Sandra DePoalo is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Legal/Compliance/Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Audit at BNY Mellon. She is currently responsible for the company’s Legal, Compliance, and AML audit coverage, as well as the AML Audit department training program.
Prior to joining BNY Mellon in March of 2009, she was a First Vice President and Audit Manager in the Corporate Audit department at Merrill Lynch, responsible for the firm’s audit coverage of AML, Legal, Compliance, Research, Investment Banking and Global Private Equity. Before joining the Corporate Audit department, Sandra was the Global Economic Sanctions Counsel in Merrill Lynch’s Anti-Money Laundering Compliance group. In this role she was responsible for issues involving OFAC and global economic sanctions, including the development and implementation of a firm-wide global sanctions scanning system. Additional responsibilities included money laundering prevention, FCPA compliance, government official entertainment, political contributions and lobbyist registration/reporting.
Sandra held various roles in her tenure at Merrill Lynch, including Senior Counsel in the Regulatory Law group, Counsel in the Corporate Law department and Compliance Counsel for the Municipal Markets department. She received her BA from Douglass College-Rutgers University and her JD from Pace University School of Law. Sandra is admitted to practice in NY and NJ.