Carl A. Fornaris: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Carl A. Fornaris

Co-Chair, Financial Institutions Practice
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202.530.8576

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Practice Areas

  • Financial Regulatory and Compliance
  • Financial Institutions
  • Global
  • Corporate & Securities
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.530.8576
Fax: 202.331.3101
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Carl-A-Fornaris
 
University University of Miami, B.S., 1990
 
Law SchoolThe Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1993
 
Admitted1993, Florida; 1995, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
 
LanguagesSpanish
 
BornOctober 22, 1968
 
Biography

Carl A. Fornaris is Co-Chair of the firm's Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice. With 20 years of legal experience, Carl concentrates his practice on the representation of financial services firms in all aspects of their business. In particular, he represents U.S. and non-U.S. firms on finance and corporate matters, and provides supervisory and compliance counseling for institutions regulated by the Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, FinCEN, CFPB, SEC, FINRA, Florida Office of Financial Regulation and other state supervisory authorities.

Carl is also active representing lenders and credit parties in financing transactions of all types, particularly credits to non-U.S. loan parties, asset-based credits, acquisition financing and letters of credit.

Carl advises banks, their holding companies, investment advisers, securities broker dealers, money services businesses and other financial institutions on capital-raising transactions, Volcker Rule implementation, CFPB compliance, critical examination reports and enforcement proceedings, and compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, FATCA, USA PATRIOT Act/BSA/AML and OFAC sanctions programs. Carl also advises former officers and directors of failed banks in connection with threatened or actual administrative and civil claims.

Carl is the immediate past General Counsel of the Florida International Bankers' Association and sits on the Board of Directors of FIBA. Previously, he served as Head of Legal and Compliance for the Latin America region of Barclays Bank PLC, with responsibility for managing legal and compliance matters throughout the region of Latin America. He began his legal career in Washington, D.C. with an international law firm.

Areas of Concentration

•Banking and financial services law, regulation and compliance

•Commercial lending

•Latin America cross-border transactions

•Anti-money laundering and OFAC compliance

Awards & Recognition

• Listed,The Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation, 2008-2014

• Lawyer of the Year, Securities Regulation, Miami, 2014

• Listed,Chambers USA Guide, 2005-2014

• Listed,South Florida Legal Guide, South Florida's Top Lawyers, 2011-2014

•Listed,Super Lawyersmagazine,Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2014

• Team Member,Corporate Board Membermagazine and FTI Consulting Inc., one of America's Best Corporate Law Firms, 13 th Annual Legal Industry Study, 2013

•Team Member, Corporate & Finance - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based), Chambers Latin America Awards, 2010, 2011 and 2013

•Member, team ranked as a top corporate law firm in Miami as selected by corporate directors, in the annual Legal Industry Research Study,Corporate Board Membermagazine and FTI Consulting Inc. (10 th year), 2002-2009, 2011-2012

•Listed,Chambers Global, 2009-2011

•Listed,Chambers Latin America, Corporate M&A, 2009

•Team Member, Focus on Latin America - Law Firm of the Year (Florida-Based), Chambers Latin America Inaugural Awards for Excellence, 2009

•Listed,Who's Who Legal Florida, 2008

•Listed,Florida Trendmagazine, Legal Elite, 2006-2008

•Recipient, Pro Bono Service Award, Dade County Bar Association, 2005

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles

•Quoted, Florida Likely to Experience More M&A in 2014,American Banker, January 2, 2014

•Co-Author, The Millennium Bug: The Legal Liabilities Looming in the Year 2000,Noticias, Spring 1998

•Co-Author, USA PATRIOT Act--Final and Proposed Customer Due Diligence Regulations Applicable to Banks, Broker Dealers, Futures Commission Merchants and Mutual Funds,Electronic Banking Law and Commerce Report, March 2006

Books

•Quoted, The Fundamentals of Hedge Fund Management , by Daniel A. Strachman, p. 48, 2007

