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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

Led by the ‘excellentThomas Vartanian, Dechert LLP’s ‘highly technical and commercial’ Washington DC-based team provides ‘prompt and thorough advice’ on the regulatory issues impacting the asset management industry. As well as providing discrete regulatory advice on core Dodd-Frank provisions, including the Volcker Rule, the firm has also been active advising hedge and private equity funds on investments in and acquisitions of financial institutions and bank holding companies. The team ‘benefits from excellent relationships with the regulators’, which is particularly important in securing the relevant approvals pursuant to financial services M&A. Vartanian recently served as counsel to the US Chamber of Commerce in its amicus brief supporting MetLife in its successful challenge to its designation, by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), as a SIFI. If it stands, the ruling will impact the FSOC’s designation authority, as well as the standards of administrative law, by requiring the FSOC to be more rigorous in the analysis it conducts in order to make a valid SIFI designation. Robert Ledig has a niche advising on electronic banking issues. Other recommended practitioners include David Ansell and David Harris.

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