Betty Santangelo

Betty Santangelo of Schulte Roth & Zabel focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense and securities/bank enforcement. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney, her practice includes representing financial institutions (banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, FCMs, insurance companies, investment advisers, hedge funds and private equity funds), other corporate entities and individuals in matters brought by the U.S. Attorneys’ offices, by various regulatory agencies, including the SEC, the bank regulatory agencies, the CFTC, FINRA, international regulators (such as the FCA) and state and local prosecutors.


Nationally recognized for her expertise in corporate compliance issues, Betty’s representation of financial institutions in white collar and regulatory matters frequently draws on her areas of expertise, such as anti-money laundering/OFAC/FCPA procedures. At Merrill Lynch, she was also responsible for oversight of all Bank Secrecy Act reporting and anti-money laundering activities, including the implementation of Merrill Lynch’s anti-money laundering procedures. Betty also is a founding member of and has served for many years as counsel to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Committee. Among her many awards, she has been honored both by FinCEN  and SIFMA for her extraordinary contributions to advancing industry AML  compliance.