William Stern is a partner in the firm's Financial Industry, Banking, Consumer Financial Services, and Fintech practices. Mr. Stern works on a variety of transactional and regulatory matters for Goodwin's financial services clients. Mr. Stern regularly advises depository institutions and their holding companies on compliance with regulatory requirements related to capital, affiliate and insider transactions, permissible activities and investments, anti-money laundering rules, trust department and asset management operations, and consumer protection. He provides regulatory advice related to merger and acquisition transactions undertaken by the firm's financial services clients as well as advising on change in control requirements related to investments in financial institutions. Mr. Stern also counsels the firm’s clients on compliance with federal and state privacy and data protection requirements.





In addition to working with the firm's full service bank and thrift clients, Mr. Stern has worked extensively with insurance companies, securities firms and other nonbank financial services providers to establish limited purpose trust banks and other nontraditional vehicles for providing fiduciary and asset management services and advises banks and trust companies that manage collective investment funds and other commingled pools. He has extensive experience representing thrift institutions and their holding companies, as well as advising Goodwin’s bank holding company and financial holding company clients and foreign banks on structuring their banking and nonbanking operations in the United States and abroad in conformity with U.S. banking law and to complete bank merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Stern has also worked extensively with the firm’s bank and nonbank financial services clients on the delivery of financial products through innovative technology platforms, including mobile applications and marketplace lending arrangements. Mr. Stern has regular contact with officials at federal and state bank regulatory agencies, including the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.


Mr. Stern has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Banking and Finance Law 2022. 

Mr. Stern has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers.

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J.D., 1996
The George Washington University Law School

(with high honors)

B.A., 1993
Hamilton College

(summa cum laude)



New York
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