Claiborne (Clay) W. Porter is head of investigations and a managing director in the global investigations & compliance practice at Navigant. Through his supervisory roles and as a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice's Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section ("MLARS"), Porter gained extensive experience managing complex, international and domestic financial investigations in matters relating to money laundering, the Bank Secrecy Act ("BSA") / AML laws and regulations, U.S. economic sanctions, and anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws.
Prior to joining Navigant, Porter held several senior positions in MLARS. As the acting principal deputy chief of MLARS, Porter supervised the work of approximately 150 attorneys and staff in connection with the various litigating, policy and forfeiture program management units within MLARS. Additionally, he supervised the government’s efforts to trace, find, and forfeit the proceeds of high level foreign corruption and prosecute the companies and individuals who launder corruption proceeds. Porter also assisted departmental and inter-agency policymakers in developing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives to combat global illicit finance, in addition to supervising the DOJ's efforts to find and return forfeited criminal proceeds to victims of crime.
As chief of the bank integrity unit, Porter supervised the attorneys who were leading the department’s efforts to investigate and prosecute, where warranted, companies and their employees who violate the BSA and U.S. economic sanctions laws and regulations, as well as companies and individuals who launder the proceeds of bribery and corruption. Additionally, Porter interacted on a daily basis with US and foreign law enforcement, bank regulators, OFAC, and FinCEN.