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Lawrence Kaplan

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Corporate practice in The Global Banking & Payments Practice


Lawrence D. Kaplan is of counsel in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He advises clients on all aspects of bank regulatory issues, with an emphasis on corporate structuring, control, operations, problem banks, enforcement, and the electronic provision of financial services. Mr. Kaplan’s practice involves the representation of traditional and nontraditional financial services holding companies and financial institutions before federal and state bank regulatory agencies on a variety of matters, including structural, operational, enforcement, and authority issues. Mr. Kaplan has extensive experience with issues pertaining to payment networks and electronic funds transfers and has been extensively involved in assisting clients in navigating through the various government programs created under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. These include the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.


Served as senior attorney in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Thrift Supervision


George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1987 University of Michigan Ann Arbor, A.B., 1984

United States: Media, technology and telecoms


Within: Fintech

Fielding a multidisciplinary team with broad experience, Paul Hastings LLP’s practice boasts a wide range of capabilities handling matters across the fintech sector. The group's impressive client roster ranges from global corporates, such as Samsung — which it advised on a range of privacy, security, data ownership, advertising and marketing issues relating to the launch of Samsung Pay — to start-up companies including Even. The firm advised the latter on the launch of its financial health app in collaboration with Wal-Mart. The team has experience assisting clients navigating the cryptocurrency market and regulatory environment; Altanta-based practice head Chris Daniel and cybersecurity and data expert Behnam Dayanim in Washington DC are leading advice to Coinbase on the passing of a North Carolina state house bill allowing cryptocurrency exchanges to operate, as it is exempt from traditional money transmission laws. The group also leverages its M&A capabilities in transactions, such as assisting Moneygram on the recent proposed acquisition by Ant Financial; advising Paysafe Group on US regulatory aspects of its $3.9bn acquisition by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners; and acting for Circle Internet Financial in connection with elements of its $400m acquisition of Poloniex. Other key names to note include San Francisco-based Thomas Brown, particularly for antitrust and competition in the financial services industry; Washington DC-based of counsel Lawrence Kaplan, who attracts praise for his ‘outstanding expertise in banking related matters’; cybersecurity expert Robert Silvers; and structured credit partner Richard Davis (both also based in Washington DC). Silicon Valley Bank, cryptocurrency exchange Gemini Exchange and Barclays are all clients.

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