Kevin F. Barnard

Retired Partner

Kevin Barnard is a retired partner of the firm. His experience includes having advised banking organizations concerning the application of US banking and securities laws to their global activities. He focused his practice on assisting clients in structuring acquisitions, new product developments, and internal reorganization plans to achieve maximum benefit under applicable laws and, where necessary, to obtain regulatory approvals to implement their objectives. He also advised sovereign wealth funds and private equity funds in connection with investments in US financial institutions.

He served as special counsel to two blue-ribbon panels formed in New York to improve the financial services regulatory system and co-authored the reports issued by each panel.

Prior to joining Arnold & Porter in 2008, he practiced law at an international law firm where he headed the bank advisory practice and was a member of the management board. Previously, Mr. Barnard was the Deputy Superintendent of Banks and General Counsel of the New York State Banking Department and an attorney in the Washington, DC, and New York offices of the US Department of Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

In 2012, Mr. Barnard was recognized by Financial Times for innovative work in helping Banco do Brasil acquire Florida-based EuroBank.


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 1976
  • BA, Fordham University, 1973
  • New York
Government & Military Service
  • Deputy Superintendent of Banks and General Counsel, New York State Banking Department
  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Director, Apple Bank (1990-1992, 2002-Present)

  • Member, The Bretton Woods Committee

  • Director, Foreign Policy Association (2007-Present)

  • Director, Habib American Bank (1986-1990)

  • Member, New York City Bar


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