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Amanda Jabour Kowalski
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Lancaster, PA

Amanda is an attorney with over a decade of experience, whose practice concentrates on financial institution regulation, securities, general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and international trade matters.

Amanda brings her extensive experience in the financial services industry to Barley Snyder’s Business Practice Group. She formerly practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Paul Hastings LLP, where she advised domestic and foreign banking organizations, non-bank financial institutions, and fintech companies on a wide range of regulatory, transactional and compliance issues. Amanda counsels financial institutions on all aspects of regulation and compliance, with an emphasis on corporate structuring, control and operations, as well as compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws, consumer protection regulations, and global data privacy requirements. Additionally, she advises problem banks and represents financial institutions in transactions and matters involving various federal and state bank regulatory agencies, including the Federal Reserve, OCC, and FDIC. Her work on elder financial exploitation issues has been nationally recognized. 

Amanda also has significant experience in global trade and economic sanctions matters. She represents clients in U.S. national security reviews before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), whose jurisdiction is triggered by certain foreign investments in U.S. businesses. As CFIUS counsel, Amanda helps clients avoid delays that can impede transactions by making the threshold determination as to whether a transaction warrants notifying the U.S. government, and where appropriate, developing declarations and notices. She also advises clients on matters relating to economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). She is a member of Barley Snyder’s Transportation, Logistics & Trade Industry Group which helps clients navigate the unique challenges facing this sector. 

In addition, Amanda advises clients on a range of business matters. She assists clients with securities compliance, including 1934 Act compliance for public companies. She also counsels clients, including closely-held and family businesses, on transactional matters and corporate governance. She regularly engages with a range of clients on contract drafting, review and negotiation.

In addition to her experience in private practice, Amanda previously worked as in-house counsel at E*Trade Bank and as a law clerk at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, where she reviewed proposed mergers for anticompetitive issues.

A native of Lancaster County, Amanda attended the University of Pennsylvania and received her law degree from the George Washington University Law School. She serves on the board of directors of the Lancaster Law Foundation which promotes equal access to justice for all in the community by funding public interest law projects, delivering pro bono service and educating the public on civic and legal issues.

PUBLICATIONS
  • “Cordray’s Recess Appointment: Future Legal Challenges”, ABA Banking Law Journal (March 2012)
  • “Elder Financial Exploitation: An Increasing Compliance Concern”, Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions (2015)
PRESENTATION
  • Presenter, Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists Webinar (August 2014)
Amanda Jabour Kowalski
Education
  • George Washington University Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Community Involvement
Lancaster Law Foundation

Board of directors

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