Fundamentals of Banking Law

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Fundamentals of Banking Law is an intensive three-day executive education academy designed to familiarize participants with the basics of banking law.


(Applications closed on October 18, 2018)

Fundamentals of Banking Law addresses the key policies, concepts and regulations surrounding the financial markets, Dodd-Frank, and the rise of FinTech. Designed as a workshop and lecture-based program, rather than a seminar or conference, Fundamentals of Banking Law is taught by experienced practitioners, from leading institutions including Berkeley Law, Boston University, Charles Schwab, the Clearing House, and NYU.

Other Program Topics

  • The structure and purpose of bank regulation;
  • Understanding banks as chartered entities, and entities chartered by the federal government;
  • Prudential limitations, including affiliate rules, loans to one-borrower and loans to insiders;
  • Permitted investments and activities of banks, bank holding companies and financial holding companies;
  • Insurance, securities and capital market activities, including derivative and swap activities, of banks and bank affiliates;
  • FDIC deposit insurance and bank failures;
  • Supervision, examination, and enforcement by banking regulators and the expansion of government agencies addressing the practices of banking organizations; and
  • Assessing the opportunities and risks surrounding FinTech technologies and companies.

Program Details


The three-day program will be held from Monday, October 29, 2018 through Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Charles Schwab on 211 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 91405.


The program fee is $1,900 ($1,700 for UC Berkeley alumni). An early-bird discount of $1,700 ($1,500 for UC Berkeley alumni) is available for all accepted applicants who register by August 15, 2018. Program fee also includes access to the UC Berkeley FinTech Legal (October 31, 2018) workshop. The Fundamentals of Banking Law and FinTech Legal programs are offered at no additional fee to participants of the Berkeley Law Finance Academy. Government, nonprofit, and university employees may request a reduced rate.


We accept qualified candidates on a rolling basis and space is limited, so we encourage you to apply early.


Up to 24 hours of MCLE credit is being offered, including at least one hour of ethics. The grant of MCLE credit is within the purview of the states, and we will provide a certificate of attendance and other materials to use in seeking continuing education credits. Berkeley Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 24 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

Course Instructors

The Fundamentals of Banking Law faculty consists of experienced practitioners who have also taught as adjuncts at major law schools.

John A. Buchman, Director, Legal Counsel, Charles Schwab, San Francisco; Lecturer in Law, George Washington University

Paul Clark, Partner, Seward & Kissel LLP, Washington DC; member, Executive Advisory Board for Berkeley Center for Law and Business

Hugh ConroyCounsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP, New York and current Vice Chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association

Sara A. Kelsey, Adjunct Professor, New York University Law School and New York Law School, former General Counsel of the FDIC, Sole Practitioner

Edward J. McAniff, Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles; Adjunct Professor, University of Oregon School of Law

Jeremy R. Newell, Managing Director and General Counsel, The Clearing House; formerly Lecturer in Law, Boston University School of Law

Camille Orme, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York

Karol Sparks, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP and author of The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers, Second Edition (2017). Each registered participant will receive a copy of Karol’s book.


(Applications closed on October 18, 2018)