Don Andrews


Partner & Global Practice Leader for Risk and Compliance

Reed Smith LLP


Don Andrews, partner and Global Practice Leader of the Risk and Compliance Group at Reed Smith, has a rare combination of experience and understanding of all types of banking institutions, small and large, combined with over 27 years of federal and private sector experience in litigation, compliance, and risk management. He advises banks, broker-dealers, asset advisers, hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity firms, trust companies, and investment advisors on domestic and international regulatory matters. He has successfully worked with regulations of all types, including the OCC, Federal Reserve, SEC, FINRA, FDIC, and state and international regulatory authorities. His expertise covers the entire life cycle of a financial institution, from the early infrastructure and examination prep phase to litigation defense.   Don’s experience in Enterprise Risk Management includes developing ERM program for both operating companies and financial institutions. He also writes and speaks extensively on all of those topics. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Don was the co-leader of the effort in Compliance and Risk Management at Venable LLP. Preceding his involvement at Venable LLP, he served as the Global Compliance Director and Director of Risk Management for Bessemer Trust Company, a complex of six banks, foreign and domestic investment advisors, broker-dealers, hedge funds, private equity firms, and mutual funds. While at Bessemer, Don successfully developed and implemented the firm’s Compliance and Risk Management Program across 19 offices, including its UK and Cayman operations. Furthermore, Don has received the highest regulatory rating at Bessemer Trust in nearly 170 entry-level examinations. Additionally, Don worked as the Chief Compliance Officer at Van Kampen Investments, where he was also responsible for compliance and operational infrastructure. Don’s experience as Chief Compliance Officer brings a unique perspective to his advisory work for compliance professionals.  He has also served as Deputy General Counsel for EVERN Securities, where he handled numerous litigation and arbitration matters. Don began his career with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a Special Trial Counsel and Branch Chief, prosecuting cases in Federal District Court and in administrative proceedings. In this position, he worked with the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and foreign regulators. Don has an exemplary record before multiple regulators, both foreign and domestic.


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