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Libra’s General Counsel Is Former US Treasury Exec

 |  May 21, 2020

A former clerk for US Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and late Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. has been named general counsel to the Libra Association, a Geneva-based group founded by Facebook to launch the social media company’s digital currency, the organization announced Tuesday, May 19.

Robert Werner brings regulatory, financial crime compliance, and enforcement experience from his work in the public and private sectors, Libra stated. Before joining the association, Werner was founder and CEO of Green River Hollow Consulting and held leadership positions at several financial institutions, including HSBC and Goldman Sachs, where he served as the enterprise executive for policy, privacy and regulatory relations. He also headed financial crime compliance for Merrill Lynch.

Previously, Werner worked at the US Department of the Treasury as director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, senior counsel to the Under Secretary of the Treasury, Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and assistant general counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence in the Office of the General Counsel, Libra stated.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Libra Association, as we work to transform the global payments landscape to empower billions of people,” Werner said in a statement. “I have dedicated my career to combating financial crime and helping complex organizations achieve regulatory compliance, both in government and in the private sector. I look forward to meaningfully contributing to such an impactful project.”

Before his roles in Treasury, Werner was an attorney advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, Libra said. He also served as a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office in Connecticut and has worked in a private law firm.

Libra, a 24-member independent organization, which includes companies and nonprofits, was formed last year by Facebook to enable its version of a global payment system.

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