Walter J. Mix III

Director, Berkeley Research Group LLC

Walter J. Mix III heads the financial services practice at Berkeley Research Group. He is also a former commissioner of the California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). He previously served as a banking executive at Union Bank of California.

Mr. Mix works with the firm’s domestic and foreign bank clients on corporate governance, risk management, strategic planning, and financial advisory assignments. He has significant experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, and capital planning. He has also advised clients on reengineering and implementing technology to improve profitability. In addition, he performs litigation and expert services based on his extensive expertise in financial services. He speaks frequently before bankers’ groups and regulatory seminars.

In his position as commissioner of the DFI, he reorganized the organization and improved its efficiency and effectiveness. Mr. Mix worked with financial institutions on more than 60 mergers and acquisitions and the formation of 50 de novo institutions. He reengineered the examination processes for banking and other licensees. He was instrumental in the development and passage of California’s identity theft law and many other laws, including the interstate banking and branching law and cooperative supervisory agreements for domestic and foreign banks. Mr. Mix also spearheaded proposals designed to enhance financial institutions’ electronic banking and commerce capabilities.

He joined BRG from LECG, LLC and before that The Secura Group; he served as managing director in both firms. Mr. Mix is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside and earned a master’s degree with a concentration in economics and public policy from Rutgers University. Mr. Mix serves as chairman of the International Bankers Association of California.

  • Rutgers University
    M.A., Concentration in Economic Development and Public Policy, 1983
  • Rutgers University and the Ford Foundation
    Graduate fellowship, 1983
  • University of California, Riverside
    B.A., Honors program in Political Science and Law and Society, 1982

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Publications and Multimedia
Due Process in the Banking Industry - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
July 02, 2013