Adam Oyebanji is an English barrister and US regulatory attorney specializing in financial crimes compliance and international trade. His practice focuses on OFAC, EU and other economic sanctions; anti-money laundering compliance and enforcement; the Foreign Corrupt Practices and UK Bribery Acts; white collar fraud; anti-boycott; and cross-border transactions, both financial and commercial. Mr. Oyebanji represents financial institutions, public and private corporations, partnerships, and individuals in compliance counseling, internal investigations, and enforcement actions before a variety of regulatory authorities, including local, state and federal agencies nationwide. A veteran of several hundred trials in English and American jurisdictions, Mr. Oyebanji has litigated regulatory issues before state and federal courts, and has wide experience in the field of complex commercial litigation, particularly cases with an international dimension. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.
Prior to joining Emmet, Mr. Oyebanji worked in international enforcement for the Bank of New York Mellon, where his remit covered economic sanctions, anti-corruption, anti-boycott, and other financial crimes across the bank’s 102 lines of business worldwide. From 2001 until 2015 Mr. Oyebanji was in private practice in Chicago Illinois, where he has represented in various capacities Northern Trust, BMO Harris, Volkswagen, LVMH, and Microsoft, among many others. He has been recognized as an “Outstanding Attorney of the Year” for his pro bono work with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
From 1988 to 1999, and before emigrating to the United States, Mr. Oyebanji was a well-regarded member of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, one of England’s largest and most successful. He practiced in what are now the Company Law and Commercial Dispute Resolution groups, of whom Chambers has recently stated: “No5 Barristers' Chambers is a premier set operating on the Midlands Circuit,” and “Members represent financial institutions and both international and domestic corporations, and are adept in the handling of disputes arising across a wide range of industry sectors.” Mr. Oyebanji’s courtroom abilities have been honed through many years of trial work, and he prides himself on combining the high level of forensic ability for which the English Bar is justly renowned, with zealous advocacy on behalf of his clients in the best American tradition.
Mr. Oyebanji is the holder of three law degrees: a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School, an LLB from the University of Birmingham, England and an LLM from the University of Bristol, England. At Harvard, he was a member of the Board of Student Advisors and a winner of the Lady Barber Memorial Prize at the University of Birmingham.
Mr. Oyebanji has served as an adjunct professor of law at De Paul University Law School, and has been a visiting instructor at the University of Chicago Law School’s prestigious trial advocacy program.