Nobody ever launched a financial services business just to experience the joy of getting licensed. The process today can be daunting and complex with many pieces that take a lot of work to put together, but we know the patterns better than anyone.

The new standard in licensing.

We’re APPROVED — a licensing service for financial services companies. We’re part of Buckley, a law firm with unparalleled experience in financial services. Both informed and unique, our technology-enabled approach is designed to make the approval and compliance process smarter, more predictable, and more streamlined than ever before.

In addition to our legal and industry knowledge, we bring a fierce commitment to blending the best people, processes, and technology. We’re here to make licensing better.

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A smarter process.

We’ve worked within the contours of financial licensing for years and know the systems exceptionally well. We know the rules. We know the nuances. And we know the common missteps that most organizations encounter along the way. We read between the lines. APPROVED understands the needs of regulators and what lies beyond the written requirements. We anticipate regulatory requests and create workflows that result in fewer deficiencies, fewer snags, and smoother applications.

A broader perspective.

Our legal experience does more than add credibility to our representation. We see and understand the complexities of our clients’ needs in ways that others can’t match. The art of licensing and compliance is a marathon made up of sprints, and hurdles appear at every step along the way. Rules and regulations in this industry shift overnight, and we are determined to remain ahead of them. APPROVED stays on top of licensing and process change, and helps you navigate it to remain compliant and open for business.

A better experience.

The licensing process can be arduous, but we are here to make it as fluid as possible. Obtaining licenses is a necessary first step in running a business, and maintaining them is absolutely critical to staying open. APPROVED can’t change the laws, but we can help you navigate the processes that surround them. We offer cost certainty in pricing, a smarter workflow, and sophisticated knowledge and support. In a process that can often be both impersonal and invasive, we are bringing back the human touch.


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Cost Certainty

There is power in predictability. While other firms’ fees can skyrocket as challenges arise, our fixed-pricing model ensures pricing certainty throughout the process.
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Smarter Technology

Technology has the potential to transform every aspect of the licensing process, from requirements-gathering to status updates and approvals. Our approach will employ the latest tools and techniques to add efficiencies throughout the process.

Dedicated Service

You are not in this alone. Our team works closely with you from the beginning to develop a strategy and remains by your side at each stage of the journey.

Legal Perspective

We combine the economies of a licensing company with the knowledge of a preeminent financial-services law firm. Our team has decades of legal and licensing experience and has successfully represented the full spectrum of financial services companies.

Industry Experience

We know this space. Members of our licensing team were instrumental in the development of NMLS, and they’ve been exactly where you’ve been. Our experience provides us with a deep understanding of licensing complexities that extends far beyond written requirements.

Let’s get started.

Whether you are looking to be licensed, remain compliant, or simply want to learn more about our unique approach, we can help.

Use the contact form or give us a call to speak with an APPROVED licensing professional today.

(800) 980-7880


Buckley LLP

At Buckley LLP we focus on three key areas — financial services, government enforcement, and litigation — and do them exceptionally well. How well? Noted legal ranking authority Chambers USA has called our law firm “the best at what they do in the country.” We provide a full suite of regulatory, enforcement, litigation, and transactional services to a broad range of clients, including 21 of the 25 largest banks in the U.S., the top 10 credit card issuers, the top mortgage originators and servicers, seven of the top 10 auto finance originators, and numerous mid-size banks, fintech companies, private equity firms, and other investors in the financial services industry.

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