Alexander J.Wilson (Alex)


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Alex Wilson is a former federal prosecutor with extensive experience in cross-border and corporate investigations. He assists clients facing complex criminal, regulatory, and asset forfeiture investigations and advises on U.S. economic sanctions, anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cryptocurrency issues, and asset tracing.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Alex served for 12 years in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, most recently as the Chief of the Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit. Alex directed the investigation and prosecution of corporations and individuals involved in money laundering-related offenses, criminal violations of U.S. economic sanctions, AML regulations and the FCPA, cryptocurrency-related offenses, as well as bank, securities, and health care frauds and other cross-border criminal activity. Alex also served as the Office's principal advisor and supervisor on asset forfeiture matters.

Among other groundbreaking cases, Alex oversaw the first U.S. indictment of a foreign bank for U.S. sanctions violations; the first U.S. prosecutions of AML violations by a broker-dealer and a cryptocurrency exchange; the first U.S. prosecutions for violations of Ukraine-related sanctions; the investigation of the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers data leak; and the investigation of an online California cannabis delivery company for bank fraud. Alex personally led various major corporate criminal investigations, including into the investigations of sanctions violations by a global bank and AML violations by a Korean bank. Alex also successfully handled jury trials involving bank fraud, health care fraud, obstruction of justice, and murder-for-hire and argued numerous appeals before the Second Circuit.


  • Bank board investigates third party risk management shortcomingsJones Day conducted an independent investigation for a bank's board of directors at the request of its primary federal banking regulator into potential shortcomings in third party risk management of a fintech partner.