FTI Consulting announced the appointment of Senior Managing Director Stella Mendes as co-leader of the financial services bank regulation and governance practice within the firm’s Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment. She will work alongside Senior Managing Director and Co-Leader Philip Stern.

Mendes will co-lead the team to help banks and financial institutions address regulatory examinations, enforcement actions and responses, litigation threats, and challenges within the economy, allowing them to mitigate and manage risk and ensure compliance. 

Based in New York, Mendes has led numerous Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) reviews for banks, money service businesses, and other financial service providers and has conducted AML investigations as part of government inquiries. She has established and enhanced BSA/AML/Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) policies, procedures, and processes to help ensure compliance with regulations.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mendes served as president and chief operating officer for First National Bank of New York. She previously served as the compliance & bank secrecy officer for the bank, interfacing with regulatory agencies and coordinating all communications and the regulatory exam process.