Applications for New Charters, Deposit Insurance, and Other Regulator Consents

The various federal and state options for chartering an insured depository institution can be bewildering, even for experienced financial services providers. Venable regularly assists clients when chartering new institutions, engaging in reorganizations, or restructuring and implementing business strategies.

We advise on regulatory applications, including new charters, deposit insurance, mergers, change of control, opening and closing branches, business plan modifications, restructuring or reorganization, and, when necessary, permission to make changes in boards and management. We also provide counsel with regard to regulatory capital issues, including the implications of Basel III, changes imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act; the ability to count various forms of equity and debt instruments as capital; and questions relating to appropriate reserves and minimum acceptable capital based on evaluations of risk.

Our attorneys advise financial institutions on oversight of audits and changes made in specific regulatory accounting rules such as the accounting for special-purpose vehicles, marking assets to market values, and efforts to transition U.S. institutions to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Venable attorneys also provide guidance regarding regulatory limitations on activities permissible for banks, thrifts, bank holding companies, thrift holding companies, and financial holding companies.

Government Experience

Our team includes attorneys who focus on financial services and regulatory issues and regularly deal with, or formerly served as senior officials and legal counsel of, federal and state agencies responsible for the supervision of financial institutions, including:

  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • 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


  • Chambers USA, Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance), 2016
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, Financial Services Regulation Law, 2011 – 2017, 2020, 2022
  • Legal 500, Financial Services: Regulatory, 2011 – 2023