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Mitchell S. Eitel


Mitchell S. Eitel

New York +1-212-558-4000+1-212-558-4000 +1-212-558-3588+1-212-558-3588
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Mitch Eitel is Managing Partner of our Financial Services Group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. He has a broad practice covering the needs of our financial services clients, focusing largely on mergers and acquisitions as well as governance and other corporate, securities and regulatory aspects of transactional matters for banks, asset managers, insurers, broker-dealers, finance and financial technology companies. Mr. Eitel has worked on many of the largest, most complex transactions in the financial services industries, including the major transactions of the financial crisis. In addition to transactional work, Mr. Eitel works with our financial services clients on a wide range of regulatory and enforcement matters. These have included subjects such as resolution planning, anti-money laundering, consumer compliance, cyber-security and other areas of regulatory scrutiny. Law360 recently stated Mr. Eitel “has for years been one of the banking bar’s preeminent voices.”

Recent Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America
    • 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” in Banking and Finance Law
  • Law360, 2016 MVP in Banking
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Team
  • The American Lawyer, “Dealmaker of the Week”
  • The American Lawyer, “Dealmaker of the Year”
  • The Lawyer: Transatlantic Elite
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
    • recognized for Banking & Finance
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
    • recognized for Financial Services – M&A (Band 1); Financial Services – Regulation
  • The Legal 500 United States
  • IFLR1000
  • Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine, 2017 Global Leading Lawyer
  • 2015 Financial Services Regulation Lawyer of the Year
  • New York Super Lawyers – recognized for M&A
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition – recognized for M&A
  • Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America
  • Lawdragon 500: Leading Dealmakers in America
  • The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers


Mr. Eitel’s recent work has included representations of
  • American Express in the sale of its Costco co-branded credit card portfolio to Citibank
  • American Express in the sale of its JetBlue co-branded credit card portfolio to Barclays
  • The Bank of New York in the swap of its retail banking business and JPMorgan Chase’s corporate trust business
  • The Bank of New York in its merger with Mellon
  • The Bank of New York Mellon in connection with its settlement with Trion
  • Bankia S.A. in its sale of its subsidiary, City National Bank of Florida, to Banco de Credito e Inversiones (BCI)
  • Banque J. Safra Sarasin in its acquisition of Bank Leumi Luxembourg’s private banking business and the Monaco and Gibraltar private wealth businesses of Credit Suisse
  • Barclays in the acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ brokerage business
  • Barclays in the sale of its Latin American private banking business to Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Barclays in its acquisition of Analog Analytics
  • Barclays and JPMorgan in their investment in Cloud9
  • Bear Stearns’ directors in its sale to JPMorgan Chase
  • BMO Financial in its $4.1 billion acquisition of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation
  • BNP Paribas and First Hawaiian Bank in the IPO of First Hawaiian
  • BXM investors in the acquisition of Metropolitan Bank Group
  • CIT Group and IMB Holdco in connection with their merger
  • Citigroup in connection with over $20 billion in equity financings during the financial crisis
  • The Clearing House in connection with its merger with the Financial Services Roundtable to form the Bank Policy Institute
  • Fifth Third Bancorp in the creation, spin-out, rights sale and merger of Vantiv
  • First Niagara Financial Group in its acquisition of NewAlliance BancShares
  • Goldman Sachs in its sale of Goldman Sachs Administration Services to State Street
  • HSBC in the sale of its U.S. retail operations to First Niagara Bank
  • HSBC in the sale of U.S. card operations to Capital One
  • J.C. Flowers in its investment in IndyMac Bank
  • J.P. Morgan Asset Management in its purchase of a minority stake in Global X
  • JPMorgan Chase in its spinoff/sale of Highbridge Principal Strategies, an alternative investment management business, to its management team
  • JPMorgan Chase in its acquisition of the assets of Washington Mutual Bank
  • KBW Inc. in its merger with Stifel Financial Corporation
  • KeyCorp in the sale of Victory Capital Management
  • MatlinPatterson in the acquisition of Flagstar Bancorp
  • Merrill Lynch in the transaction combining Merrill Lynch Asset Management with BlackRock Inc. 
  • Merrill Lynch in its transaction with Madison Dearborn involving Nuveen Investments
  • Metro Bancorp in its merger with F.N.B. Corporation
  • NorthStar Asset Management in its acquisition of Townsend Asset Management from GTCR
  • NorthStar Asset Management in its three-way merger with Colony Capital and NorthStar Realty Finance
  • Regions Financial in the sale of Morgan Keegan & Company to Raymond James Financial
  • The Safra Group in the acquisition of Bank Sarasin
  • State Street in the acquisition of Charles River Development
  • Stonegate Mortgage in its sale to Home Point Mortgage
  • SunTrust Banks in the sale of RidgeWorth Capital Management
  • Sun Trust Banks in the acquisition of Seix Asset Management
  • Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc. in its $2.5 billion acquisition by BB&T Corporation
  • UMB Financial Corporation in the acquisition of Marquette Financial Companies
  • U.S. Bancorp in its acquisition of the $5 billion Charter One franchise from RBS Citizens
  • U.S. Bank in the sale of its ATM processing business
  • U.S. Bank in its settlement with US authorities regarding AML matters
  • Wachovia Corporation in its proposed sale to Citigroup and completed merger into Wells Fargo & Co. during the financial crisis
  • Warburg Pincus in its investments in Webster Financial Corporation and Sterling Financial
  • Wells Fargo in its acquisitions of the wealth and investment management company Analytic Investors
  • Wells Fargo in its exclusive arrangement with Credit Suisse to provide relationship managers and their clients in Credit Suisse’s U.S. Domestic Private Banking business with an opportunity to transition to Wells Fargo’s brokerage business, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Wells Fargo in connection with various sales practices matters
  • Wells Fargo in connection with resolution planning matters
  • Wells Fargo in its sale of 52 branches to Flagstar Bank
Mr. Eitel is a frequent speaker and panelist, particularly in the areas of financial services M&A, regulation and enforcement. Mr. Eitel is a member of The American Law Institute. He also serves as legal counsel to the Archaeological Institute of America.