Hogan Lovells adds former FinCEN Director of Office of Compliance & Enforcement Gregory Lisa to its Litigation and International Trade Practices
06 September 2016
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WASHINGTON, 6 September 2016 – Hogan Lovells announced today that Gregory C. Lisa will join the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration practice and its International Trade and Investment practice as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office.
Immediately before joining Hogan Lovells, Greg was the Interim Director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Treasury Department’s lead regulator for overseeing and enforcing anti-money laundering laws. Greg also served as Chief of the Money Services Businesses and Casinos Section within the Enforcement Division at FinCEN. Prior to his tenure at FinCEN, Greg worked in the Office of Enforcement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“I look forward to developing my practice as part of both the Litigation and International Trade Groups,” said Mr. Lisa. “With the growing demands of regulators, examination teams, and law enforcement agencies, this a challenging time to be a financial institution, both in the U.S. and worldwide. Hogan Lovells is the ideal place to help clients face these challenges, and I’m thrilled to be part of such well-respected and capable teams.”
During his time at FinCEN, Greg oversaw a number of anti-money laundering and other regulatory investigations and enforcement actions across the Bureau’s broad jurisdiction, including investigations into large depository institutions, global securities firms, casinos, cryptocurrency exchangers, and other financial institutions. Greg was involved with the fourth-largest FinCEN enforcement fine against a financial institution, and the largest against a casino. He personally handled the first civil enforcement action against a virtual currency company for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.
“Greg joins our firm at an opportune time as aggressive scrutiny from government and law enforcement agencies on evolving financial institutions is on the rise,” said Dennis Tracey, head of Litigation for the Americas. “His extensive knowledge of both anti-money laundering and consumer protection compliance will strengthen the level of advice and service we provide to our clients.”
Prior to his work at FinCEN, Greg was one of the early members of the Office of Enforcement at the CFPB, helping to “stand up” the Bureau’s investigation and enforcement programs. While there, he conducted and led a wide range of enforcement investigations involving fraudulent credit card practices, illegal debt collection, and unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices. Before his time at the CFPB, Greg served for several years as a Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice. He started in the Civil Division and then later moved to the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section in the Criminal Division as a federal prosecutor, investigating and litigating a variety of cases involving money laundering, financial fraud, and RICO violations.
“The addition of Greg to our Washington office underscores the firm’s commitment to bringing in talented lawyers with direct experience prosecuting cases on behalf of federal enforcement agencies,” said Eve Howard, Managing Partner for the Washington, D.C. office.
Added Beth Peters, Co-Director of the firm’s International Trade and Investment Practice:
“Greg’s firsthand experience in anti-money laundering compliance and investigations will provide valuable insights in areas of increased concern for our clients including digital payments and cross border trade.”
Greg earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and A.B. in Theology and American Studies from Georgetown University.
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