Mr Joseph Vitale > Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

Bank Regulatory, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Financial Institutions, Regulatory & Compliance, Vendor Finance


Joseph P. Vitale is co-head of the Bank Regulatory Group. He represents banks and other regulated financial institutions with respect to: chartering/licensing; regulatory compliance; mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations; financial transactions; formal and informal regulatory actions; litigations and claims; and legislative and regulatory developments. Joseph also advises parties, including private investment funds, seeking to invest in or acquire banks or other licensed financial service providers. Highlights of Joseph’s practice include representing the majority owners of GMAC in connection with the institution’s conversion into Ally Financial, a complex transaction that included a related $2-billion private recapitalization and the acquisition of $5 billion in public funds; and his representation of both the seller, Cerberus Capital Management, and buyer, TD Bank, in the $6.2-billion sale of Chrysler Financial, including obtaining more than 100 government approvals necessary to close the transaction. Joseph is admitted to federal and state courts for the District of Columbia and the state of New York as well as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, where, among other matters, he co-litigated a breach-of-contract claim on behalf of a subsidiary of HSBC that resulted in a $96-million judgment against the U.S. government. 

Joseph serves as co-chair of the M&A Subcommittee of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association. He is recognized by his clients and peers as one of the nation’s leading lawyers for both financial regulatory compliance and financial institutions M&A work, as evidenced by his consistent inclusion in leading directories and client-survey publications, such as Chambers GlobalChambers USA, IFLR1000, The Legal 500 US and New York Super LawyersChambers USA reported that clients give him “strong reviews for his broad regulatory practice,” in particular his “knowledge of the regulatory environment” and “substantive technical knowledge and good advocacy skills.” Others claim that he “definitely gives perspective and context,” “is extremely responsive and is excellent at distilling complex banking rules and regulations in understandable and practical terms,” and that “his advice is really valuable” and “stands the test of time.” The Legal 500 US indicated that clients describe him as “impressive” and praise him for his “pragmatic and creative approach,” and “ability to explain complex matters in plain English” and declare that he “combines an outstanding depth of knowledge with a keen ability to deliver business-ready solutions,” in particular a “top-class understanding of the intersection between the private equity and banking industries.” The Legal 500 also noted that his clients are among “the most sophisticated private equity investors in banks” and that he has “been particularly active ensuring Volcker rule compliance for private equity sponsors that invest in banks and vice-versa.”


American Bar Association, Banking Law Committee; American Bankers Association; Institute of International Banks; Financial Markets Association; Innovative Payments Association.


Georgetown University Law Center, JD; College of the Holy Cross, AB.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Financial services regulation

Based in New York, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is rated for its expertise in broker-dealer enforcement and regulatory work, its involvement in M&A and private equity investments in the financial services sector, and its experience advising growth companies and major tech companies on fintech products and investments. Donald Mosher focuses on the regulation, acquisition and sale of payment companies and the licensing and registration of money services businesses, including B2B providers and cryptocurrency exchanges. ‘Consistently superb‘ partner Joseph Vitale routinely advises private equity funds and hedge funds on investments in the banking sector, and former SEC enforcement attorney Craig Warkol advises on securities trading and represents clients in enforcement and investigation proceedings brought by the SEC, DOJ, FINRA and other regulators. Julian Rainero is the firm’s go-to broker dealer expert, serving as regular counsel to clients in connection with compliance matters before the SEC and the Fed. Vitale is currently one of several partners advising major banks, including Credit Suisse and UBS Group, on compliance with the Bank Holding Company Act and the Volcker Rule.