St. Louis, March 18, 2019 – The global law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (BCLP) today announced that Benjamin Saul has joined the firm as a partner in the Banking Practice. Saul will reside in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

Saul maintains a highly regarded global banking, fintech and consumer financial services practice. Along with financial institutions of all sizes, Saul represents fintech, payments, regtech, broker-dealer, exchange, specialty finance, and consumer financial services companies in connection with a full spectrum of regulatory and corporate matters. His practice extends to regulatory examinations, investigations, enforcement actions and administrative proceedings, internal investigations, as well as other litigation matters related to fintech and consumer financial products and services. He also represents directors, officers and investors in a variety of complex regulatory, enforcement, litigation and transactional matters.

Saul’s extensive experience in financial services and banking enforcement complements BCLP’s strong global financial services regulatory practice. Saul has represented clients in supervisory, enforcement and litigation matters involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also regularly handles matters involving FTC, DOJ, FDIC, FRB, OCC and FinCEN as well as those involving state financial services authorities and state attorneys general.

In the rapidly evolving fintech and payments areas, Saul has experience in matters involving AI applications, mobile and digital banking, new payments technologies, online lending and distributed ledger technology, including blockchain technology, as well as cryptocurrencies. His fintech work has included clients from startups to established technology companies and financial institutions and is often cross-border in nature. He also has advised financial institutions in their efforts to bring emerging fintech products and technologies to market.

“We look forward to welcoming Ben to our firm,” said Global Banking Group Leader Jim McAlpin. “We provide clients in the financial services industry sophisticated, innovative counsel as they expand their interests in the burgeoning fintech and payments space. Ben brings our clients exceptional experience in this area, particularly on the regulatory front, and will strengthen our offerings in these key areas.” 

A fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and two-time winner of the Burton Award for legal writing, Saul is a frequent author and speaker on fintech, consumer finance and banking-related topics. 

“Ben will be an asset to our clients, both in the U.S. and abroad, and we are excited to welcome him to our firm’s growing Washington office,” said Washington, D.C., Office Managing Partner LaDawn Naegle. “With our newly enhanced global platform, a strong presence in Washington has become more critical than ever and we are excited about Ben’s arrival as a signal to the market that we’re continuing to invest in our nation’s capital.”

Saul, formerly a partner at White & Case, is the latest addition to BCLP’s Banking Practice, bolstering a strong fintech team within a first-class group serving the financial services industry.

About Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

With over 1,400 lawyers in 32 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a fully integrated global law firm that provides clients with connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it. The firm is known for its relationship-driven, collaborative culture, diverse legal experience and industry-shaping innovation and offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

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