William S. Eckland

Partner at Sidley Austin LLP

William S. Eckland

William S. Eckland

Partner at Sidley Austin LLP

Biography

Sidley Austin LLP
Partner

WILLIAM S. ECKLAND’s practice focuses primarily on financial institutions, with particular emphasis on federal regulatory issues governing the operations of depository institutions and their holding companies. A key aspect of his practice relates to the development of new products and services for financial services entities. A significant portion of his practice involves the representation of diversified or nontraditional financial services holding companies. He also counsels foreign banking entities regarding their U.S. operations.

Mr. Eckland has been actively engaged in all the regulatory aspects associated with mergers, acquisitions and restructuring activities of financial institutions, including transactions involving federal bank regulatory agencies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He has formed numerous banks, federal savings banks and limited purpose banks, including credit card banks, industrial loan banks and trust companies, throughout the United States. He has represented private equity, pension and hedge funds in connection with investments in financial institutions.

Another facet of Mr. Eckland’s practice relates to counseling financial institutions and officers and directors with respect to enforcement and supervisory actions involving federal and state banking agencies.

Mr. Eckland is the head of Sidley Austin LLP’s Banking and Financial Services Practice Group, as well as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.

He received his B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1976 and his J.D. with high honors from George Washington University Law School in 1979, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review and Order of the Coif.

Most recently, Mr. Eckland was named a Leading Lawyer in the 2011-2012 editions of Chambers USA in its Financial Services Regulation (Banking Compliance) section.

Memberships & Activities
District of Columbia Bar Association
New York Bar Association

Practices

Banking and Financial Services

Areas of Focus

Dodd-Frank Reform Act
Financial Institutions Business Transactions
Financial Institutions Counseling
Financial Services and Government Contracts
Financial Services Legislation
Global Financial Services
International Financial Institutions in the U.S.

Admissions & Certifications

District of Columbia, 1979
New York, 1989

Education

The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1979), with honors, Order of the Coif
University of Maryland (B.A., 1976)

Industries

Financial Services Industry

Overview
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1939

Number of Boards

1

Number of Awards

2

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Education
Class of 1979

The George Washington University actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Their location in the heart of Washington places them at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. They sit where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. Their students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world. The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. They have more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy. GW comprises three campuses—Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon in Washington, D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Va.—as well as several graduate education centers in the metropolitan area and Hampton Roads, Va.

Doctor of Jurisprudence, Order of the Coif
Class of 1979

Since enrolling its first class in 1865, The George Washington University Law School has produced some of the finest minds across the spectrum of legal scholarship. That tradition continues today, as GW Law graduates use the knowledge and skills they gain here to influence the critical legal conversations of our times.

Bachelor of Arts Degree
Class of 1976

The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland, and the original 1862 land-grant institution in the State. The University of Maryland is committed to achieving excellence as the State’s primary center of research and graduate education and the institution of choice for undergraduate students of exceptional ability and promise. The University creates and applies knowledge for the benefit of the economy and culture of the State, the region, the nation, and beyond. As the flagship of the University System of Maryland, the University shares its research, educational, cultural, and technological strengths with businesses, government, and other educational institutions. The University counts among its greatest strengths -- and a major component of its excellence -- the diversity of its faculty, students, and staff. The University of Maryland, College Park is committed to equal educational opportunity and strives to hire a diverse faculty and staff of exceptional achievement through affirmative actions, to celebrate diversity in all of its programs and activities, and to recruit and retain qualified graduate and undergraduate minority students.

Memberships
Member
Current

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Member
Current

The Bar Association of the District of Columbia was founded in 1871 and is the third oldest Bar Association in the nation (following the Boston City and New York City Bar Associations). BADC's members play a vital role in our city’s and nation’s advocacy system. The BADC is DC's voluntary bar and seeks to promote civility, justice and collegiality among members of the legal profession in the nation's capital.

Member
Prior

The George Washington Law Review is a law review edited and published by students at the George Washington University Law School that examines legal issues of national significance. The review was established in 1932 and publishes six issues each year, containing scholarly articles, essays, and student notes.

Career History
Partner
2004 - Current

Sidley Austin LLP is an American multi-national private company located in New York, NY, that provides legal services.

Professional
Prior

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. operates as an independent insurance agency. It offers insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions for safety and soundness and consumer protection, making large and complex financial institutions resolvable, and managing receiverships. The company was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Transactions
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Synovus Financial Corp. purchases World’s Foremost Bank from Cabela's, Inc.

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Western Union Co. purchases Travelex UK Ltd. /Business Payments Ops from APAX PARTNERS LLP, Travelex Holdings Ltd.

Awards & Honors
1979
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
Admitted to the New York Bar
Other Affiliations

William S. Eckland is affiliated with Sidley Austin LLP, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

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