Stevens & Lee/Griffin Significantly Expands its Financial Institutions Platform
Two Teams of Prominent Banking and Regulatory Lawyers Join the Firm and its Financial Institutions Platform
PHILADELPHIA and HARRISBURG, PA, JANUARY 2, 2018 – Stevens & Lee, a member of the Stevens & Lee/Griffin family of companies, announced today that four prominent financial services lawyers have joined the firm. Charles J. Ferry and Dean H. Dusinberre will be resident in the firm’s Harrisburg Market Square office and Frank A. Mayer, III and Richard M. Berman will be resident the firm’s Philadelphia office.
Mr. Ferry will become Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group, along with current Chair David W. Swartz, and all will be members of that group and the firm’s Corporate Finance and Capital Markets Department.
Mr. Mayer will serve as Chair of the firm’s newly formed Financial Services Regulatory and Enforcement Group.
“Our new lawyers’ backgrounds and skill sets serve to further strengthen our financial institutions platform,” said Ernie Choquette, President/CEO of Stevens & Lee. “Our clients and our platform will benefit from their more than 100 years of combined practical experience and their excellent reputations as go-to lawyers in their field. Our platform will also provide a greater range of regulatory, corporate, securities, governance, litigation and other legal services.”
“This addition also enhances the entire Stevens & Lee/Griffin financial institutions platform, which includes Griffin Financial Group LLC, one of the most highly ranked investment banks serving financial institutions in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast; Pinnacle Risk Services, a risk management and insurance advisory unit serving financial institutions; and a Pennsylvania government affairs unit that advocates public policy issues on behalf of financial institutions. Together with our affiliated tax and consulting network, our platform companies provide a broad and deep range of multidisciplinary professional services to financial institutions,” said Joseph M. Harenza, Chairman of the Stevens & Lee/Griffin platform and CEO of Griffin Financial Group.
Mr. Ferry and Mr. Dusinberre are among Pennsylvania’s most highly regarded banking lawyers. Mr. Ferry counsels financial institutions on banking and securities law related issues, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, proxy statement preparation, holding company formation, going private transactions, public and private securities offerings and Dodd-Frank and other 34 Act related compliance. He also represents investment advisors, broker-dealers and mortgage companies regarding federal and state registration issues and compliance.
Mr. Mayer advises U.S. and multinational financial services companies on a wide range of matters, including mergers, reorganizations, dispositions and acquisitions, enforcement actions and other matters. His background includes positions as a former senior attorney with the FDIC, senior counsel at the Resolution Trust Corporation and member of the federal government inter-agency national bank fraud working group. He also has held significant governmental positions throughout his career.
Mr. Dusinberre represents financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, securities law compliance, corporate governance and regulatory matters. He also serves as lender’s counsel in connection with both loan originations and loan workouts.
Mr. Berman is a former senior in-house counsel to both regional and national financial institutions, including Commerce Bank, TD Bank and Sun National Bank, where he headed the legal department. He advises clients on regulatory matters, cash management, loss prevention and security, claims, litigation, lending and asset recovery, as well as the wide variety of operational issues that arise on a daily basis.