Thomas P. Vartanian

Partner, Washington

Dechert LLP

Thomas P. Vartanian is a corporate counselor, regulatory advisor, litigator and deal maker who has advised a wide variety of clients in the financial services industry on: mergers and acquisitions; controlling and passive private equity investments; bank and savings and loan holding company formation and regulation; FDIC receiverships and bank resolutions; D&O liability cases; enforcement; internal investigations; contests for control of financial institutions, reorganizations and recapitalizations of distressed banks; and government sponsored enterprises (GSEs).


Mr. Vartanian has more than 36 years of experience, beginning with his tenure as the Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel and Senior Trial Litigator of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, followed by his appointment in the Reagan Administration as General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (now part of the FDIC).


He has consistently been recognized over the years by Chambers USA for his outstanding work. In the 2012 edition, Chambers describes him as “one of the best financial services lawyers in America,” noting that his clients describe him as “business-savvy, regulator-savvy and very good at dealing with boards of directors and top management.” He is currently advising on European bank resolution issues as a member of the Association of Financial Markets in Europe Bank Deleveraging Committee.


Mr. Vartanian was named one of the 2008 “Washingtonians of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine for his charitable work in the DC metropolitan area.


He has written numerous books and articles, and is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on the financial services industry.