Banking & Financial Services
One of the first practices to be established at Gunster, the Banking and Financial Services practice enjoys an international reputation for quality and professionalism that stems from successfully representing some of the world’s leading financial institutions. The practice is composed of culturally diverse and multilingual attorneys, and is committed to being at the forefront of legal issues affecting financial institutions. Our attorneys handle a broad range of matters, including new bank formations, mergers and acquisitions, anti-money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, lending, licensing, foreclosures, lender liability, bankruptcy, technology, employment, SEC compliance, and tax, among others. Members of the practice are active in numerous organizations, including the Florida Bankers Association, the Florida International Bankers Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Institute, and the Treasury Department/FinCEN BSA Advisory Group. Additionally, members speak frequently at seminars and conferences dealing with topics of critical importance.
Our attorneys recognize that clients should expect the very best, and we are committed to delivering just that. With skills, practical experience and extensive resources that are grounded in the real banking challenges of today, our attorneys provide clients with unique solutions to their most important and demanding needs.
Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering, and Office of Foreign Assets Control
By combining the knowledge and years of practical experience of our attorneys, the Banking and Financial Services practice is able to provide clients with a complete approach to Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering/Office of Foreign Assets Control/USA Patriot Act compliance to address the legal requirements, issues and problems confronted by domestic and foreign banking and financial institutions in today’s challenging compliance environment.
We help our clients develop a comprehensive compliance program, help them prepare for regulatory examinations, represent them in both regulatory enforcement actions as well as civil and criminal forfeiture actions, advise their boards and officers on matters of liability, general and function-specific training, and ensure that both employees and consultants work within compliance parameters. Our goal is to equip our clients with the policies, procedures, controls, safeguards and knowledge needed to tackle today’s challenging and heavily scrutinized financial environment.
Bank Formation, Regulation and Compliance
We help our financial institution clients build and grow from the ground up. Clients include domestic and international banks, thrifts, trust companies, financial and bank holding companies, mortgage lenders, finance companies, investment advisers, broker dealers, international bank agencies, and many other types of financial institutions. Gunster attorneys are exceptionally adept at forming these entities and helping these entities navigate the regulatory and compliance issues in this highly regulated area of law.
Gunster’s trial attorneys provide highly skilled representation in state and federal courts or arbitral bodies for all litigation involving banks, including mortgage foreclosures, mortgage banking and securitization conflicts, letter of credit disputes, and claims of lender liability arising from fraud, negligence or breach of fiduciary duty. Our attorneys have many years of experience in handling these cases and a history of successful outcomes.