Clark Abrams

Clark Abrams

Assistant District Attorney & Chief, Money Laundering & Financial Investigations Unit

Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, City of New York

Clark Abrams is Chief of the Money Laundering and Financial Investigations Unit at the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, where he is responsible for investigating and prosecuting money laundering cases, conducting training, and assisting and advising prosecutors throughout the Office on money laundering investigations and prosecutions.  He also sits on the Office’s committee that approves and reviews undercover money laundering operations.  Over the past 20 years, he has gained substantial experience, in positions with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and Special Narcotics Prosecutor, investigating and prosecuting international money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and financial crime. After serving state appellate and federal trial judicial clerkships upon graduation from law school, Mr. Abrams practiced commercial litigation in New York City, before entering public service. He has served on various Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Working Groups, has been trained as a Mutual Evaluation Assessor for the 40 + 9 Recommendations, and has spoken both in the United States and abroad on issues relating to financial crime, money laundering, and international cooperation.  Mr. Abrams, a graduate of Rutgers College and the University of North Carolina School of Law, is a founding member of the Compliance Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Breakout Session 2B: Anatomy of a Darknet Investigation


What must compliance officers understand about the darknet and the conversion of cryptocurrency to fiat currency, in order to advise their institutions whether to onboard prospective customers active in the crypto sphere, then monitor customers’ activity effectively? An HSI Special Agent, a forensic Blockchain expert from Chainanalysis, a money laundering prosecutor, and a compliance officer […]