Mr. Evangelista draws on the extensive knowledge and experience he gained in various
leadership roles at the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury to counsel
clients in complex civil and criminal enforcement and compliance matters. Mr. Evangelista
also has a strong understanding of the new technologies impacting the financial services
industry, including artificial intelligence, blockchain-based digital assets, decentralized
finance and Web3.
Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Evangelista was head of the Enforcement and Compliance
Division at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the bureau within the
Department of the Treasury responsible for implementing and enforcing the Bank Secrecy
Act and other anti-money laundering laws. In this role, Mr. Evangelista was the senior
executive in charge of FinCEN’s Enforcement, Compliance and Whistleblower offices. He
oversaw and approved all civil enforcement investigations and public enforcement actions
by the agency, including a $390 million civil penalty against one of the largest banks in the
United States for failing to implement and maintain an effective and reasonably designed
anti-money laundering program, as well as a $100 million civil penalty against one of the
oldest and largest convertible virtual currency derivatives exchanges in the world for failing
to implement and maintain effective and reasonably designed anti-money laundering and
customer identification programs. During his time at FinCEN, Mr. Evangelista led the agency’s efforts to implement several new authorities in the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020,
including enhanced financial incentives and employment protections for whistleblowers. He
also created a new section within the Office of Enforcement focused on cryptocurrencies and
other emerging technologies impacting the financial services industry.
Prior to joining FinCEN, Mr. Evangelista served as principal assistant U.S. attorney — the
second in command of the office —in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia,
the largest U.S. attorney’s office in the nation. In that role, he created a new Threat Finance
Unit in the Office’s National Security Section to focus on international money laundering and
sanctions violations. He also oversaw numerous AML and sanctions investigations, including
several groundbreaking cases involving cross-border money laundering, sanctions evasion
and cryptocurrency-related crimes.
Prior to serving as the principal assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Mr.
Evangelista served as deputy chief of the Bank Integrity Unit in the Money Laundering and
Asset Recovery Section at the Department of Justice. The Bank Integrity Unit handles some
of the department’s most significant cases involving the intersection of national security and
financial crime. As deputy chief of the unit, Mr. Evangelista supervised over a dozen prosecutors who investigated and prosecuted financial institutions, and their officers and directors,
for anti-money laundering violations and other financial crimes, including two cases involving global banks that each paid over $1 billion in penalties to resolve international money
laundering and sanctions investigations.
Mr. Evangelista also has significant trial experience. He tried more
than 50 cases to verdict, including 19 jury trials, while serving as an
assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
Mr. Evangelista frequently speaks about regulatory developments
and enforcement trends involving the Bank Secrecy Act, the Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act and other laws impacting global financial
institutions and multinational corporations. He has participated as a
keynote speaker or panelist at national and international conferences
such as the AMLP Forum for Anti-Financial Crime Professionals
in London, the Institute of International Bankers, the ABA/ABA
Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference and the ACAMS Annual
AML & Anti-Financial Crime Conference, as well as at conferences
sponsored by the Federal Bar Council of New York, the Practising
Law Institute, cryptocurrency exchanges and blockchain analytics
He was named one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Global Litigators in 2023 and repeatedly as one of its 500 Leading Litigators in America.