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Barbara R. Mendelson

Mendelson, Barbara R.


New York, (212) 468-8118


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.S., 1976)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1981)

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New York

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 reserves and other 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, updated 2014). 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). In addition, she has been recommended by Legal 500 US for 2016 and recognized as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 for 2014 and Chambers USA for 2016, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America (2016) and International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers 2014. Ms. Mendelson was shortlisted for Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards in both 2014 and 2015 in the category of Financial Regulation.

She is a member of the New York City Bar Association, and its Banking Law Committee, and the American Bar Association. She is also a trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.