Max Lerner

Managing Director, Global Head Sanctions Compliance & Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance


Max Lerner is the Global Head of Sanctions for State Street, a leading global bank focused in custodial, asset management and advisory, and administrative services based in Boston. In his role, Max is responsible for: the design, management, and execution of State Street’s global sanctions program; providing global leadership on all sanctions issues and projects, including sanctions screening programs, regulatory remediation and engagement, and policy and business unit advisory; and personnel management and operational oversight of teams based across the globe. Max also sits on State Street’s AML & Sanctions Leadership team, wherein he advises on AML, PEP, cryptocurrency / digital assets, and marijuana issues.

Prior to his tenure at State Street, Max served as Legal Regulatory Counsel at Standard Chartered Bank, a major global bank focused on retail, trade finance, commercial, and correspondent banking, based at its New York office. In that role, Max’s practice focused on three areas: (1) AML & sanctions advisory, (2) dispute resolution management, and (3) regulatory engagement, investigations, and remediation. As the key AML & sanctions counsel based at the New York office, Max worked closely with business units and corporate functions to advise on business transactions and deals, compliance policies and programs, and audit findings. Max was the primary point of contact for government and third-party subpoenas and inquiries, engaged closely with government agencies on investigations, and acted as in-house counsel for US litigation matters. Further, Max was a foundational advisor and in-house counsel in the redesign of Standard Chartered’s AML & sanctions program and remediation plan stemming from its multiple regulatory orders.