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Amanda Kowalski

Associate, Corporate Department
T 1(202) 551-1976
F 1(202) 551-0376

Amanda Kowalski is a senior associate in the Global Banking & Payment Systems practice group in the Corporate Department of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

She advises financial institutions on a broad range of regulatory, transactional, and compliance issues arising under federal and state law, including with respect to the development of innovative uses of financial technology (fintech). Her practice focuses on advising domestic and foreign financial institutions regarding compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering laws, and U.S. economic and trade sanctions. She also has significant experience in advising banks and nonbank financial institutions regarding cybersecurity, privacy and other consumer financial protection issues, Dodd-Frank Act compliance, and corporate governance and authority. Moreover, Ms. Kowalski has significant experience dealing with issues related to state licensing and mortgage origination and is a noted authority on financial institutions' obligations to prevent, detect, and report elder financial abuse.


  • Advised domestic and foreign financial institutions regarding compliance with BSA/AML requirements and OFAC sanctions programs
  • Counseled several nonbank financial institutions offering innovative payment solutions regarding compliance with federal consumer privacy laws and regulations
  • Counseled various clients regarding the applicability of state elder financial exploitation reporting laws to nationwide banking activities
  • Advised a multinational corporation regarding the applicability of U.S. banking laws and regulations to innovative mobile payment technology
  • Advised various banking institutions on compliance with the terms of Federal Reserve, OCC, and FDIC enforcement orders


Ms. Kowalski received her J.D. in 2010 from The George Washington University Law School, where she served as secretary of the Moot Court Board. She received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.