Panelists

Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Washington, DC

Michael Barr is the Vice Chair for Supervision for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Before joining the Federal Reserve, Barr served as the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He also served as a professor of public policy and law at the university, teaching financial regulation and international finance. He helped found the University of Michigan’s Center on Finance, Law & Policy and co-founded the law school’s International Transactions Clinic. Prior to his work at the university, Barr worked as the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions as well as a Special Advisor to President Clinton at the U.S. Treasury Department and a special advisor and policy counsel at the U.S. State Department.

Barr received a BA in History from Yale University, a MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, and a JD from Yale Law School.
NextStreet, New York City, NY

Samantha Berg is the Co-CEO of NextStreet in New York City. Before starting at NextStreet, Berg founded FITMARK, a consulting firm for data and fintech startup companies. Prior to this, she worked as an Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Amalgamated Bank. She also served as the Chief of Staff for the Commercial Bank and a Senior Vice President in Business Bank Marketing at Capital One. Berg has also worked as an executive at Citi, assisting small business partnerships and overseeing bank deposit products. For more than ten-years, she was at Chase Bank in several departments, including Small Business Banking, Technology, and Consumer Financial Services.

Berg graduated with a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Truist Financial Corporation, Atlanta, GA

David Bloom is the Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the Corporate & Institutional Group at Truist, leading a team of lawyers and paralegals providing legal support for Truist’s Corporate & Institutional Group. Prior to Truist, Bloom was the Head of Legal Corporate Investment Banking and Markets (CIBM) for HSBC, leading the CIBM legal function in London. Before HSBC, Bloom was a Senior Attorney with American Express Bank providing legal support for the Global Treasury Department. He also worked for Arnold & Porter (previously Kaye Scholer) as a Corporate Finance Associate.

Bloom holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MA in Finance & Banking from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a JD from American University Washington College of Law.
Holland & Knight, Miami, FL

Josias Dewey is a partner at Holland & Knight and a previous leader of the firm’s Real Estate Practice group. Dewey works as a financial services and real estate attorney, representing financial institutions, life insurance companies, and investments funds in financial related matters. Dewey is also considered a leading expert on software development, blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) and has co-authored “The Blockchain: A Guide for Legal and Business Professionals.” In addition, he has worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and frequently teaches Real Estate Transactions.

Dewey graduated with a BA from the University of Florida and a JD from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.
Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC

David Freeman is a partner at Arnold & Porter and currently serves as the leader of its Financial Services practice group. In his role, Freeman represents financial institutions, investment managers and other key stakeholders on a variety on banking and securities related matters. Specifically, he assists banks, broker-dealers, and investment firms on complying with applicable state and federal financial law. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for UNC School of Law’s Center for Banking & Finance.

Freeman received his BA, MBA, and JD from the University of Virginia.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York, NY

Andrew Gerlach is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. He currently serves as the co-Managing Partner of the General Practice Group and the co-head of the North America insurance practice. As a partner in Financial Services and Merger & Acquisitions, Gerlach assists his clients with a variety of transactions involving financial institutions, including divestitures securities offerings, and state and federal regulatory compliance. His areas of specialty include corporate takeover defense, corporate governance strategy, and mergers and acquisitions.

He holds a BA from George Mason University and a JD from Boston University School of Law.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Eric Ghysels serves as the Edward Bernstein Distinguished Professor of Economics and Professor of Finance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also is a finance professor at the university’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Ghysels specializes in time series econometrics and empirical financing. His recent research involves regression models, artificial intelligence, Mixed Data sampling, and FinTech. A leading expert in his field of study, he has published several works and has also served as co-editor for the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and as an editor the Journal of Financial Econometrics. He also was the inaugural co-president and fellow of the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE).  In addition, Ghysels has previously been recognized as a resident scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and also as a fellow at the European Central Bank and the American Statistical Association.

Ghysels earned his BA from the University of Brussels and his MA and PhD from Northwestern University.
U.S. Bank, Charlotte, NC

Erin Burke Henderson is an Associate General Counsel in the Legal Regulatory Group at U.S. Bank. Henderson has previous experience as an in-house attorney in financial services, supporting both legal regulatory matters and the consumer mortgage line of business, and as an attorney in private practice. She focuses her practice on consumer regulatory issues.

