Daniel R. Alonso is a Managing Director based in Exiger’s New York office, where he focuses on monitorships, investigations, and financial crime compliance (including anti-bribery and corruption). A lawyer and former highranking federal and state prosecutor and ethics official, he brings a distinguished enforcement career of more than 20 years to Exiger. At Exiger, Mr. Alonso has led monitorships, other third-party assignments, complex investigations, and compliance reviews. He also serves as Exiger’s General Counsel.
- Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, EDNY
- Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office • Partner at Kaye Scholer LLP
- Speaker, “A Brief Summary of Integrity Monitoring in the United States,” Brazilian Institute of Corporate Law, September 2015
- “Global Corruption Enforcement Becomes Focus of U.S. Foreign Policy,” CFO Magazine, May 2015
- “Loud and Clear: FinCEN Demands a Culture of Compliance,” Business Crimes Bulletin, October 2014
Immediately before joining Exiger, Mr. Alonso served, from 2010 to 2014, as the Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office during the first term of District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. While there, he provided policy and operational advice to the District Attorney and oversaw a broad range of matters, including financial crimes, money laundering, and corruption in the public and private sectors. He was also the author of the first publicly-issued policy by a local prosecutor’s office outlining the standards to be used in charging companies with crimes, which was patterned after the Department of Justice’s Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations.
Before returning to the DA’s Office, Mr. Alonso was a litigation partner at the international law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP, where he focused on internal investigations for public and private companies, white collar defense, and civil litigation, and was the federal court appointed receiver of IATrading.com, whose principal perpetrated a Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 300 investors before it was shut down by the CFTC. In 2009, while at Kaye Scholer, Mr. Alonso served as Special Counsel to the New York State Senate in its groundbreaking investigation of former Senator Hiram Monserrate.
Before joining Kaye Scholer in 2005, Mr. Alonso spent three years as the Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he served for nine years in total as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. While there, he specialized in the prosecution of financial crime, public corruption, money laundering, and labor racketeering, and was one of the prosecutors who handled the case of “Wolf of Wall Street” Jordan Belfort and related prosecutions. He also oversaw the investigations of, and subsequent corporate monitorship agreements with the Bank of New York and the New York Racing Association, among others.
Mr. Alonso has twice been appointed by federal judges to sensitive third-party oversight roles, most recently in July 2016 by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow of the District of Arizona, to the position of Independent Disciplinary Authority of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Judge Snow held Maricopa County in civil contempt, and appointed Mr. Alonso to supplant former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in disciplining Deputy Sheriffs in certain delineated cases. The assignment is ongoing and active.
Additionally, while previously serving as a partner at Kaye Scholer LLP, Mr. Alonso was appointed an equity receiver in an international investment fraud case. At the recommendation of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, U.S. District Judge Mark Kravitz of the District of Connecticut appointed Mr. Alonso as the receiver of a fraudulent investment entity called IATrading.com, whose founder had perpetrated a $43 million Ponzi scheme.
From 2012 to 2013, Mr. Alonso served as Co-Chair of the New York State White Collar Crime Task Force, which issued innovative recommendations on modernizing New York’s outdated laws against fraud, public and private corruption, money laundering, cybercrime, identity theft, and other financial crimes. He is a past Chair of the New York City Bar’s Council on Criminal Justice, and is currently a member of the Attorney Grievance Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department; the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct; and the Boards of Editors of the Journal of Financial Compliance and Business Crimes Bulletin. Between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Alonso served by appointment of the Governor of New York as a member of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity. He is a four-time recipient of the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and has received the Henry L. Stimson Medal, given by the New York City Bar Association to outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorneys. In 2014, the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York awarded him the Robert M. Morgenthau Award for his contributions to improving the criminal justice system.
From 1995-96, Mr. Alonso served as law clerk to Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa of the New York Court of Appeals. He has substantial experience in judicial selection, and in 2009, he received the John J. McCloy Award from the Fund for Modern Courts for his contributions to improving the judicial system.