•Update Author, Federal Bank Holding Company Law, 11th ed., 1995

Lectures

•Speaker, Bitcoin: Legal and Regulatory Considerations, 14th Annual FIBA Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Conference, Miami, FL, February 20, 2014

•Moderator, FATCA panel, 13th Annual FIBA AML Compliance Conference, Miami, FL, February 14, 2013

•Speaker, Standard Chartered's Transaction Banking Workshop, Miami, FL, November 20-21, 2013

•Speaker, The Ongoing Offshore Impact of the US Dodd-Frank Act, Caribbean Regional Compliance Conference, St. Maarten, November 7, 2013

•Moderator, U.S. Supervisory Examination Updates, FIBA Risk Management Conference for the Americas, Miami, FL, October 4, 2012

•Speaker, FATCA Conference, Bogota, Colombia, May 24, 2012

•Panelist, FATCA panel, ASOCUPA (Panamanian Compliance Officers' Association), Panama City, Panama, March 26, 2012

•Moderator, FATCA panel, 12th Annual FIBA AML Compliance Conference, Miami, FL, February 23, 2012

•Moderator, FATCA panel, 11th Annual FIBA AML Compliance Conference, Miami, FL, February 24, 2011

•Panelist, FATCA Seminar, FEBRABAN - Federa,ao Brasileira de Bancos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 9, 2011

•Panelist, FATCA Compliance, Citibank Financial Institutions Forum, Miami, FL, June 10, 2011

•Moderator, Correspondent Banking Panel, 10th Annual FIBA AML Compliance Conference, Miami, FL, February 19, 2010

•Moderator, Bank CEO Panel, South Florida Banking Institute, Miami, FL, May 20, 2009

•Panelist, 7th Annual Offshore Alert Financial Due Diligence Conference, Miami Beach, FL, April 27, 2009

•Panelist, 9th Annual FIBA AML Compliance Conference, Miami, FL, February 19, 2009

•Moderator, Examination Issues from the Bank's Perspective, Institute for International Bankers' U.S. Regulatory and Compliance Orientation, New York, NY, July 17, 2008

•Panelist, New Legislative and Regulatory Initiatives, Financial Markets Association's 17th Annual Securities Compliance Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 30, 2008

•Moderator, Anti-Money Laundering, FMA's Annual Securities Compliance Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 30, 2008

•Panelist, Money Laundering in Brazil, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Miami, FL, April 18, 2008

•Panelist, M & A Update, National Association of Corporate Directors Bank Director Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 8, 2008

•Moderator, A Regulatory Panel, South Florida Banking Institute, Miami, FL, May 23, 2007

•Panelist, The First Conference of the United States - Latin America Private Sector Dialogue on AML/CFT, Bogota, Colombia, April 2007

•Lecturer, Coping with Regulatory & Compliance Issues, National Association of Corporate Directors Bank Director Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 29, 2007

•Lecturer, Financial Institution Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery: Legal And Compliance Primer, Terremark Worldwide, Inc. Conference, Miami, FL, November 2005

•Lecturer, The New U.S. Bank Secrecy Act Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual: What You Need To Know Now, Offshore Alert Annual Due Diligence Conference, Miami, FL, November 2005

•Lecturer, The Law: Risk and Liability, Offshore Alert's 3rd Annual Financial Due Diligence Conference, Coral Gables, FL, October 2004

•Lecturer, New Threat of Russian Mob's Money Laundering, ACAMS, January 15, 2004

•Lecturer, Offshore Banking 3rd Annual Bear Stearns Central American/Caribbean Conference, Key Biscayne, FL, September 2003

•Lecturer, USA PATRIOT Act Update, International Bank Operations Association, Miami, FL, March 2003

Miscellaneous

•Quoted, Tale of the Texas Ratio: Two Banks that Failed,Daily Business Review, July 2010

