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Randall D. Guynn


Randall D. Guynn

Financial Institutions
New York

Co-head of Financial Institutions. Widely recognized as a leading bank regulatory and bank M&A lawyer, and as a thought leader on financial regulatory reform.

Randy is co-head of our Financial Institutions practice. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading bank regulatory and bank M&A lawyers, and as a thought leader on financial regulatory reform. His numerous accolades include Star Individual and Band 1 rankings by Chambers and a Hall of Fame ranking by Legal 500 U.S.

He advises banks, fintechs and other companies that provide financial services on their most critical transactions, business opportunities, corporate governance issues, and regulatory, supervisory and enforcement matters. His clients include all eight of the U.S. global systemically important banking groups (G-SIBs).

Randy’s practice includes strategic bank M&A and capital markets transactions, board and executive effectiveness, enforcement actions, congressional hearings, business transformations, bank chartering, capital and liquidity requirements, resolution planning, payment systems, and stablecoins, cryptocurrency and other digital assets.

Experience highlights

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Charles Schwab on its $26 billion acquisition of TD Ameritrade
  • Charles Schwab on its $1.8 billion acquisition of USAA’s Investment Management Company
  • Grasshopper Bancorp on its establishment of Grasshopper Bank, N.A., a digital bank serving start-up companies and their founders
  • Banco Santander on its emergency acquisition of Banco Popular Español
Financial Regulation and Supervision
  • U.S. G-SIBs and regional banks and their boards of directors on remediating risk management and board oversight in enforcement actions by Fed or OCC
  • CEOs and boards of G-SIBs and technology companies on congressional hearings, including by the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee
  • All 8 U.S. G-SIBs, a non-U.S. G-SIB and several regional banks on their resolution plans, including as the principal designer of the single-point-of-entry (SPOE) recapitalization within resolution strategy
  • SIFMA comment letters on proposed amendments to rules implementing the proprietary trading and covered funds portions of the Volcker Rule
  • GE Capital on the FSOC’s rescission of its nonbank systemically important financial institution (SIFI) designation
  • Payment and technology companies on global stablecoins
  • Fintech companies on strategic options, including insured or uninsured banks, industrial loan companies and trust companies
Government Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
  • U.S. Treasury in making emergency loans to passenger air carriers, airline ticket agents and national security companies
  • Numerous financial institutions on the various government financial assistance programs for COVID-19 pandemic
2008 Global Financial Crisis
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York on $250 billion capital purchase program and rescue of AIG
  • GSE on its conservatorship and U.S. Treasury’s $100 billion investment in its senior preferred stock and warrant for 79.9% of its common stock
  • Citigroup on all of its major financial crisis-related matters, including proposed acquisition of Wachovia
  • Morgan Stanley on conversion into a bank holding company
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Group on its rescue by UK government
  • SIFMA on financial regulatory issues, including the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program
  • See “In the Red Zone,” The American Lawyer, January 2009
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Best Lawyers – “Lawyer of the Year,” Financial Services Regulation Law, New York City, 2023

Chambers Global – Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory, USA, Star Individual

Chambers USA – Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance), Star Individual

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

Legal 500 U.S. – Financial Services Regulation, Hall of Fame

IFLR1000 – Financial Services Regulatory, United States, Market Leader

Who's Who Legal – Banking - Regulatory, Thought Leaders Global Elite

Who's Who Legal – Banking - Finance, Global Leader

Who’s Who Legal – “Banking Lawyer of the Year,” 2014 and 2017

Law360 – “Banking MVP of the Year,” 2014

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • Order of the Coif
  • Executive Editor, Virginia Law Review
B.A., Brigham Young University
  • with highest honors
Law Clerk, Hon. William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States, 1985-1986
Law Clerk, Hon. J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1984-1985
Professional history
  • Partner, 1993-present
  • Head or co-head, Financial Institutions Group, 1994-present
  • Associate, 1986-1993
  • London office, 1994-1999
  • Paris office, 1988-1990
Qualifications and admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • State of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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