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Margaret E. Tahyar

Margaret E. Tahyar

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

New York, NY, USA


Ms. Tahyar is a partner in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group and a member of the firm’s FinTech Practice. She provides strategic advice on financial regulatory reform, as well as bank M&A, recapitalizations and capital markets transactions where the target or issuer is a financial institution. She also advises on corporate governance, securities settlement systems, payment systems, and frequently works on enforcement matters before financial regulatory agencies.

Ms. Tahyar has been engaged in financial services regulatory reform and legislative change since the early 1990s. Her clients include many of the largest domestic and international SIFIs and many regional banks. She has worked on almost two dozen living wills for clients ranging from the largest and most complex organizations to smaller regional banks. From 1997 to 2009, Ms. Tahyar worked in the Davis Polk Paris and London offices and frequently advises on the international aspects of transactions and regulatory reform.

In addition to her full time practice, Ms. Tahyar is a frequent author, lecturer and panelist on a broad range topics. She is an adjunct Lecturer-in-Law at Harvard Law School (financial regulation courses), co-author of Financial Regulation: Law and Policy (leading law school textbook) and a regular contributor to numerous publications, including FinReg (Davis Polk blog on financial regulation). She also serves as Vice Chairman of the ABA Banking Law Subcommittee on International Banking.

Ms. Tahyar was named one of The National Law Journal's "Outstanding Women Lawyers" and a “Capital Markets MVP” by Law360. She is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in various industry publications, including Chambers and IFLR1000.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, and was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert H. Bork, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. and the Honorable Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court.

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