Chris Allen represents clients in a broad range of regulatory compliance and investigative matters before federal and state government agencies. Mr. Allen’s practice focuses on advising bank and nonbank financial industry participants on their compliance obligations under federal and state law, as well as advising institutions and their directors and officers in enforcement-related matters before the federal banking agencies. Mr. Allen’s practice encompasses a variety of substantive areas, such as Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering compliance, fair-lending investigations, and consumer-protection matters, among others, as well as internal investigations arising out of enforcement or other compliance-related matters.

Mr. Allen’s clients include banking and nonbank institutions offering consumer and commercial financial products and services. Mr. Allen advises both primary and secondary market participants in regard to safety and soundness, consumer protection, licensing, and other compliance risks and obligations presented by their operations. Mr. Allen regularly assists with supervisory and enforcement matters before the CFPB, the DOJ, the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, FinCEN, and the OCC, including the resolution of threatened administrative actions, responding to reports of examination or other supervisory correspondence, and preparing appeals of material supervisory determinations, among others.

Perspectives

FinCENs Customer Due Diligence Expectations: Some Clarity
Banking Law360, Public Policy Law360, White Collar Law360
FinCEN Issues Guidance Regarding New Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Covered Financial Institutions
Advisory
Washington Clamping Down on ICOs, Virtual Currencies and Blockchain Enterprises
Advisory
How Senate Bill Would Change Compliance For Midsize Banks
Banking Law360, Capital Markets Law360, Consumer Protection Law360, Private Equity Law360, Public Policy Law360, Securities Law360
OFAC Publishes Digital Currency-Related Guidance
Advisory
More

Recognition

The Legal 500 US
Financial Services: Regulatory (2017)
Washington, DC Super Lawyers
"Rising Star" – Banking (2013)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Stanford Law School, 2003
  • BA, Economics and Spanish Literature, Vanderbilt University, 2000, summa cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
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