Claiborne (Clay) W. Porter is the Assistant Deputy Chief of the Money Laundering & Bank Integrity Unit (“MLBIU”) of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the United States Department of Justice. As Assistant Deputy Chief, he supervises a team of trial attorneys in their investigation and prosecution of financial institutions for Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and OFAC-related violations. His responsibilities also include reviewing prosecution memorandums, deferred prosecution agreements and indictments of financial institutions in connection with the BSA and advising the various US Attorneys’ Offices on money laundering, BSA and OFAC investigations and prosecutions. As a Trial Attorney in MLBIU, Mr. Porter has lead numerous money laundering, BSA and OFAC prosecutions, from a multi-jurisdictional prosecution of check cashing companies and their owners for BSA violations to a major international financial institution for OFAC violations to an 11-week trial relating to wire fraud and international money laundering. Prior to his tenure with the DOJ, Mr. Porter was in private practice in two international law firms where he specialized in white collar defense. Before that, Mr. Porter was an attorney on the NYC Mayor’s Commission to Combat Police Corruption and an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY.
OFAC sanctions have evolved from targeting drug kingpins as part of the U.S. anti-money laundering program to targeting corrupt officials and human traffickers as part of foreign policy. The panel will discuss this evolution and what can be expected in the future.