Review of Banking & Financial Law

The Review is the country’s leading scholarly banking and financial law journal. It is prepared under the auspices of the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law of the Boston University School of Law. Edited by law students, the Review publishes articles written by professors, attorneys and other professionals, as well as student notes and comments. The scope of the Review is broad, covering topics such as banking, securities, financial services, administrative and general corporate law issues. We welcome scholarly work that explores the general subject matter of financial institutions, including their products and markets.

Congratulations to Ronald Borod, Winner of a Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing!

June 24th, 2014 in Symposium.

RBFL would like to congratulate Ronald S. Borod, who won a Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing in 2013 for his article, “Belling the Cat: Taming the Securitization Beast Without Killing It.” Mr. Borod, who is a structured finance and securitization lawyer at the international law firm, DLA Piper LLP... More

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 RBFL Editors!

March 29th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Congratulations to new RBFL editors for  2014-2015! We are confident that you will continue the Review's tradition of excellence! Editor-in-Chief Christopher Mercurio Executive Editor for Management Marisa Roman Executive Editor for Professional Articles Jacob Wimberly Executive Editor for Notes & Comments Thomas Markey Executive Editor for Marketing Jennifer Gardner Executive Editors for Development Articles Adam Santeusanio Michael Vandenberg Executive Editor for Communications Adriana Henquen Editors for Professional... More

RBFL Holds Distressed Municipal Finance Symposium

February 15th, 2014 in Symposium.

On Friday, February 7, 2014, the Review of Banking & Financial Law held its Distressed Municipal Finance Symposium.  Thank you to all the of our wonderful speakers for sharing their time and intellect to make the conference a success! Professor Clayton Gillette's keynote address was hit and one of the event's highlights. More

Time to Break up the Big Banks?

March 27th, 2013 in Regulatory Enforcement.

Harvey Rosenblum, Executive Vice President & Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, visited BU Law School this week. Dr. Rosenblum delivered a lecture on 21st Century Financial Crises along with a few comments about his recent WSJ piece on shrinking the too-big-to-fail banks, co-authored with Dallas Fed... More

RBFL Earns #1 Ranking

March 25th, 2013 in Uncategorized.

The RBFL has earned the top ranking among banking and financial law journals. Washington and Lee University Law School compiles annual journal rankings based on impact and the number of citations. A full report is available on the BU Law website.

Freedom of Information Act

November 10th, 2012 in Legislative Developments.

In October of 2012, the United States Justice Department announced that it would pursue litigation against Bank of America for allegedly "selling thousands of toxic mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."[1] Also in late October of 2012, the Associated Press reported that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)... More

Facebook: Hope & Litigation

October 25th, 2012 in Corporate.

On October 23, Facebook Inc. enjoyed its biggest single-day stock gain since its initial public offering.[1] The Wall Street Journal noted this surge came one day after Facebook announced strong revenue and promising progress from mobile ads.[2] Facebook stock reached an intraday high of $24.25 and closed at $23.23. On October... More

Financial Crisis: Retrospective

October 18th, 2012 in Financial Crisis.

The financial crisis is far from over. Evidence of monetary policy response and regulatory reform abounds, including QE3, ongoing Dodd-Frank rulemaking, and daily developments at the ECB and the EFSF. But for anyone shifting to a historical perspective of the crisis and culling through recent financial history, the following timelines of the crisis provide an... More

REO to Rental & Securitization

September 25th, 2012 in Real Estate.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the latest progress toward the securitization of single-family rental homes here. The WSJ has tracked this market development throughout the year, noting the birth of new investment firms and funds and explaining the investment strategy. The Federal Reserve’s January White Paper–covering current housing market data and a... More

SJC Call for Amicus Briefs on Home Refinancing Case

September 17th, 2012 in Real Estate.

The Massachusetts SJC is soliciting amicus briefs on a home refinancing case. On its website the Court indicates that the case arises from the plaintiff’s refinancing of a home mortgage and presents the question “whether securitizers and assignees of the borrowers’ note and mortgage loan can be held liable under... More