Andrew C. Adams
October 31, 2023
Andrew Adams, a New York partner, advises companies and individuals in the areas of government and internal investigations, corporate governance, and white collar and regulatory matters. His practice includes a particular focus on anti-money laundering compliance, U.S. economic countermeasures and national security crisis response, drawing on Andrew’s time as the inaugural Director of the Department of Justice’s Task Force KleptoCapture, a multi-agency response group focused on the economic sanctions and export controls imposed in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Andrew has investigated, charged, and tried cases with an emphasis on the integrity of financial institutions; transnational organized crime; sophisticated money laundering operations through both traditional and “crypto” platforms; sport integrity, including the first criminal case charged on the basis of the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act; and cases involving looted antiquities and frauds involving the sale of cultural property.
Prior to joining Steptoe, in addition to serving as Director of the Department of Justice’s Task Force KleptoCapture, Andrew C. Adams was the acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, with oversight of the Division’s sanctions, export control, and national security cyber investigations. Prior to these roles, Adams joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and served as lead prosecutor on several prominent money laundering and racketeering cases. He also became co-chief of that Office’s Money Laundering and Transnational Criminal Enterprises Unit, leading a team of prosecutors engaged at the nexus of sophisticated transnational crime and opaque financial networks, and served as one of the District’s asset forfeiture coordinators, advising Assistant U.S. Attorneys across the Office on civil and criminal forfeiture matters.
Before his work for the Department of Justice, Andrew worked as a litigation associate in an international law firm headquartered in New York.