MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hunton & Williams LLP announces the expansion of its global banking and corporate practice with the arrival of Juan Azel as counsel in Miami. For nearly 20 years, Azel has represented financial institutions as general counsel or as outside counsel on regulatory and compliance, financial crime risk management, and internal investigations and enforcement matters, with an emphasis on the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), anti-money laundering (AML), and economic sanctions laws and regulations.
Fernando C. Alonso, corporate and banking partner and chair of the Latin America practice group, says: “This is a homecoming for Juan, and we wholeheartedly welcome him back to the firm. Since his time with us in the early 2000s, Juan has developed relationships with in-house counsel and executives in the legal, compliance, business, finance, HR and operations arenas. With Juan’s international banking experience and his ability to interact effectively with regulators and law enforcement personnel on behalf of financial institutions, we can further expand our global banking and compliance services.”
Peter G. Weinstock, who leads the financial institutions practice, adds: “Juan has been instrumental in formulating corrective action plans, drafting policies and procedures, and crafting and implementing worldwide training programs for addressing BSA/AML/Sanctions. In addition to consulting on issues, Juan also led teams that developed the solutions.”
Prior to joining Hunton, Azel led the legal departments of the Standard Chartered Private Bank (Americas) and StanChart Securities International Inc.; served as chief legal counsel of the BBVA Private Bank, Miami; and was senior legal regulatory counsel for Standard Chartered Bank.
A graduate of Florida International University, Azel received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. He was associated with Hunton from 2001 to 2004.
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