Laurence Platt is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office and a member of the Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement practice. He concentrates his practice on a range of matters related to real estate finance, mortgage banking and consumer finance in both the primary and secondary markets. His practice includes:
- Drafting and negotiating agreements concerning: mergers and acquisitions of companies in both asset and stock transactions; loan broker, loan correspondent and whole loan purchase agreements; servicing rights purchase and sale agreements; and servicing and sub-servicing agreements.
- Counseling clients on federal and state consumer credit laws.
- Defending companies in connection with federal and state governmental audits, investigations and enforcement proceedings.
- Assisting in litigation involving consumer class action lawsuits and commercial claims.
- Advising clients on public policy issues related to housing finance issues.
Laurence has been ranked by Chambers USA for Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance - Compliance (Star Individuals) (2012 through 2016), for Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance - Litigation (Band 1) (2012 through 2016), and as a top lawyer for Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Financial Services - Regulation (Band 1) (2007-2011). Laurence was listed in Best Lawyers in America 2012-2017 for banking and finance law. In 2006, he received an inaugural Mortgage Excellence Award from Home Equity News in recognition of his service and contributions to mortgage lenders and the mortgage lending industry. From 1989 to 1997, he was on the board of directors for Montgomery Housing Partnership, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt owner and developer of affordable housing in Montgomery County, Maryland. He helped found, and for more than 15 years was a pro bono lawyer for, the Unitarian Universalist Affordable Housing Corporation. From 2002 to 2006, Laurence was a board member and counsel to the board of trustees at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.