Walter Zalenski, a Partner in the Washington, D.C., and New York offices of Buckley Sandler LLP, has more than 25 years of experience advising banks and other financial institutions, private equity firms, specialty lenders, retail installment credit providers, fintech companies, and other entities on bank regulatory and consumer finance issues, and corporate and transactional matters.
Mr. Zalenski provides counseling on financial services mergers and acquisitions, focusing on assisting private equity sponsors and strategic buyers in investments in bank and non-bank financial services firms, providing regulatory and transactional advice to identify and mitigate risk, and assisting buyers in obtaining regulatory approvals where necessary.
His work includes a wide range counseling and acting on behalf of clients in enforcement matters, including those involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and prudential bank regulators, as well as state attorneys general and other state authorities.
Noteworthy matters include:
- Acting on behalf of private equity sponsors acquirers in transactions involving payment processing, payment systems, automobile finance, credit reporting, specialty finance, loan servicing, marketplace lending, debt collection, and money transmitting
- Representing clients in contentious regulatory matters involving payment cards, debt collection and debt sales, credit scoring and fair lending, and marketing and sales practices
Since 2008, Mr. Zalenski has been ranked in the top tier nationally for his work in the area of Financial Services Regulation by Chambers USA. Clients noted that he is “an outstanding lawyer” “the guy who had all the history of why and when the regulations were put in place — his knowledge is amazing,” with “expertise (that) spans a range of areas, including credit cards, auto finance, and mortgage lending.”
He also has been named a “Leading Lawyer” by the IFLR1000 for Financial Services Regulatory in the US, and is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. He received his J.D. and his B.A. from George Washington University.
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