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Luigi L. De Ghenghi


Luigi L. De Ghenghi

Financial Institutions
New York

Focuses on bank M&A and other bank transactions, and advises on financial regulatory matters including capital and liquidity issues and enhanced prudential standards.

Luigi’s practice focuses on bank M&A, strategic bank regulatory and financial reform advice, and capital markets transactions for U.S. and non-U.S. banks and other financial institutions. He advises on Basel III regulatory capital and liquidity issues, living wills, enhanced prudential standards and a wide variety of financial regulatory matters.

Luigi also advises U.S. and non-U.S. banks and other financial institutions on corporate governance and compliance matters, bank insolvency issues, government investigations and enforcement actions, cross-border collateral transactions, and clearance and settlement systems.

Chambers USA ranks Luigi in Band 1 for Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance) and for Financial Institutions M&A. Law360 has recognized him as a “Banking MVP of the Year.”

Experience highlights

Luigi has advised financial institutions, private equity funds and investors in banks and investment banks on a variety of transactions and other matters including:

  • Santander on its investment in a JV for a $9 billion Signature Bank mortgage loan portfolio
  • Eleven of the largest U.S. banks in making $30 billion in uninsured deposits into First Republic Bank
  • UBS on the acquisition of Credit Suisse, creating a business with more than $5 trillion in total invested assets
  • JPMorgan Chase in its acquisition of the substantial majority of assets and assumption of the deposits and other liabilities of First Republic Bank from the FDIC
  • Bank Leumi on its merger with Valley National Bancorp
  • JPMorgan Chase on its acquisition of a 40% ownership stake in C6 Bank
  • Morgan Stanley on its merger with E*TRADE and acquisition of Eaton Vance
  • Ameriprise Financial on the conversion of its trust company into a federal savings bank
  • GE Capital on the rescission of its nonbank SIFI designation, as well as various asset sales
  • Strategic Growth Bank on its merger of equals with Sunflower Bank, its spinoff of SG Capital Partners, and its acquisitions of Mile High Banks and New Mexico Banquest
  • C1 Financial on its merger with Bank of the Ozarks
  • China Cinda Asset Management on its acquisition of Nanyang Commercial Bank
  • Morgan Stanley on various non-controlling investments, its strategic alliance and Japanese securities joint venture with MUFG, and the spinoff of its in-house proprietary trading unit, Process Driven Trading
  • Green Dot on its acquisition of Bonneville Bancorp and Loopt, and its acquisitions of assets and assumption of deposits from Synovus Financial and GE Capital Retail Bank
  • Mizuho Financial Group on the formation of Mizuho Americas, its intermediate U.S. bank holding company, and the merger of its two U.S. bank subsidiaries
  • Banco Santander on the formation of its intermediate holding company
  • Lloyds Banking Group on its acquisition of HBOS
  • Sanpaolo IMI on the €65 billion merger with Banca Intesa
  • Citizens Financial Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group on Citizens’ $3.462 billion IPO and subsequent follow-on offerings
  • Agricultural Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and China Merchants Bank on their IPOs and the underwriters of China Construction Bank on its IPO
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Chambers Global – Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory, USA, Band 1

Chambers USA – Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance), Band 1

Chambers USA – Financial Services Regulation: Financial Institutions M&A, Band 1

IFLR1000 – Financial Services Regulatory, United States, Market Leader

Legal 500 U.S. – Financial Services Regulation

Best Lawyers – “Lawyer of the Year,” Financial Services Regulation Law, New York City, 2022 

Law360 – “Banking MVP of the Year,” 2016


J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • cum laude
  • Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
B.A., Law, University of Oxford
  • Wadham College
B.A., McGill University
  • with great distinction

Professional history

  • Davis Polk, 1985-1989 and 2001-present
  • London office, 2001-2006
  • Managing Director, J.P. Morgan (Brussels and London), 1995-2001
  • Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, 1990-1995

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
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