Bio

Javier Urbina advises global financial institutions and multinational companies with respect to issues arising under U.S. anti-money laundering and economic sanctions laws. Mr. Urbina has extensive experience representing clients on domestic and complex cross-border compliance and enforcement matters, including internal investigations, regulatory examinations, transactional due diligence, voluntary disclosures, monitorships, and the resolution of administrative and enforcement proceedings involving federal and state regulatory and law enforcement agencies. These have included the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the New York Department of Financial Services, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the U.S. Department of Justice and the New York District Attorney, among others.

In addition to representing clients in investigations and contested proceedings, Mr. Urbina regularly works with clients to design and implement strong global, regional and local compliance programs to address requirements imposed by U.S. anti-money laundering laws and economic and trade sanctions regulations. He also provides guidance to major companies in the fintech and cryptocurrency/blockchain spaces.

Mr. Urbina often leverages his language skills in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese to better serve his clients. He has worked on several international matters involving clients in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Mr. Urbina recently completed a secondment in the headquarters of a global European-based bank, where he advised on obligations arising from the bank’s sanctions settlements with U.S. federal and state authorities, and assisted in developing and implementing an enhanced global sanctions compliance program.

Additionally, Mr. Urbina counsels Latin American and other foreign financial institutions in connection with issues related to obtaining U.S. correspondent banking relationships and establishing operations in the U.S.

Mr. Urbina devotes numerous hours to his pro bono immigration legal work, primarily focusing on the representation of unaccompanied minors in asylum proceedings.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2012 (with high honors; Member, The George Washington International Law Review)
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese

Javier A. Urbina

Associate, Financial Institutions Regulation and Enforcement
javier.urbina@skadden.com