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 the financial services regulatory reform, technology and financial innovation, Basel III and blockchain regulation.

We invite you to visit our microsites. Please keep in mind that they are not a complete overview or analysis of the matters presented and should not be relied upon as legal advice.


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


Randall Guynn Co-Authors Bank Resolution and Crisis Management

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

Read more >> is Davis Polk's one-stop resource site and blog for everything relating to regulatory reform. The Trump transition team has announced it will dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act and promote policies that it views as encouraging growth and job creation. We stand ready to work closely with the financial services sector in navigating the challenges and seizing the opportunities presented by the upcoming changes in the regulatory landscape.

For more information on our financial regulatory reform practice, visit Davis Polk // >>



Beyond Sandbox is a Davis Polk blog and resources site exploring the crossroads of financial regulation and technology, including cybersecurity, FinTech, blockchain and bitcoin and other virtual currencies. We will continue to post relevant materials and resources as they become available. 


U.s. Basel III >> is a collection of informational products pertaining to Basel III. This microsite provides:

  • Fed's Proposed TLAC and Eligible LTD Rule Visual Memo

  • The U.S. Basel III Final Rule Visual Memo
  • The Final Leverage Ratio Visual Memo
  • The Final U.S. Liquidity Coverage Ratio Visual Memo
  • The Standardized Risk Weights Tool
  • A series of U.S. Basel III webcasts
  • The Capital and Prudential Standards Blog


This blog is created by the lawyers in the bank regulatory practice of Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group. Its goal is to provide a central resource for the many ongoing regulatory changes that are reshaping bank capital and prudential requirements in the United States and abroad.


Volcker Rule Final Regulations: Davis Polk Analysis >> is a collection of informational products provided pertaining to the Volcker Rule Final Regulations and Davis Polk’s Analysis of the Final Rule. This microsite provides:

  • A series of background materials on the Volcker Rule
  • Proprietary trading flowcharts
  • Hedge/PE Fund flowcharts



This resource discusses the latest developments in cybersecurity law, with particular focus on U.S. federal and state obligations arising out of a data breach.