Christian Larson is an associate in Cadwalader’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group. His practice focuses on advising corporations and individuals in connection with financial regulations, internal investigations, and government inquiries. He has extensive experience with U.S. and international anti-money laundering rules and regulations, and related compliance programs. Christian has advised banks, broker-dealers, funds, advisors, securitization parties, cryptocurrency and other money services businesses, national governments, and individuals in relation to the Bank Secrecy Act, international anti-money laundering rules, and global sanctions.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Christian worked on financial crime matters with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the U.S. Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. From 2011 to 2014, the U.S. Department of State seconded Christian to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), where he supported 57 countries in developing and implementing international standards to combat money laundering and corruption. While with the OSCE, Christian trained governments and industry professionals throughout Europe and Central Asia and served as head of the OSCE delegation to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
Christian earned an undergraduate degree in political science, with honors, from Sciences Po Aix, a B.A. in history, with distinction, from Indiana University, and an M.A. in Central Eurasian Studies, also from Indiana University. From 2004 to 2006 he lived in Uzbekistan, where he managed a microfinance lender funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Christian earned his J.D. from Georgetown University, where he was selected as a Global Law Scholar and worked for the American Criminal Law Review Annual Survey of White Collar Crime. He is a member of the bar of the State of New York and District of Columbia.