Fundamentals of Banking Law

Fundamentals of Banking Law

Fundamentals of Banking Law is an intensive two and a half day executive education program designed to familiarize participants with the basics of banking law.

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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, academics from leading law schools including Berkeley Law, Boston University, and NYU, as well as former bank regulators.

Program Highlights

Program participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The structure and purpose of bank regulation;
  • Banks as chartered entities, and entities chartered by the federal government;
  • Prudential limitations, including affiliate, loans-to-one-borrower, and loans-to-insider rules;
  • 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
  • How to assess the opportunities and risks surrounding FinTech technologies and companies.

Added Bonus

Participants who register for Fundamentals of Banking Law get free access to the Berkeley Law Fintech Legal Workshop, which takes place on the afternoon of November 1st. Learn more about the workshop.

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Program Details

When & Where

October 30 – November 1, 2019 in San Francisco. Exact location provided upon registration.

Who Should Apply

Attorneys, compliance professionals and risk managers working in financial services organizations.


  • General Price = $2,375
  • Alumni Price = $2,100
  • Group Price = $2,275 (3+ people from the same organization)

Tuition covers program admission, course materials, breakfast, and lunch during the event for one individual. It also includes complimentary access to the Berkeley Law FinTech Legal Workshop, which is held immediately following Fundamentals of Banking Law on the afternoon of November 1, 2019.

Travel and accommodation are not included. 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.


This program is approved for 18 hours of general MCLE credit and 2.25 hours of legal ethics credit (20.25 hours total) in the State of California. The grant of MCLE credit is within the purview of State Bar Associations and we will provide a certificate of attendance and other materials to use in seeking continuing legal education credits for jurisdictions outside of California.

For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Lily Yang at Please attempt to make your service request with as much advance notice as possible.

Course Instructors

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

Scott G. Alvarez, Retired General Counsel, Federal Reserve Board

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

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

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

John M. Geiringer, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP ; Vice-Chair, Banking Law Committee, 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, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington D.C.; former Executive Managing Director and General Counsel, The Clearing House

Karol Sparks, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP and author of The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers, Second Edition (2017).

Luncheon Speaker:

Vince Cogan, General Counsel, Brex