Brian D Christiansen
, a partner, is chairman of the M&A, banking law committee of the American Bar Association and counsels banks, thrifts, investors and other financial services firms in connection with transactions and regulatory matters. Mr Christiansen has helped clients to obtain charters, raise capital, develop new products, structure and execute corporate transactions, implement compliance programmes, conduct internal investigations and address enforcement actions. He represents clients before all the major financial services regulatory agencies, including the Federal Reserve, Department of the Treasury and state banking departments. Mr Christiansen represented the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in its nearly USD1 billion investment in the Bank of East Asia.