International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Joseph T. Lynyak III has joined the Firm as a partner in the Finance & Restructuring Group. Mr. Lynyak will be resident in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. and Southern California offices.

Mr. Lynyak possesses a broad knowledge base regarding foreign and domestic banks, savings associations, bank and savings and loan holding companies, finance companies, mortgage banking companies and their subsidiaries and affiliates. His practice includes providing financial intermediaries advice in the areas of strategic planning, application and licensing, legislative strategy, commercial and consumer lending, examination, supervision and enforcement, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Lynyak’s FDIC-insured financial institution clients benefit from his experience in the special state and federal statutory and regulatory requirements–including safety and soundness issues–that apply to regulated financial intermediaries. He regularly counsels clients on matters such as retail lending, privacy, identity theft, consumer compliance, application and underwriting, payments systems, Internet, electronic commerce, examination, supervision and enforcement operational and strategic planning matters. Mr. Lynyak is a frequent lecturer on legal topics involving the operation and regulation of financial service companies.

Mr. Lynyak has practiced bank regulatory law for over 35 years, most recently as a partner in the Financial Services practice of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

“Joe Lynyak is a premier authority on bank regulatory matters,” said Dorsey & Whitney Managing Partner Ken Cutler. “He will be a terrific addition to Dorsey’s strong presence in the banking industry.”

“I look forward to helping Dorsey continue to build its strong banking practice across the country and around the world,” noted Mr. Lynyak. “It is a great firm with an exceptional client base that fits perfectly with my experience and expertise.”