WASHINGTON, August 8, 2013: Morgan Lewis announced today that Charles Horn, a leading bank regulatory lawyer, joined the firm as a partner, resident in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Horn counsels domestic and global banks and other financial services firms on issues relating to federal and state financial regulation and matters affecting their corporate, institutional, and retail business activities. He provides counsel to these companies on a wide array of transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and business integrations. He also advises banks on their asset management, fiduciary, and asset administration activities.
"We welcome Charles's regulatory expertise at a time of intensified scrutiny from regulators in the post Dodd-Frank era," said Firm Chair Francis M. Milone. "His regulatory acumen will also prove invaluable to financial institutions which rely on our counsel for litigation and enforcement matters that require a high level of understanding of the requirements imposed on them."
Mr. Horn, who was most recently a partner in the Banking and Financial Services Group at another global Am Law 100 firm, also counsels financial institutions responding to the supervisory and enforcement initiatives of all major financial institutions regulatory agencies. He has spent the past 24 years at major law firms representing financial institutions. He began his legal career in 1976 as an attorney in the Division of Market Regulation at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) before rising to Branch Chief in the SEC's Division of Enforcement in 1982. He then joined the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in 1983, eventually rising to director of the Securities and Corporate Practices Division.
"Charles's intimate familiarity with the bank regulatory framework is invaluable to financial institutions as they seek to better understand and navigate the ever-changing supervision and enforcement measures and policies of traditional regulators including the Federal Reserve, the OCC and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation," said Steven Stone, Leader of Morgan Lewis's Investment Management Practice. "He can also provide critical counsel to financial services companies encountering scrutiny from the new financial industry regulator, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has launched dozens of investigations and issued more than 100 subpoenas over the last 18 months."
"Charles's arrival bolsters our efforts to provide clients with access to lawyers with an in-depth understanding of the inner workings of the federal government," said Grace Speights, Managing Partner of the Washington office. "He will be able to collaborate with our many other attorneys that share his governmental background and provide clients with the regulatory tools and guidance needed to effectively operate their businesses," she added.
At Morgan Lewis, Mr. Horn joins an interdisciplinary team of more than 100 attorneys who provide a full range of legal services to clients in the financial services industry in the United States and abroad. The firm's investment management and securities industry clients include nine of the ten largest money managers, most of the largest and best known broker-dealers and investment banks, hundreds of mutual funds, venture capital, private equity, and hedge funds, banks and trust companies, insurance companies, public and private pension funds, fiduciaries and consultants, transfer agents, fund administrators, and other businesses in the financial services industry.