Regulatory Counsel – Anti-Money Laundering, Economic Sanctions, and Export Control

  • Foster City, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

As the world's leader in digital payments technology, Visa's mission is to connect the world through the most creative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company's dedication to innovation drives the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and fuels the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

At Visa, your individuality fits right in. Working here gives you an opportunity to impact the world, invest in your career growth, and be part of an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are a global team of disruptors, trailblazers, innovators and risk-takers who are helping drive economic growth in even the most remote parts of the world, creatively moving the industry forward, and doing meaningful work that brings financial literacy and digital commerce to millions of unbanked and underserved consumers.

You're an Individual. We're the team for you. Together, let's transform the way the world pays.

Job Description

We are seeking an attorney to provide day-to-day legal advice on anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, economic sanctions and export control matters. This attorney will support the Compliance Department primarily but will also work closely with business partners working on Visa’s products and services. The position can be based in Denver, New York, or Washington D.C.


The Regulatory Counsel will be responsible for supporting the Company’s AML, Economic Sanctions, and Export Control programs and associated activities in the U.S. and globally.

Responsibilities include: interpreting and advising on Bank Secrecy Act and global AML regulations, USA PATRIOT Act, OFAC and global economic sanctions regulations, and export control regulations; advising on appropriate second-line-of-defense activities pertaining to these regulations; create and manage associated regulatory submissions and filings and reporting on regulatory requirements internally and in public filings; monitoring, reporting and influencing the AML. economic sanctions, and export control regulatory environment in the payments sector; evaluating business proposals for AML, economic sanctions, and export control regulatory compliance; supporting government relations outreach to legislators and regulatory agencies, including advising on applicable political law-related requirements.

The Regulatory Counsel will be actively involved in supporting the Company’s efforts to reduce regulatory obstacles to the Company’s ability to develop and support our core and emerging products and capabilities and maintain our ongoing freedom to operate.  The Regulatory Counsel will assist in the development of short and long term strategies to manage these challenges that incorporate a variety of perspectives and priorities across the Company.

This position reports directly to the VP, Global AML and Economic Sanctions.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Required Education:  JD (admitted to practice law in the United States)

  • 6 to 8 years' attorney experience, preferably in both top law firm and in-house environments, including at least three years of experience as AML regulatory counsel in trade association, corporate, government or law firm environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in payments industry, banking or financial services sector, with experience with the emerging and mobile payment technology landscape a plus

  • Ability to provide practical, strategic and business-oriented legal advice

  • Ability to effectively represent Visa before a variety of governmental bodies at state and federal levels

  • Ability to build strong working relationships with internal clients at all levels of management and work within cross-functional teams to develop solutions to complex legal/business issues

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple time sensitive tasks

  • Must be detail-oriented and demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Additional Information

Work Hours:

  • Incumbent must make themselves available during core business hours

Travel Requirements:

  • This position requires 

Mental/Physical Requirements:

  • This position will be performed in an office setting.  The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers, reach with hands and arms, and bend or lift up to 25 pounds

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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