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WHF Brown Bag Lunch: Insights and Lessons Learned from Financial Services Panics, Meltdowns, Rebounds and What Might be Ahead
Wednesday, August 04, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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WHF Brown Bag Lunch: Insights and Lessons Learned from Financial Services Panics, Meltdowns, Rebounds and What Might be Ahead

WHF Brown Bags Lunches are open to members only, at no charge. Not a member? Call WHF at 703-683-4742 and we will be happy to assist in signing you up for membership.

This event is off the record.

This panel of experts have seen it all and done it all when it comes to responding to financial crises during the past 30 years.  Each of the panelists has been a critical decision maker in helping the country move out of a financial downturn through legislative and regulatory policy choices.  Additionally, each of the panelists has studied the origins of public policy choices made by the Congress and regulatory authorities that led to financial bubbles and other consumer confidence problems that resulted in bank and thrift distress situations.

Most recently, Tom Vartanian has researched U.S. financial panics, crashes, depressions and recessions and has written a very well received book on the topic based upon his research and experience in the banking industry.  Amy Friend will bring her perspective from her front row seat during the Dodd Frank legislative response and her critical role in advising and counseling fintech firms in today’s environment. Bill Isaac will masterfully direct all moderator questions to Vartanian and Friend to encourage a lively exchange of views by the panelists and the audience.

This should be a real treat for WHF members to interact with very distinguished panelists in our cherished informal brown bag luncheon format.


Bill Isaac
nationally known banking industry and policy expert; former FDIC Chairman 

Tom Vartanian
nationally known banking lawyer, law school teacher and author of “200 Years of American Financial Panics...and the Technology that Will Change it All” (May 2021 publication date).
Amy Friend, Senior Adviser, FS Vector.  Long time WHF member and former Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel at the OCC as well as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and General Counsel to House Financial Services Committee



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Speakers Bio

Amy Friend
Amy is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude Penn graduate and holds a J.D. from Georgetown law (cum laude) which honored her with a distinguished alumna award. Amy serves on the board of directors of Varo Bank, NA, the first fintech to receive a full-service national bank charter. She is also a director of FinRegLab, a newly established non-profit organization that conducts research and tests new technologies and data to inform public policy and market practices with the goal of improving financial services and expanding access. Amy is a co-founder of ALLRISE DC, a Washington DC-based organization that encourages and supports women's leadership in financial services through mentoring, networking and education. She also serves as a senior advisor to the Alliance for Innovative Regulation (AIR), a nonprofit dedicated to modernizing the financial regulatory system.  She also is a former Managing Director at Promontory Financial.

Tom Vartanian
For 35 years, Tom chaired the financial services practices at two international law firms, Fried Frank LLP and Dechert LLP.  He is also an Academic Scholar, most recently as Professor of Law and Executive Director of The Program on Financial Regulation & Technology at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School.  Tom was routinely ranked by peers as one of the best financial services lawyers in America.  Earlier in his career, Tom served as the General Counsel at one of the federal regulatory agencies and worked at the OCC, as well.  Additionally, Tom has kindly supported WHF with his band, Johnny Esquire performing at WHF Foundation and other fundraiser events.  He also has been honored for his charitable work for the Special Olympics and been honored by Washingtonian magazine.  In addition, Tom served as the Chairman of the Cyberspace Committee of the American Bar Association.

Bill Isaac
Bill Isaac was FDIC Chairman from August 3, 1981 to October 21, 1985.  He was the youngest Director ever appointed to the FDIC at age 34 by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.  Bill served as Chairman of the Fifth Third Bancorp in his native state of Ohio from 2009-2014.  Isaac sits on a number of corporate boards including Sarasota Private Trust and Cleveland Private Trust. Bill is a summa cum laude graduate of the Moritz School of Law at The Ohio State University and he also has an earned and an honorary degree from Miami University of Ohio.  Bill speaks and writes regularly on financial services and regulatory issues, and is considered one of the thought leaders in the world on financial services matters.  Indeed, Bill had founded the regulatory consulting firm, Secura Group which ultimately merged into the FTI group. Currently, Bill is working closely with Howard Milstein and is co-chairing The Isaac-Milstein Group, a global financial services consulting firm.