Moore & Van Allen Welcomes New Member Thomas Pennington
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 13, 2016) – Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that Thomas A. Pennington has joined the firm’s Charlotte office as a new member. Pennington formerly served as General Counsel for the Americas for The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (“BTMU”), one of the world’s largest financial institutions and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (“MUFG”).
“We are pleased and excited to have Thomas Pennington join our team,” said Firm Chairman Ernie Reigel. “Tom is an esteemed member of the international legal community and brings a wealth of capabilities and insight within the finance services compliance realm. We look forward to working with him as he bolsters the breadth and depth of our team and our reputation for service and innovation.”
Pennington’s focus will be regulatory advice, defense and investigations as part of the firm’s Litigation practice group, as well as corporate governance and corporate finance matters. “Moore & Van Allen’s distinguished litigation, investigations, and finance groups are respected across the globe. It is truly an honor and privilege to re-enter the realm of private practice with such an established firm,” said Pennington.
As General Counsel for the Americas for BTMU from 2007-2014, Pennington oversaw the Bank’s legal risk and affairs in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, and managed legal support for all of the Bank’s transactional businesses. He served as a member of numerous BTMU management and executive committees, and as corporate secretary and primary legal advisor to many of the Bank’s domestic subsidiaries. More recently, Pennington held the role of Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel of BTMU and MUFG Union Bank, N.A. (“MUB”), a National Bank subsidiary of BTMU. He was responsible for the Wholesale Banking Group of MUFG Americas Legal Department, which is comprised of the corporate, investment, and commercial banking units of MUB and BTMU. Mr. Pennington also served on several Steering Committees responsible for overseeing MUFG’s implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. Pennington embarked on his legal career in private practice, handling corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Pennington earned his J.D. from New York University and his B.S. (summa cum laude) from West Virginia University. He also holds a diploma in credit analysis from New York University. He is admitted to practice in New York, but is not admitted in North Carolina.
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