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Nicole Sayegh Succar

Counsel


Nicole Sayegh Succar is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s New York office. She is a member of the firm’s International Trade Group and works closely with White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group. Nicole provides compliance counseling and investigations services related to U.S. economic sanctions, and the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), and anti-money laundering laws (AML) and regulations. Nicole is a former sanctions officer with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Treasury Department agency responsible for administering and enforcing economic sanctions. While at OFAC, Nicole handled complex matters relating to U.S. sanctions against Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Syria.

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Nicole served as a senior vice president and head of U.S. economic sanctions advisory and previously a vice president in the financial crimes division, for one of the world’s largest international financial institutions. In her most recent role, she was responsible for sanctions advisory for the U.S. institution’s business units including global, domestic, private, retail and wealth management banking services. Her responsibilities included management of the bank’s response to sanctions issues related to customers and complex transactions and deals, drafting of responses to OFAC, including voluntary self-disclosures and administrative subpoena responses, and training of staff globally on U.S. Sanctions.

During her time in the financial services industry, Nicole also built key financial crimes compliance capabilities including robust policies, procedures, and due diligence processes, which were adopted across the global organization. Nicole’s success with the U.S. program earned her international assignments as the Asia regional head of sanctions and Latin America regional head of sanctions, where Nicole managed teams of compliance advisory, investigations and screening operations personnel, as well as the implementation of key compliance systems for customer and transaction screening. Through those assignments, Nicole gained invaluable experiences in implementing and managing a global financial crime compliance program across diverse international markets.

In her roles, Nicole also frequently interacted with, and provided formal responses regarding the state of the institution’s financial crimes compliance program, to OFAC, the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and a monitor appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

With her background at OFAC and financial institution experiences, Nicole offers a strong combination of insightful in-government and private industry experience in sanctions compliance that allows clients to pursue innovative and practical solutions to sanctions and other financial crimes issues.

Education

  • The George Washington University, B.A. International Affairs (2008) magna cum laude
  • The George Washington University, M.A. International Economic Policy (2013)
  • The George Washington University, J.D. (2013)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: New York, New Jersey

Professional Memberships

  • Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
  • United States Council for International Business (USCIB)
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)—New York Chapter Member, Frequent Event Speaker
  • Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS)—Member, Government Relations Task Force

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"New Law Gives NYDFS Authority to Make Virtual Currency Business Activities in New York More Expensive," Privacy Law Alert (May 11, 2022). Contacts: Garylene (Gage) Javier, CIPP/US, Anand Sithian, Carlton Greene, Caroline E. Brown, Kelly T. Currie, Nicole Sayegh Succar
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Russia Sanctions/Export Highlights [As of March 10, 2022]," Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Law (March 12, 2022). Authors: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Carlton Greene, David (Dj) Wolff, Michelle J. Linderman, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Anand Sithian, Brian McGrath, Laurel Saito and Rachel Schumacher.
Publication
"Analysis of the Evolving US Sanctions on Russia and the Impact on the Loan Market," LSTA University Webinar 2022. (March 9, 2022). Speakers: Caroline E. Brown, Dj Wolff, Carlton Greene, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Anand Sithian, and Robert Clifton Burns.
Speech/Presentation
"Russia-Related Sanctions Developments," Crowell & Moring Webinar (March 2, 2022). Speakers: Caroline E. Brown, Carlton Greene, Michelle J. Linderman, David (Dj) Wolff, Lorenzo Di Masi, Anand Sithian, and Nicole Sayegh Succar.
Speech/Presentation
Businesses Pull Russian Products In Response To The Invasion Of Ukraine. Should You Do The Same? Inc. Magazine (March 1, 2022)
Press Coverage
"2022 US Sanctions and Export Controls Outlook," Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists, LLC Government Relations Taskforce Webinar, 2022. (January 20, 2022). Speaker: Nicole Sayegh Succar.
Speech/Presentation
"AML & OFAC Compliance for the Insurance Industry," ACI Webinar, 2022. (January 19, 2022). Speakers: Nicole Sayegh Succar.
Speech/Presentation
"U.S., EU and UK Escalate Belarus Sanctions," International Trade Bulletin (December 15, 2021). Contacts: Carlton Greene, Michelle J. Linderman, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Anand Sithian, David (Dj) Wolff, Caroline E. Brown
Client Alert / Newsletter
"FinCEN and CFTC Announce $100 Million in Regulatory Settlements With Foreign Cryptocurrency Exchange for BSA Violations and Failures to Register," The Banking Law Journal (December 6, 2021). Authors: Caroline E. Brown, Carlton Greene, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Anand Sithian, and Christopher Murphy.
Publication
"Treasury Agencies Issue Virtual Currency Sanctions Compliance Guidance and Ransomware Trends Statistics," International Trade Bulletin (November 15, 2021). Contacts: Caroline E. Brown, Carlton Greene, Paul M. Rosen, Sarah Bartle, Anand Sithian, Nicole Sayegh Succar
Client Alert / Newsletter

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