Gregory Lyons is a corporate partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Lyons focuses his practice on serving the needs of financial institutions, as well as private equity and other entities that invest in financial institutions, with a particular emphasis on domestic and cross-border bank regulatory, transactional and examination matters. His practice includes U.S. and foreign bank regulatory, formation, merger, conversion, structuring securities and securities finance work, risk capital and trust matters and corporate and securities law matters. Mr. Lyons has represented banking and other financial institutions before the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and state banking and securities regulatory agencies. He has extensive experience counseling clients in the securities, securities finance, insurance and other non-banking financial service sectors with acquiring, leveraging and on-going ownership of banking institutions, as well as advising banking organizations with nontraditional banking activities and assisting clients in the analysis of associated business and regulatory risks.
Chambers USA, which has recommended Mr. Lyons as a leading national banking lawyer for numerous years, notes his “deep regulatory and transactional knowledge,” and his “business-oriented approach and strong communication skills.” Mr. Lyons is recognized by The Legal 500 US (2013-2015) for being “extremely responsive and knowledgeable about the industry and its players.” He is also ranked by Chambers Global (2015) in Band 1 for regulatory banking and finance and listed in BTI “Client Service All-Stars.”
Prior to joining Debevoise in 2009, Mr. Lyons was Co-Chair of Goodwin Procter’s Financial Services Group and Chair of its Banking Practice, where he created and wrote Goodwin Procter’s weekly financial services newsletter and regularly advised clients as to the ramifications of legislative and regulatory developments in the financial services industry.
Mr. Lyons received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1987. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1990.