Welcome to RGA's ChangeMaker Podcast series. This series of short recordings features some of the brightest executives working in American business today talking about the changes they are working to bring to their industries. These are the leaders that will define the economic future of our country.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Brian S. Levy, Of Counsel to Katten & Temple, LLP

Brian S. Levy is Of Counsel to Katten & Temple, LLP, providing a wide range of business transactional services and regulatory guidance, bringing significant experience in banking, mortgage lending ventures, mortgage banking contract, negotiation and loan sale issues, commercial and residential real estate and finance, loan restructuring and workouts, and regulatory compliance.

Levy served for over 15 years as Senior Vice-President, Secretary and General Counsel to Guaranty Bank in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a federal thrift having roughly $1.5 billion in assets and 175 retail bank branches (mostly in supermarkets) and a large wholesale and retail mortgage origination operation. In 1996, Levy developed the unique series LLC structure used by Guaranty Bank for its retail mortgage origination joint ventures with realtors, builders and other financial institutions.

In addition to his General Counsel duties at Guaranty Bank, Levy gained key business and sales insights through his experience managing several mortgage origination joint ventures with realtors and negotiation of secondary market agreements. Throughout his tenure with Guaranty he was responsible for the Guaranty’s industry and government relations. Levy also managed Guaranty’s construction lending, compliance and risk management areas.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Levy joined the law firm of Rudnick & Wolfe (now known as DLA Piper etc.) in Chicago, Illinois, concentrating his practice in the area of commercial real estate, including purchase and sale transactions, loans and workouts, leasing and brokerage.

Levy is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and is a frequent speaker on various legal, banking, joint venture, mortgage banking and real property issues such as affiliated business arrangements and secondary markets, repurchase defenses, consumer class action litigation, RESPA, title insurance, construction lending and mortgage loan documentation. Levy was the 2006 Chairman of RESPRO (The Real Estate Services Providers Council). Levy also served on the American Banker’s Association Government Relations Administrative Committee (term expired October 2009) and was the Vice-Chairman of ABA’s Mortgage Markets Committee.

He is a graduate of University of Illinois, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa (A.B., 1986) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1989). Levy also served as Chairman of the Milwaukee Children’s Village, an alternative to the foster care system for large sibling groups.

In this podcast, Levy talks about changes he sees coming to the mortgage business.

Related Links:

Katten & Temple's Website

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