Financial Services Industry

Financial Services

The good news: the economy is recovering from the great recession. The bad news: financial institutions are still dealing with the fallout of the financial crisis. At Hunton & Williams LLP, our lawyers help members of the financial services sector address the new risk-management culture, implement emerging valuation models, and comply with Dodd-Frank and subsequent legislative and regulatory mandates — all while regaining customer trust and helping drive global financial markets.

Nearly one-third of the firm’s top clients are financial institutions and other financial services companies. We counsel privately held and publicly traded money-center banks, commercial, community and foreign banks, thrifts, savings and loans, trusts, private equity and hedge funds, and insurance companies. Our clients also include holding companies and their officers, directors and shareholders. In addition to serving as a key advisor to numerous financial institutions, our team has won the respect of federal and state regulators and other government officials. For example, we represented the issuer of the first real estate mortgage investment conduit (REMIC) program backed by the full faith and credit of the United States.

Following the financial crisis of 2008, Hunton & Williams established a Financial Industry Recovery Group, which helped a number of clients manage liquidity issues and troubled assets. We have also helped many clients successfully respond to and resolve law-enforcement inquiries, governmental investigations and commercial disputes.

We continue to draw on our collective experience to provide effective legal guidance and strategic planning advice that assist our financial services clients in balancing their business objectives against the need for sound credit and investment policy and compliance with statutes and regulatory oversight.

Our financial institutions team advises clients in all core issues facing the industry:

  • Bank regulation and acquisitions
  • Bankruptcy and restructuring
  • Capital markets
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial services litigation
  • Insurance
  • Lending services
  • Privacy and data security
  • Private wealth management
  • Real estate finance
  • Structured finance and securitization
  • Tax
  • White collar defense and internal investigations

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