Morrison & Foerster has one of the premier financial services practices in the United States. We serve our clients efficiently and effectively by offering comprehensive expertise in virtually all matters affecting financial institutions.

Among the many services we provide, we routinely:

  • Represent U.S. financial institutions in their worldwide operations and activities.
  • Counsel non-U.S. financial institutions on U.S. regulatory matters relating to their operations and activities, including establishing U.S. offices and subsidiaries.
  • Advise on all facets of payment systems, credit cards, and stored-value cards.
  • Offer distinctive and extensive expertise in financial services-related privacy law.

In addition to our large base of bank clients, we represent an array of other financial services companies, including trust companies, securities firms, insurance companies, credit card companies, mortgage bankers, and consumer and commercial finance companies and their holding companies and affiliates, as well as financial institution investors.

We understand that financial services companies are complex and that their businesses necessitate a full complement of legal services.

We advise our financial institutions clients in connection with:

  • Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Advising on regulatory initiatives and legislation.
  • Product development and compliance.
  • Private label and co-branded credit, debit, and stored-value card programs.
  • Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC counseling.
  • Capital-related issues.
  • Derivatives and innovative financial products.
  • Privacy law compliance.
  • Regulatory enforcement defense and internal investigation.
  • Capital market activities.
  • Asset management.
  • Outsourcing.

Legal 500 US 2016
Financial Services: Litigation
Financial Services Regulation: National


Chambers USA 2016
Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance): Nationwide
Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance): Nationwide
Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation): Nationwide


Financial Times: US Innovative Lawyers
One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Enabling Clients Business, 2015
One of five firms ranked "Standout" in the category of Finance, 2012


IFLR1000 2017
United States: Financial Services Regulatory
United States: Banking


Women in Compliance Awards
Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year, 2015 and 2016


Operational Risk & Regulation Awards 2013
Law Firm of the Year


Thomson Reuters Accelus Compliance Awards 2012, 2014
One of Four Firms Shortlisted for Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year


U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2017
National: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
National: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
National: Litigation – Banking & Finance (Tier 1)
Los Angeles: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
Los Angeles: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
New York City: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
New York City: Litigation – Banking & Finance (Tier 1)
New York City: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 3)
San Francisco: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
San Francisco: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 2)
San Francisco: Litigation – Banking & Finance (Tier 2)
Washington D.C.: Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Litigation – Banking & Finance (Tier 2)


U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Law Firm of the Year 2014
Financial Services Regulation Law

Rick Fischer
Senior Partner
Washington D.C.
(202) 887-1566

Barbara R. Mendelson
Partner
New York
(212) 468-8118

Obrea O. Poindexter
Partner
Washington D.C.
(202) 887-8741

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