Attorneys focused on financial services and regulatory issues who regularly deal with, or who formerly served as senior officials and legal counsel of, federal and state agencies responsible for the supervision of banks and other financial institutions including the:

    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Federal Reserve Board
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
    Federal Housing Finance Agency
    Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
    Financial Stability Oversight Council
    Commodities Futures Trading Commission
    Department of Justice
    Department of Treasury
    Securities and Exchange Commission
    Office of Management and Budget
    Federal Trade Commission


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Regulation of Banks, Savings Associations, and Bank, Thrift and Financial Holding Companies

The core of our practice consists of advising in the organization, regulation and supervision of banks, thrifts, industrial loan companies and their holding companies, affiliated companies, vendors and counterparties. We advise clients on all aspects of state and federal banking laws, and we regularly represent them before federal and state regulatory agencies.

Venable has a long history of representing community banks and regional banks, as well as large money center banks. We advise on a full array of regulatory issues, including transactions with affiliates, transactions with insiders, lending limits, risk concentrations, capital and liquidity requirements, the Community Reinvestment Act, FDIA Sec 19 (employing a person who has a conviction or program entry for a covered offense), brokered deposits, indemnification and golden parachutes. We also counsel clients on issues arising out of enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, such as the creation of Living Wills, the Durbin Amendment or the Volcker Rule. Because our firm also has a vibrant relationship with merchants, we have a keen understanding of the issues that can arise between banking institutions and their vendors and counterparties, including relationships with payment processors.

The confluence of our experience with consumer issues, bank enforcement issues and the defense of directors and officers of failed banks has given us an in-depth understanding of the ways in which institutions may run afoul of the current regulatory environment. We are often brought in to assist on enforcement matters for institutions that do not use us as their regular regulatory counsel.