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Roberto  J. Gonzalez
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Roberto Gonzalez represents financial institutions and other companies in high-stakes litigation, investigations and advisory matters, spanning the areas of economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, export controls, antitrust, the False Claims Act, consumer financial protection and cybersecurity and data privacy. Drawing on his experience in senior legal roles at the Treasury Department, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the White House, he helps U.S. and non-U.S. clients navigate complex criminal and regulatory matters and provides strategic counseling on compliance issues and crisis management.

Roberto has handled civil and criminal matters before a variety of government agencies, including the Department of Justice; the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN); the CFPB; the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC); FINRA; and the banking regulatory agencies, including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), and the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS). He is a member of the Litigation Department and the co-chair of the Economic Sanctions & Anti-Money Laundering Practice Group.

EXPERIENCE

Roberto served in several senior legal positions in the federal government prior to joining Paul, Weiss. As Deputy General Counsel of the Treasury Department, Roberto managed major litigations and congressional investigations and supervised more than 100 lawyers—including at OFAC and FinCEN—in the areas of sanctions, anti-money laundering, cybersecurity and financial regulation. His tenure saw significant developments in the sanctions regimes involving Russia/Ukraine, Iran, Cuba and malicious cyber activity, as well as landmark sanctions and AML enforcement actions. Previously, he was Principal Deputy General Counsel of the CFPB, where he oversaw the legal review of all enforcement actions, rulemakings and significant supervisory matters. Before that, he served as Associate White House Counsel and Special Assistant to President Obama, where he counseled on financial reform and homeland security issues and represented the White House in investigations by Congress and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. He previously served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Some of Roberto’s recent representations include:

  • A former cabinet official in high-profile congressional inquiries regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election;
  • multiple global financial institutions in a variety of sanctions/anti-money laundering investigations by federal and state regulators and with respect to ongoing compliance advice;
  • Citigroup Inc. and affiliates in an ongoing multidistrict putative class action alleging that Citi and various other banks conspired to reduce potential competition in interest rate swap trading, and a related CFTC investigation;
  • a major U.S. bank in connection with a favorable settlement with the CFPB;
  • a U.S. equipment manufacturer in a DOJ False Claims Act investigation;
  • a major Asia-based technology company with respect to sanctions, anti-money laundering and export control advice;
  • an Asia-based manufacturing company in a sanctions and money laundering investigation by DOJ;
  • various bondholders in connection with Venezuela sanctions advice;
  • a natural resources company in an internal investigation regarding sanctions and bribery allegations;
  • multiple U.K.-based companies in U.S. sanctions investigations;
  • multiple asset managers in connection with due diligence and advice on sanctions and consumer regulatory issues in potential transactions;
  • bank and non-bank providers of consumer financial services regarding novel regulatory and compliance issues and engagement with the CFPB and other regulators; and
  • multiple financial institutions in connection with regulatory advice concerning the marijuana/cannabis industry in the United States and Canada.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Roberto speaks and writes frequently on sanctions/AML, cybersecurity, compliance and financial regulation. His publications have appeared in the National Law Journal, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and the Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets. Recently, Roberto was selected to receive the “Law360 Distinguished Writing Award.”

Roberto was recognized as one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon. In 2017, he was elected as a member of the American Law Institute. Roberto was named a “D.C. Rising Star” by the National Law Journal, a “Rising Star in Banking” by Law360 and a “Top Lawyer Under 40” by the National Hispanic Bar Association. His joining of Paul, Weiss was covered in The New York Times and Law360. At Treasury, Secretary Jacob J. Lew awarded Roberto the Treasury Medal in recognition of his accomplishments and leadership as Deputy General Counsel.

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