International

Stefan D. Cassella has advised the Governments of South Africa and Kenya on the formation and structure of anti-money laundering and asset forfeiture units; trained prosecutors in South Africa, Israel, Bosnia, Tanzania, Australia and the United Arab Emirates; advised the U.N., World Bank and other international organizations on asset recovery issues; served as an expert witness in cases pending in foreign courts; and presented numerous papers at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime and other international conferences dealing with the globalization of crime.
  • Trained West African judges – the Intergovernmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa – on money laundering and asset forfeiture at the International Law Institute, Washington, DC. August 2017;
  • Trained wildlife enforcement agents from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Congo and Gabon on the use of money laundering and asset forfeiture to suppress the illicit wildlife trade: Nairobi, Kenya, September 10-12, 2016;
  • Gave a presentation on “Money Laundering and the Insurance Industry” at the Asia Anti-Money Laundering Summit, Singapore, July 13-14, 2016;
  • Conducted seminars on criminal forfeiture for the prosecutors and agents assigned to forfeiture cases in the Israel Ministry of Justice, Jerusalem, January 2016, and the Dubai Judicial Institute, Dubai, UAE, November 2016;
  • Advised prosecutors at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy, Maputo, Mozambique, on forfeiture and money laundering issues, September 2014;
  • Trained prosecutors and agents in one-week asset forfeiture and money laundering seminar in Dar es Salam, Tanzania, October 2013;
  • Trained the attorney staff of the Proceeds of Crime Litigation Task Force of the Australian Federal Police, March 20-22, 2013, Melbourne, Australia;
  • Served as advisor to the Government of Kenya on the implementation of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act, Nairobi, Kenya (October 2012);
  • Provided training for judges and prosecutors on money laundering and asset forfeiture law in Sarajevo, Bosnia: June and December 2011;
  • Advisor to the prosecuting authority in the Republic of South Africa regarding the development and implementation of their organized crime, money laundering and asset forfeiture legislation, and the training of their prosecutors (1999–2015);
  • Member, Experts Working Group on the Confiscation of the Proceeds of Multi-national Crime, United Nations, Vienna (2001);
  • Author of 18 U.S.C. § 981(k), the statute authorizing the forfeiture of criminal proceeds found in foreign bank accounts, and worked extensively on the case that upheld the first use of that statute, United States v. Union Bank for Savings and Investment (Jordan), 487 F.3d 8, 16 (1st Cir. 2007).
EXPERT TESTIMONY
IN THE MATTER OF DORAVILE PROPERTIES CORPORATION and IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION FOR A PROPERTY RESTRAINT ORDER IN RESPECT OF THE RECOVERABLE PROPERTY OF MOHAMMED SANI ABACHA, Royal Court of the Island of Jersey (2016);
IN THE MATTER OF PROCEEDINGS UNDER SECTION 25 OF THE CIVIL JURISDICTION AND JUDGMENTS ACT OF 1982 (MOHAMMED SANI ABACHA), High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, Commercial Court, London (2014);
IN THE MATTER OF THE PROCEEDS OF CRIME ACT (STANFORD INTERNATIONAL BANK), Central Criminal Court, London (2012);
IN THE MATTER OF ROYS POYIADJIS, High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man (2002);
NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS v. YASIEN MAC MOHAMED, Constitutional Court of South Africa (2001);
IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION TO DISCHARGE A SAISIE JUDICIAIRE, Royal Court of Jersey (2000);
In re: LARRY DAVID BARNETTE, High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, London, England (1998).
James S. Russell has had the following experience handling international asset forfeiture and money laundering matters, and training foreign law enforcement personnel and members of the judiciary:
Handled financial investigations leading to federal asset forfeiture and money laundering seizures and litigation involving Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Cayman Islands, Germany, the Netherlands, Ecuador, Martinique/France, Singapore
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering, and Financial Investigation practices and techniques at multiple US Dept of Justice Financial Investigations Seminars throughout the US 1995-present
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering, and Financial Investigation practices and techniques to multiple US local, state, and federal investigative agencies and organizations 1990-present
Delegate-International Conference on Asset Forfeiture-Burgenstock, Switzerland 1992
Handled financial investigation and prosecuted complex drug and money laundering cartel case involving Ecuador, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein, and coordinated and negotiated with US and foreign authorities 1995-1998
Delegate-International Asset Forfeiture Cooperation Conference-Rome, Italy 2006
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering, and Financial Investigations to US International Diplomatic Security Agents-Bangkok, Thailand 2008 and 2010
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering, Human Trafficking, and Financial Investigation to Kosovar prosecutors, attorneys, and judges-Pristina, Kosovo 2008
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering, and Financial Investigations to US International Diplomatic Security Agents-Budapest, Hungary 2009
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering, and Financial Investigation to Serbian prosecutors and judges-Belgrade, Serbia 2009
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering Practices and Procedures, and Financial Investigation to Mexican prosecutors and investigators-Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 2010
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering Practices and Procedures, and Financial Investigation to Romanian prosecutors and officers-Bucharest, Romania 2010
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering Practices and Procedures, and Financial Investigation to UNODC officials-Sofia, Bulgaria 2010
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering Practices and Procedures, and Financial Investigation to Macedonian prosecutors and investigators-Skopje, Macedonia 2011
Taught Asset Forfeiture, Money Laundering Practices and Procedures, and Financial Investigation to Kazakhstani prosecutors and investigators-Astana and Karaganda, Kazakhstan 2011