Mark Plotkin co-chairs the national security and information technology business of the firm, and represents clients on financial services regulatory issues. Mr. Plotkin is known as one of the leading experts on national security, IT security, e-commerce and new banking services in the U.S. In national security area, Mr. Plotkin represents clients engaging in foreign investment in U.S. on acquiring approval under Exon-Florio from CFIUS. Mr. Plotkin has represented large-scale companies such as IBM, British Telecom and Global Crossing on negotiations with American government about vital, complex and sensitive national security agreements in recent years. He has also represented many important American and international companies (including bank and non-bank corporations) on negotiating with the big four federal banks administrative agencies, FTC and other domestic and overseas management institutions about some affairs. Those affairs involve branches of foreign banks in the US, new bank charters, mergers and acquisitions, activities and organization structure, e-banks, data privacy, security violation, anti-money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance assessment, USA Patriot Act and Gramm-Leach-Bliley and other legal compliance issues. His representative clients include Brown Brothers Harriman, GE, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, National Football League, Procter & Gamble Company, and Schering-Plough. He is a honor graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale University.
Mr. Plotkin used to live and work in Asia, and has been to many places in China.
- Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., before the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, in obtaining approval for the first national bank charter formed from, and governed as, a limited liability company.
- Forethought Financial Group, before the Office of Thrift Supervision, with respect to the company’s $300 million acquisition of Forethought Financial Services and Forethought Federal Savings Bank from Hillenbrand Industries.
- IBM, before CFIUS, with respect to national security matters related to the company’s $1.75 billion sale of its personal computer division to Lenovo Group.
- JPMorgan Chase on financial services regulatory matters.
- Global Crossing, before CFIUS, with respect to national security matters related to the proposed $250 million investment by Hutchison Whampoa and Singapore Technologies Telemedia.
- New York Life on financial services regulatory matters.
- Microsoft on financial services regulatory matters.
- Schering-Plough on financial services regulatory matters.
- Wilmington Trust Company on financial services regulatory matters.
- American Cash Exchange on financial services regulatory matters.
- Home Shopping Network on financial services regulatory matters.
- Israel Diamond Exchange on financial services regulatory matters.
- Expedia on financial services regulatory matters.
- Natexis Banques Populaires on financial services regulatory matters.
- BT, before CFIUS, with respect to national security matters related to the company’s acquisition of Infonet.
- Pacific Telecom, before CFIUS, with respect to national security matters related to the company’s acquisition of the local telephone network on Saipan, capital of the U.S. commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Honors and Rankings
- Law360, International Trade MVP
- Washington DC Super Lawyers, Banking
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (multiple years)
- Chambers Global (multiple years)
- Best Lawyers in America (multiple years)
- Super Lawyers (multiple years)
- Legal 500 US (multiple years)
- Washingtonian Magazine — Best Lawyers in Washington (multiple years)
Memberships and Affiliations
- Co-Editor and Co-Author, Regulation of Foreign Banks and Affiliates in the United States (West Publishing, 2012)
- Editor-in-Chief and Co-Author, E-Commerce Law and Business (Aspen Publishing, 2003)
- National Eagle Scout Association
- Yale University, Class Secretary
- Harvard Law School, Reunion Chair
- Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
- Berkeley College Fellow
- Sidwell Friends School Development Board (1998-2004)
- Board of Governors, Association of Yale Alumni (2007-2010)
- Harvard College, Teaching Fellow (1984-1986)
Publications and Speeches