Banking Litigation

Financial Institutions: Private Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Actions

Blank Rome’s litigation attorneys assist financial institutions of every size and scope throughout the country with litigation, dispute resolution, and regulatory matters. Highly knowledgeable regarding the industry’s regulatory and financial requirements, our litigation attorneys provide practical insight into the dynamic commercial and regulatory environment in which our financial institution clients operate. Our team includes people who have “been there” in the banking world, including the former general counsel of UBS, a former SEC enforcement lawyer, and a corporate syndicated loan analyst for JPMorgan Chase.

The Firm’s attorneys represent state and nationally chartered banks as both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including but not limited to those involving lender liability claims, consumer fraud class actions, civil RICO claims, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims, claims relating to derivative instruments, including interest rate swap agreements, commercial real estate foreclosures and disputes, UCC matters, and general contract and business tort litigation. Additionally, our litigators have substantial experience representing banking and other corporate clients concerning trade secret protection and restrictive covenants, data security, and intellectual property.

Our attorneys also have extensive experience advising and defending financial institutions in response to regulatory enforcement actions, including those brought under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and the various federal and state anti-money laundering laws and regulations. In addition to our civil litigation attorneys, Blank Rome offers clients a white collar and internal investigations team that includes over 30 former Department of Justice attorneys and judges with unique experience, knowledge, contacts, and insights.

Blank Rome’s attorneys have conducted hundreds of investigations, including internal investigations, criminal and regulatory investigations, and congressional inquiries. Our attorneys also regularly investigate (and subsequently defend, if necessary) financial institutions and other public and private companies against whistleblower accusations, or self-discovered misconduct. Our ongoing ties to prosecutorial agencies at the federal and state level help us provide proactive counseling to clients as they assess various approaches to risk management and regulatory compliance requirements.