Debevoise & Plimpton Poaches Goodwin Procter

Gregory Lyons and Satish Kini have joined Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as partners in the firm’s financial institutions group. Lyons previously was with Goodwin Procter as co-chair of its financial services group and chair of its banking group, while Kini was previously a partner in Goodwin Procter’s financial services group.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced the expansion of its financial institutions group with the addition of two leading lawyers, Gregory J. Lyons and Satish M. Kini, as partners of the firm. Mr. Lyons and Mr. Kini each focus on serving the needs of financial institutions, as well as private equity and other funds that invest in financial institutions, with a particular emphasis on domestic and cross-border bank regulatory, transactional and examination matters.

Mr. Lyons will serve as Co-Chair for the Americas of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group and will be resident in the New York office. He joins Debevoise from the Boston office of Goodwin Procter LLP where he was a partner and Co-Chair of its Financial Services Group and Chair of its Banking Practice. Mr. Kini will serve as Co-Chair of Debevoise’s Banking Practice and will be resident in the Washington, D.C. office. He joins Debevoise from the Washington, D.C. office of Goodwin Procter LLP where he was a partner and member of that firm’s Financial Services Practice.

Martin Frederic Evans, Presiding Partner of Debevoise, said: “We are delighted to welcome these outstanding lawyers to the firm. Greg and Satish will substantially strengthen our firm’s presence in the banking arena. The addition of Greg and Satish will also enhance the ability of our market-leading insurance, asset management and private equity teams to assist clients in responding effectively to the challenges and opportunities posed by the rapidly changing and integrating regulatory and business environments for financial institutions in the U.S. and around the world. They will play leading roles in the long-term growth of our banking and broader financial institutions practice.”

Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr., Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group, said: “Greg and Satish will add significant depth to the large team in our Financial Institutions Group, which includes one of the top-ranked insurance transactional and regulatory practices in the country. In addition to expanding our banking practice, we expect Greg and Satish will enhance our insurance and other financial institutions practices by providing clients with an integrated and interdisciplinary approach that is well suited for the new regulatory environment. We welcome them both to the firm.”

Mr. Lyons said: “I have been impressed by Debevoise’s global financial institutions capabilities, its franchise strengths in insurance, asset management and private equity, and the growth of its banking practice. Together, we now offer clients an exceptionally broad and integrated array of financial institutions services. Debevoise is incredibly well-positioned to be one of the few firms truly able to provide the cross-border, integrated expertise that will be critical as regulatory regimes and financial industries converge in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.”

Mr. Kini said: “As we stand on the cusp of significant regulatory reform in the United States, Washington, D.C. will undoubtedly be a focal point for the coming wave of change. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to provide clients with the resources they need to meet the challenges presented by the coming changes in the regulatory landscape.”

Mr. Lyons was most recently Co-Chair of Goodwin Procter’s Financial Services Group and Chair of its Banking Practice, where he represented banking and other financial institutions before the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and state banking and securities regulatory agencies. He is recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the field of regulatory compliance in financial services. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law (1990) and his B.A. from Wesleyan University (1987).

Mr. Kini has represented large financial services firms in matters before U.S. banking and securities regulatory agencies, counseled banks and securities firms in money laundering examination and enforcement proceedings, and worked extensively with clients on data use, privacy and data security issues. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles regarding banking and securities laws and is a frequent speaker on financial institutions matters. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Kini was a partner at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., and counsel in the Legal Division of the Federal Reserve Board. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law (1992) and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Colgate University (1985).

Debevoise’s Financial Institutions Group focuses on the key financial services markets around the world. The firm advises insurance and reinsurance companies, brokers, broker-dealers, commercial and investment banks, and private equity and other investors in these industry segments, around the globe on the industry’s most high profile and complex transactions. The firm also advises on associated regulatory and competition law issues and is an international leader in financial institution litigation. The practice covers corporate law, banking transactions, capital markets (representing issuers and underwriters), mergers & acquisitions for principals and financial advisors, broker-dealer services, regulatory advice and representation of clients before regulatory agencies in the United States and other countries in supervisory matters and investigations. In investment management, Debevoise represents investment companies, investment advisors and private investment funds.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients in transactions and disputes around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai.