Rebecca Paris, located in Melbourne, Australia, serves as the lead consultant in Blackstone’s Asia Pacific practice. Rebecca began her career in sanctions compliance at the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) compliance branch where she was part of a team of analysts examining all rejected and blocked assets and created better processes to identify violations, emerging threats and increased information sharing between the various divisions of OFAC. While at OFAC she advised major banks, Fortune 500 companies and lawyers on sanctions regulations. Likewise, she spearheaded the elimination of a backlog of several thousand pending cases. Rebecca then went on to serve as a sanctions compliance analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, ensuring that prohibited transactions were interdicted in accordance with OFAC regulations. Her duties included the review of other major central banks, conducting account reviews of high risk banks in the Middle East and North Africa region and conducting a branchwide sanctions risk assessment. While at the Fed, she implemented major reforms to the due diligence process including the addition of specific compliance tools, addressed upcoming risks in the industry and promoted greater awareness of specific sanctions typologies. Following her work at the Federal Reserve, she served as an assistant vicepresident at HSBC North America as part of the sanctions advisory team. In this capacity she engaged the KYC team and business lines on a range of sanctions issues, conducted lookbacks of high risk client accounts, and managed the sanctions compliance risk of affiliates and correspondent accounts. This professional graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University. She is a member of the Association of Certified AntiMoney Laundering Specialists.