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Mounting economic challenges and an evolving borderless world economy are raising the stakes for banking and financial services companies. Around the globe, plaintiffs’ counsel and regulators are targeting the financial services industry with consumer protection claims, shareholder suits and government enforcement actions. With financial litigation at an all-time high, it’s more important than ever for a financial institution to have a legal partner with the experience and knowledge to defend its interests.
Banking and finance are in our blood. In fact, Manatt was founded specifically to advise banking and financial services clients. Today, we are recognized as one of the leading financial services law firms in the United States, counseling more than 300 financial institutions across the nation and around the world.
We represent virtually every type of financial institution. Our clients include:
In addition, the American Bankers Association and the California Bankers Association have used our services as outside counsel in California and Washington, D.C.
Recognized Litigation Capabilities Backed by Industry ExperienceMore than half of Manatt’s professionals are litigators, including some of the most experienced and respected trial lawyers in the country. Our national Litigation division was recognized for its “stellar results” in 2008 and 2009, including receiving an Honorable Mention from The American Lawyer in its biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” issue. The firm was one of only 24 to receive the designation in a competition that included the country’s top 200 firms.
While our attorneys are accomplished litigators, they are particularly skilled in issues unique to our financial services clients—including practice before all applicable regulatory authorities. Many of our group’s attorneys have served with government agencies and at the senior level in prominent financial institutions. Additionally, our team includes experienced lawyers who previously served as federal or state prosecutors, federal public defenders, SEC officials, high-level White House and congressional staffers, and lawyers with significant experience in crisis management and dealing with the media.
With lawyers from such varied government and industry-specific backgrounds, Manatt is the ideal choice for financial services clients facing scrutiny from federal or state prosecutors, the SEC, FINRA, federal or state inspectors general, state attorneys general, Congress or a well-coordinated plaintiffs’ bar.
Savvy Defense Against Government LawsuitsManatt’s litigation professionals draw on the deep experience of our banking and regulatory attorneys for innovative defense strategies. Over the years, we have handled complex and novel issues arising under the statutes and regulations governing the financial services industry.
Our national scope brings us into frequent contact with financial institution agencies in many states, and we constantly interact on compliance and expansion matters with federal regulators at the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and similar institutions. Manatt’s deep familiarity with government regulations and regulatory bodies has resulted in a track record of success defending clients against alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Bank Secrecy Act and USA PATRIOT Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, and a host of related technical regulations. Additionally, we have broad experience in litigating claims brought under federal and state unfair competition and consumer fraud laws, which often take the form of class action lawsuits.
Effective Negotiators, Aggressive LitigatorsManatt’s lawyers provide aggressive and effective representation at all stages of disputes. Our primary goal is to quickly resolve problems for our clients, preferably before a lawsuit has been filed. When that’s not possible, we zealously represent our clients throughout the case, including through appeal, where necessary. Our skill in the courtroom is well-known to our adversaries, and as a result we are often able to obtain favorable outcomes for our clients short of trial.
Representative Areas of Advice and Representation
We have experience litigating:
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