O’Melveny Welcomes Former U.S. Department of the Treasury FinCEN Deputy Director AnnaLou TirolSeptember 19, 2022
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WASHINGTON, DC—September 19, 2022—O’Melveny announced today that AnnaLou Tirol, former Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), is joining the firm’s Washington, DC office on October 3 as a partner in its White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations Practice Group, and in the firm’s Fintech and National Security Groups.
Tirol will advise clients in the financial services, digital assets, and fintech sectors on regulatory issues, including those involving the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020, and the Corporate Transparency Act’s beneficial ownership requirements. She will also help clients develop and implement compliance programs, respond to government inquiries, and provide counsel on investigations and enforcement matters.
As Deputy Director of FinCEN—the Treasury bureau’s second highest official charged with combating money laundering and administering the BSA—Tirol oversaw all of FinCEN’s anti-money laundering (AML) programs and policies, including regulatory matters, public-private partnerships, and the enforcement of AML laws and regulations.
Tirol has worked in public service for 20 years. Before joining FinCEN, she served as Acting Chief of the Public Integrity Section in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division from 2016 to 2019, leading the federal effort to combat public corruption and election crimes nationwide. She previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of California and as an overseas Legal Advisor for DOJ on AML and corruption in Panama and Serbia. As a federal prosecutor, she has handled numerous complex white collar matters and other investigations and prosecutions and has tried 15 jury trials.
Tirol adds to O’Melveny’s all-star lineup of financial regulatory advisors, bolsters the firm’s bench in Washington, DC, and expands its roster of outstanding diverse attorneys.
“AnnaLou has worked at the highest levels of financial services and fintech regulation and enforcement,” said O’Melveny Chair Bradley J. Butwin. “Our clients will be well served by both her deep knowledge of the subject and her insider experience. It is a pleasure to welcome her to the firm.”
“AnnaLou possesses unique, market-leading perspective on complex issues, including anti-money laundering, that are critical to our cryptocurrency and fintech clients. She will provide them with counsel that is truly second-to-none,” added O’Melveny partner William K. Pao, chair of the firm’s Fintech Group.
“O’Melveny is renowned for attracting high-caliber government lawyers who are leading specialists in their fields. And over the years, I have been impressed by the firm’s strength and leadership in the crypto and fintech sectors,” Tirol said. “I am excited to bring my frontline experience to the firm.”
Tirol earned her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
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