Arnold & Porter LLP, an international law firm of more than 700 attorneys, has offices in New York, Washington, DC, London, Brussels, Denver, Los Angeles, Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco. The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 30 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters, and regulatory issues.
Mike serves as the Senior Vice President for Regulatory Policy at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). In this capacity, Mike represents the state banking system in the development of federal regulatory policy in the areas of consumer protection and safety and soundness. He is also responsible for any issues related to the coordination and cooperation between state and federal regulators. Mike serves as the staff director for the Regulatory Committee, State Federal Working Group, and the FFIEC’s State Liaison Committee. Prior to this assignment, Mike worked in all facets of CSBS’s Professional Development Division. He is a frequent instructor and speaker on bank examination, bank financial analysis and regulatory issues. Mike serves on the faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, the Texas Tech Bank School and the Graduate School of Bank Investments and Financial Management. Prior to joining CSBS in 1999, Mike was a bank examiner for the Iowa Division of Banking for 11 years.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife, Becki, and two children.
David Cooke, a widely recognized expert on financial sector issues, is a founding principal of the FinSec Navigator Group; a highly qualified advisory group serving financial institutions and their investors.
Cooke served as the first Executive Director of former Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) created to resolve failing thrift organizations from 1989 to 1992. As Executive Director, he was responsible for the RTC’s organization, staffing, and operation and oversaw the takeover of nearly 700 failing institutions and the development of innovative sales initiatives for managing and disposing of their assets.
Prior to RTC, Cooke served as the sole Deputy and key advisor to former FDIC Chairman L. William Seidman on corporate policy and budget issues. He functioned as chief of staff and directed or served on key management committees and was actively involved in the development of the FDIC’s failing bank resolution strategies. Before joining Chairman Seidman, Cooke had over 15 years experience with the FDIC, where he advanced to management positions in bank supervision, research and corporate strategy. During that time, he helped develop deposit insurance pricing and coverage strategies and oversaw the development of the FDIC’s off-site surveillance system for monitoring the performance and rating of insured banks.
Robert Azarow is a partner in Arnold & Porter’s New York office, where he concentrates his practice in securities, corporate, and banking law. Mr. Azarow has extensive experience advising banks, mortgage companies, insurance companies, investment banks, and other financial institutions on capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions. His transaction experience includes registered public offerings, private placements, strategic investments, whole company mergers for public and private companies, asset acquisitions, branch purchases, reorganizations into holding company form, and acquisitions of failed financial institutions and distressed assets from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Further, he has assisted financial institutions with their regulatory compliance matters, including response to examination issues and transaction-related matters, as well as regulatory capital compliance; stock repurchase programs; capital distributions; regulatory agreements for troubled institutions: corporate governance matters: periodic public company reporting and regulatory reporting.