Derrick D. Cephas is a New York-based partner in Weil's Corporate Department, head of the Firm's Financial Institutions Regulatory practice group and a member of Weil’s Financial Regulatory Reform Working Group. Mr. Cephas has broad-based experience in representing commercial banks, thrift institutions, bank holding companies and foreign banking corporations in a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters, including strategic planning, general regulatory and compliance issues, acquisitions and dispositions, formation of de novo banks, product development, defense of bank regulatory enforcement actions, risk management and internal controls issues, issuance of debt and equity securities, obtaining regulatory authority to exercise expanded powers, officer and director fiduciary duty issues and the negotiation of and compliance with supervisory orders.
Recently, Mr. Cephas has spent a considerable amount of time counseling clients with respect to compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, particularly regarding the requirements relating to resolution planning, Volcker Rule compliance and compliance with enhanced prudential standards for large banks. He also counsels banks with respect to various matters arising under the New York Banking Law, including the New York “ring fencing law” and the conversion of federally chartered banks and thrifts to New York state charter.
Prior to joining Weil, Mr. Cephas served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Amalgamated Bank, a $4.5 billion commercial bank headquartered in New York City. Before this executive role, he was a banking and corporate law partner in the New York office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Prior to Cadwalader, Mr. Cephas served as the Superintendent of Banks for the State of New York from 1991 to 1994. While Superintendent of Banks, he was nationally recognized for his leadership in several areas of bank regulatory reform, including the creation and implementation of a more rational and hospitable regulatory and supervisory environment for foreign banks to do business in the United States, the revision of regulations governing the conversion of mutual thrift institutions to stock form and the enactment of interstate branch-banking legislation.
Mr. Cephas has significant experience in public policy matters relating to the banking industry. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Dime Savings Bank of New York, Merrill Lynch International Bank and D.E. Shaw & Co. Inc. He is currently a director of the Fresh Air Fund, Empire State Development Corporation, the New York Public Asset Fund and Trevor Day School. He has testified numerous times before the New York State Legislature, the U.S. Congress, financial institutions regulatory agencies and other similar bodies.
Mr. Cephas graduated from Harvard College in 1975 and from Harvard Law School in 1979.