Christine Docherty

Christine Andrea Docherty

Christine Andrea Docherty
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Christine A. Docherty is a counsel in Goodwin’s Financial Industry and Fintech practices. Christine has two decades of experience in banking supervision, regulation and enforcement as well as over a decade of experience in the development and implementation of banking regulations and financial stability and monetary policy.

She provides practical advice to community banks, regional banks and international and systemically important financial institutions, taking into account a wide variety of perspectives and leveraging her central bank, in-house, and private practice experience.

Christine advises financial services clients on transactional and regulatory matters under state and federal law, including:

  • Bank chartering, mergers and acquisitions, internal restructurings and expansions
  • Bank powers and activities, including permissible investments for state-chartered banks, national banks and bank holding companies, as well as investments in financial institutions
  • Corporate governance, compliance with capital, liquidity, affiliate and insider transaction and resolution planning requirements
  • Fintech partnerships and payment systems issues, including master account access
  • Internal investigations and audits, bank regulatory agency inquiries, investigations and enforcement actions, and enforcement action remediation


Christine previously served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and was responsible for providing legal support across all functions of the Supervision Regulation and Credit department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. During her tenure at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, she worked on, among other things the establishment and administration of pandemic emergency liquidity facilities administered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston – the Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility, the Main Street Lending Facility and the Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility. Christine was detailed to the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2021 to assist with the implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act assistance programs. Prior to her tenure at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Christine served as Vice President and Senior Counsel at State Street Bank and Trust Company, where she advised on a variety of bank regulatory and governance matters and acted as a liaison with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).




University of Pennsylvania Law School


Columbia University in the City of New York



  • Massachusetts


Author, “The Redemption of ‘Too Big to Fail’ After SVB Collapse,” Law 360, July 2023