Derek M. Bush’s practice focuses on advising U.S. and international financial institutions and foreign sovereigns regarding the complete spectrum of U.S. bank regulatory matters and legislation. 

Among other areas, this includes regulatory requirements imposed under the Dodd-Frank Act, restructurings, corporate governance and investments by and in banking organizations; corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, privatizations, capital markets transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; and internal investigations and in enforcement proceedings involving the U.S. federal banking agencies.

He represents clients before the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Reserve Banks, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the New York Department of Financial Services.

Derek joined the firm in 1995 and became a partner in 2003. 

Notable Experiences

Regulatory Highlights

  • Several U.S. and non-U.S. banks on the preparation of resolution plans.

  • The Institute of International Bankers regarding various matters related to U.S. regulatory reform as applied to internationally headquartered institutions, including in connection with the Volcker Rule.

  • Numerous U.S. and non-U.S. banking organizations in all aspects of implementation of, and compliance with, the Volcker Rule.

  • Multiple U.S. and non-U.S. financial institutions, (including BNP Paribas, Barclays, Natixis and Mizuho) regarding the Federal Reserve Board’s enhanced prudential standards adopted under Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act and the implementation of enhanced capital requirements under the Basel Committee’s “Basel II,” “Basel II-1/2” and “Basel III.”

  • U.S. and international banks in connection with regulatory investigations by the Federal Reserve, FinCEN, OFAC and bank regulatory authorities regarding compliance with anti-money laundering requirements and U.S. sanctions programs.

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Transactional Highlights

  • The underwriters, led by Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley, in the initial public offering of shares of common stock of Citizens Financial Group — the largest-ever U.S. IPO of a retail bank.

  • Banner Corporation in its $702 million acquisition of Starbuck Bancshares, the bank holding company for AmericanWest Bank.

  • American Express in the formation of a 50/50 joint venture of its Global Business Travel division with an investor group comprised of BlackRock, Certares LP, Macquarie Capital Group and Qatar Holding.

  • Barclays Bank in the sale of all of the partnership interests in Barclays Private Credit Partners Fund L.P. to Ares Capital Corporation, a specialty finance company for private middle-market companies.

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Selected Activities

  • Member, Executive Council, Banking Law Section of the Federal Bar Association
  • Faculty; Financial Institutions, Markets, and Transactions Training Series; 2023


Countdown to Implementation of US Beneficial Ownership Reporting

U.S. Banking Agencies Propose Increases to Capital Requirements of Banking Institutions 

Corporates Face Novel Risks from Debt Ceiling Impasse—Even if No Default Occurs

Recent Bank Failure Reports Point to Increased Scrutiny of U.S. Banks

FinCEN Proposes Rule Regarding Access to Beneficial Ownership Information under the Corporate Transparency Act

Agencies Seek Comment on Large Bank Resolution

FinCEN Requests Input on Potential AML Requirements for Real Estate Transactions

U.S. Banking Agencies Issue Roadmap for Crypto Regulation

OFAC Settles With Digital Currency Payment Processor for Sanctions Violations 

FDIC Overhauls Brokered Deposit Regulation

OCC Standardizes Rules for Complex Activities and Updates Licensing Procedures 

Agencies Finalize Resolution Plan Guidance for Certain Foreign Banks 

Key Areas to Watch in Financial Institution Regulation Under President Biden 

Guide 3 Requirements for Banking Registrants Codified

OCC Looks to Expand Digital Banking and Proposes Updates to Bank Activity Regulations 

AG MIT CMO, LLC v. RBC (Barbados) Trading Corp.: Initial Post-COVID-19 Litigation Challenges to Closeouts of Repurchase Agreements

FDIC Approves Two New ILCs and Proposes Supervision of ILC Parents

Summary of U.S. Financial Sector Initiatives Responding to COVID-19

DFS Regulation Clarifies Scope of Governor Cuomo’s Forbearance Order

Comprehensive Summary of U.S. Financial Sector Initiatives Responding to COVID-19

Agencies Propose Resolution Plan Guidance For Three Large FBOs

Response to COVID-19: Break Out the Financial Crisis Toolkit?

Federal Reserve’s Final Rule on “Control”: Observations and Analysis

Observations on the Volcker Funds Proposal

Federal Banking Agencies Release Foreign Bank Tailoring Proposals

OCC Begins Accepting Applications for FinTech Charters

Volcker 1.5: Highlights of Proposal to Simplify the Volcker Rule

Cleary Gottlieb Discusses New Law Revising Dodd-Frank Act

Senate Passes Regulatory Relief Bill

Regulation of Foreign Banks & Affiliates in the United States

Guide to Bank Underwriting, Dealing and Brokerage Activities

A Dramatic Departure? National Treatment of Foreign Banks

U.S. Regulation of International Activities of U.S. Banking Organizations

Resolution Planning and the Volcker Rule

FSOC Reproposes the Nonbank SIFI Designation Rule