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Our Financial Services Industry Team brings the depth of experience and legal insights needed to assist clients in the financial services industry stay ahead of today’s ever-changing economic and regulatory environments. Our clients include private banks, commercial lenders, broker-dealers, investment banks, private equity firms and asset managers.

We provide transactional, regulatory and litigation counsel to clients in most of the country’s largest money centers, and we work seamlessly across practices and offices to provide a coordinated approach to each client engagement.

Financial Services

Our multidisciplinary team assists financial companies with legal services, including:

  • Corporate and Securities
  • Financial Services and Securities Industry Litigation and Compliance
  • Government and Regulatory Affairs
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Management
  • Labor and Employment
  • Information Privacy, Security and Governance

Corporate and Securities

Our lawyers provide a full range of services to public and private companies, financial institutions, and institutional and individual investors.

We have extensive experience leading mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt financings, restructurings and reorganizations, public and private securities offerings and venture capital investments. We leverage our strong full-service firm platform to manage these engagements.

Financial Services and Securities Industry Litigation and Compliance

We handle all types of business litigation challenges financial services businesses face and have the talent and experience to prepare and effectively defend industry clients. Our lawyers have assisted clients with debtor-creditor disputes, breach of contract actions, consumer class action suits, securities and corporate governance litigation, intellectual property claims and regulatory enforcement actions.

When matters cannot be resolved, we have skilled and effective trial and appellate lawyers, with experience in courts throughout the country. Our securities industry team also handles broker-dealer defense, broker-customer arbitrations and employment and ERISA issues.

We also counsel financial services clients, including investment banks, institutional investors, and broker-dealers, on SEC and other regulatory compliance issues. We have secured many reported decisions protecting industry professionals from an expansive definition of liability under the securities, racketeering and consumer protection statutes.

Government and Regulatory Affairs

We regularly counsel clients in heavily regulated areas, including antitrust, appropriations, communications and intellectual property. We draw on years of experience in representing businesses before government agencies, in analyzing and advocating for the development of legislation and associated regulations, and, where necessary, in litigating with regulators  on our client’s behalf.

Intellectual Property

Our intellectual property lawyers understand that trademarks, trade names and brands are often a financial services client’s “crown jewels.”  We advise financial services companies on ways to protect their global trademark portfolios and also counsel on copyright and licensing issues.

Investment Management

We provide national and multinational financial services businesses with sophisticated legal advice and the most up-to-date guidance on investment management matters.  These include federal and state regulatory compliance, business formation, board governance, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, distribution matters, enforcement and litigation proceedings, registration, documentation and agreements, operational issues and product design and creation, among other issues.

Our representation focuses on investment companies, private funds and alternative products, commodity and derivative financial products, as well as investment advisers and broker-dealers. 

Labor and Employment

Our labor and employment lawyers help financial services clients with the full range of labor and employment needs.  We counsel clients regularly on best practices and compliance issues.  We have successfully litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts throughout the country regarding a wide range of labor and employment issues, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, FMLA, wage and hour, privacy and whistleblower claims.

Information Privacy, Security and Governance

Our information privacy, security and governance professionals help clients in the financial services industry understand and comply with laws regarding the use and transfer of personal information, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). We provide a full range of services designed to meet client needs, including auditing existing policies and procedures; advising on data collection, use and disclosure activities; structuring outsourcing contracts; investigating and responding to data security incidents; and defending against privacy and security class actions.