Interdisciplinary AML and Sanctions Team
Sullivan & Cromwell is ideally positioned to assist financial institutions in navigating AML and OFAC sanctions program challenges. To do so effectively, it is often necessary to bring diverse skills to bear:
- deep regulatory knowledge to identify a challenge;
- investigatory skills to identify its source, scope and magnitude;
- practical experience and creativity to develop sound remedial strategies;
- the capacity to adapt and adjust in the face of changing regulatory or law enforcement expectations;
- the ability to hone in on what is important, filter out the noise, and communicate critical information to stakeholders, whether they are internal to the institution or regulatory or law enforcement authorities;
- insight into past, present, and potential future enforcement trends to maximize leverage in settlement negotiations; and
- the capacity to comprehensively assess and develop sound strategies to address the potentially severe collateral consequences of regulatory or law enforcement action.
Regulatory, Enforcement and Litigation Expertise
S&C's AML & Sanctions Group practitioners have provided counsel in nearly every high-profile AML and OFAC sanctions-related regulatory enforcement action and law enforcement proceeding involving a financial institution in the last decade, making it a preeminent presence and force in the areas of AML and OFAC sanctions enforcement and compliance.
SELECTED REPRESENTATIONSThe world’s most sophisticated institutions continue to turn to S&C to handle their most significant, franchise-threatening civil and criminal AML- and OFAC-related matters. In the past year alone, S&C has acted as counsel in connection with the investigation and resolution of many of the largest, most complex criminal and regulatory enforcement investigations that have been conducted in the United States. Selected recent AML and OFAC experience includes the following:
- The Firm represented ABN AMRO Bank, Barclays, ING Group, Lloyds TSB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC Group and BNP Paribas in the resolution of multiagency criminal and regulatory investigations relating to their compliance with economic sanctions and/or anti-money-laundering regulations.
- Citigroup in resolving regulatory enforcement actions brought by the Federal Reserve and OCC to address BSA/AML compliance program deficiencies. S&C continues to advise Citigroup regarding AML regulatory matters.
- JPMorgan Chase in resolutions with the DOJ, the OCC, the Federal Reserve and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) relating to its compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act in connection with its relationship with Bernard L. Madoff Securities.
- TD Bank in resolutions with the OCC and FinCEN in connection with an investigation of TD Bank’s anti-money laundering controls and compliance with the BSA and a related consensual settlement with the SEC. The settlements stemmed from an account maintained at a TD predecessor bank by Scott Rothstein, a South Florida attorney who was convicted in 2009 of orchestrating large-scale Ponzi scheme.
- Numerous other financial institutions in both public and non-public regulatory enforcement actions brought by federal and state banking authorities, as well as in ongoing, nonpublic government investigations into economic sanctions compliance, anti-money laundering issues, and other bank regulatory matters.