The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened for business on July 21, 2011. That same day, Ballard Spahr launched CFPB Monitor, a blog dedicated to tracking the agency’s every move and analyzing its effect on the consumer financial services industry.

This first anniversary is a perfect time to assess the enormous impact the CFPB has had on the world of consumer financial services—and to examine what lies ahead.

Click below to hear what firm attorneys have to say about the CFPB.

Alan S. Kaplinsky on CFPB supervision:

Christopher J. Willis on CFPB enforcement:

John D. Socknat on CFPB regulation:

And read what others are saying about the blog, a go-to resource for news, insights, and analysis:

“When providing guidance to my HousingWire reporters on CFPB coverage, I often direct them to CFPB Monitor. There is so much misinformation out there about this key entity, yet only a handful of trustworthy commentary websites. CFPB Monitor is one of the few reliable sources out there. It's vital reading material.”

--- Jacob Gaffney, Editor, HousingWire    

“(Chris) Peterson's move to the CFPB was first noted by Ballard Spahr's CFPB Monitor blog…Peterson and the CFPB confirmed that he would be joining the bureau as a senior counsel.”

--- American Banker, May 10, 2012    

"One of the best (publications) on our network (at covering the CFPB). Maybe the best out there."

--- Colin O'Keefe, Editor, LXBN

CFPB Monitor is produced by members of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, a practice with a national reputation for excellence in representing financial companies in new product development, regulatory compliance, enforcement, litigation defense and avoidance, and groundbreaking pre-dispute arbitration programs.

Attorneys in the CFS and Mortgage Banking Groups handle a wide range of issues related to the CFPB. The attorneys design and oversee compliance self-assessments, including fair lending; conduct compliance audits; handle responses to civil investigative demands; prepare clients for and counsel them during CFPB exams; and submit formal comments on proposed CFPB rules.

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