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Matthew Previn, a partner in Buckley LLP’s New York office, specializes in the representation of banks, non-bank financial institutions, and companies providing financial products and services. He has extensive experience representing financial institutions in a wide range of regulatory examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions brought by myriad government agencies. In addition, he counsels banks and other financial services companies on bank and consumer finance issues, and advises boards and executive management on regulatory expectations, new products and services, and corporate governance.

Mr. Previn represents banks, mortgage originators and servicers, credit card issuers, and specialty finance companies in matters initiated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also has an active state regulatory practice, representing clients in matters before state banking regulators, including the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), as well as multi-state groups such as the Multistate Mortgage Committee (MMC), and state attorneys general. 

Mr. Previn also spearheads the firm’s Class Actions practice in New York, and has litigated cases arising under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), and unfair and deceptive trade practices statutes.

Current and recent representative regulatory and enforcement matters include the representation of a:

  • Leading national bank in a joint CFPB and state attorney general investigation into alleged RESPA violations, resulting in a settlement with no admission of liability
     
  • Major mortgage servicer in a CFPB investigation regarding compliance with mortgage servicing rules
     
  • Large national bank in a CFPB investigation regarding compliance with the EFTA and Regulation E
     
  • Leading financial technology company offering online consumer and small business loans in investigations by the CFPB, FTC, and state regulators regarding loan origination and servicing practices
     
  • Leading national bank in an investigation by the New York Attorney General regarding deposit account practices
     
  • Large national bank in False Claims Act (FCA) and Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York

Noteworthy litigation matters include the representation of:

  • Banks and nonbank mortgage lenders in putative class actions challenging the formation and operation of MERS
     
  • Large mortgage servicer in a putative nationwide class action regarding customer enrollment in home service and home warranty plans
     
  • Leading credit card issuer in a class action regarding the reduction in credit lines and assessment of overlimit fees; a nationwide class settlement reached
     
  • Leading national bank in a putative nationwide class action alleging RESPA violations in connection with an alleged captive mortgage reinsurance arrangement
     
  • Multiple financial institutions in qui tam actions brought under the FCA and state law corollaries

Mr. Previn has been recognized by Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in Financial Services: Litigation. Prior to joining Buckley, Mr. Previn was Senior Counsel at HSBC Finance Corporation, where he provided regulatory advice and managed litigation for the bank credit card and private label credit card businesses. Before joining HSBC, he was a member of the financial institutions and litigation groups at WilmerHale.

Mr. Previn served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cornelia Kennedy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University and his B.A. from Yale University.

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Awards and Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

  • Legal 500 2018: Recognized in Financial Services: Litigation 

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University, 1996 (with honors)
  • B.A., Yale University, 1992

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Government Service

    • Law Clerk, Hon. Cornelia Kennedy, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

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