Heidi provides timely, targeted, business-focused and practical advice to effectively address clients' needs in the FinTech and Payments industry. 

Overview

Focusing her practice on banking, financial technology (FinTech) and financial regulatory matters, and payments law, Heidi has represented clients in each segment of the industry for nearly two decades, covering a broad range of matters, including counseling on structuring products and services in light of emerging federal and state regulatory and legislative developments, implementing third party relationships, creation and management of regulatory compliance programs, due diligence for acquisitions, and federal and state regulatory enforcement matters.

Heidi has highly specialized knowledge and extensive legal and regulatory experience advising financial institutions, financial services companies and technology companies with an emphasis on emerging products and services. She represents companies providing online and offline electronic and mobile payment services, national and multi-national money service businesses, retailers and e-commerce marketplaces, and payment processors regarding critical legal issues affecting their businesses.

Her immense depth of industry knowledge provides invaluable insight to companies concerning legal issues related to structuring agreements with financial institutions, third parties, or FinTech companies.

Heidi also assists many clients in the implementation relative to their business of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 and the Bank Secrecy Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act, the Electronic Fund Transfer Act/ Regulation E, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act/Regulation P, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act/Regulation V.

Heidi is an accomplished author and has work published in The George Washington International Law Review. She is also a frequent speaker to industry groups on emerging payment systems, financial technology, and legal trends impacting the industry at large.

Experience

Heidi serves as primary payments regulatory counsel for numerous financial technology, banking as a service (BaaS) platform providers, online/mobile marketplace and payment processor clients, certain of which provide money transmission (P2P/P2B/B2B/B2P) services, issue prepaid access/stored value devices, or issue or exchange virtual currencies.

She has successfully advised numerous clients with money transmitter licensing projects nationwide, as well as on alternatively structuring the clients' services and relationships with financial institution partners to bring those companies' products and services to market and scale.

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Speaking Engagements

Heidi is a frequent speaker to industry groups on emerging payment systems, financial technology, and legal trends impacting the industry at large.

She has presented at the Money Transmitter Regulators Association; International Money Transfer Conference; Electronic Transactions Association; American Conference Institute; Law Seminars International; Payment Systems and Float Roundtable; West Coast Anti-Money Laundering Forum; and the CUNA/NASCUS Annual Bank Secrecy Act Conference

Publications

"Making a Run for the Border: Should the United States Stem Runaway Film and Television Production Through Tax and Other Financial Incentives?" The George Washington International Law Review, January 2003

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

The Exchequer Club, 2018-Present

Women in Housing and Finance

  • Vice President, 2022-2023

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2003

The George Washington University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999

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