Gregory J. Lyons

Co-Chair, Financial Institutions Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Gregory J. Lyons

Gregory J. Lyons

Co-Chair, Financial Institutions Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Gregory Lyons is a corporate partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Lyons focuses his practice on serving the needs of financial institutions, as well as private equity and other entities that invest in financial institutions, with a particular emphasis on domestic and cross-border bank regulatory, transactional and examination matters. His practice includes U.S. and foreign bank regulatory, formation, merger, conversion, structuring securities and securities finance work, risk capital and trust matters and corporate and securities law matters. Mr. Lyons has represented banking and other financial institutions before the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state banking and securities regulatory agencies. He has extensive experience counseling clients in the securities, securities finance, insurance and other non-banking financial service sectors with acquiring, leveraging and on-going ownership of banking institutions, as well as advising banking organizations with nontraditional banking activities and assisting clients in the analysis of associated business and regulatory risks.

Chambers USA, which has recommended Mr. Lyons as a leading national banking lawyer for numerous years, notes his “deep regulatory and transactional knowledge,” and his “creative and practical approach.” Mr. Lyons is recognized by The Legal 500 US (2013) for being “extremely responsive and knowledgeable about the industry and its players.” He is also recognized by Chambers Global (2013) and listed in BTI Client Service All-Star.

Mr. Lyons has spoken at numerous seminars on banking and related issues. He recently created and chaired national conferences regarding ways to leverage the benefits of a bank within a diversified financial services organization, the application of the Basel II and “Basel III” capital regulations to large domestic and institutional financial services organizations, and private equity investing in banking institutions. He is a frequent panelist at The Risk Management Association’s conferences and recently presented on “The Impact of Dodd-Frank on Securities Finance” at the 27th Annual RMA Conference. He also has spoken on securities lending, common and collective fund and other fiduciary and securities matters.

Mr. Lyons is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Debevoise & Plimpton Financial Institutions Report and has authored various articles on legal developments affecting financial institutions, private equity and other entities. Recent publications include “Securities Finance: Case Study Of The Regulatory Roadmap Necessary To Navigate The Challenges In The New Financial Services Environment,” Banking & Financial Services Policy Report (November 2010), “Financial Stability Oversight Council Issues Proposal On Designation of Systemically Important Firms, Volcker Rule Study, And Study on Financial Sector Concentration Limits,” The Banking Law Journal (April 2011), “Capital Requirements Beyond Basel III Are Not Warranted,” New York Law Journal, Regulatory Reform Special Section (January 2011) and “Live Bait,” The Deal (February 2011).

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2009, Mr. Lyons was Co-Chair of Goodwin Procter’s Financial Services Group and Chair of its Banking Practice, where he created and wrote Goodwin Procter’s weekly financial services newsletter and regularly advised clients as to the ramifications of legislative and regulatory developments in the financial services industry.

Mr. Lyons received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1987. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1990.

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Co-Chair, Financial Institutions Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Education
JD, magna cum laude
Class of 1990

Boston University School of Law (BU Law) is the law school affiliated with Boston University. It is the second-oldest law school in Massachusetts and one of the first law schools in the country to admit students regardless of race or gender. It is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools and a charter member of the American Bar Association.

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Class of 1987

Wesleyan University is known for the excellence of its academic and co-curricular programs. About 2,900 undergraduates—and some 200 graduate students—from around the world pursue their classroom studies, research projects, and co-curricular interests in ways that are demanding and intensely rewarding. Here, on a beautiful campus overlooking the Connecticut River, students learn to do productive and innovative work that makes a positive difference in the world—that’s what Wesleyan is about.

Career History
Co-Chair, Financial Institutions Group
2009 - Current

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Chair, Banking Practice
Prior

Goodwin Procter LLP is a law firm which provides advice to companies in public and private enterprises. Its services include antitrust & competition, financial restructuring, business litigation, securities & corporate finance, leveraged finance, investment management, taxation, trust & estate planning, and criminal investigations. The company was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Boston, MA

Political Donations
$750
2013

Governor at Rhode Island Office of the Governor, Gina Raimondo

$500
2011

Governor at Rhode Island Office of the Governor, Gina Raimondo

$500
2009

Faculty Member at Boston University - School of Law

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Principal Financial Group, Inc. purchases Wells Fargo Bank NA /Institutional Retirement & Trust Bus from Wells Fargo & Co.

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KeyCorp, KeyBank, NA (Cleveland, Ohio) purchase Laurel Road Bank /Digital Lending Business from Laurel Road Bank

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Citizens Financial Group, Inc. - Rhode Island, Citizens Bank, NA (Providence, Rhode Island) purchase Clarfeld Financial Advisors LLC

Awards & Honors
2011
The Legal 500 United States
2011
Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, National Banking and Finance
Admitted to the New York Bar
Events
Speaker
27th Annual RMA Conference

Speaker
New York City, NY
2011 SunGard's City Days

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Gregory J. Lyons is affiliated with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Goodwin Procter LLP

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