As partner in Holland & Knight’s Miami office, co-leader of the firm’s Financial Services Regulatory Team, and leader of the firm’s Cuba Action Team, Andres Fernandez practices in the areas of banking law and financial services, focusing on licensing, regulatory and compliance matters. With an emphasis on Bank Secrecy Act, anti‐money laundering, and Office of Foreign Assets Control issues, Andy counsels a broad range of clients such as domestic community banks, foreign banks, broker dealers and money service businesses (including virtual/digital currency and Bitcoin) in the U.S. and throughout Latin America.
Andy has represented financial institutions in such diverse matters as the establishment of U.S. offices and branches of foreign banks, de novo formations, resolution of regulatory enforcement actions, representation before various regulatory or enforcement agencies and resolution of potential civil and criminal monetary penalties, fines and forfeitures before U.S. regulators, FinCEN, OFAC and the DOJ.
Andy serves as Sanctions Subcommittee Chair for Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA); member of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group; Board of Directors member, South Florida Banking Institute; member, Cuban American Bar Association. He is fluent in Spanish and an avid speaker at regional and international banking conferences and training seminars.