Banking & Financial Institutions

We help financial institutions navigate the increasingly complex maze of legal issues that they face each day. We focus primarily on work that requires highly specialized knowledge of the unique regulatory regime that governs financial institutions.

A Highly Respected Team Working on Challenging Matters
Our Banking & Financial Institutions attorneys – many of whom have earned national reputations – are known for the depth and breadth of their expertise. For example, we have:

–  represented buyers and sellers in bank mergers and acquisitions;

–  represented financial institutions and others in the development, marketing, operation, and sale of consumer financial services and products, including deposit account and overdraft programs, open-end and closed-end loan programs (including mortgages), sales finance contracts, credit card accounts and portfolios, prepaid cards, and health savings accounts;

–  served as counsel to the leading corporate trustees globally, advising them on all aspects of their corporate trust business;

–  advised public and private companies in the evaluation and implementation of corporate governance changes to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, exchange and listing requirements, and best practices;

–  represented banks and thrifts, or their financial advisors, in numerous mutual-to-stock conversions, including the largest and only double merger/conversion in the country;

–  represented banks in the acquisition and disposition of broker-dealers and investment advisors;

–  been General Counsel to the Connecticut Bankers Association for over a decade and, in that capacity, have been involved in numerous legislative, regulatory, and public policy initiatives that are important to the banking industry as a whole;

–  represented financial institutions in litigation matters, including class action suits, relating to Truth in Lending, mortgage foreclosure practices, officer/director liability, data breaches, overdraft programs, unfair and deceptive practices, federal preemption, and many other issues;

–  represented numerous banks in negotiation of and compliance with regulatory enforcement actions;

–  advised financial institutions, executives, and compensation committees on compensation issues particular to the financial industry;

–  as registered lobbyists, drafted important banking industry legislation and regulations, testified at hearings, and met with legislators and regulators to promote industry objectives;

–  represented chartered institutions and licensees in matters before supervisory agencies;

–  formed over 30 de novo banking institutions.

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Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity

EEO Policy:
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder is committed to equal employment opportunity in the workplace. Individuals are recruited, hired, and promoted for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, genetic information, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or ancestry. We will provide a work place environment that is free of discrimination, prejudice and bias.

Commitment to Diversity:
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder believes that diversity is important to our success as a law firm as well as our individual and professional growth. A diverse and dynamic work force strengthens our firm by helping us attract individuals with exceptional talents and abilities, resulting in the delivery of the highest quality services to our clients. Our firm supports the recruitment and advancement of individuals of diverse backgrounds who represent the make-up of the broad communities which we serve and in which we live. We actively promote diversity both through our recruiting activities and our emphasis on acceptance of diversity in the workplace. To further these goals, the firm has an active Diversity Committee. Chaired by a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, the Diversity Committee is composed of lawyers and non-lawyers who are dedicated to improving the Firm's workforce through diversity initiatives.

Charge to the Diversity Committee:
The Diversity Committee is charged with the responsibility of cultivating a positive work environment in which individuals of diverse backgrounds are provided opportunities for growth and advancement.

Goals and Responsibilities of the Diversity Committee:

  • Facilitate a firm-wide understanding of Firm policy as it pertains to diversity
  • Recommend educational programs pertaining to diversity issues to educate lawyers and staff
  • Recommend strategies to recruit and retain lawyers and staff of diverse backgrounds
  • Recommend operational, cultural and firm policy changes that will foster a positive and diverse work environment
  • Participate in community activities relating to workplace and law firm diversity
  • Submit an annual report, with recommendations for enhancements to our diversity initiatives, to the Executive Committee

 Boston Lawyers Group
The firm is a member of the Boston Lawyers Group, (BLG) ( BLG is a consortium of local law firms, corporate law departments and governmental legal services organizations dedicated to making the legal community in Boston a reflection of the city itself. Hinckley, Allen & Snyder proudly supports BLG’s efforts in encouraging its members to recruit, develop, advance and retain attorneys of color.

Programs for Students
The Firm supports the improvement of diversity in the legal community and beyond. Within our formal Summer Associate Program, the Firm actively recruits talented law students of color.

Other related programs include:
The firm was the host of the first Boston Lawyers Group seminar for law students of color in Providence, RI, on March 30, 2005, including several interactive sessions led by leaders of BLG law firms in Rhode Island.

The Firm also participates in the BLG Summer Internship program, offering a summer experience for promising undergraduates from diverse backgrounds interested in exploring the legal field.

Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture Series, Roger Williams University Ralph R.Papitto School of Law
The Firm is the sponsor of the annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture Series at Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law. The most recent lecture in the series was held on April 6, 2006 and featured Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Dr. Austin's lecture entitled "Documenting Injustices:  Katrina, Class, and Visual Legal Advocacy focused on race and class in the wake of hurricane Katrina.

Prior lectures featured David B. Wilkins marking the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

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