Alan S. Kaplinsky, the leader of Ballard Spahr’s nationally recognized Consumer Financial Services Group, will address a World Bank audience this Thursday in a debate over the role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the controversial new federal agency created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Mr. Kaplinsky will debate Professor Adam J. Levitin of the Georgetown University Law Center. The debate, “CFPB: Genesis, Development, Expectations,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Preston Auditorium at the World Bank Headquarters, in Washington, D.C., and is part of the World Bank’s “Law, Justice and Development Week 2011.”

“The fact that the World Bank is interested in the CFPB underscores its importance,” Mr. Kaplinsky said. “They clearly are concerned about the effect the Bureau will have on the global banking industry.”

Those expected to attend the debate include dozens of members of the World Bank’s Working Group On the Treatment of Personal Insolvency, which includes policy makers, judges, and specialists from different countries, and several prominent United States Bankruptcy Court judges.

Mr. Kaplinsky advises many of the nation’s largest banks on consumer finance, regulatory and transactional matters. He also defends financial institutions that have been sued by consumers or government agencies. He was described by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as “a guru of consumer financial services on both the regulatory and litigation sides.”

The Consumer Financial Services Group at Ballard Spahr produces a blog, the CFPB Monitor, to provide “news, guidance, and insightful perspectives” for companies affected by the CFPB. Visit the blog at