Kyle R. Freeny, a skilled trial attorney and former federal prosecutor for the Special Counsel’s Office and the Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), draws on more than a dozen years of high-profile experience in the federal government to help clients navigate sensitive government and internal investigations, criminal and civil enforcement matters, and related complex litigation. She has particular experience in matters involving complex financial crime, cross-border investigations, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, economic sanctions, asset forfeiture, and affirmative challenges to federal agency action.
Kyle was one of 19 prosecutors selected by Robert S. Mueller III to conduct the high-profile investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. As Assistant Special Counsel, Kyle played a lead role in federal tax and bank fraud investigations and financial tracing matters. She spearheaded a money laundering investigation into Russia’s funding of cyber intrusions using cryptocurrency.
While at the Department of Justice, Kyle also played a key role in major international money laundering and corruption matters, including important matters involving the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Kyle also has considerable experience handling sensitive and complex cross-border issues in transnational financial cases, and she was responsible for the largest civil asset forfeiture recovery in DOJ history.
Kyle uses this deep experience in federal law enforcement to counsel clients facing scrutiny from DOJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and other law enforcement and financial regulatory agencies. Kyle conducts internal investigations on a range of issues and advises clients on a wide array of anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, and other compliance issues.
Kyle also helps clients develop and litigate challenges to federal regulations, policies, and agency decisions across a range of industries, drawing on her years of prior experience at DOJ representing a cross-section of federal agencies —from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to the Department of Energy to the Department of State and various intelligence agencies—in high-profile litigation. She has appeared before federal trial courts across the country.
- Anti-money laundering issues and the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)
- Anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
- Asset forfeiture
- Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)
- Government and internal investigations
- Compliance counseling
- Administrative Procedure Act (APA) litigation
- Foreign affairs and constitutional litigation