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International and Foreign Banking

We advise foreign banks on entry into the U.S. and the activity of their U.S. offices, as well as obtaining necessary regulatory approvals, registrations and licenses, conformance to U.S. regulatory requirements, including comprehensive consolidated supervision determinations, new products (in banking, securities, asset management, derivatives, insurance, and venture capital areas), capital issuances, and other expansion opportunities. We also assist U.S. financial services firms in expanding banking activities internationally through the establishment of foreign branches, the acquisition of subsidiary banks, and the expansion of foreign investments in established and emerging markets. In addition to commercial clients, we advise foreign governments and agencies on regulatory issues involving the U.S. With attorneys from our international practice, we advise foreign governments with respect to their dealings with the Federal Reserve and other regulators and international organizations located in Washington, D.C., as well as their commercial dealings with banks and securities firms.

Experience Highlights

  • Foreign sovereign venture fund on compliance with US securities laws.
  • Major Latin American bank in US and state regulatory issues and documentation of its Yankee CD Program.
  • NYSE-listed holding company of a major Peruvian bank in SEC reporting and related issues.
  • Multilateral development banks concerning US economic sanctions issues generally and with respect to humanitarian relief.
  • Foreign central banks regarding advice on gold custody agreements.
  • Central Bank of Brazil regarding the management of $385 billion of international reserves, including the negotiation of global custody agreements, investment management, and ISDA and MSFTA agreements.
  • Eastern European bank in conducting an investigation regarding certain public reports regarding its alleged money laundering and improper lending activities.
  • Several foreign banks in setting up US broker-dealers, involving licensing and various commercial issues.
  • National bank in its potential acquisition and entry into the US by a global financial services and technology company headquartered in Europe.
  • International banking and financial services company in consumer finance legal and regulatory issues regarding the bank’s international remittance program and related bank partnerships.