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Thomas P Vartanian

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Thomas P. Vartanian is a corporate counselor, regulatory advisor, litigator, author and deal maker who has represented a wide variety of financial services companies and investors before federal financial agencies. He is particularly known for his unique understanding of federal banking regulation with regard to complex transactions, non-controlling acquisitions of banks, failing and failed bank and credit union scenarios, federal conservatorships and receiverships, examination and enforcement challenges, D&O liability cases brought by the FDIC and challenges to regulatory actions under the Administrative Procedure Act.


Advisory Board, Bloomberg BNA Banking Report


Cathedral College, B.A., 1971, cum laude; Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1976, cum laude, Moot Court Honor Society

United States: Finance

Financial services regulation

Within: Financial services regulation

Noted for its ‘excellent technical knowledge and relationships with the regulators’, Dechert LLP provides ‘thorough and accurate’ advice across a range of regulatory matters for clients including Melrose Credit Union, Interactive Brokers Group and Independent Community Bankers of America. The team is perhaps best-known for its work on behalf of asset management clients, both on discrete regulatory issues as well as regulatory driven transactional activity. The excellentThomas Vartanian has vast knowledge of the Dodd-Frank Act and is noted for his expertise at guiding clients through the intricacies of the Volcker Rule, both in terms of ensuring that existing activities and operations are compliant with it, as well as its impact on hedge and private equity funds on investments in and acquisitions of financial institutions and bank holding companies. Boston-based Thomas Friedmann has niche expertise advising on the regulatory issues impacting on business development companies; he was recently involved in the firm’s work for CION Investment Corporation on its $277m acquisition of Credit Suisse’s business development company. Senior counsel David Ansell is regularly involved in financial services M&A and, alongside counsel Robert Ledig, recently provided regulatory input for ECN Capital on the $1.25bn sale of its US commercial and vendor finance business to PNC Bank. David Harris is also recommended.

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