George Williams

George M. Williams, Jr.

Senior Counsel

George M. Williams, Jr. advises clients with regard to banking, securities and commodities law questions, including matters relating to the regulation of US and non-US banks and other lending institutions by federal and New York State authorities, bank lending documentation, FinTech and marketplace lending, anti-money laundering regulation, the law of secured transactions, and the regulation of broker-dealers, swap dealers, major swap participants, asset-backed securitization vehicles, commodity pools and investment companies. As a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee and various legal opinion committees and subcommittees of the American Bar Association, he advises regarding legal opinion practice.

Some of the more specific kinds of matters as to which Mr. Williams advises clients are the structuring of transactions and compliance procedures in response to the Volcker Rule and the European and US versions of risk-retention requirements, issues that may arise in connection with a determination that a company is systemically important, bank capital and liquidity requirements, investments, affiliations, bank securities activities and anti-tying rules under the Bank Holding Company Act and compliance with swaps and commodity pool regulation. Because of his language interests, Mr. Williams often advises about the interaction of US and EU financial regulation.

Mr. Williams attended SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he received the Russell Sage Residency in Law and Social Science Scholarship and was an Articles Editor for the Law Review. He helped establish and regularly mentors students attending the SUNY Buffalo Law School New York City program in financial law.


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Lawyers Alliance for New York
Cornerstone Award (2011)


  • JD, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, 1978, magna cum laude
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1971
  • Princeton University, 1967
  • BA, Davidson College, 1966, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen, 1965
  • New York
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, TriBar Opinion Committee, American Association for the Advancement of Science Linguistic Society of America
  • Pro bono activities relating to financial regulation and law and the humanities
  • German

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