Kevin D. Leitão

Kevin joined Ballard Spahr in 2015 following 15 years of in-house counsel and senior compliance officer experience in regulated industries. He has developed, led, and supported risk-based Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), compliance, security, and vendor management programs at leading financial institutions and technology companies.

He advises clients in diverse industries on digital commerce, data security, privacy, compliance, and risk management/governance. Kevin also counsels banks, nonbank lenders, mortgage lenders, insurance companies, gaming companies, money services businesses, prepaid program managers, and precious metals dealers on matters related to BSA, AML, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Latest Articles

FinCEN has announced the expansion of its Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) for high-end cash buyers of real estate. The expansion is two-fold. First, FinCEN has expanded the scope of Form 8300 reportable transactions to include “funds transfers” in addition to currency, cashier’s checks, certified checks, traveler’s check, personal checks, business checks, or money orders in any form. Second, FinCEN has added real estate transactions with a total purchase price of $3,000,000 or more in the…
Part III of the Analysis of the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 As we recently blogged, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on May 25, 2017 a bill, S. 1241, entitled the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017. Although most sections of the bill address federal criminal money laundering statutes, the proposed Section 13, relating to prepaid access devices, addresses an…
We were pleased to contribute an article to the May 2017 issue of Business Crimes Bulletin titled “The Growing Convergence of Cyber-Related Crime and Suspicious Activity Reporting.” Regulators and law enforcement are taking proactive steps to further leverage anti-money laundering monitoring and reporting tools in their battle with cyber attacks and cyber crimes. In-house legal and compliance teams need to be fully versed in the latest Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and bank regulatory guidance…
A Guest Blog by Greg Baer, President of The Clearing House Today we are very pleased to welcome guest blogger Greg Baer, who will address a series of significant issues posed by a detailed paper published by The Clearing House, a banking association and payments company that is owned by the largest commercial banks and dates back to 1853.  The paper, titled A New Paradigm: Redesigning the U.S. AML/CFT Framework to Protect National
This week, we have the opportunity to lead a discussion with real estate industry professionals about AML and CFT trends at the Real Estate Services Providers Council, Inc. (RESPRO®) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. We have written several times in this blog about the real estate industry, including the 2017 extension of the GTOs for title insurance companies, other recent FinCEN activities, and the FATF’s conclusions regarding real estate in their 2016 Mutual