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Ellen S Zimiles is Guidehouse’s financial services advisory and compliance segment leader and has more than 30 years of litigation and investigation experience, including 10 years as a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Ellen is a leading authority on anti-money laundering programmes, corporate governance, foreign and domestic public corruption matters, regulatory and corporate compliance and fraud control. Ellen has worked with many financial institutions preparing for regulatory exams and has extensive experience in developing remediation programmes, serving as a regulatory liaison and independent monitor, as well as advising organisations that are the subject of a monitorship.
Ellen was engaged by a multinational financial institution as an independent monitor to conduct a compliance assessment of its Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering and sanctions programmes in response to a regulatory consent order and deferred prosecution agreement with the New York State Department of Financial Services, the US Department of Justice and the District Attorney of New York County. Additionally, Ellen has led numerous independent consultant engagements for regulators related to sanctions and financial crime.
Since 2008, Ellen has led a team serving as independent auditor to monitor compliance with the terms of a settlement agreement between the NYC Department of Education and the parents of children entitled to special education services.
With the approval of the Federal Highway Administration, Ellen was engaged by a global supplier of commercial highway products to serve as an independent monitor for a three-year period. The monitorship was the result of a settlement agreement following a civil judgment pursuant to the False Claims Act.
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