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Cleveland, OH

Aaron Kouhoupt

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Business Regulation & Regulated Industries


    Aaron Kouhoupt (Member & Chief Privacy Officer, McGlinchey Stafford) offers a unique perspective shaped by more than 15 years’ experience as both in-house and outside counsel to banks, FinTechs, and various financial institutions of diverse sizes and formats. Aaron applies his extensive grasp of financial services regulation for clients ranging from marketplace lenders and other FinTech companies to community, regional, and national banks, small loan companies, mortgage lenders and servicers, as well as money transmitters and payments processors.

    Counseling clients on regulatory compliance matters including consumer loan documentation, e-commerce, underwriting, and advertising, a primary aspect of Aaron’s practice is advising both bank and non-bank participants in bank partnership arrangements. Aaron also advises clients on “traditional banking” issues including those arising under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as matters involving privacy, bankruptcy, and enterprise-wide risk management.

    Aaron is used to working with laws that might not yet be in sync with innovative financial products, having served as Head of Legal at an alternative banking and digital payments company and in-house at a peer-to-peer lending and alternative investing company. He has also worked with a European company to launch a U.S. consumer finance product.

    A testament to his broad and varied experience, Aaron has published extensively and presented continuing legal education on a wide variety of topics. He has experience as an Adjunct Professor teaching Business Law, Constitutional Law, and American Government at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

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