Anti-Money Laundering

U.S. and global anti-money laundering (AML) laws continue to expand the obligations for financial institutions and companies. Such laws frequently overlap with other legal regimes, including anti-corruption, customs, tax (including the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)), and export controls. Miller & Chevalier’s AML practice draws on extensive experience to provide companies with a holistic approach for ensuring compliance with AML and related laws and defending against any alleged violations.

We have significant experience assisting clients in navigating the U.S. AML legal framework, including advising on compliance with the U.S. Money Laundering Control Act, Bank Secrecy Act, and PATRIOT Act. Our team includes former government lawyers who prosecuted numerous money laundering and related cases, as well as government officials who advised on and administered AML matters. For a variety of multinational companies around the globe, we have developed compliance programs that address AML risks and related laws, such as anti-corruption and export controls. We also have substantial experience representing corporations and individuals against enforcement agencies investigating alleged violations of AML and related laws, often leading to termination of an investigation without any charges. Our team has an excellent track record defending corporations and individuals when charges have been brought. The firm's strength and breadth in internal investigations is reflected in the fact that seven of its lawyers were recognized in the Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers (2015).

We advise clients on a range of AML issues, including: 

  • Representing companies and individuals charged with money laundering and related crimes; 
  • Investigating allegations of money laundering; 
  • Designing AML compliance programs; 
  • Training on AML requirements; 
  • Transaction counseling on AML risks; and 
  • Conducting AML compliance/risk assessments.

The complex matters we handle for our clients increasingly intersect with the AML laws of other jurisdictions. We have a tested network of resident law firms in key jurisdictions who can advise on local AML laws. In addition, Miller & Chevalier lawyers serve as contributing editors of Getting the Deal Through: Anti-Money Laundering, a publication providing information on AML laws in close to 20 countries. Miller & Chevalier lawyers authored the “United States” chapter and the publication’s introduction.

Government Experience
  • Chief, Criminal Enforcement Section (Southern), Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice 
  • Senior Litigation Counsel, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice 
  • Counsel to Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice 
  • Trial Attorney, Criminal Enforcement Section (Southern), Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice 
  • Trial Attorney, Western Criminal Enforcement Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice 
  • Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service 
  • Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service 
  • Assistant Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service 
  • Director, Regulatory Policy Division, U.S. Department of Commerce 
  • Senior Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel of Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce 
  • Trial Chief, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia 
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender, District of Maryland
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Chambers Global: Corporate Crime & Investigations (USA), 2016
  • Chambers Global: Fraud & Corporate Investigations (Latin America-wide), 2015 - 2016
  • Chambers Global: FCPA (United States), 2015 - 2016
  • Chambers Latin America: Fraud & Corporate Investigations (Latin America-wide), 2015 - 2017
  • Chambers USA: Corporate Crime & Investigations (National), 2015 - 2016
  • Chambers USA: FCPA (National), 2014 - 2016
  • Latinvex: Top 10 Latin American FCPA & Fraud Firm, 2015
  • Latin Lawyer Anti-Corruption Survey, Top Law Firm, 2013
Clerkships