Henderson earned her Bachelor’s from Pennsylvania State University and her JD from the University of Notre Dame School of Law
RBC Bank, Raleigh, NC

Gerald Hurst is Vice President and General Counsel of RBC Bank in Georgia. In his role, he is responsible for providing legal advice and support to RBC Bank regarding legal, compliance, and regulatory issues resulting from the various laws, rules, and regulations applicable to RBC Bank. In addition, he leads the RBC legal team which is responsible for providing support to RBC Global Procurement and Third-Party Risk, and he is a member of the RBC U.S. bank regulatory team. Prior to joining RBC Bank, he worked for Buckley LLP, Bank of America Corporation, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Hurst is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.
White & Case LLP, New York, NY

Elizabeth Kirk is a partner at White & Case in New York City. As a member of the firm’s Debt Finance practice group, Kirk advises investments banks, private equity groups, financial institutions, and credit agencies and borrowers on financial related matters. She also specializes in maritime and offshore sector law, having seconded to the Shipping, Offshore & Oil Services group at Nordea Bank Norge ASA and the firm’s EMEA Debt Finance team. Prior to joining the firm, Kirk worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.

Kirk graduated with a BSJ from Northwestern University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC

Drew Kohan is the Associate Director at the Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, responsible for Supervisory Policy and Outreach, UDAP Enforcement, and Fair Lending Enforcement. Prior to the Federal Reserve Board, Drew served as a Senior Compliance Officer at Capital One as well as a Senior Exam Manager at the CFPB.

He received his Bachelor’s from Villanova University and his MBA from Old Dominion University. Drew is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
Bank of America, Boston, MA

Lauren Mogensen serves as the Global General Counsel for Bank of America. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the bank’s legal functions worldwide and also is a member of the Executive Management team. In her twenty-year tenure at the bank, she has served in a variety of executive roles. Previously, Mogensen worked as the head of Global Compliance and Operational Risk, managing the company’s governance and strategy programs and overseeing enterprise-wide Compliance and Operational Risk policies. She also served as the legal executive for several lines of business, including Human Resources, Commercial Banking, and Global Technology and Operations. She initially worked at FleetBoston Financial prior to its merger with the bank, eventually serving as Deputy General Counsel. Prior to Fleet, Mogensen worked as a partner at Locke Lorde LLP (previously Edwards & Angell, LLP).

Mogensen holds a BA in Government from Colby College and a JD from George Washington University.
Moore & Van Allen, Charlotte, NC

Ed O’Keefe is the Co-head of Financial Regulatory Advice & Response at Moore & Van Allen. In his role, he advises and represents financial institutions, including investigations, litigation, regulatory compliance, governance, cybersecurity, compensation, and risk management. In addition, he advises on law department management and effective legal engagement with regulators and control functions. Prior to joining Moore & Van Allen, he served as the Global General Counsel of Bank of America Corporation and a senior executive with Bank of America’s compliance, technology, human resources, and operations functions.

O’Keefe earned a BA from the University of Rhode Island and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

Matt Pearson is Associate General Counsel at Bank of America. He is a member of the Regulatory Inquiries Group (RIG) and leads the team responsible for government and regulatory investigations concerning banking products and services for consumers, businesses, and high net worth individuals. In prior roles, Matt managed high profile class action and False Claims Act litigation and oversaw stress testing for the Legal Department for the Bank’s annual Comprehensive Capital Assessment and Review (CCAR) submission. Before joining the Bank, Matt was in private practice in Charlotte specializing in consumer, business, and securities litigation.


Pearson is a graduate of Amherst College and the Washington and Lee School of Law.
Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC

Sonia Pfaffenroth is a partner at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. In her role, she assists  clients with international antitrust disputes. Previously, Pfaffenroth served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil and Criminal Operation in the Antitrust Division and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice, supervising civil and criminal law enforcement efforts globally. Prior to her government work, she was a partner at Arnold & Porter where she conducted transactional and litigation work, including mergers and acquisitions and antitrust counseling.

