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Our Financial Services Team is highly regarded as the “go-to” legal counsel for businesses in the financial services industry, providing our clients with sophisticated advice and representation on a range of issues spanning regulatory compliance, corporate transactional and institutional financings, asset-based commercial lending, complex and general litigation, creditors’ rights, securities and Maryland legislative and executive branch lobbying.

Gordon Feinblatt’s Financial Services Team represents banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers and lenders, consumer finance companies and debt relief providers among others.  We also represent FinTech providers, including marketplace and online lenders and other alternative lending and payment providers.  Our Team advises clients on all aspects of consumer credit in Maryland and throughout the country.  Our Team is counsel to the Maryland Bankers Association and is closely involved in legislative and administrative issues affecting banking and insurance and other financial institutions doing business in Maryland.  We have been involved in drafting legislation and lobbying nearly all changes to Maryland’s credit laws since 1985.

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Our Team’s knowledge of legal issues regarding financial services has been developed over more than 40 years of high level, quality legal service.  This depth of understanding of the business of financial services providers allows us to be cost-effective in solving issues and innovative in implementing winning solutions to a wide range of legal and business needs.

 

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"The Financial Services Group at Gordon Feinblatt is my firm of choice for financial regulatory and compliance issues. The group has experience in virtually every area of the financial services industry and their responsiveness exceeds my expectations. I would highly recommend them for any financial services related legal services. " — Joe H.

Our Financial Services Team is actively involved in matters that include:

  • Bank holding company formation
  • Class and individual actions
  • Commercial lending
  • Complex and general litigation
  • Consumer credit
  • Corporate and transactional work M&A
  • Creation of subsidiaries, holding companies and joint ventures
  • Credit law violations
  • Debt relief and adjustment law
  • Deposit accounts
  • Dissolutions, liquidations and receiverships
  • Enforcement matters, including MOU s, CID s and defensive litigation
  • Fair lending
  • Insurance regulation
  • Licensing and registration
  • Mortgage lending and brokering
  • Online lending
  • Privacy and data breach
  • Public and private securities law
  • Tax aspects of commercial transactions
  • UCC matters (including check fraud)
  • Wage and hour concerns
  • Workouts, reorganization and bankruptcy

Regulatory Compliance

We advise financial institutions concerning all aspects of regulatory compliance, including compliance with federal and state law applicable to consumer loans, deposit accounts, mortgage lending/brokering, credit service businesses, money transmission, credit repair, and debt adjustment/relief.  Our Financial Services Team is focused on staying ahead of changes in the industry and on keeping our clients up to date and in compliance with the laws that impact them.  We issue a monthly electronic newsletter, Maryland Legal Alert for Financial Services, regarding timely legal developments and news for the financial services sector.  We also issue an annual update on changes to Maryland law.

Commercial Lending

Attorneys on the Team also represent banks, developers and governmental entities in the Mid-Atlantic region in connection with real estate matters including for retail, multi-family, land acquisition and development and construction projects.  We have a depth of knowledge in zoning and land use issues as well as title insurance issues.  We are an experienced resource for issues that arise when financing commercial property projects, acquisitions, loans and mortgages, including HUD financing.

FinTech

Rapidly changing technology and consumer demand for faster and easier service delivery channels continues to fuel the growth of alternative payment providers, lending platforms and technology firms that provide tools and infrastructure for financial service providers and other companies in the FinTech space.We understand the opportunities created by the development and implementation of new technologies, as well as the risks generated by increasing regulatory scrutiny.

Litigation

We represent financial service providers in a wide range of litigation defending single and multi-party complex claims, including consumer class action suits, before federal and state courts, as well as federal and state agency proceedings and alternative dispute proceedings. These disputes range in subject matter from UCC disputes, to lender liability claims, to regulatory compliance violations (TILA, ECOA, FCRA, FDCPA, UDAAP, etc.), to Maryland credit law claims and more.  We have been asked to serve as special counsel and as expert witnesses in complex cases concerning insurance fraud and in cases where compliance is at issue. Financial services providers rely on our Financial Services Team for representation in all stages of administrative proceedings before Maryland's Commissioner of Financial Regulation and its Insurance Commissioner.  We also have a long-established practice in representation of many banking institutions and corporations on bankruptcy and reorganization matters, workouts and participation arrangements.

Corporate and Transactional

We also assist regulated financial services providers in connection with corporate and transactional work, including acquisitions, mergers, conversions, dissolutions, liquidations, receiverships and the creation of subsidiaries, holding companies and joint ventures. Our Practice includes attorneys with a wide range of skills needed by regulated financial services providers, including attorneys with active practices in complex institutional financings and asset-based commercial lending, public and private securities law, bankruptcy and workout, real estate and environmental law and insurance regulatory advice.

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If you are a business that utilizes unsolicited calls, texts or pre-recorded messages as part of your marketing efforts, there are restrictions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) that you should consider:

  • Prior express consent is required for informational calls/texts.
  • Prior express written consent is required for marketing calls/texts (using specific language from TCPA regs.).
  • Damages of least $500 per call/text---TCPA claims are commonly the basis of class actions.

To discuss these issues further, please contact Chris Rahl or Margie Corwin

The information contained herein is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion and should not be acted upon without consulting an attorney.

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