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Michael W. Emerson, Esq. Financial Services Specialist
Michael W. Emerson, Esq. is a financial services industry veteran who has practiced law for more than thirty-five years. He has served as a U.S. General Counsel and a Deputy General Counsel at several of the world’s largest financial institutions. Mr. Emerson has extensive legal and compliance financial services experience having worked on numerous matters involving U.S. broker-dealers, U.S. and foreign banks and investment banks, as well as with institutional and high-net-worth customers. In particular, Mr. Emerson has spent many years working on a variety of sales and trading issues, mergers and acquisitions, over-the-counter financial derivatives, structured products (including mortgage-backed securities) and various issues involving brokers and customers.
Immediately prior to his current role as a neutral with NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), Mr. Emerson served as the General Counsel at Signature Bank, where he was responsible for the legal aspects of the bank and its affiliated broker-dealer’s activities, including litigation and employment matters, transactions, new business initiatives and documentation. He also evaluated the legal, compliance, operational, and reputational risks of these institutions.
Mr. Emerson is well-respected and highly regarded throughout the financial services industry, where he previously held several senior positions that included: Head of Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Relations for the New York Branch of Australia New Zealand Banking Group; General Counsel at both the Banking Division at the New York State Department of Financial Services and HSBC, N.A. and Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel at Credit Suisse. Mr. Emerson was extensively involved in pursuing claims by Credit Suisse against Enron during Enron’s insolvency, and by HSBC against Bernie Madoff immediately following Mr. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Mr. Emerson also has prior mediation experience as a lawyer representing his clients.
A long-time proponent of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mr. Emerson uses his extensive experience in the financial services industry when mediating and arbitrating in a private ADR forum. He is recognized by his peers both for his keen legal acumen and for his deep business background and experience, making him exceptionally well-qualified to be an effective mediator and arbitrator with NAM.
Michael Emerson is available to arbitrate and mediate financial and other matters throughout the New York metro area, as well as Massachusetts, Vermont and Florida.