matters, often serving as outside general counsel to our clients. We advise our clients on the application of federal and state banking laws and regulations to their operations and the impact of new and pending legislation, regulations and interpretations affecting financial institutions. Our attorneys have experience working with the regulatory authorities and assist our clients in investigations and formal and informal enforcement actions. We also assist our clients with trust preferred offerings, charter conversions and similar transactions requiring regulatory approval.

Recent examples of our regulatory experience include addressing capital adequacy, BSA developments, fraud prevention, sweep account disclosures, banking powers, electronic banking, assisting four banks with issuing preferred stock and warrants to the Treasury Department under the federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and assisting undercapitalized banks with supervisory agreements and cease and desist orders.

In addition to our regulatory work, our broad experience with financial institutions allows us to serve as more effective counsel on general corporate and operational matters including governance, Board of Director issues, employment, insurance and real estate matters. We also serve these clients in the areas of standard form drafting, negotiating and documenting various credit and equity transactions (including capitalized leases, dealer financing, and other floor plan arrangements), real estate transactions, bankruptcies, foreclosures, bonds, wills and trusts, complex commercial litigation.