Carl A. Fornaris

Carl A. Fornaris is Co-Chair of the firm's Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice. With 20 years of legal experience, Carl concentrates his practice on the representation of financial services firms in all aspects of their business. In particular, he represents U.S. and non-U.S. firms on finance and corporate matters, and provides supervisory and compliance counseling for institutions regulated by the Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, FinCEN, CFPB, SEC, FINRA, Florida Office of Financial Regulation and other state supervisory authorities.

Carl is also active representing lenders and credit parties in financing transactions of all types, particularly credits to non-U.S. loan parties, asset-based credits, acquisition financing and letters of credit.

Carl advises banks, their holding companies, investment advisers, securities broker dealers, money services businesses and other financial institutions on capital-raising transactions, Volcker Rule implementation, CFPB compliance, critical examination reports and enforcement proceedings, and compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, FATCA, USA PATRIOT Act/BSA/AML and OFAC sanctions programs. Carl also advises former officers and directors of failed banks in connection with threatened or actual administrative and civil claims.

Carl is the immediate past General Counsel of the Florida International Bankers’ Association and sits on the Board of Directors of FIBA. Previously, he served as Head of Legal and Compliance for the Latin America region of Barclays Bank PLC, with responsibility for managing legal and compliance matters throughout the region of Latin America. He began his legal career in Washington, D.C. with an international law firm.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Financial Regulatory and Compliance, 2) Financial Institutions, 3) Global, 4) Corporate & Securities, 5) Banking and Finance, 6) Banking and financial services law, 7) regulation and compliance, 8) Commercial lending and 9) Latin America cross-border transactions
Law School J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1979
Admitted Year 1993
Education B.S., University of Miami, 1990
Bar Member / Association State bar of District of Columbia, State bar of Florida,U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,
Most recent firm Greenberg Traurig LLP
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