King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is expanding its U.S. capabilities with the appointment of Aaron Wolfson as a partner in the New York office. An experienced federal and Manhattan prosecutor, trial attorney, and compliance executive, Mr. Wolfson will spearhead the firm’s U.S. practice areas in Dispute Resolution, Litigation, and Financial Crimes Compliance out of the New York office. The addition of Mr. Wolfson will bring more depth, quality and breadth to the U.S. capabilities of the KWM’s New York and Silicon Valley offices, complementing the firm’s current offerings in cross-border work.
With more than 15 years of experience in legal practice, Mr. Wolfson brings to KWM extensive public and private sector experience. As a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Wolfson led numerous investigations and prosecutions of global financial institutions, including Lloyds TSB, Credit Suisse, Barclays, ING, and Standard Chartered, among others, for violations of U.S. sanctions laws. He led global investigations into illicit activities of entities on the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) List of Specially Designated Nationals (the “SDN List”). He also served as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, where he was a member of a trial team that prosecuted fraud and price fixing in the municipal bond industry. Mr. Wolfson also held senior positions in a global investment bank’s Anti-Money Laundering and Global Sanctions programs.
In private practice, Mr. Wolfson has represented a range of clients in state and federal court in white collar defense and civil litigation matters. Mr. Wolfson has also represented clients in front of both regulatory and criminal justice agencies, for example OFAC, FinCEN, and the SEC.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Wolfson said: “I am excited to bolster KWM’s dispute resolution, litigation, and financial crimes compliance practices in the U.S. I look forward to being part of the firm as it expands its footprint in the U.S. and working with my colleagues across the globe to assist our clients in their U.S. related matters.”
Also commenting on the appointment, Jack Wang, Managing Partner of KWM U.S., said: “We are delighted to welcome such an experienced and well-rounded partner to our team. Dispute resolution, litigation, and financial crimes compliance are very important areas for our clients. Mr. Wolfson’s hire reflects our firm’s consistent growth and continued investment in broadening the range of our U.S. practices, in line with the growing potential of the U.S. market. We will continue to use our unique position to connect our global clients with the U.S. to grasp the various opportunities in the market.”