Non-U.S. Bank Operations in the United States: A 2016 Update

(154 Ratings)

Produced on: November 17, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

In this program, attorney Kathleen Scott, of Norton Rose Fulbright, provides an updated overview of how and why non-U.S. banks establish operations in the United States. Here, she addresses the entry process by which non-U.S. banks enter the United States as well as permissible activities and powers of U.S. offices of non-U.S. banks. Ms. Scott also outlines the variety of administrative enforcement actions such an office might face and discuss the process banks undergo to exit the United States, whether voluntarily or involuntarily. Additionally, Ms. Scott will cover the Dodd-Frank Act considerations that every attorney must consider when practicing in the banking sector.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the process by which non-U.S. banks enter the U.S.
  2. Identify permissible activities and powers of non-U.S. banks
  3. Develop an understanding of regulatory and enforcement issues applicable to U.S. offices of non-U.S. banks
  4. Recognize how non-U.S. might cease U.S. operations
  5. Discuss Dodd-Frank Act provisions important to non-U.S. banks


Kathleen A. Scott

Norton Rose Fulbright

Kathleen A. Scott is a senior counsel in the New York office. She represents financial institution clients with respect to the regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions, establishment of new banking organizations and nonbanking affiliates, and other transactions.

Kathleen advises foreign and domestic financial institutions on a broad range of federal and state regulatory issues affecting all their operations and interacts routinely with federal and state banking regulators. She has expertise regarding U.S. federal and New York and various other state banking laws and regulations regarding banks as well as nonbank financial companies that might require licensing at the state level. 

Kathleen also counsels financial institutions on their compliance with federal consumer, privacy and anti-money laundering legislation and regulations; and represents financial institutions facing enforcement or other supervisory actions or investigations by state and federal regulators.

Kathleen began her career as an attorney for the United States Department of Treasury and also served as an assistant counsel for the New York State Banking Department before going into private practice at two major NY law firms before joining Norton Rose Fulbright.


  • American University, Washington College of Law
    • J.D., 1982
  • Villanova University
    • B.A., cum laude, 1979

    Representative Experience

    • Obtained federal and state regulatory approvals for numerous clients regarding establishment of new banking institutions, bank holding company and financial holding company status, mergers, acquisitions, and new products
    • Developed and implemented plan for chartering of a bank by a major non-bank financial institution, including obtaining all state and federal regulatory approvals
    • Obtained the first "complementary to financial" order from the Federal Reserve Board on an insurance-related product
    • Developed and implemented strategies for the US expansion of a major foreign bank, including seeking all state and federal regulatory approvals
    • Negotiated major enforcement actions from both the private sector and public sector sides for US banks and US offices of foreign banks, and assisted clients with enforcement action compliance
    • With respect to the reorganization of a major European bank, obtained US federal and New York state regulatory approvals, and coordinated other US state approvals
    • Developed and implemented strategies regarding, and obtained regulatory approvals for, internal reorganizations for certain US banking organizations, including preparation of all corporate documents and regulatory applications
    • Drafted federal legislation and significant number of federal regulations, particularly with respect to anti-money laundering laws
    • Drafted significant amount of state legislation and regulations on financial matters, including the NY Banking Law regarding liquidations of New York State-chartered banks and State-licensed offices of non-U.S. banks, and the New York Banking law on the licensing and supervision of the U.S. offices of non-U.S. banks
    • Drafting corporate governance documents relating to the establishment of new banks and non-bank financial institutions, their transactions, and their ongoing corporate matters
    • Reviewing and revising bank policies for conformance with applicable laws and regulations
    • Drafting financial institution inter-company agreements and advising on financial institution servicing agreements with third party vendors
    • Extensive experience in bank liquidation matters, having assisted in the liquidation of the New York office of a major international bank and the liquidation of an uninsured "banker's bank" for the thrift industry, as day-to-day legal liaison between the New York State Banking Department and those conducting the liquidation, and supervisor of outside counsel and other consultants
    • Certified as a New York state foreign bank liquidation law expert for purposes of testifying in Bankruptcy Court in a unique bank liquidation case
    • Represented the receiver of a failed New York bank, who under unique circumstances had been appointed to that position by the New York Superintendent of Banks

    Professional Activities

    • New York State Bar Association
      • Banking Law Committee, chair
    • New York City Bar Association
      • Banking Law Committee, chair (2006 -2009)
    • American Bar Association
      • Banking Law Committee, member

      Professional Honors

      • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - Latin America-wide
        • Banking & finance, Chambers and Partners (2012)
      • Chambers Latin America: Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business
        • Banking & finance, Chambers and Partners (2012)
      • New York Super Lawyers
        • Banking, Thomson Reuters (2010 - 2011)


Alizon S.

Excellent summary

Marguerite K.

Great presenter! Clear presentation of difficult material.

Mary B.

Well done summary.

Walter T.

Thanks for a most efficient and enjoyable presentation.

Keith J.

Great speaker

Julie A. B.

This dynamic speaker jam packs this program with complex content expertly explained in a clear manner. The presenter skillfully supplies an overview of how and why non-U.S. banks launch operations in the United States (U.S.); ably considers the process whereby non-U.S. banks enter America; competently conveys permissible activities and powers of non-U.S. banks; proficiently highlights applicable regulatory issues; adeptly outlines various administrative enforcement actions that U.S. offices of a non-U.S. bank might encounter; capably discusses the process banks undergo to (voluntarily or involuntarily) exit the U.S.; and knowledgeably touches upon Dodd-Frank Act provisions that every attorne

Jennifer R.

presenter was very knowledgeable

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