•Guest Headnote, FDIC Poised To Sue Former Directors and Officers of Failed Banks,The Banking Law Journalat 97, February 2010

•Quoted, USA PATRIOT Act: SEC Brings First-Ever Enforcement Action Against Broker-Dealer for Noncompliance,Derivatives Financial Products Report, November 2006

•Quoted, Revised BSA Examiners Manual Less Vague, Adds Details on Risk, Insurance, Moneylaundering.com, July 28, 2006

•Quoted, New Rules May Cost Banks Some Business,South Florida Business Journal, January 3, 2006

•Quoted, Feeling the Squeeze: Correspondent Banking,Latin Finance, May 2005

•Quoted, Bankers Are Learning To Live With PATRIOT Act Headaches,Miami Today, March 17, 2005

•Quoted, Foreign Bankers Rediscover South Florida,Miami Daily Business Review, February 15, 2005

•Quoted,Congressional Quarterly, March 2, 2004

•Quoted,Latin American Advisor, January 2004

•Interviewed, All Things Considered, National Public Radio, December 2003

•Quoted,Kiplinger's Personal Finance, September 2003

•Quoted, Treasury Proposes Tougher Money-Laundering Rules,Corporate Legal Times, July 2003

•Quoted, Banks Dig In Along the War's Front Line in a High Stakes Bid To Stop Money Laundering,Bank Technology News, March 2003

•Quoted,Latin America Advisor, November 25, 2002

•Quoted, The Very Long Arm of US Law,Latin Finance, June 2002

•Quoted, How Will New Financial Privacy Laws Impact Your Ancillary Services?Fee Income Growth Strategies, June 2000

•Quoted, Observations on Financial Modernization Law,Community Bank President, March 1, 2000

Associated News & Events

Press-Releases

07.02.14 98 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers

05.29.14 53 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

01.07.14 Greenberg Traurig Continues Expansion of Corporate and Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practices

08.15.13 20 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2014 'Lawyers of the Year' by Best Lawyers in America

06.11.13 55 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Included In 2013 Chambers USA Guide

05.28.13 Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 176 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas

06.11.12 54 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys and 13 Top-Ranked Practice Areas in Florida Appear in 2012 Chambers USA Guide

06.07.12 2012 Chambers USA Guide Includes More than 170 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 38 Practice Areas

05.31.12 Greenberg Traurig Listed as a Top Corporate Firm for the 10th Time in Corporate Board Member magazine

Published Articles

02.01.12 Latin American M&A Spotlight

02.01.10 FDIC Poised to Sue Former Directors and Officers of Failed Banks

10.18.02 Clean Fight

Alerts

09.12.13 'Skin in the Game' Credit Risk Retention Rules Re-Proposed

10.26.11 Buy-Side Roundup, V. 6, No. 11

10.25.11 Federal Regulators Request Comments on Proposal to Implement Volcker Rule

09.07.10 Wall Street Reform Bill Will Have Unique Impact on Small Companies

07.22.10 The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

01.05.10 FDIC Poised to Sue Former Directors and Officers of Failed Banks

11.25.09 Processing Checks Under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Initiative

09.02.09 Troubled Bank Buyers Beware: Final FDIC Policy Statement Imposes Significant Conditions for Private Equity Investments in Failed Banks

07.07.09 Potential Distressed Asset Buyers Beware

03.26.09 Limitations on Executive Compensation Paid by Financial Institutions Receiving TARP Assistance (Also at Miami, Florida Office)

 
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USA PATRIOT Act/AML Update: FinCEN Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Regulations Regarding Beneficial Ownership Disclosure
Carl A. Fornaris,Wendy Li,Micah Schwalb, September 1, 2014
On July 23, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (FinCEN) published highly-anticipated proposed regulations that, if adopted into final regulations, would require banks, securities broker dealers, mutual funds, futures commission merchants, and...
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Carl A. Fornaris

2101 L St., N.W., Suite 1000
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