BuckleySandler LLPBanking Lawyer David Baris
1250 24th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037

 
David Baris works with financial institutions on securities, corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters.

Mr. Baris has spent more than 30 years in practice assisting financial institutions in critical and transformative business changes, including mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, acquisition of subsidiaries, securities offerings (including trust preferred securities) and proxy contests and other efforts to change management or policy, as well as more routine matters, such as periodic reporting and securities disclosure, Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance, compliance with corporate governance listing requirements of the national securities exchanges, holding company formations, regulatory reporting and applications, executive compensation arrangements, employment agreements, voting agreements, and new product and line of business development.

Mr. Baris also assists banks with issuances in regulatory examinations and represents them in negotiations of orders and enforcement actions instituted by regulatory agencies.

Before joining BuckleySandler, Mr. Baris was a partner of Kennedy & Baris LLP which he founded in 1987. Mr. Baris brings to his practice experience as both a bank regulator and Congressional staffer, serving as Regional Counsel to the Comptroller of the Currency from 1977 to 1983 and Counsel to the Government Operations Committee, U.S. House of Representatives from 1972 to 1974.

Mr. Baris is the President of the American Association of Bank Directors. AABD provides bank directors with the resources with which to serve their institutions effectively and in a manner that will minimize risk of personal liability, and represents their interests before federal and state legislative bodies, banking supervisory agencies and judicial bodies. He is also a member of the General Counsel Advisory Group of the Independent Community Bankers of America. In 2013, he was appointed to the Federal Bar Association Banking Law Executive Committee. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Baris was a director of Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company and United of Omaha Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 500 company, serving on their Executive, Audit and Investment Committees.

Mr. Baris writes and lectures widely on banking subjects.

David Baris will speak at WIB’s Fall Bank Director Conference

August 4, 2016

David Baris will speak on “The Director’s Role: Risk Tolerance and Portfolio Management” panel at the WIB’s Fall Bank Director Conference on Friday, November 4, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Click here to learn more about the event.

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New Book by David Baris: Practical Handbook on Fair Lending for Bank Directors and Executive Officers

June 8, 2016

David Baris, Andrea Mitchell, and Lori Sommerfield co-authored the Practical Handbook on Fair Lending for Bank Directors and Executive Officers, published by the American Association of Bank Directors. Although the concept of fair lending has existed since the late 1960s, in recent years the industry has witnessed a dramatic shift in the regulatory landscape for […]

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David Baris Quoted in American Banker Article, “Latest Investor Gripe? Lack of Annual Meeting Webcasts”

May 27, 2016

David Baris was quoted in Kristin Broughton’s American Banker article, “Latest Investor Gripe? Lack of Annual Meeting Webcasts,” on May 27, 2016. Think of webcasts as the C-SPAN of shareholder democracy. Annual meetings are often sleepy affairs, where directors are easily re-elected and compensation packages are approved without a hitch, and many banks don’t broadcast the […]

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David Baris Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article, “Bank Directors Feel the Squeeze as Tasks, Liabilities Grow”

May 16, 2016

David Baris was quoted in Michael Greene’s Bloomberg BNA article, “Bank Directors Feel the Squeeze as Tasks, Liabilities Grow,” on May 16, 2016. Greater regulatory scrutiny, more oversight responsibilities, and an increase in personal liability exposure are some of the challenges that are making a bank director’s job more difficult, practitioners told Bloomberg BNA. Bank directors have fiduciary […]

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David Baris Quoted in American Banker Article, “Sweetheart Deal or Deal Sweetener”

May 12, 2016

David Baris was quoted in Paul Davis’s American Banker article, “Sweetheart Deal or Deal Sweetener,” on May 11, 2016. Should he stay, or should he go? That’s the question being raised by some shareholders about William Wagner, the chairman and chief executive of Chicopee Bancorp in Massachusetts, which agreed in April to sell itself to in-state […]

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David Baris Quoted in American Banker Article, “Allegations of Insider Trading on Bank’s Board Offer Lesson for All”

April 21, 2016

David Baris was quoted in Paul Davis’ American Banker article, “Allegations of Insider Trading on Bank’s Board Offer Lesson for All,” on April 19, 2016. Despite a slowdown in deal activity this year largely tied to low stock prices – 69 deals had been announced through Monday compared with 82 a year earlier, based on data from S&P […]

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David Baris Speaks on BuckleySandler FinCrimes/AABD Webinar, “What Bank Boards of Directors Need to Know to Oversee BSA/AML Compliance”

April 21, 2016

David Baris will speak on the BuckleySandler FinCrimes/AABD Webinar, “What Bank Boards of Directors Need to Know to Oversee BSA/AML Compliance,” on Thursday, April 21, 2016. BSA/AML issues have grown more important for banks of all sizes as state and federal regulators have increased their enforcement activity surrounding compliance failures. Regulators have increasingly focused their attention […]

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David Baris Quoted in Law360 Article, “FDIC Needs Improved Economy to Boost New Bank Creation”

April 21, 2016

David Baris was quoted in Evan Weinberger’s Law360 article, “FDIC Needs Improved Economy to Boost New Bank Creation,” on April 8, 2016. Recent moves by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to spur new bank formation show that the regulator has opened the door for new market entrants, but experts say that investors looking to start banks will still be […]

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David Baris Discusses Splitting Roles of Chairman & CEO in AABD Memo

February 29, 2016

David Baris authored “Splitting the Roles of CEO and Chairman – It’s Not for Everyone,” a memorandum to AABD members and friends, on February 23, 2016. Click here to read the full memo.

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David Baris Discusses Two-Person Board Committees and Corporate Governance By Formula

February 29, 2016

David Baris discussed board assessment and corporate governance in his AABD post, “Two-Person Board Committees & Corporate Governance by Formula,” published February 25, 2016 by the American Association of Bank Directors. Click here to read the full article.

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