Anu Baron

Senior Attorney
Baron Anu

Anu Baron helps companies navigate the statutes, regulations, and rules that govern the financial services industry. With decades of legal experience, Anu provides detail-oriented guidance and creative problem-solving to clients. She advises across a variety of industries on all aspects of regulatory compliance, with an emphasis on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations, including Regulation E (Electronic Fund Transfer Act), Unfair or Deceptive or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Regulation Z (Truth in Lending Act), as well as National Automated Clearing House Association (Nacha) rules, card network rules, advertising, marketing, and consumer protection laws.

Anu also leads efforts to obtain licenses for clients, including consumer and commercial lenders and money transmitters. She negotiates, drafts, and revises agreements for various products and services, including prepaid debit cards, mobile payments, deposit accounts, and payment processing. Prior to joining Venable, Anu served as associate general counsel at a global payments technology company. There, she analyzed and advised on domestic and international money movement and prepaid regulatory compliance across business units, with an emphasis on payments law.


Representative Matters

  • Represents financial services companies in CFPB and state banking/financial institution department investigations and enforcement actions
  • Drafts and negotiates merchant, servicing, and processing agreements with payment processors, payment facilitators, and other payments companies
  • Assists various clients in regulated industries with comprehensive state licensing (e.g., money transmitter/money services businesses and mortgage brokers), including as it relates to strategy, and obtaining licensing for nationwide operations
  • Advised clients on federal and state money transmitter licensing requirements, including the applicability of state-specific exemptions, responses to inquiries made by state licensing authorities, and the preparation of licensing applications




  • J.D. cum laude The George Washington University Law School
  • B.A. Economics magna cum laude University of Maryland, College Park

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers


Pro Bono

  • DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015


  • Former volunteer, Mini-Grants Committee, Sligo Middle School