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Oliver Ireland is co-chair of the financial services practice at
Morrison & Foerster. He joined the firm in 2000 after 26 years
with the Federal Reserve, including 16 years as the associate
general counsel for monetary and Reserve Bank affairs at the
Board of Governors. He was involved in the assistance to
Continental Illinois Bank, the Maryland and Ohio thrift crises
and the later national thrift crisis and resulting legislation.
At the board, Mr Ireland drafted and administered a wide
range of regulations, including reserve requirements, discount
window lending, payment system rules such as the Expedited
Funds Availability Act, rules for state member banks, interbank
liabilities, margin requirements and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley
privacy rules. He has represented the board in international
policy discussions at the Bank for International Settlements and
as a witness in congressional hearings.
Mr Ireland currently focuses on both retail and wholesale
financial services regulatory issues, including consumer
regulations and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issues.
He has been an independent expert witness on these issues in
numerous congressional hearings. He is a recognised expert
on financial services issues, including payment card services,
payment issues and issues relating to the supervision and
regulation of banking organisations.
Mr Ireland has been:
recommended by
Chambers USA 2012
Legal 500 US
named as one of Washington’s top banking and privacy
lawyers by
magazine; and
listed in
The Best Lawyers in America
as a leader in the
field of banking law.
Morrison & Foerster LLP
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What clients said
“He has navigated the often perilous discussions
among highly competitive companies, helping them
to achieve policy consensus that ultimately is in their
best interests. My ultimate compliment is that on
many occasions, I have been able to achieve
consensus and a path forward because ‘Ollie
agrees with it’. He brings a razor-sharp legal mind,
a diversity of government and private sector
experience, and most importantly, good judgment
to the table in all discussions. More than just a legal
expert, he has demonstrated a compassion for the
banking user and a comprehensive knowledge of
the banking systems which drive our business.”
Ireland, Oliver
Morrison & Foerster LLP – Partner |
Winner – Banking, United States
Client Choice – International 2013