Benjamin Saul is a shareholder in the firm’s Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice. For two decades, Ben has handled high-stakes regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters for corporate and individual clients in the consumer finance, specialty finance, fintech, and banking sectors.
Ben has helped clients navigate dozens of contentious supervisory, enforcement, and litigation matters involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and has been a leader in the private bar on CFPB matters since the Bureau’s inception in 2011. He also routinely assists clients in matters involving the FTC, DOJ, HUD, OCC, FRB, FDIC, state financial services authorities, state attorneys general, and state civil rights commissions. Ben’s enforcement matters have concerned fair lending and servicing, unfair deceptive or abusive trade practices, other federal and state consumer finance laws, AML/BSA, troubled or failed banks, fiduciary duties, financial institution fraud, supervisory ratings, and other safety and soundness issues. These matters often have involved parallel proceedings by multiple enforcement agencies and/or private parties.
Ben also advises lenders, servicers, alternative financial service providers, and money services businesses on product and service development, licensing, compliance program enhancement, and the applicability of federal and state consumer credit and other financial services laws. He frequently helps clients understand how financial services law maps onto new technologies and innovative products, having worked on matters involving big data, artificial intelligence, marketplace and online lending, blockchain, digital assets and cryptocurrencies, digital banking, and payment systems. In addition, Ben provides financial services regulatory advice on corporate and capital markets transactions.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Government investigations
- Federal and state regulation of consumer credit and other financial services
- Fair lending, fair servicing, and responsible banking
- Online and marketplace lending
- Residential mortgage lending and servicing
- Student lending and servicing
- Small business and commercial credit
- Small dollar lenders
- Auto finance
- Credit and prepaid card
- Alternative finance companies
- Money transmitter and money services businesses
- Defense of consumer litigation claims