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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, cybersecurity and other areas of regulatory scrutiny. Law360 has stated that Mr. Eitel “has for years been one of the banking bars preeminent voices.”


Mr. Eitel’s recent work has included representations of
  • Ally Financial in its $750 million acquisition of Fair Square Financial and acquisition of Health Credit Services
  • American Express in its acquisition of substantially all of Kabbage and the sales of its Costco co-branded credit card portfolio to Citibank and its JetBlue co-branded credit card portfolio to Barclays
  • Atlantic Capital in its merger with South State
  • BancorpSouth Bank in its merger with Cadence Bancorporation
  • Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in its sale of BBVA USA Bancshares to PNC Financial
  • The Bank of New York Mellon in numerous transactions, including its pending sale of HedgeMark to Innocap; the swap of its retail banking business and JPMorgan Chase’s corporate trust business; the merger of BNY and Mellon; and its settlement with Trion
  • Bankia S.A. in its sale of its US bank subsidiary 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; the sale of its Latin American private banking business to Royal Bank of Scotland; and its acquisition of Analog Analytics
  • Barclays and JPMorgan in their investment in Cloud9
  • Bear Stearns in its sale to JPMorgan Chase
  • Berkshire Hills Bancorp in its cooperation agreement with HoldCo Asset Management, pursuant to which Berkshire agreed to nominate two new directors
  • Better in its pending merger with Aurora Acquisition
  • BMO Financial in its acquisition of Marshall & Ilsley
  • BNP Paribas in the $16.3 billion sale of Bank of the West to BMO Financial
  • BNP Paribas and First Hawaiian Bank in the IPO of First Hawaiian
  • The underwriters in the IPO of Cadence Bancorp
  • CIT Group in its merger of equals with First Citizens; and in connection with CIT Bank's acquisition of Mutual of Omaha Bank
  • CIT Group and IMB Holdco in connection with their merger
  • Citigroup in connection with over $20 billion in equity financings during the Financial Crisis
  • Citizens Financial in its $3.5 billion merger with Investors Bancorp
  • The Clearing House in connection with its merger with the Financial Services Roundtable to form the Bank Policy Institute
  • Credit Suisse in its $3.2 billion pending merger with UBS; and in the sale of its Securitized Products Group and other related financing businesses to Apollo
  • Fifth Third Bancorp in the creation, spin-out, rights sale and merger of Vantiv
  • First Horizon in its $13.4 billion pending acquisition by TD Bank; merger of equals with IBERIABANK; and its acquisition of Capital Bank
  • 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. credit card portfolios to First Bank & Trust and Fidem; sales of its U.S. card operations to Capital One; its U.S. retail operations to First Niagara Bank; its LatAm private banking business to Morgan Stanley; and the sales of its East and West Coast Retail Branch Network to Citizens Bank and Cathay Bank, respectively
  • Independence Point Advisors in its strategic alliance with Lazard Frères
  • J.C. Flowers in numerous transactions, including its investment in LMAX Group; investment in IndyMac Bank; investment in HSH Nordbank; purchase of Santander’s Island Finance; and other transactions
  • J.P. Morgan Chase in its purchase of a minority stake in Global X; its spin-off/sale of Highbridge Principal Strategies to its management team; and its acquisition of the assets of Washington Mutual Bank
  • KBW in its merger with Stifel Financial Corporation
  • KeyCorp in the sale of Victory Capital Management; the purchase of Key Capital Markets; and other transactions
  • MatlinPatterson in the acquisition of Flagstar Bancorp
  • Merrill Lynch in the transaction combining Merrill Lynch Asset Management with BlackRock; and in its transaction with Madison Dearborn involving Nuveen Investments
  • Metro Bancorp in its merger with F.N.B. Corporation
  • Millstein & Co. in its acquisition by Guggenheim Securities
  • NorthStar Asset Management in its acquisition of Townsend Asset Management from GTCR and sale of Townsend to AON; and its three-way merger with Colony Capital and NorthStar Realty Finance
  • Raymond James in its acquisition of TriState Capital Holdings
  • Regions Bank in its acquisition of Ascentium Capital
  • Regions Financial in the sale of Morgan Keegan & Company to Raymond James Financial
  • Piper Jaffray in its acquisition of Sandler O’Neill to form a combined company named Piper Sandler Companies
  • Piper Sandler in its acquisition of DBO Partners
  • The Safra Group in the acquisition of Bank Sarasin
  • State Street in the acquisition of Charles River
  • Truist Financial in the merger of equals between SunTrust and BB&T Corporation; sale of RidgeWorth Capital Management; acquisition of Seix Asset Management; and other transactions
  • The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son in its acquisition of ABN AMRO (Channel Islands) Limited and its acquisition of Deutsche Bank’s Global Trust Solutions business outside the U.S.
  • Transactis in its acquisition by Mastercard
  • UMB Financial Corporation in the acquisition of Marquette Financial Companies
  • U.S. Bank in its acquisition of the Charter One franchise from RBS Citizens; in the sale of its ATM processing business; in its settlement with US authorities regarding AML matters; and its strategic alliance with State Farm
  • Wachovia Corporation in its proposed sale to Citigroup and completed merger into Wells Fargo during the Financial Crisis
  • Warburg Pincus in its investments in Webster Financial Corporation and Sterling Financial
  • Wells Fargo in its sale of its Corporate Trust Services business to Computershare; in its series of 12 investments in Minority Depository Institutions; in the sale of Eastdil Secured; in its sale of 52 branches to Flagstar Bank; in its acquisitions of Analytic Investors and Credit Suisse’s U.S. Domestic Private Banking business; in connection with various sales practices matters; and in connection with resolution planning matters
Mr. Eitel is a frequent speaker and panelist, particularly in the areas of financial services M&A, regulation and enforcement. He is a member of The American Law Institute and serves as legal counsel to the Archaeological Institute of America.


  • Law360, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2016 MVP in Banking
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018 Financial Services Regulation Lawyer of the Year
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Team, 2021, 2009
  • 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 (Band 1)
  • Lawyers Worldwide Awards, 2017 Global Leading Lawyer
  • 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 Legal 500 United States
  • IFLR1000
  • The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers