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Financial Services Regulatory & Compliance

Clark Hill’s Financial Services Regulatory & Compliance group is a national leader in the field of consumer financial services law, providing strategic legal counsel to clients in all areas of consumer finance.

Joann Needleman leads the firm’s Financial Services Regulatory and Compliance practice and advises banks, fintechs, financial institutions, and financial services entities on regulatory compliance matters.

A former member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Consumer Advisory Board, Joann provides her clients with useful strategies and common-sense solutions in order to prepare for areas of regulatory scrutiny.

Joann hosts the popular podcast “Credit Ecosystem to Go: Curbside Thought Leadership for Financial Services.

Aryeh “Ari” Derman supports and assists in the development and expansion of Clark Hill’s Financial Services Regulatory and Compliance practice, targeting financial institutions, and endeavoring fintechs looking to enter into the financial services sector.

As the former Chief Legal executive for one of the nation’s largest debt collectors prior to joining Clark Hill, Ari is experienced in overseeing complex “go-to-market” service offerings and educating institutional investors on the delicate balance between risk mitigation and leading-edge innovation.

He has extensive experience and knowledge of numerous consumer protection laws and is frequent industry presenter on items related to compliance, risk management, and corporate governance.



  • Assessment and audit of compliance management systems (CMS)

  • Co-branded credit card program reviews

  • Compliant AI deployment and analysis

  • Preparation and assistance with prudential regulator investigations and examinations

  • Development of financial transparency infrastructure, centered on BSA and AML

  • Application assistance for FinTech and Banking Licensure

  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy implementation

  • Mobile payment and portal rollout

  • E-communication strategies (text, email, power-dial)

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