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Thomas P. Vartanian

Dechert LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Thomas P. Vartanian advises clients in the financial services industry in a wide variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions; controlling and passive private equity investments in banks and bank holding companies; contests for control of financial institutions, reorganizations and recapitalizations of distressed banks; purchases from the FDIC as receiver for failed institutions; D&O liability cases; bank enforcement; internal investigations, and matters involving government sponsored enterprises (GSEs).

He is a principal co-author of the American Bankers Association's published analysis of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Vartanian was the chair for 27 years of the Financial Institutions Transactions Group for a leading international law firm.

He previously served in the Reagan Administration as General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (whose duties were subsequently divided between OTS, which is being merged with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency) and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (now part of the FDIC), where he was responsible for legal issues affecting all savings institutions, the FSLIC, the Federal Home Loan Bank System, and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("Freddie Mac"). During his tenure, he also guided the drafting of the Garn-St. Germain Act of 1982 and the seizure, receivership and sale of 400 savings institutions. As a government official and private practicioner, Mr. Vartanian has structured many of the first interstate and inter-industry mergers and acquisitions in the financial services business. Prior to that he served as Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel and Senior Trial Litigator of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the federal regulator of national banks, and now federal thrifts.

Mr. Vartanian has consistently been recognized over the years for his work in Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations), Financial Institutions M&A, and Banking and Securities (Regulatory Compliance) by Chambers USA, a referral guide for leading lawyers in the United States based on the opinions of peers and clients., Chambers has described him as "an icon in the financial services space" and noted that "he is equally adept at regulatory, enforcement and transactional matters" and that "'he knows the law exceptionally well, has exemplary judgment and is just a class act.'"

Mr. Vartanian was named one of the 2008 "Washingtonian's of the Year" by Washingtonian magazine based on the charitable work that he, his band and his baseball team do.

Cathedral College, B.A., cum laude, 1971
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1976

Professional Activities
  • Former Adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University School of Law, Boston University Law School (Morin School of Banking)
  • Guest lecturer, Harvard Law School
  • Former Chairman, American Bar Association's Committee on Cyberspace Law (1998 to 2002)
  • Chairman, American Bar Association's Transnational Jurisdiction in Cyberspace Project, which released a 200-page Report on Global Jurisdiction
  • (July 2000), produced by 120 lawyers in more than 20 countries
  • Member, American Bar Association's Banking Committee
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Member, District of Columbia and New York Bars
  • Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States

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