Salvatore R. LaScala

Leaders in Law endorses Salvatore R. LaScala as our exclusively recommended Anti-Money Laundering expert in the USA, New York. If you wish to get in touch with Salvatore, please use the contact information provided above.

Salvatore R. LaScala is a partner and co-lead of Guidehouse’s Global Investigations and Compliance practice.

Possessing a broad range of subject matter knowledge and expertise, Salvatore applies his 20+ years of hands-on experience to conduct investigations and compliance reviews on behalf of financial institution clients responding to regulatory or law enforcement matters concerning anti-money laundering (AML), Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), USA PATRIOT Act and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Salvatore leads large teams that regularly perform historical transaction reviews (“Lookbacks”) and Know Your Customer (KYC) / Customer Due Diligence (CDD) / Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) file remediation work. He also helps clients overcome AML and OFAC backlogs by deploying teams embedded at his clients’ work sites to that disposition alerts. Salvatore’s expertise also includes assisting clients with the selection, implementation, optimization and validation AML and OFAC compliance technology consulting and enhancing AML transaction monitoring detection scenarios and sanctions filter interdiction logic.

Salvatore R. LaScala championed the development and implementation of Guidehouse’s proprietary engagement technology, known industry wide as STAR™ (Suspicious Transaction Analysis and Reporting). The STAR™ rules engine and case management system expedite the AML risk ranking and investigation of billions of financial transactions and account information. The STAR™ platform has been deployed to file over 25,000 SARs (Suspicious Activity Reports) and resolve investigation of AML, BSA, OFAC, fraud and mortgage matters pursuant to Lookbacks and investigations.

Salvatore also leads and manages enterprise-level projects addressing financial fraud, forensic accounting, monitorships and Independent Private Sector Inspector General (IPSIG) activities, and class action law suits.

Prior to joining Guidehouse, Salvatore was the Executive Director at Daylight Forensic, the Managing Director of KPMG’s forensic practice that delivered client services and performed as the product leader for AML, OFAC, and FCPA compliance matters. Earlier in his career, he was a Special Agent with the Internal IRS-CID and practiced law in the State of New York.

  • Anti-money laundering
  • AML
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control
  • OFAC, Bank Secrecy Act
  • BSA
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • FCPA
  • Private Banking
  • Correspondent Banking
  • Wholesale Banking
  • Remote Deposit Capture (“RDC”)
  • Actimize
  • NetEconomy
  • SAS, Prime
  • Brodger
  • Mantas
  • Searchspace
  • FIU
  • Financial fraud investigations
  • Independent Private Sector Inspector General
  • KYC Remediation
  • AML Project Management
  • J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • B.B.A., Iona College
  • Member of Bar, State of NY
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

Firm Description:

Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. By combining our public and private sector expertise, we help clients address their most complex challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures focusing on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and digital services, we create scalable, innovative solutions that help our clients outwit complexity and position them for future growth and success.

The company has more than 16,500 professionals in over 55 locations globally. Guidehouse is a Veritas Capital portfolio company, led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies.


Sergio Spagnolo

Born in Milan, Italy on 14/9/1962.

He graduated from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He started his professional activity in the law firm of Professor Federico Stella, in Milan, where he has been working for several years.
In 2001 he co-founded the associated law firm “Studio Legale  Brusa Spagnolo Tosoni & Partners”.

During the course of his professional activity, he specialized in criminal law in the field of financial and Corporate crimes (including laundering crimes, fiscal criminal law, bankruptcy), Public Administration crimes, intellectual property crimes and in general, in culpable crimes related to professional negligence (i.e. medical liability), and environmental legislation.

In particular, he hold defense counsel position in the main criminal court cases of the past years such as: the court case for bankruptcy and market rigging by Parmalat, the court case for banking crimes by Banca Popular di Lodi, the so-called “Telecom affair” case, the court case for bankruptcy against the Chiefs of Capitalia, and many trials related to environmental law and health legislation violations (in particular about asbestos exposition).

He co-operates with several Italian and international law firms (USA, UK, Switzerland and France) and he provides assistance and criminal counseling – as well as in relation to the above matters – also in relation to proceedings brought by CONSOB and Bankitalia.

He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and member of IBA (International Bar Association).

He regularly holds conferences on corporate administrative liability (ex D.Lgs. 231/01) and on public administration cases. He has been the supervisor president (ex D.Lgs. 231/01) of an international food/non food company, and continues providing legal opinions on 231 law and in general  231 crimes.

He speaks English and French fluently.