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Cannabis, Crypto, and Broker-Dealers in the Anti-Money Laundering Hot Seat

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP


Anti-money laundering (AML) programmes have faced a slew of regulatory and enforcement changes in the past 18 months, and new challenges are on the horizon.

This webinar will analyse the current state of play for financial institutions servicing cannabis businesses, including outcomes from recent US congressional debate on the issue. It will also evaluate the latest developments affecting the AML programmes of businesses dealing with blockchain, cryptocurrency and other digital assets. In addition, the webinar will identify trends and lessons learned from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s enforcement focus on broker-dealer AML programmes. Finally, the webinar will provide an overview of expected changes to the Bank Secrecy Act and related regulations in 2019.

This webinar is ideal for anyone working in or overseeing AML programme design or compliance.


Jodi L Avergun

Jodi Avergun is chair of the firm’s white collar defence and investigations group. Her practice focuses on representing corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory matters involving, among other things, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities enforcement healthcare and general white collar matters. She has successfully represented both companies and senior executives in internal investigations, matters before regulatory bodies including the SEC and the US Drug Enforcement Administration, and in civil and criminal matters in federal court. She has also designed and implemented compliance programmes for a variety of clients.

Todd Blanche

Todd Blanche is a partner in Cadwalader’s global litigation group. His practice focuses on representing corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory matters involving all types of white collar investigations, prosecutions and enforcement actions. He has successfully represented both companies and individuals facing grand jury subpoenas, criminal charges, regulatory inquiries and actions, and internal investigations. A former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York, he has extensive experience investigating all manner of white collar crime.

Joseph V Moreno

Joseph Moreno, a former federal prosecutor, is a partner in Cadwalader's white collar defence and investigations group. Dual qualified to practise in the United States and as a solicitor in England and Wales, he has extensive litigation and crisis management experience handling complex matters involving the US Department of Justice, the SEC, the US Department of Defence and other domestic and international regulators and law enforcement agencies. Representative matters have involved money laundering and terrorist financing, cybersecurity and data breach response, securities and accounting fraud, insider trading, the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act, and other criminal and civil matters.

Christian Larson

Christian Larson is an associate with Cadwalader’s white collar defence and investigations practice in Washington DC. He has experience in a broad range of anti-money laundering and other white collar matters, including conducting investigations in response to government inquiries and designing policies and procedures to comply with complex regulations. Prior to joining Cadwalader, he worked with the International Monetary Fund, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the US Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. He has written numerous articles on anti-money laundering controls and served as head of the OSCE delegation to the Financial Action Task Force.


Jodi L. Avergun
Joseph V. Moreno
Christian Larson
Todd Blanche


27 March 2019
16:00 - 16:55 UTC
55 min