WASHINGTON — The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has named Charles M. Steele, a former counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell, as its new deputy chief counsel.

Steele, who assumed his function Monday, will oversee the divisions focused on administrative and internal law; community and consumer law; enforcement and compliance; and litigation.

"Charlie's broad and varied legal experience in the public and private sectors, together with his knowledge of Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money-laundering regulations, will contribute significantly to our law department's ability to provide high quality support and expert legal advice," said Comptroller Thomas Curry in a press release.

At Davis Polk, Steele's practice focused on topics related to economic sanctions and anti-money-laundering. He has worked for years in both the private and public sector, including stints at KPMG, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Steele has also worked as a top official at the Department of Justice and FBI, and spent more than a decade working as an assistant U.S. attorney.

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