Barbara Mendelson is a partner in the Financial Services Group in the New York office. Her practice involves advising foreign and U.S. banks in a variety of complex regulatory matters, including sales and acquisitions of U.S. banking and nonbanking firms, Dodd-Frank Act issues, applications to federal and state bank regulators for expansion of activities and new products, Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC matters and over-the-counter and exchange-based trading of various instruments and derivatives. She has represented foreign banks in their U.S. operations for more than 25 years. Ms. Mendelson has also been instrumental in forming a number of commercial banks and other subsidiaries of foreign banks. In addition to her bank regulatory practice, Ms. Mendelson works with sovereign entities and multilateral organizations with respect to the investment of their foreign currency assets.
Ms. Mendelson is a contributing author of Regulation of Foreign Banks & Affiliates in the United States (West 2012) and a co-author of Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the US, published by International Financial Law Review (2012). She has been recommended as a leading lawyer by International Financial Law Review for 2012, Chambers USA for 2013, Legal 500 US for 2012 and by Super Lawyers 2012, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America (2014) and International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers 2011. Ms. Mendelson was shortlisted for Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2012 (Financial Regulation). In addition, Ms. Mendelson was awarded a "Lawyer of the Year" designation by Best Lawyers in America (2013) in the category of Financial Services Regulation Law (New York City).
She serves on the Banking Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is also a member of the New York County Lawyers Association Banking Law Committee and the American Bar Association. Additionally, Ms. Mendelson is a member of the Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association.