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Raul F. Yanes


Raul F. Yanes

White Collar Defense & Investigations
New York

Chair of White Collar Defense & Investigations, with deep experience in government and internal investigations. Former risk management executive at a leading bank.

Raul is chair of our White Collar Defense & Investigations practice. He represents clients in government investigations, including by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress, and has conducted numerous internal investigations. Raul has particular experience in matters involving compliance and internal controls issues. Raul has had extensive experience with regulatory authorities in jurisdictions around the world.

Clients benefit from Raul’s deep experience as a litigator, as well as his wide-ranging background in government and as a senior financial services executive. From 2017 to 2023, he served in senior positions at Morgan Stanley, including Head of Non-Financial Risk and Chief Compliance Officer. He was a member of the bank’s Management and Operating Committees. From 2003 to 2009, he held a variety of senior positions in the Bush administration, including as Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor to the Attorney General.

Experience highlights

Raul’s representations include:

  • A major U.S. financial institution in an SEC FCPA investigation of hiring practices in Asia
  • A major European company in a joint DOJ and SEC FCPA investigation of the activities of a subsidiary in Latin America
  • A major U.S. industrial company in an internal investigation regarding corruption allegations in Latin America
  • A major U.S. financial institution in an SEC investigation of an investment in a company in Asia
  • A senior executive in a joint DOJ/SEC FCPA investigation of activities in Mexico
  • A Japanese executive in a DOJ criminal antitrust investigation
  • A major financial institution in an SEC investigation involving structured products
  • A manufacturing company in connection with whistleblower allegations
  • A financial services company in connection with an investigation by the CFPB into alleged deceptive marketing


J.D., Harvard Law School
  • cum laude
A.B., Dartmouth College
  • summa cum laude
Law Clerk, Hon. John L. Coffey, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1991-1993
Professional history
  • Davis Polk, 1993-2003, 2009-2017 and 2024-present
  • Morgan Stanley, 2017-2023
    • Head of Non-Financial Risk, 2023
    • Head of Non-Financial Risk and Chief Compliance Officer, 2022-2023
    • Chief Compliance Officer, 2017-2022
  • Staff Secretary and Assistant to the President, White House, 2006-2009
  • General Counsel, Office of Management and Budget, 2005-2006
  • Senior Counselor to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 2005
  • Associate Counsel to the President, White House, 2003-2005
Qualifications and admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • State of New York
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