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Immediate Past Comptroller of the Currency Joins Boston Law Firm Nutter

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11.28.2017

Nutter announced today that Thomas J. Curry, who served as U.S. Comptroller of the Currency until May of this year and most recently served as an expert consultant for the International Monetary Fund, has joined the firm as a partner. Curry will co-lead the firm’s Banking and Financial Services practice group and advise the firm’s clients in a wide range of policy, regulatory, governance, and other matters. 

In 2012, Curry was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Comptroller of the Currency – the head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the federal agency that charters, regulates, and supervises national banks and federal savings banks. As Comptroller, Curry served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Financial Stability Oversight Council. He was also a member of the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS), the oversight body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

“Tom’s experience, insights, and perspective will bring tremendous value to our banking, financial institution, and fintech clients,” said Deborah J. Manus, the firm’s Managing Partner. “We are excited for the opportunities Tom creates for our clients, and we are privileged to have Tom as part of our team.”

Curry also served as Chairman of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) for a two-year term from April 2013 until April 2015.

Before becoming Comptroller in 2012, Curry served for eight years as a member of the Board of Directors of the FDIC. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2003.

Prior to joining the FDIC’s Board of Directors, Curry served five Massachusetts Governors as the Commonwealth's Commissioner of Banks from 1995 to 2003 and from 1990 to 1991. He was appointed by Governor William F. Weld, a Republican, in 1995 and by Governor Michael S. Dukakis, a Democrat, in 1990.

Curry served as the Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors from 2000 to 2001, and served two terms on the State Liaison Committee of the FFIEC, including a term as Committee chairman.

Curry served as Acting Commissioner of Banks from February 1994 to June 1995. He previously served as First Deputy Commissioner and Assistant General Counsel within the Massachusetts Division of Banks. Curry entered state government in 1982 as an attorney with the Massachusetts’ Secretary of State’s Office.

Curry was a longtime member of the NeighborWorks America Board of Directors (NWA). He twice served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, most recently from March 2014 through June 2016. NWA is a Congressionally chartered non-profit whose mission is to support affordable housing and community development.

Nutter’s Banking and Financial Services practice group serves numerous bank, financial institution, and fintech clients throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. Chambers USA, the prominent legal directory, has named Nutter as having one of the top banking and financial services practices in the nation. Nutter’s community banking practice is regarded as a market leader in New England, representing approximately 100 banks and other financial institutions in corporate and regulatory matters in the past few years. The firm has placed among the top 20 law firms nationally in merger and acquisition work for banks, according to the M&A annual survey published by the American Banker.

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