Barbara R. Mendelson

Partner | New York | (212) 468-8118
(212) 468-8118

Barbara Mendelson is the co-chair of our Financial Services Group. 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 30 years. Barbara has also been instrumental in forming a number of commercial banks and other subsidiaries of foreign banks. In addition to her bank regulatory practice, Barbara works with sovereign entities and multilateral organizations with respect to the investment of their foreign currency reserves and other assets.

Barbara has been recognized in the industry for her exceptional legal work, including being named by Crain’s New York Business as one of the Notable Women in Law in both its 2021 and 2019 editions, and in 2020 she was named “Compliance Lawyer of the Year” by C5’s Women in Compliance Awards. She has also been selected as Euromoney Legal Media Group's 2020 Banking and Finance Attorney of the Year. The publication awarded her Best in Financial Services in 2019 and 2017, and has shortlisted her every year in the category since 2012. Barbara was also awarded the "Lawyer of the Year" designation by Best Lawyers in America (2019 and 2013) in the category of Financial Services Regulation Law (New York City). In addition, she has been recommended by Chambers USA 2020, Chambers Global 2019, Chambers USA 2018, Legal 500 US 2018, IFLR1000 2019, Best Lawyers in America 2021, and Who’s Who Legal: Banking 2019 through 2021.

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.

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Barbara’s recent notable awards include:

  • Notable Woman in Law (Crain's New York Business, 2021 & 2019)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America (2007 - 2021)
  • Recommended for Financial Services: Regulation (Legal 500 US, 2020)
  • Recommended for Finance (Legal 500 US, 2020)
  • Recommended by IFLR1000 (2020)
  • Recommended by Chambers USA (2020)
  • Compliance Lawyer of the Year (C5's Women in Compliance Awards, 2020)
  • Banking and Finance Attorney of the Year (Euromoney Legal Media Group 2020)
  • Best in Financial Regulation (Euromoney Legal Media Group's Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2017 & 2019)
  • Lawyer of the Year for Financial Services: Regulation (U.S. News Best Lawyers in America, 2013 & 2019)
  • Recommended by Chambers Global (2019)
  • Recommended for Banking by Who's Who Legal: Banking (2019-2021)
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