Andrew Jacobson is an associate in the Litigation Group. Andrew represents individual and institutional clients in connection with complex governmental investigations, regulatory probes, and related civil matters. In addition, as a member of the Firm’s Sanctions Practice Group, Andrew regularly advises institutional clients on matters relating to economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and U.S. export controls. Andrew also advises on regulatory issues relating to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, cybersecurity, and data privacy.
Prior to joining Seward & Kissel, Andrew served as an enforcement attorney in the Financial Frauds & Consumer Protection Division at the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS). In that capacity, he managed and led complex investigations into the banking and insurance industries, including investigations into widespread manipulation in the foreign exchange market, high-frequency trading abuses, anti-money laundering violations, predatory lending practices, and illegal insurance practices. During his time at DFS, Andrew also brought some of the most significant enforcement actions for violations of U.S. economic sanctions, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in monetary fines and widespread industry reforms.
In addition, Andrew served as special counsel to the Moreland Commission, which was a special commission established by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to investigate New York’s utility companies following Hurricane Sandy. In that position, Andrew led investigations into some of New York’s largest utility companies, resulting in industry and legislative reforms.
Andrew serves as chair of the Export Controls, Sanctions, and Anti-Corruption Subcommittee of the International Bar Association’s International Commerce and Distribution Committee. He also serves on the Enforcement and BSA/AML Committees of the Virtual Commodity Association (VCA). In addition, Andrew has authored numerous articles in the New York Law Journal and is regularly quoted on legal matters in publications that include the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Law360.
He received a B.A., cum laude, from Union College, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.