Leonard N. Chanin
Of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP
Leonard Chanin is the Of Counsel in the Financial Services group at Morrison & Foerster LLP. A recognized expert in the field of consumer financial protection with extensive experience in regulation and supervision of the myriad statutes affecting retail banking, Mr. Chanin counsels financial institutions on consumer financial services law issues.

Before rejoining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Chanin served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Regulations of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. There, he headed the agency's rulemaking team by supervising nearly 40 lawyers responsible for promulgating rules and regulations implementing consumer financial protection legislation. Prior to joining the CFPB, Mr. Chanin served as Deputy Director of the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board. During his tenure at the Federal Reserve Board, Mr. Chanin provided legal opinions and policy recommendations to the Board and the Division on federal consumer financial services laws, negotiated rules and policies with the other federal banking agencies and provided legal views on enforcement actions against state member banks. Mr. Chanin is a fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.
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Complying with the Final Military Lending Act Rule
In July 2015, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a final rule (Rule) to implement the Military Lending Act (MLA). In addition, the DoD issued an interpretive rule on August 26, 2016. The Rule is complex and leaves many compliance and operational issues unanswered. Financial institutions must comply with these rules by October 3, 2016. The penalties for failing to comply are significant and can result in a loan contract being 'void.'
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