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International Banking, Part I: The Federal Reserve's Proposed Prudential Regulations for Foreign Banks 2013

Speaker(s): Barbara R. Mendelson, Charles M. Horn
Recorded on: Feb. 6, 2013
PLI Program #: 46204

Barbara Mendelson is a partner in the Financial Services Group in the New York office.  Her practice involves advising foreign and U.S. banks in a variety of complex regulatory matters, including sales and acquisitions of U.S. banking and nonbanking firms, applications to federal and state bank regulators for expansion of activities and new products, Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC matters and over-the-counter and exchange-based trading of various instruments and derivatives. She has represented foreign banks in their U.S. operations for more than 25 years. Ms. Mendelson has also been instrumental in forming a number of commercial bank subsidiaries of foreign bank holding companies.  In addition to her bank regulatory practice, Ms. Mendelson works with sovereign entities and multilateral organizations with respect to the investment of their foreign currency assets. 
Ms. Mendelson is a contributing author of Regulation of Foreign Banks & Affiliates in the United States (West 2012) and a co-author of Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the US, published by International Financial Law Review (2012). She has been recommended as a leading lawyer by International Financial Law Review for 2012, Chambers USA for 2012, Legal 500 US for 2012 and by Super Lawyers 2012, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America (2013) and International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers 2011. Ms. Mendelson was shortlisted for Euromoney Legal Media Group AmericasWomen in Business Law Awards 2012 (Financial Regulation). In addition, Ms. Mendelson was awarded a "Lawyer of the Year" designation by Best Lawyers in America (2013) in the category of Financial Services Regulation Law (New York City).
She serves on the Banking Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is also a member of the New York County Lawyers Association Banking Law Committee and the American Bar Association. Additionally, Ms. Mendelson is a member of the Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association and a director of ENACT, a nonprofit organization based in New York City, that promotes social and emotional learning for students in the New York City public schools.

Charles Horn is a regulatory and transactional attorney whose practice focuses primarily on banking and financial services matters. Mr. Horn represents domestic and global financial services firms of all sizes on regulatory and transactional issues affecting their organization, structure, governance, management and operations. In addition, he provides sophisticated regulatory counseling to banks and other financial services firms relative to federal and state financial regulation, supervision, and compliance matters affecting their corporate, institutional, and retail business activities.

Mr. Horn has extensive experience in the development of new capital markets and other financial products and services. He also supplies comprehensive counseling across a wide range of transactions and activities involving the convergence of financial services sectors (banking, securities, and insurance), including merger and acquisition transactions, strategic alliances, and business integrations.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Horn was a partner at Mayer Brown, and prior to that, he worked with another major law firm. Previously, he served first as Senior Attorney (1983), then as Assistant Director (1983–1986), and finally as Director (1986–1989) of the Securities & Corporate Practices Division of the US Department of Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Earlier, Charles held positions of progressively greater responsibility with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC, including Branch Chief (1982–1983); Senior Counsel (1980–1982); Attorney, Division of Enforcement (1978–1982); and Attorney, Division of Market Regulation (1976–1978).

Professional Activities

  • Member, Board of Advisers, University of North Carolina Banking Institute, 2005 to date
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Bank Accounting & Finance, 1993 to dateConsultant to the International Monetary Fund and The World Bank on financial sector legislative, regulatory and supervisory matters
  • Frequent writer and speaker on a wide variety of financial services topics


  • Harvard University (A.B., 1973)
  • Cornell Law School (J.D., 1976)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia