Donald N. Lamson

Donald N. Lamson, a partner in the global Financial Institutions Advisory & Financial Regulatory Group, advises international banks and financial institutions on bank regulatory and supervisory issues involving derivative activities, capital markets, M&A, changes in control, investments, internal investigations, enforcement and consumer compliance. Prior to that, he spent 30 years at the OCC, the regulator of national banks. Detailed to the Treasury Department, he helped draft the Administration’s proposal for financial reform, which later became the Dodd-Frank Act.

Selected Experience

  • Independent directors of JP Morgan Chase in connection with its CIO trading matter
  • Bank of Canada on OTC derivatives clearing
  • An international investment bank on the possible disposal of its global fund management businesses

External Publications

  • Co-author, “Basel III Framework: US/EU Comparison,” (September 17, 2013); posted in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (September 27, 2013) (with Barnabas W.B. Reynolds)
  • Co-author, “Fed to Charge Big-Banks for Supervision Under Dodd-Frank”; posted in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (August 29, 2013) (with Bradley K. Sabel)
  • “The Volcker Rule: an overview and lessons learned for non-U.S. reform efforts,” Revue de droit bancaire et financier - Revue Bimestrielle LexisNexis JurisClasseur, Dossier n° 39 (Juillet-Aout 2013)
  • Co-author, “Too Early to Tell If Dodd-Frank Ends ‘Too Big To Fail’” (May 28, 2013); referred to in post in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (June 15, 2013) (with Bradley K. Sabel and David L. Portilla)
  • Co-author, “Challenging a SIFI Designation,” New York Law Journal (May 13, 2013) (with Bradley K. Sabel and Bradford Rossi)
  • Co-author, “FSOC’s Risky Push for Money-Market Fund Reform,” American Banker (February 20, 2013) (with Sylvia Favretto)
  • “May CFPB Director Adopt Regulations to Cover Supervision of Non-Banks?” BNA Banking Report (July 10, 2012)
  • Co-author, “Tightening the Limits on Big US Banks,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (January 30, 2012) (with Bradley K. Sabel and Gregg L. Rozansky)
  • Co-author, “Reinventing the Credit Rating,” New York Law Journal (January 9, 2012) (with Bradley K. Sabel and Shriram Bhashyam)
  • “Restore Some Bailout Flexibility to the Federal Reserve,” American Banker (September 12, 2011)
  • “Restore Some Bailout Flexibility to the Federal Reserve,” American Banker’s financial services blog, BankThink (September 12, 2011)
  • “The Federal Reserve’s Bailout Authority—In Search of the Road Less Traveled,” BNA Banking Report (September 2011)
  • Co-author, “Developments in Asset-Backed Securitization since Dodd-Frank: An Assessment of the Regulatory Landscape,” Journal of Structured Finance (September 2011) (with Gregg L. Rozansky)
  • “Financial Stability Oversight Counsel: All New or Deja Vu?,” Banking Report (May 2011)
  • Co-author, “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Stand-Up or Stand-Off?,” Banking Report (April 2011) (with Hilary Allen)
  • Co-author, “Consumer Financial Protection: It’s a Smaller World After All,” Banking Report (March 2011) (with Hilary Allen)
  • Co-author, “SEC and CFTC Joint Rulemakings Under Dodd-Frank—A Regulatory Odd Couple?,” BNA Securities Regulation & Law (March 2011) (with Hilary Allen)

Media Coverage

  • Interviewed on, “Has Dodd Frank Lived Up to the Hype?” (September 18, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Volcker Rule Tops List of Banking Regs To Watch This Fall,” Law360 (August 30, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Fed Looks Poised To Dial Back Banks’ Energy Biz,” Law360 (July 22, 2013)
  • Quoted in “CFTC cross-border rules slammed as ‘rushed’,” Risk Magazine (July 15, 2013)
  • Quoted in “US-Europe derivatives deal risks lawsuits ahead,” (July 12, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Sewing Together Swaps Rules Tapestry,” The Wall Street Journal Morning Risk Report Blog (July 12, 2013)
  • Quoted in “DERIVATIVES: Gensler risks cross-border litigation,” International Financing Review (July 11, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Prudential Financial Sifi appeal ‘futile’,” Insurance Risk (July 5, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Prudential challenges designation,” The Portland Press Herald (July 5, 2013)
  • Quoted in “What Do New Capital Rules Mean for U.S. Banks?” Wall St. Cheat Sheet (July 4, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Prudential enters unchartered legal realm by appealing its regulatory label,” The Washington Post Business Page (July 3, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Big bank stress tests are back,” MarketWatch (July 3, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Fears of disjointed regulation of systemically risky insurers grow,” Insurance Risk (June 12, 2013)
  • Quoted in “SEC Head White Passes 1st Test With Money Fund Reforms,” Law360 (June 5, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Swap Dealers’ Overseas Branches Gain Exemptions in SEC Plan,” The Washington Post Business Page (May 2, 2013)
  • Quoted in “U.S. Swap Dealers’ Overseas Branches Gain Exemptions in SEC Plan,” Bloomberg News (May 1, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Fed Rule Gives Regulators Cover to Boost Nonbank Scrutiny,” Law360 (April 3, 2013)
  • Quoted in “FSOC Pressures SEC, But All’s Fair In Love and Regulation,” Law360 (Feb. 26, 2013)
  • Quoted in “How Will SEC React to FSOC Recommendations for Money-Market Fund Reform?” American Banker, (Feb. 22, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Dodd-Frank Rules May Force Banks To Shed Energy Units,” Law360 (Feb. 15, 2013)
  • Quoted in “How Will the CFPB’s New Mortgage Rules Impact the Market?” (Feb. 5, 2013)
  • Quoted in “Court rejects Obama recess appointments, ruling them unconstitutional,” MarketWatch (Jan. 25, 2013)
  • Quoted in “What to Expect from Warren on Senate Banking Panel,” MarketWatch (Dec. 2012)
  • Quoted in “SEC Money Market Fund Reform Uncertain Under Krawcheck,” Law360 (Dec. 3, 2012)
  • Quoted in “Geithner Successor Likely To Be Budget, Not Regulatory, Guru,” Law360 (Nov. 30, 2012)
  • Quoted in “OCC Launches New Program to Resolve Supervision Disputes,” American Banker (Oct. 1, 2012)
  • Quoted in “Dodd-Frank May Survive Romney, But Not In One Piece,” Law360 (Oct. 26, 2012)
  • Quoted in “Rushed Volcker Rule Could Mean Compliance Chaos, Attys Say,” Law360 (Oct. 25, 2012)
  • Quoted in “SEC's Pricey Swaps Rule Sets Up Wall Street Showdown,” Law360 (Oct. 17, 2012)
  • Quoted in “Section 716: The do-nothing approach,” Risk Magazine (Oct. 5, 2012)
  • Quoted in “Council Eyes More Reform for Money-Funds,” MarketWatch (Sept. 2012)
  • Quoted in “Geithner Gives Strong Support to Money-Fund Rules,” MarketWatch (Sept. 2012)
  • Quoted in “Why Small Banks Need Volcker Rule Amendments,” IFLR (Sept. 2012)


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1980
  • Harvard College, B.A., 1977, cum laude


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