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Satish M. Kini

Satish M. Kini

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Satish Kini is Chair of Debevoise’s Banking Group and a member of its Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Kini advises on a wide range of regulatory and transactional banking issues.

For example, he has:

  • represented large financial services firms in transactional matters, including to secure regulatory approvals for transactions from U.S. federal and state bank regulatory agencies and to develop compliance frameworks for various business combinations;
  • counseled banks, insurers, asset managers and securities firms in a broad range of regulatory and compliance issues, ranging from the Volcker Rule to affiliate transactions, anti-money laundering, economic sanctions and data privacy/security;
  • represented clients in adversarial proceedings before the federal bank regulatory agencies and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, including in enforcement proceedings and in adverse examination contexts; and
  • advised clients on regulatory and compliance issues arising out of cross- border transactions and outsourcing arrangements, including with respect to sanctions and money laundering issues.

In the context of these matters, Mr. Kini has led internal fact investigations of clients (involving allegations of data breaches/fraud, money laundering and sanctions compliance issues) and advised clients on compliance governance and structuring. He also has briefed senior business decision-makers and boards of directors, based in the United States and abroad, on important regulatory, enforcement and investigations matters.

Mr. Kini has represented a wide range of firms (including banks, insurers, securities broker-dealers and asset managers) and leading industry trade associations on regulatory reform issues, including those arising out of the Dodd-Frank Act, and has assisted clients to participate in the policymaking process before federal regulators. He has helped to create industry coalitions to advocate for regulatory positions and to arrive at consensus interpretations on difficult issues. He also has testified on Dodd-Frank issues before Congress and has represented clients on Dodd-Frank and other matters before the federal banking agencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the U.S. Treasury Department and its Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”).

Chambers USA has recognized Mr. Kini as a leading lawyer in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance). For example, in 2013, Chambers’ sources described Mr. Kini as “a trusted adviser who is thoughtful, strategic, responsive and extremely knowledgeable.” He also is recognized by Chambers Global (2016) for Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory and The Legal 500 US (2015), in both the Financial Services Regulatory and Data Protection and Privacy categories.

Mr. Kini is the author or co-author of numerous articles regarding compliance issues and banking and securities legal developments and has been published in numerous periodicals, including The American Banker, Barrons, The Banking  Law Journal, Boston College Law Review, Journal of Investment Compliance, Journal of Payment Systems, Privacy and Data Security Review, The New York Law Journal and The Wall Street Lawyer. He currently serves on the Board of Editors of The Banking Law Journal and The Privacy and Data Security Review and the Board of Advisors for the University of North Carolina Banking Law Institute. Mr. Kini also is a frequent speaker on sanctions, anti-money laundering and other financial institutions matters.

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2009, Mr. Kini was a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Business Law Department and Financial Services Practice and a partner at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kini also served in the Legal Division of the Federal Reserve Board from 1996 to 2000, rising to the level of counsel and working on a broad range of regulatory matters before the agency. From 1992 to 1993, he clerked for Judge Richard J. Cardamone of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Kini received his B.A. magna cum laude from Colgate University in 1985. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1992, where he  was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and the Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He is a member of the District of Columbia and the New York Bars.

Satish M. Kini is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Financial Services Regulation - Insurance and Investment Management M&A Deskbook, Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Anti-Money Laundering Requirements for Investment Advisers - Investment Adviser Regulation: A Step-by-Step Guide to Compliance and the Law, Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Mutual Fund Anti-Money Laundering Rules - Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds Regulation, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Client Update: Federal Reserve Issues Guidance on Extended Transition Period for Illiquid Funds (December 13, 2016) - The Volcker Rule 2017: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets , Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Client Update: The Outlook for Financial Regulatory Reform Under President Trump (November 30, 2016) - The Volcker Rule 2017: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets , Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment The Volcker Rule - Funds - The Volcker Rule 2017: What it Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Volcker Rule - Foreign Banks - The Volcker Rule 2017: What it Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Thursday, May 11, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The Volcker Rule - Funds - The Volcker Rule - Funds, Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Volcker Rule - Foreign Banks - The Volcker Rule - Foreign Banks, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts The Volcker Rule - Foreign Banks - The Volcker Rule - Foreign Banks, Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Volcker Rule - Funds - The Volcker Rule - Funds, Thursday, May 11, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The Volcker Rule - Foreign Banks - The Volcker Rule - Foreign Banks, Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Volcker Rule - Funds - The Volcker Rule - Funds, Thursday, May 11, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs The Volcker Rule 2017: What it Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar The Volcker Rule 2018: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast The Volcker Rule 2018: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web The Volcker Rule 2018: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
The Volcker Rule 2018: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
The Volcker Rule 2018: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
The Volcker Rule 2018: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, Columbus, OH
The Volcker Rule 2018: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
The Volcker Rule 2018: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, Atlanta, GA
The Volcker Rule 2018: What It Means for Financial Institutions and Markets, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
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