Financial Institutions

Davis Polk has one of the world’s preeminent financial institutions practices. Our Financial Institutions Group (FIG) represents many of the most important U.S. and non-U.S. banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies, trading markets and investment managers. We advise them on a wide variety of matters, including financial regulatory, capital markets, M&A, compliance and enforcement, credit risk management and insolvency issues.

We are at the forefront of advising financial institutions on how financial services regulatory reform will impact their business. Our thought leadership on financial regulatory reform matters has been widely recognized in news media, including The Wall Street JournalThe American Lawyer and InvestmentNews. Our financial regulatory reform experience was cemented by our prominent role in advising clients, including the U.S. and U.K. governments, during the Financial Crisis of 2008; and the exceptional quality of our legal team that includes former top regulators, former senior in-house counsels to major financial institutions and former Supreme Court law clerks, all of whom combine Washington regulatory experience with the practical insights of transactional lawyers.

We have been engaged as principal outside counsel for regulatory reform implementation work by:

  • All six of the largest U.S. banking organizations
  • The Clearing House (TCH)
  • The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
  • Many of the largest foreign banks with operations in the United States and several other financial institutions. 

We have advised or are advising clients on more than 150 comment letters on some of the most important proposed reform regulations.

Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group continues to maintain the momentum of its leading-edge thought leadership with a series of microsites that serve as hubs of up-to-the-moment information and analysis on various regulatory matters, such as financial services regulatory reform, technology and financial innovation, Basel III and blockchain regulation.



Updates and insights on financial regulation, including legislation, fintech, economic sanctions and U.S. Basel III

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Focused commentary on the latest in cybersecurity preparedness, regulatory compliance and incident response

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Margaret E. Tahyar Co-Authors Financial Regulation: Law and Policy, 2d

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Randall Guynn, Editor of Regulation of Foreign Banks & Affiliates in the United States


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Randall Guynn Co-Authors Bank Resolution and Crisis Management

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Gabriel Rosenberg Co-Edits OTC Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank

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Annette Nazareth Co-Authors Digital and Digitized Assets: Federal and State Jurisdictional Issues

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Annette Nazareth, contributing editor of Getting the Deal Through: Financial Services Compliance 2019

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