2019 Speakers

Keith A. Noreika

Acting Comptroller


Keith A. Noreika is the Acting Comptroller of the Currency. The Comptroller of the Currency is the administrator of the federal banking system and head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The OCC supervises more than 1,400 national banks and federal savings associations and about 50 federal branches and agencies of foreign banks in the United States. These institutions comprise nearly two-thirds of the assets of the commercial banking system. The Comptroller also is a director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

Mr. Noreika became the Acting Comptroller of the Currency on May 5, 2017.

Prior to becoming Acting Comptroller, Mr. Noreika served as a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Practice, where he focused on banking regulation and related litigation. He advised a wide range of domestic and international financial institutions on regulatory issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, minority investments, capital issuances, structuring and compliance activities, and litigation matters, particularly in the area of federal preemption.

Mr. Noreika’s experience includes advising regional, multinational, and other banks on the structuring of their operations, including complying with the Volcker Rule and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations, and Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering rules. He has represented national banks before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts. He previously served as partner at Covington & Burling LLP.

Mr. Noreika has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Virginia School of Law. He received his juris doctor in 1997 from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He earned his bachelor of science from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1994.

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