Margaret E. Tahyar

Bruce W. Nichols Lecturer on Law

Fall 2016

Assistant: Lauren Semrau / 617-384-9814


Ms. Tahyar is a partner in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group. Her practice focuses on providing strategic bank regulatory and financial regulatory reform advice and advising on bank M&A and recapitalizations and capital markets transactions where the target or issuer is a financial institution. She also advises on corporate governance and securities settlement systems and payment systems. Ms. Tahyar also frequently works on enforcement matters before financial regulatory agencies and is a member of the FinTech Practice Group.

Her clients on the Dodd-Frank Act and its regulatory implementation have included all of the United States’ six largest banks, many non-U.S. banks and SIFMA. Ms. Tahyar has worked on almost two dozen living wills for clients ranging from the largest and most complex organizations to smaller regional banks. She is currently advising a wide range of banking organizations on the Volcker Rule.

From 1997 to 2009, Ms. Tahyar worked in the Davis Polk Paris and London offices and frequently advises on the international aspects of transactions and regulatory reform.

Ms. Tahyar has been listed as a leading lawyer in Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and the IFLR 1000, among others. She is a co-author of the forthcoming Financial Regulation: Law and Policy (Foundation Press, 2016) with Michael S. Barr of the University of Michigan Law School and Howell E. Jackson of Harvard Law School.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, and was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert H. Bork, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. and the Honorable Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court.

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Assistant: Lauren Semrau / 617-384-9814