John L. Douglas

Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Mr. Douglas is a partner in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group, heading the firm’s bank regulatory practice and focusing on bank restructuring and resolutions and other issues arising from the current banking and financial crisis. He has been involved in some of the most difficult and sensitive matters during the crisis, including advising the boards of directors of Indymac and Bank United, counseling Citigroup with respect to FDIC matters, advising various parties on the fallout from the failure of Washington Mutual and advising various private equity firms on proposed investments in troubled or failed banks.

Mr. Douglas was appointed General Counsel of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1987 and continued in that capacity through 1989. This was a period of unprecedented stress on the financial system, and he was involved in the major bank failures and restructurings of the late 1980s, participated in the landmark Financial Institutions Regulatory Reform and Restructuring Act of 1989 and assisted in the organization of the Resolution Trust Corporation.

Mr. Douglas is regarded as one of the leading bank insolvency lawyers in the nation.

  • B.A., Davidson College, 1972, Economics
  • J.D., University of Georgia, 1977

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Publications and Multimedia
Solving the "Too Big to Fail" Problem: Resolution Authority vs. Chapter 14 - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
July 13, 2012
New FDIC Deposit-Insurance Assessment Rule - Podcast
Financial Services Practice Group Podcast
May 25, 2011
Financial Services Reform Update (Conference Call Briefing) - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group
July 15, 2010
Resolution Authority over Systemically Important Financial Companies
New Federal Initiatives Project
September 25, 2009
A Conversation on Proposed Systemic Risk Regulation - Podcast
Financial Services and E-Commerce Practice Group
July 24, 2009