Pfaffenroth received her BA from Carleton College and JD from Stanford Law School.
Milken Institute, Washington, DC

Michael Piwowar is the Executive Vice President of Finance at the Milken Institute. Prior to this role, he served as the Executive Director for the Center for Financial Markets, assisting in critically analyzing financial institutions. Previously, Piwowar served as Acting Chairman as well as a Commissioner for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He also was the Republican Party’s chief economist for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, assisting in the drafting of the Dodd-Frank Act and the JOBS Act. He also worked as a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Additionally, Piwowar was a Principal at the Securities Litigation and Consulting Group.

Piwowar holds a BA in Foreign Service and International Politics and PhD from The Pennsylvania State University as well as an MBA from Georgetown University.
Duke University, Durham, NC

Lee Reiners is the Policy Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center at Duke University. He also serves as a lecturing fellow and has previously taught classes on FinTech, Cryptocurrency, Climate Change, and Cybersecurity Law and Policy. Reiners has written extensively on financial regulatory matters via the FinReg Blog. Previously, he worked as a senior associate and supervisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, assisting in the coordination of engagement with international and domestic regulatory agencies.  He has also taught finance and economics at Saint Peter’s University and is currently a Lecturing Fellow of Economics at the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.

Reiners earned a BS in Business Economics from the University of St. Thomas and a MPP with a Global Policy concentration from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York, NY

Reena Sahni is a partner in the Global Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory practice at Shearman & Sterling. In her role, Sahni advises banks and other financial institutions on investments, federal regulations and standards, recovery planning, corporate governance, and other complex financial matters. She is also a leader in FinTech, assisting clients on monetary exchanges and digital custody issues. Prior to her work at the firm, Sahni was a Senior Attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and also served as Counsel at Davis Polk.

She received her BA from Harvard University and a JD from Columbia Law School.
U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC

Graham Steele is the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He serves as an expert on financial institutions and regulations for the executive agency. Prior to his role at the Treasury Department, Steele was the director of the Corporations and Society Initiative at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he oversaw research focused on issues to promote “accountable capitalism” and governance. He also worked as a staff member at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He also has held a variety of policy roles, simultaneously serving as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Sherrod Brown and staff director for the Senate’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions & Consumer Protection.

Steele graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a JD from The George Washington University Law School.
Signature Bank, New York, NY

Seth Stern is Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Signature Bank and is a member of the Bank’s Senior Management team.  In his role, Stern leads the Bank’s Legal, Corporate Governance, and Corporate Affairs functions, and manages the day-to-day legal activities, operations, and risk of Signature Bank and its subsidiaries.  He joined the Bank in 2014.

Stern received his JD from Villanova University School of Law, his MBA from Villanova University School of Business, and his BA in Economics from Boston University.
Moore & Van Allen, Charlotte, NC

John Stoker is the Senior Counsel in Moore & Van Allen’s Financial Regulatory Advice & Response Team. Stoker advises clients on a broad array of federal and state banking laws and regulations impacting financial services products, services, and operations. He supports clients in evaluating the permissibility and compliance considerations associated with new product and strategic investment initiatives as well as assisting clients in risk management remediation projects.

Prior to joining Moore & Van Allen, Stoker led the Corporate Regulatory Section in the Wells Fargo Legal Department. During his 15 years with Wells Fargo, he served as a senior member and then as the manager of the Section, which provided legal support on regulatory compliance requirements to business groups and to the company’s compliance, risk, regulatory relations, and other enterprise functions. He engaged directly with bank regulatory authorities at senior levels concerning significant regulatory issues, including the permissibility of products and investments, strategic acquisitions, and supervisory and enforcement matters, and he also served as a Legal Department representative on various enterprise risk management governance committees.

Stoker received his undergraduate and legal degrees from the University of North Carolina. He is a regular speaker at the University of North Carolina Law School’s annual ABCs of Banking Law program.
Davis Polk, New York, NY

Margaret Tahyar is the Head of Financial Institutions at Davis Polk. As the head of the practice group, Tahyar provides strategic bank and regulatory advice to financial institutions and also assists clients on corporate governance, bank chartering, securities disclosure, and mergers and acquisitions. She also is a member of the Fintech team and serves as an advisor on digital assets, cryptocurrencies and financial technology partnerships. In addition, Tahyar is a member of the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. She is also a prolific author, having co-written Financial Regulation: Law and Policy and FinTech Law: The Case Studies.

Tahyar received her AB from the University of Michigan and a JD from Columbia Law School.