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Duncan DeVille


Global Head of Financial Crimes Compliance, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., University of Louisiana; J.D., University of Denver; M.P.A., Harvard; LL.M., Oxford

Professor DeVille is the Global Head of Financial Crimes Compliance (FCC) and a Senior Vice President at Western Union, where he is responsible for leading all...

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Professor DeVille is the Global Head of Financial Crimes Compliance (FCC) and a Senior Vice President at Western Union, where he is responsible for leading all aspects of FCC, including AML-CFT (Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Financing of Terrorism) and sanctions programs, domestic and global, at the world's largest money services business, and at the Western Union-owned international banks.

Before joining Western Union, Professor DeVille headed the Office of Compliance and Enforcement at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), in the US Department of Treasury (2012-2013). His office both assisted financial institutions in fulfilling their AML/CFT statutory and regulatory obligations, and investigated and enforced violations of these laws.

Prior to this, Professor DeVille was at Booz Allen Hamilton (2006-2012), where he created and led the commercial AML/CFT compliance practice. He also led threat finance teams for several US government clients. He received the firm's highest award, the BEA, in 2011 for innovative leveraging of existing "national security client" capabilities into the commercial market.

Before joining Booz Allen, Professor DeVille held his first US Treasury Department position, as a Senior Financial Enforcement Advisor with Treasury's Office of International Affairs (2004-06), mentoring foreign governments on compliance with international AML/CFT standards.

In 2003, Professor DeVille volunteered to serve as a civilian advisor with the US Department of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq, where he headed rule of law efforts, training Iraqi judges and prosecutors. He remained in Iraq until sovereignty was transferred to the provisional Iraqi government in 2004.

Previously (2001-2003), Professor DeVille held two visiting academic positions. He had a one-year appointment as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, focusing on the Russian legal system, and prior to this he was a Kennedy Public Service Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of Russia Watch. Concurrently, he worked as a Senior Consultant to the RAND Corp.

Before this, Professor DeVille was a prosecutor for over a dozen years (1988-2001). He was an Assistant US Attorney in Los Angeles with the US Department of Justice's Organized Crime Strike Force, where he led numerous Russian organized crime investigations and prosecutions. Also with DOJ, he completed two overseas postings (Moscow and Yerevan). Prior to advancing to this federal prosecutor position, Professor DeVille worked as a prosecutor at the state level, as a Special Assistant Attorney General in Colorado, arguing appeals of major felonies before state appellate courts. Prior to advancing to this state position, he worked as a prosecutor at the city level, as a Deputy District Attorney in Denver, where he did over one hundred jury trials. In total he has done over 100 jury trials.

Professor DeVille's peer-reviewed articles have appeared in numerous law reviews, including those published by Columbia, George Washington, Harvard, Stanford and the University of Chicago, and he has written chapters for several textbooks. He has served as a contributor on international legal affairs to several newspapers, including the Boston Globe, Moscow Times, New York Times and Washington Times, as well as numerous commercial publications.

 

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