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Former DEA Official Joins Ferrari & Associates as Director of Operations

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 18, 2023) – Ferrari & Associates, a leading U.S. sanctions law firm, is excited to announce that Andrew Gordon has joined the Firm as its Director of Operations.

Mr. Gordon spent over 25 years at the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) serving in a variety of roles including those as an investigator, attaché, and chief of staff. In particular, Mr. Gordon served as the liaison between the DEA and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”).

As the DEA Acting Deputy Section Chief-Financial Investigations, Mr. Gordon coordinated potential sanctions targeting under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (“Kingpin Act”), the Global Magnitsky Act, and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”). Additionally, Mr. Gordon served as the DEA’s representative on inter-agency committees for enforcement or regulatory issues concerning money laundering, and coordinated and authorized DEA access to foreign financial intelligence through the Egmont Group. Prior to that role, Mr. Gordon spent nearly six years as the DEA attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Suriname, where he consulted with various Department of Justice components, the U.S. Ambassador, and the Government of Suriname, with respect to combatting the flow of illicit trafficking of narcotics through that country.

During his distinguished career at DEA, Mr. Gordon served as the DEA’s representative on inter- agency committees for enforcement and regulatory issues, and advised the DEA’s Office on Congressional Affairs with respect to changes arising from the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) regulations. He also directed a DEA Task Force focused on criminal investigations of drug trafficking and money laundering, managed the staff that supported investigations, enforcement operations, and oversaw technological infrastructure upgrades.

“Andrew is a tremendous value add for the Firm. He has deep subject matter expertise on the interplay between law enforcement investigations and sanctions and anti-money laundering enforcement actions; he understands, and has worked in, the interagency process that impacts OFAC and State Department decision making on sanctions issues; and he has decades of experience conducting the type of investigations that the Firm undertakes to inform our work on

client matters,” said Erich Ferrari, Ferrari & Associates’ Founder and Principal. “In addition, Andrew’s experience in management and leading teams will help the Firm refine its operational capacity and processes, thereby making investigations and case processing more precise, efficient, and effective.”

“I am excited to join Ferrari & Associates, a law firm whose commitment to integrity and excellence are closely aligned with my values.” explained Mr. Gordon. “I very much look forward to being part of a cutting-edge team of professionals and providing counsel to drive successful outcomes for the firm’s global clientele.” The Firm will leverage Mr. Gordon’s extensive experience in the sanctions interagency review process, and in conducting law enforcement investigations related to sanctions and anti-money laundering enforcement to better serve its clients.

Mr. Gordon’s addition continues the tradition of top-level U.S. sanctions experts joining the Firm, with nearly half of Ferrari & Associates’ staff being former governments officials who have worked in the sanctions and anti-money laundering space. The Firm continues to be a leader in the field of U.S. economic sanctions, and Mr. Gordon’s addition further cements that position.

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