Jurisdiction II: Global Networks/Local Rules
September 11-12, 2000
San Francisco, CA
Brian W. Smith
Mayer, Brown & Platt, USA
1909 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 263-3236; (202) 263-3300 (FAX)
Brian W. Smith joined the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt in 1992. Mr. Smith has 28 years experience in the financial services industry as a partner of an international law firm, as a senior federal regulator, and as a senior corporate officer of a multinational financial services company. He is a member of the firm's Financial Regulatory and Electronic Commerce Practice Groups and a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.
Prior to joining Mayer, Brown & Platt, Mr. Smith was a partner in the national law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, where he was chairman of the firm's Financial Services Institutions Group and Managing Partner of its D.C. office. From 1982 through 1984, Mr. Smith was chief counsel of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") and a member of the Comptroller's Policy Group. Mr. Smith was responsible for the legal affairs of the OCC including legal advisory services, litigation, enforcement and compliance, securities and corporate practices, legislative and regulatory analysis and the six district counsel offices. For eight years before moving to Washington, Mr. Smith was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for MasterCard International, Inc. and a member of the Office of the President. In addition to his role as chief legal officer, Mr. Smith had corporate planning and management responsibilities. Prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. Smith served as an attorney with both CIT Financial Corporation, and American Express Company.
Mr. Smith received his undergraduate and law degrees from St. John's University in New York and a Master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Smith, a frequent commentator/author/lecturer on the financial services industry and the law and regulations affecting it, is the Editor of Investment Products Deskbook. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Banking Law and Cyberspace Law Committees, the Professional Liaison Committee of the Institute of International Bankers, and serves on the board of advisors of several leading industry publications including, Electronic Banking Law and Commerce Report, Review of Financial Services Regulation and Global eCommerce Law and Business Report. In addition, Mr. Smith serves on the Department of State's Advisory Committee on Private International Law, The International Chamber of Commerce's Working Party on Privacy and Data Protection as well as its Commission on Telecommunications and Information Technology. He also serves on the U.S. Council for International Business' Electronic Commerce Committee and its Working Group on Privacy and Transborder Data Flows. Mr. Smith has been selected by The American Banker as among Washington's most effective and influential practitioners in financial services and has been listed in The American Banker's Banking on Top Bankers.