Keith Noreika

Keith Noreika

Partner, Simpson Thacher

Mr. Noreika leads projects related to the U.S. banking industry, as well as clients that span beyond traditional banking including financial technology and cryptocurrency companies. He is the company’s focal point for C-suite advice on compliance and regulatory requirements at all levels, domestic and international.

Prior to joining Patomak, Mr. Noreika was a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and was a lead lawyer in the firm’s financial institutions regulatory practice, focusing on banking regulation and related litigation. In that role, he advised domestic and international financial institutions on regulatory issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, minority investments, capital issuances, structuring and compliance activities, and litigation matters.

Mr. Noreika’s extensive experience includes advising regional and multinational banks on the structuring of their U.S. operations, compliance with the Volcker Rule, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other federal agency regulations, Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering rules, as well as transactional matters and related regulatory applications. He has counseled numerous private equity funds with respect to investments in banking organizations.

In 2017, Mr. Noreika served as acting Comptroller of the Currency where he led the 4,000-person independent agency responsible for chartering, regulating, and supervising all national banks and federal savings associations as well as federal branches and agencies of foreign banks in the U.S. There, he worked to make regulation more accountable, improved the efficiency of chartering and licensing decisions, and sought the enhance the value of the national bank and federal thrift charters and their ability to meet the credit and banking needs of their communities. In this role, he also served as director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

Mr. Noreika has been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA in “Financial Services Regulation: Banking Compliance” since 2014. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He earned his B.S. in economics with a concentration in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 


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