Joseph T. Lynyak, III, a prominent financial services lawyer with an extensive career advising domestic and foreign banks, savings associations, mortgage lenders and other financial services organizations, has joined Pillsbury’s Finance practice section as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices. Previously a partner at Venable LLP, Lynyak’s experience representing clients before agencies including the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, the OCC, the CFPB, the FTC and others will help Pillsbury clients address the rapidly evolving regulatory challenges facing the financial services industry.

“Pillsbury has represented financial institutions for over 140 years, and our strong commitment to this industry is expanding as we focus on the changing regulatory landscape facing our clients.” said Pillsbury Firm Chair Jim Rishwain. “We welcome Joe to Pillsbury as a very talented and timely addition to our team, given his career of working with key regulators reshaping financial industry enforcement and policy. Moreover, with the Dodd-Frank Act’s provisions and other rules reaching far beyond banks and Wall Street, Joe and his colleagues will become go-to advisors for other affected clients, from e-commerce interests to foreign investors.”

“Policy, economic and competitive forces combined make this a pivotal time for the financial services industry as regulators take up missions of policing markets and fostering confidence and commerce” Lynyak noted. “I look forward to continuing my practice in Washington, California and nationally at Pillsbury, where the firm is well-positioned to help a growing spectrum of organizations confront and respond to these changes.”

“Pillsbury’s strengths in this sector include our work on regulatory issues around mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, bank securities activities, securities law disclosure issues, bank lending and capital markets activities and foreign bank activities in the U.S., among others,” said New York partner Jonathan B. Whitney, firm-wide leader of Pillsbury’s Finance practice section. “Joe’s extensive career and deep specialty work in areas such as examination, enforcement and fair lending make him a great addition to our practice.”

“Joe is one of the country’s leading authorities on legal issues affecting the mortgage banking and residential mortgage lending industries and has been actively involved in issues relating to the launch of the new Consumer Finance Protection Bureau,” noted San Francisco and New York partner Rodney Peck, leader of Pillsbury’s financial services regulatory practice. “He brings great additional depth and breadth to our nationwide financial services practice.”

“I am extremely pleased that Joe has joined our firm, particularly given his extensive experience in financial services,” added Los Angeles partner Deborah S. Thoren-Peden, co-leader of Pillsbury’s Consumer & Retail industry team and leader of the firm’s Privacy, Data Protection & Information Use group. “His insight and knowledge will help clients facing broader consumer protection and financial services oversight.”

A graduate of Saint Peter’s College, Lynyak holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee, and has served as Chair of its Retail Subcommittee, the Subcommittee on FDIC Receiverships and Conservatorships and the Task Force on Derivatives. He also serves as a member of the ABA’s Consumer Financial Services Committee.

Pillsbury has a leading financial services regulatory practice. For more than 50 years, the firm’s attorneys have provided sophisticated advice to help financial services clients achieve their business objectives within their regulatory framework. Pillsbury’s practice addresses complex banking and securities regulatory matters for both domestic and foreign institutions, representing a diverse client base of over 100 financial services concerns from around the world. Pillsbury’s financial services regulatory practice is national in scope with lawyers practicing in Washington, D.C., New York and California.


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