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Edwards Wildman's experience in financial services litigation is as broad and varied as the industry itself. From consumer-related claims and class actions to complex merger disputes, in high-stakes litigation and government investigations, our trial teams have successfully represented a wide range of local, regional and national financial institutions. We include among our active clients financial and bank holding companies, commercial banks, thrifts (in both mutual and stock form), credit unions, mortgage bankers, commercial and consumer finance companies, insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance agents and brokers, investment managers, securities brokerages, stock exchange specialists, venture capital investors and hedge funds.

In order to address the wide variety of legal issues our financial services clients face, Edwards Wildman lawyers work together across departmental lines to bring the requisite experience to each issue. However, our attorneys do more than simply solve discreet problems. We strive to identify and also to anticipate industry trends and issues, whatever their origin, and we apply our industry experience and insight to the advice we give to each of our clients.

As the financial services industry continues to evolve and individual industry participants strive to expand their services as well as to define their niche, clients need legal advisers whose business experience is not limited to one or two business sectors. Our custom tailored cross-departmental teams deliver efficient results to each unique challenge. Whether the case in question merits tactical discovery and an early dispositive motion, comprehensive discovery and trial, positioning a critical legal issue for appeal, or the prudent negotiation of an early settlement, our trial teams bring to bear the experience and resources necessary to achieve each client’s specific goals.

Experience In Your Industry Sector
We have particular experience handling disputes arising in the following areas:

  • credit cards
  • portfolio sales, mergers and acquisitions
  • residential and commercial real estate transactions
  • deposit products
  • consumer privacy
  • bank practices and regulatory compliance
  • National Bank Act, Home Owners’ Loan Act, Sherman Act, Truth in Lending Act, Electronic Funds Transfer Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and Gramm-Leach Bliley Act
  • state law claims, including fraud, consumer credit disclosure, unfair competition, and claims asserting violations of the Uniform Commercial Code, Retail Installment Sales Acts or Closed End Credit statutes
  • business method patent disputes

Members of the group also handle shareholder class actions, derivative and related litigation involving alleged securities law violations, including claims based upon insider trading, market manipulation, accounting fraud, improper revenue recognition, inadequate recordkeeping, breaches of fiduciary duties, failure to disclose material information, false disclosures and control person liability for financial institutions.


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EU: European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) Reports on the Need for Regulatory Scrutiny of the ILS Market
Jane Elphick, December 19, 2013
In its latest report on the financial stability of the continent's insurance and pensions industry, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has expressed the need for close regulatory scrutiny of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market to ensure it does not threaten...

California Adds New Hazardous Financial Condition Regulations
Barry Leigh Weissman, December 16, 2013
Effective January 1, 2014, the California Department of Insurance has added six new regulations to Title 10 of the California Code of Regulations. These can be found at Title 10, Chapter 5, Article 22 Sections 2598 through 2598.6. The purpose of the new regulations is to provide the Insurance...

China FCPA Case Shows That A Deferred Prosecution Agreement May Not Cap Reputational Risk And Expensive Legal Fees
Gregory W. Carey,Stephen G. Huggard, November 06, 2013
In January 2011, Maxwell Technologies, Inc., a San Diego-based manufacturer of energy storage and power-delivery products, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and paid $13.65 million in penalties to the Department of Justice and the Securities & Exchange Commission in connection with...