Donald S. Waack counsels globally active financial services firms on their most challenging regulatory, transactional, and enforcement matters. He devotes the majority of his practice to advising banks, bank holding companies, and other financial institutions on complex strategic and regulatory matters, including regulatory control determinations; investment authority issues and activities restrictions; fund formation; fintech partnerships and investments; regulatory capital; affiliate transactions; vendor management issues; and proprietary trading and private fund restrictions arising under the Volcker Rule. He is regarded as having a “strong reputation in the market across a range of … Dodd-Frank compliance work, as well as [on] M&A activity.” (The Legal 500 US, 2019)
Don assists financial services clients with structuring significant investments and provides strategic advice and regulatory support for mergers and acquisitions and other complex transactions. He also counsels hedge funds, private equity funds, and other firms regarding investments in the commercial banking sector and transactions with banks and other regulated counterparties. In connection with his regulatory counseling practice, Don works frequently with the staffs of the major federal and state bank regulatory agencies.
Don also advises domestic and non-US financial services firms in connection with sensitive internal investigations and similar matters. He counsels financial services clients on internal regulatory compliance reviews and has represented clients in connection with a broad range of regulatory inquiries and investigations, including federal and state enforcement matters.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Don was a partner at another global law firm.
Represented a large foreign banking organization before the Federal Reserve Board in connection with its review and remediation of Bank Holding Company Act (BHCA) compliance issues, including the restructuring and divestiture of non-conforming assets
Represented a US hedge fund investor in a mid-sized bank holding company in connection with a BHCA control inquiry initiated by the Federal Reserve Board
Advised a non-US asset manager in connection with Federal Reserve Board supervisory inquiry into BHCA compliance issues
Represented a major non-US bank trade association before the Federal Reserve Board in connection with advocacy efforts on key regulatory initiatives, including the FBO tailoring proposal and the proposal to amend BHCA control rules
Advised a major European bank in connection with the internal reorganization of its US wealth management platform
Represented a large foreign banking organization in obtaining financial holding company status, at the time just the second such approval issued by the Federal Reserve Board following enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act and implementation of the US Basel III capital regime
Advised a large foreign banking organization with respect to its global review and remediation of merchant banking and other BHCA compliance issues
Advised a major US bank regarding regulatory and structuring issues related to $1.9 billion cross-border secured credit facility
Advised a major international banking organization on the development and implementation of a global Volcker Rule conformance plan, including analyzing investment and trading activities in US and non-US jurisdictions and developing a global compliance program
Advised multiple foreign banking organizations in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with respect to the development and implementation of Volcker Rule conformance plans and compliance programs, addressing both proprietary trading and covered fund activities
Advised a large non-US swap dealer on developing and implementing a framework to satisfy US swap reporting obligations and other regulatory compliance requirements arising under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act
Advised a large non-US banking group regarding legal authority and structuring issues related to US real estate-related activities and investments
Advised a major US bank regarding strategic and regulatory issues arising in connection with the workout of a large portfolio of distressed loans secured by bank and bank holding company stock
Represented a large foreign banking organization in connection with the acquisition of a US asset manager and expansion of a US private wealth platform
Advised a major domestic bank in connection with its acquisition of the US banking operations of a large non-US banking organization
Represented sellers of a US regional bank and advised on regulatory matters related to restructuring of retained nonbank assets
Boston University School of Law, 2008, J.D.
Yale University, 2003, B.A., with distinction
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Investment fund formation and management: Alternative/hedge funds, The Legal 500 US (2021)