Seetha Ramachandran is a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where she focuses on anti-money laundering and OFAC compliance, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, white-collar criminal defense, and criminal and civil forfeiture matters. As a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade, Seetha spearheaded and oversaw the DOJ’s first major AML prosecutions, including those of HSBC, MoneyGram, Standard Chartered Bank and ING. Much of her work developing and charging criminal cases under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) formed the model for AML enforcement today, making her uniquely well-positioned to advise clients in this area. She also has deep experience negotiating the penalty phase of AML and forfeiture matters large and small, ranging from those involving global financial institutions to individual defendants.
Seetha is a former Deputy Chief in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS), where she was the first head of the Money Laundering & Bank Integrity Unit — DOJ’s criminal litigation unit focused on AML and sanctions enforcement. Prior to her appointment at AFMLS, Seetha served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for nearly six years. Seetha earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Brown University.