Betty Santangelo

Since becoming a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, Betty Santangelo has focused her practice on the defense of white-collar crimes and securities/bank enforcement. As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney (S.D.N.Y.) she specialized in securities and commodities fraud prosecutions. Her practice includes representing financial institutions (banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, FCMs, insurance companies, investment advisers, private investment and equity funds), other corporate entities and individuals in matters brought by the DOJ, and various regulatory agencies, including the SEC, FinCEN, the CFTC, FINRA, the bank regulators, international regulators, and state prosecutors. Prior to joining SRZ, she served as First Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Merrill Lynch, where her responsibilities included AML Compliance.

Nationally recognized for her expertise in corporate compliance issues, including AML/OFAC/FCPA, Betty is listed in a range of ranking publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, IFLR Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law and International Who’s Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers, and is a recognized speaker and author in these areas. She has served as the Securities and Futures Industry’s representative on the Treasury’s BSAAG Group and for over ten years, as counsel to SIFMA’s AML and Financial Crimes Committee, which she founded. She has represented SIFMA, and  FIA at FATF. She has been honored by FinCEN and SIFMA for her extraordinary contributions to improving industry compliance.