Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1996
  • B.B.A., College of William & Mary, 1988

Memberships

  • Member, American Bar Association, Banking Law Committee

    Member, Federal Bar Association

    Member, Women in Housing & Finance
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Laura R. Biddle

Partner

Laura Biddle, a partner in Venable's Regulatory Practice in the Washington, DC office, advises domestic and foreign banking organizations, specialty finance firms, non-depository lenders, providers of payment, and other providers of financial products and services on all aspects of financial services regulations. She advises banks; their holding companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates; and investors with corporate governance, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, chartering and licensing, permissible activities and investments, preemption, affiliate transaction, controlling and noncontrolling investments, and new product development. She represents financial institutions and non-bank companies of all types on financial technology (FinTech), emerging payments, supervisory-related issues, including examinations, regulatory investigations, and enforcement actions, U.S. anti-money laundering laws, Dodd-Frank implementation, margin regulation compliance, consumer compliance, and state licensing laws.

Laura works closely with federal banking regulators at the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC), as well as with numerous state banking agencies.

Prior to law school, Laura worked in commercial lending and special assets at what is now one of the largest U.S. banks.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted numerous banks and bank holding companies with bank and nonbank mergers and acquisitions
  • Advised small and large banks on new product and service offerings
  • Advised mutual institutions on reorganization and expansion
  • Advised banks and bank holding companies on Volcker Rule compliance
  • Advised multiple banks on their compliance with regulatory enforcement actions
  • Advised non-bank service providers on the first Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) exam and the negotiation of the resulting enforcement actions
  • Assisted a foreign bank in obtaining a representative office license, which represented the first U.S. entry of a bank from that country
  • Advised multiple foreign banks on the wind-down of their U.S. offices