Educating and Advocating for Dynamic Financial Services and Public Policies
The Center's Perspective
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The Center's Leadership
Thomas P. Vartanian
Tom is a counselor, futurist, and former regulator and is author of nationally-acclaimed 200 Years of American Financial Panics: Crashes, Recessions, Depressions, and the Technology That Will Change It All. He chaired the Financial Institutions practices at two international law firms, Dechert LLP and Fried Frank LLP. Prior to that, he was General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board during the first S&L Crisis. He began his career at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, where he was Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel. He has represented parties in 30 of the 50 largest financial institution collapses in America and has been at the forefront of the regulatory and policy issues regarding the development and deployment of financial technology since 1977.
Robert H. Ledig,
Bob is an attorney and educator who focuses on financial regulation and FinTech. He is an author and editor of a number of books, including The Volcker Rule: Commentary and Analysis, 21st Century Money, Banking & Commerce, and The Fair Lending Guide. Bob was a partner in the Financial Institutions practices at Dechert LLP and Fried Frank LLP. He began his career as an attorney with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.
Together Tom and Bob have more than eight decades of experience with financial services, financial regulation, and FinTech. Prior to establishing the Center, Tom and Bob were Professors of Law at George Mason University's Scalia Law School, where they launched the School's Program on Financial Regulation & Technology and its Financial Services Regulation Law Concentration.
Since 2018, Tom and Bob have been partners in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Vartanian & Ledig, PLLC.