Andrew B Samuel
  1. Counsel

Mr. Samuel is counsel in Davis Polk's Financial Institutions Group. His practice focuses on strategic bank and financial regulatory advice. He advises financial firms on a wide range of finreg matters, from strategic initiatives driven by regulation and supervision to the impact of changes in the regulatory landscape. He has extensive experience in the development and preparation of resolution plans, also known as living wills, and has advised clients on enhanced prudential standards, the Volcker Rule and other areas of regulatory reform. His practice also covers corporate governance and risk management, as well as regulatory advice on transactions.

Since the start of the pandemic, Mr. Samuel has been deeply involved in advising clients on the CARES Act, the Main Street Lending Program and the Paycheck Protection Program. He has also received acknowledgments for his work on academic publications in the areas of bank regulation, systemic risk and resolution regimes.

Work Highlights

Mr. Samuel has been actively involved in providing advice to:

  • A wide range of U.S. and non-U.S. banks on their resolution plans
  • Banks in connection with regulatory enforcement actions
  • GE Capital on its successful application to have the FSOC rescind its designation as a non-bank systemically important financial institution
  • Financial firms on the Volcker Rule, including its proprietary trading and covered funds provisions

Of Note

  • Content Subcommittee Chair, Banking Law Committee, American Bar Association, 2019-present
  • Fellow, Associate Leadership Institute, New York City Bar, 2019

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2013
  • Secondment to Bank of England, Legal Directorate, Financial Stability Division, 2016-2017

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., Political Science and South Asian Studies, Yale University, 2009
    • cum laude
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2013
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Parker School Recognition of Achievement in International and Comparative Law
    • Head Notes Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law


  • Urdu