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.
Ripple and Terraform Labs: Two New York District Courts Address the Status of Certain Crypto Assets as Securities
Federal Agencies Highlight Benefits of Self-Disclosure, Emphasize Enforcement of Trade Violations in Tri-Seal Compliance Note
Dealing with (and how not to deal with) whistleblowers (The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation)
U.S. Supreme Court Rules That the FSIA Does Not Grant Foreign State-Owned Entities Immunity From Prosecution
- Columbia University (J.D. 2006; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Law and Social Problems); Dartmouth College (B.A. in History 2001)
- New York, U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- Served with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in the following positions: Chief, Money Laundering & Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit (2018-2022); Chief and Deputy Chief, Money Laundering & Asset Forfeiture Unit (2015-2018); and Assistant United States Attorney (2010-2015)
- Law Clerk to Judge Paul A. Crotty, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (2006-2007)