Keith Noreika is Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Banking Supervision and Regulation Group at Patomak Global Partners.
Mr. Noreika leads Patomak’s projects related to the U.S. banking industry, as well as those clients that span beyond traditional banking including financial technology and cryptocurrency companies. He reports directly to Mr. Atkins and functions as his primary deputy. He is the company’s focal point for c-suite advice on compliance and regulatory requirements at all levels, domestic and international. He expands the team’s expertise in banking and prudential supervision, adding to its already unmatched group of experts in financial and capital markets and commodities.
Prior to joining Patomak, Mr. Noreika was a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and was a lead lawyer in the firm’s financial institutions regulatory practice, focusing on banking regulation and related litigation. In that role, he advised domestic and international financial institutions on regulatory issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, minority investments, capital issuances, structuring and compliance activities, and litigation matters.
Mr. Noreika’s extensive experience includes advising regional and multinational banks on the structuring of their U.S. operations, compliance with the Volcker Rule, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other federal agency regulations, Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering rules, as well as transactional matters and related regulatory applications. He has counseled numerous private equity funds with respect to investments in banking organizations.
In 2017, Mr. Noreika served as acting Comptroller of the Currency where he led the 4,000-person independent agency responsible for chartering, regulating, and supervising all national banks and federal savings associations as well as federal branches and agencies of foreign banks in the United States. Under Keith, the team supervised more than 1,400 banking institutions that conducted nearly 70 percent of banking activity in the United States. There, he worked to make regulation more accountable, improve the efficiency of chartering and licensing decisions, and sought to enhance the value of the national bank and federal thrift charters and their ability to meet the credit and banking needs of their communities. In this role, he also served as director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.
Mr. Noreika has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a co-author of the treatise Regulation of Foreign Banks & Affiliates in the United States. Keith has been recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA in “Financial Services Regulation: Banking Compliance” since 2014. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He earned his B.S. in economics with a concentration in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.