Fundamentals of Banking Law 2016

Fundamentals of Banking Law

Fundamentals of Banking Law
October 31 – November 2, 2016 
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
211 Main Street 
San Francisco, CA

NEW THIS YEAR: We are pleased to introduce the first-ever Fundamentals of Banking Law class on FinTech. This exciting intersection of financial services and technology will be explored thoroughly throughout the session, especially its relationship to banking law. 

The UC Berkeley School of Law is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Fundamentals of Banking Law (formerly Banking Law Basics), an intensive 2 ½ day program designed to familiarize participants with the basics of banking law, including the critical policies, concepts and regulations that have shaped 150 years of banking law from the passage of the 1863 National Bank Act to the present.

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Program Details


This Fundamentals of Banking Law program has been offered twice each year for more than 15 years to small classes of no more than 50 participants. From Monday morning until Wednesday noon, this program provides a comprehensive introduction to banking law. In addition to its review of major banking law developments over the past 30 years, the program will examine the effect of the Financial Crisis on the regulation and supervision of traditional banking organizations and those companies new to supervision by federal banking regulators. The course will address a number of topics related to the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the most comprehensive banking legislation since the Depression, including regulation of systemically important financial institutions, capital requirements, mortgage- and other asset-backed securitizations, and swaps, derivatives, and hedging. 


Who Should Register

  • Lawyers at all levels of experience, from entry-level associates to seasoned practitioners who are newly involved or expect to become involved in banking law or representing regulated financial institutions;
  • Banking law specialists seeking to expand their knowledge and practices into other growing areas of concentration;
  • All private practitioners who advise their corporate clients on banking law matters;
  • Consultants, accountants, and bank executives seeking a more comprehensive understanding of banking regulations and regulatory policies;
  • Compliance officers, internal auditors, risk managers and other in-house personnel responsible for applying banking regulations and managing risks;
  • Supervisory personnel and examiners from financial regulatory agencies; and,
  • Officers and employees of financial trade associations, self-regulatory entities, clearing houses and exchanges.

Other Program Topics Include: 

  • The structure and purpose of bank regulation;
  • Understanding banks as chartered entities, and entities chartered by the federal government;
  • The impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on banks and financial services companies;
  • The Basel capital rules;
  • 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; and
  • Supervision, examination and enforcement by banking regulators and the expansion of government agencies addressing the practices of banking organizations.

Course Instructors

The program is designed as a law school course rather than a seminar or conference. The 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 Wasington University 

Paul T. Clark Partner, Seward & Kissel LLP and BCLB Board Member 

Hugh Conroy, Counsel, 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

James E. Scott, Director, Graduate Program in Banking & Financial Law and Lecturer in Law Boston University School of Law; former Chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association 

Karol K. Sparks, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Chicago, Lecturer in Law, Boston University School of Law; former Chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association 

MCLE Information

Up to 19.5 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 19.5 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.


Early Registration:
Government and Public Interest Employees, UC Berkeley School of Law Alumni – $1,100
General Public – $1,300

General Registration:
Government and Public Interest Employees, UC Berkeley School of Law Alumni – $1,300
General Public – $1,500

Refunds, minus $25 to cover administrative costs, are possible by September 16. No refunds will be given after this date.

Hotel Information

For your convenience, here are two hotels located near the Charles Schwab office; unfortunately, no special rate can be offered for your stay regardless of the hotel. 


Hotel Griffon
4 min away

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
9 min away


If you need suggestions for other hotels, feel free to contact us at


Monday October 31 – Wednesday November 2, 2016
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. 
211 Main Street 
San Francisco, CA 94105