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Financial Services

The fundamental nature of financial markets is cyclical. And even during “up” markets, complex regulatory risk and the ever-present threat of lawsuits involving customers, competitors, or government agencies is a defining feature of financial services.

Our financial services team is a strategic partner for each segment of the sector through every part of the business cycle.  We deploy the firm’s impressive talent and experience to help clients move past crisis to focus on new growth and opportunity.

Every day, our lawyers work across borders and across disciplines to help clients seize competitive advantages from the accelerating globalization of financial services. 

Our full-service, global team combines winning legal and business strategies across the entire sector.  Our lawyers routinely provide regulatory guidance to banks, broker-dealers, funds, insurance companies, and other financial institutions worldwide; advise on the acquisition and disposition of financial institutions; assist underwriters of securities offerings; counsel financial advisory firms on mergers and acquisitions; represent financial institutions in structured finance transactions and commercial lending; handle complex litigation and international disputes; and efficiently and effectively resolve government investigations and enforcement actions which result from the ever-expanding regulatory environment in the sector. When needed, we mobilize quickly and assemble a fully scalable team, whether the issue is one of a threatened injunction, respond to government regulators, perform internal investigations, or assisting our clients in crisis management. We develop and defend sophisticated financial products, services, and business methods involving intellectual property (IP), and also assist with labor, employment, benefits, income compensation plans, and executive compensation.  We also have an experienced team dedicated to mitigate and remediate the risks of a data breach.

Through our investment management, transactions, corporate, finance, tax, and regulatory practices, the firm counsels clients at the forefront of the trillion-dollar private fund sector.  We are a leader in structuring sophisticated alternative investment vehicles and strategically advising pension funds and other investors.  We are also leaders in representing institutional investors in private placement financing transactions, including institutional private placement debt issuance, structured finance and securitization transactions, mezzanine finance, and project finance. Our highly ranked structured transaction team routinely represents investment funds and financial institutions in the development of innovative liquidity vehicles as well as the acquisition and disposition of financial companies and assets.

Our financial services litigators are dedicated to representing many of the nation’s largest financial institutions in high-stakes litigation and government regulatory matters and investigations.  In the wake of the recent financial services and housing crisis we have been at the forefront of trend-setting lawsuits and investigations of critical importance to the financial services industry—from class actions and commercial litigation to securities enforcement matters, whistleblower/qui tam issues, business methods patent matters, white collar issues, labor and employment (individual and class action) matters, noncompete agreements, and government regulatory matters and investigations.  Our matters span many jurisdictions, including state and federal trial and appellate courts.  And with our deep bench of former Department of Justice (DOJ), US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) lawyers, our strong multioffice, litigation, enforcement, and investigations team is situated to shape the dynamic enforcement landscape on a global scale.  This experience equips us to defend our various financial services clients—domestic banks, foreign banks, asset managers, broker-dealers, and tax firms—in every forum.