Mr. Alonso is a native Spanish speaker and conversational speaker of Portuguese
- Cornell University (with Distinction), B.A. 1987
- New York University School of Law, J.D. 1990
Affiliations, Awards, and Civic Engagements
- Past Co-Chair, New York State White Collar Crime Task Force
- Past Member, New York State Commission on Public Integrity
- Past Chair, Council on Criminal Justice, New York City Bar Association
- Editorial Board, Journal of Financial Compliance
- Board of Editors, Business Crimes Bulletin
- Member, Attorney Grievance Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department
- Member, Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, New York State Bar Association
- Recipient of Justice Department’s Director Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney
- Recipient of the Henry L. Stimson Medal: New York City Bar Association
- Recipient of the Robert M. Morgenthau Award: District Attorneys Association of the State of New York
- Recipient of the John J. McCloy Award: The Fund for Modern Courts
- “How Clayton’s SEC is Likely to View the FCPA,” FCPA Blog, January 19, 2017
- “What Does it Mean to be a Monitor? (Revisited),” Compliance & Enforcement, January 18, 2017
- FinTech: The Emerging Financial Crime Compliance Minefield, Business Crimes Bulletin, May 2016
- Global Corruption Enforcement Becomes Focus of U.S. Foreign Policy, CFO Magazine, May 20, 2015
- Op-Ed, A Cleanup on all of Albany's Aisles, New York Daily News, May 7, 2015
- Do Not Bet Against It: Heightened Scrutiny of Casinos is Here to Stay, ACAMS Today, March-May 2015 (with Roy Pollitt)
- Loud and Clear: FinCEN Demands a Culture of Compliance, Business Crimes Bulletin, October 2014
- “Perjury and False Statements: The CFTC Begins to Use Its New Enforcement Authority,” Business Crimes Bulletin, March 2014
- “New York State White Collar Enforcement for the 21st Century,” Business Crimes Bulletin, May 2013(with Michael Sachs)
- “Public Corruption Prosecutions in New York: The Landscape after Skilling and Hevesi,” Business Crimes Bulletin, April 2012 (with Daniel G. Cort)
- Kaye Scholer LLP, Deskbook on White Collar Litigation, Corporate Compliance, and White Collar Issues (New York: Practicing Law Institute 2007) (with multiple co-authors)
- “Milberg Weiss and The ‘Nigerian Barge’ Case: Contours of Honest Services Mail Fraud,” Business Crimes Bulletin, September 2006
- “Use Caution in Negotiating Deferred Prosecution Agreements,” N.Y.L.J., March 1, 2006
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Speaker, “Monitorships in the United States” (São Paulo, Brazil: Conference on Compliance and Anti-Corruption), May 11, 2017 (in Portuguese)
- Panelist, “Panama Papers: Exposing the Powerful” (Washington, D.C.: ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting), April 27, 2017
- Guest Lecturer, “Corporate Criminal Liability and Independent Monitorships” (Buenos Aires, Argentina: University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Law), August 24, 2016 (in Spanish)
- Keynote Speaker, “Financial Crime Compliance in the United States: Reality and Challenges” (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Business Compliance Solutions, 8th Annual Compliance Conference), August 23, 2016 (in Spanish)
- Speaker, “Corporate Criminal Liability” (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of the Republic of Argentina), August 22, 2016 (in Spanish)
- Speaker, “Non-Criminal Approaches to Corruption Enforcement” (Washington, D.C.: National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute), June 7, 2016
- Panelist, Instruments of Corruption: The Panama Papers, Shell Companies, and the Future of Anti-Corruption (Washington D.C.: Compliance Week Conference), May 24, 2016 § Speaker, A Brief Summary of Integrity Monitoring in the United States (São Paulo, Brazil: Brazilian Institute of Corporate Law), September 17, 2015 (in Portuguese)
- Panelist, New International Tendency: Assigning Individual Responsibility for Financial Crime to the Compliance Officer (Cancun, Mexico: ACAMS Annual Latin American AML and Financial Crime Conference), July 31, 2015 (in Spanish)
- Panelist, Lessons From The Field Of Battle: What Anti-Bribery Enforcement Actions Teach Us About Effective Compliance Programs” (Minneapolis: Dorsey & Whitney Anti-Corruption Spring 2015 Conference), April 9, 2015
- Panelist, “Corruption in the New York City Construction Industry” (New York: New York City Department of Investigation), March 18, 2015
- Speaker, “Pants on Fire? Perjury in Civil and Administrative Proceedings,” (New York: Office of the New York City Corporation Counsel), January 22, 2015
- Panelist, New Jersey Bureau of Securities Safe Investing Summit (New Brunswick, New Jersey), November 13, 2014
- Panelist, “Insider Trading: Protecting the Company and Yourself” (New York: Association of Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Seminar), September 16, 2014
- Speaker, “White Collar Crime Enforcement in New York: Is it Too Late to Enter the 21st Century?” (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Law School), September 19, 2013
- Panelist, “Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Corporate Compliance” (New York: Association of Corporate Counsel), September 10, 2013
- Panelist, “Sanctions Enforcement” (New York: Federal Bar Council), June 4, 2013
- Moderator, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Becoming an Assistant United States Attorney but Were Afraid to Ask” (New York: New York City Bar Association), 2006 - 2014
- Panelist, “Public Corruption Prosecutions in the Wake of Skilling” (New York: Federal Bar Council), April 6, 2011
- Speaker, “Fraud by Deprivation of the Right of Honest Services,” (New Jersey: Association of Inspectors General Conference), October 26, 2010
- Panelist, “The Feds, Our Federalism, and Local Prosecutors,” (New York: NYU Law School Center for the Administration of Criminal Law), April 23, 2010
- Moderator, “What Every Criminal & Corporate Lawyer Needs to Know About Monitors,” (New York: New York City Bar Association), December 6, 2005
- Keynote Speaker, First Annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal Presentation (New York: New York City Bar Association), September 29, 2005