James A. Frazer



Financial Institutions Regulation and Enforcement

Washington, D.C.

T: +1.202.371.7510

F: 1.202.661.8277


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Jim Frazer advises clients on acquisitions, investments, investment management, capital markets, insolvency, and other regulatory and enforcement matters involving U.S.-regulated financial institutions. He represents clients before the Federal Reserve, the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and other federal and state banking agencies. Mr. Frazer’s experience includes investments, acquisitions, joint ventures, international banking, affiliates, compliance, regulatory capital, reserve requirements, FDIC receivership and other banking regulatory issues.

Mr. Frazer advises U.S. and international clients investing in banks, thrifts and other U.S.-regulated financial institutions; financial institutions investing in non-bank businesses; investment managers investing for their clients; financial institutions investing in international banks; and international banks with U.S. operations. Mr. Frazer also provides regulatory advice regarding trading, derivatives, structured finance, securities issuance, underwriting and other capital markets activities by financial institutions. He represents clients in the acquisition of failed banks and thrifts from the FDIC and advises on potential insolvency issues regarding client assets held by banks and trust companies. He has provided extensive advice on the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and assisted clients in preparing resolution plans required under that act. He also has provided advice on federal lending, capital and liquidity support programs under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

Mr. Frazer regularly advises national, regional and local bank holding companies, banks, thrifts and trust companies; international banks; investment and investment management firms including investment companies, investment advisers, hedge funds, venture capital firms, private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds; broker dealers; insurance companies; and other companies and individuals involved in transactions with U.S.-regulated financial institutions.

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District of Columbia


J.D., University of Chicago, 1985

B.A., Brown University, 1979