Webinar Host Profile: Chris Everdell (Cohen & Gresser LLP)

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 12 noon (EDT), in partnership with AltaClaro,Chris Everdell and Jon Abernethy of Cohen & Gresser LLP presented a CLE webinar, “Current Trends in Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement.” The former federal prosecutors discussed trends and lessons learned from recent high-profile anti-money laundering (AML) cases as well as developments in blockchain and distributed ledger technology that have the potential to enhance and streamline AML compliance and reporting.

View Chris’ webinar trailer and professional bio, below.

Chris Everdell is a white-collar crime and anti-money laundering specialist, currently practicing as Counsel at Cohen & Gresser LLP in Manhattan. Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Chris spent nearly a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During this time, he was a member of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit and the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Chris has prosecuted numerous high-profile fraud and money laundering cases, including the prosecution and conviction of the principals of Liberty Reserve, a digital currency service, for laundering billions of dollars of illicit proceeds. He also co-led the prosecution and conviction of a close associate of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for money laundering, wire fraud, and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Chris and his colleagues in the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit were awarded the 2016 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Prosecuting Attorney’s Award for exceptional commitment to consumer protection. In 2014, the Federal Drug Agent Foundation awarded Chris and his team the True American Hero Award for their work in the investigation and apprehension of Chapo Guzman (a.k.a. El Chapo), the infamous former head of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico.

He has extensive experience in matters involving international money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations, cybercrime and digital currencies, securities and commodities fraud, consumer fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) violations, trade secrets theft, and economic espionage. Chris has tried a number of federal criminal trials, and he has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Chris is a thought leader in the realm of digital currencies and how they help mitigate transactional risks. He recently wrote an article for the New York Law Journal entitled “The Promise of Blockchain Technology To Combat Money Laundering,” and continues to speak publicly about how banks can leverage digital currency to help with compliance.

Chris’s current practice focuses on white-collar defense, regulatory investigations, and internal investigations in a wide range of areas, as well as privacy and cybersecurity. Chris is a graduate of Harvard Law School and earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Princeton University.

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