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Sidley’s Financial Institutions group (FIG) offers a full-service practice for high-profile transactions and complex regulatory and enforcement matters across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Our nearly 100 lawyers devoted to serving financial institutions provide practical guidance tailored to the business, regulatory, and operational paradigms unique to financial institutions.

Clients include many of the most prominent publicly traded and private financial institutions globally, including private equity firms, insurers, reinsurers, insurance brokers, commercial banks, limited-purpose banks, investment banks, money transmitters, investment funds, asset managers, broker-dealers, specialty finance companies, fintech and insurtech companies, payment processors and networks, and myriad others.

Our preeminent transactional practices handle the full range of public and private M&A, reinsurance deals, investments, securities offerings, financings, joint ventures, co-branding and private label arrangements, and securitizations involving financial institutions, among a wide array of other transactions, and have pioneered many structures that have become standards in the market.

Our premier regulatory and enforcement teams include numerous lawyers who have held senior regulatory roles around the world and at leading industry participants, and who represent clients in the full scope of financial institution regulation. This includes insurance, banking, securities, ESG, technology, and other areas, transactional regulatory matters, and sensitive regulatory inquiries and investigations, as well as related litigation.

Together, we harness our expansive coverage and subject matter depth to help financial institutions navigate the market, transactional, and regulatory challenges they encounter, and accomplish their business goals.

Sidley is regularly named a leader in the representation of financial institutions. Among other recognition, we are ranked a top firm globally for transactional and regulatory insurance in Chambers Global 2024, and a Band 1 firm in Chambers FinTech 2024 for USA Legal, Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies, and Payments & Lending. Sidley is also ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2024 as a Tier 1 firm nationally for Insurance, Banking and Finance, and Financial Services Regulation.