Christen Boas Hayes

Financial Regulatory Analyst, Washington, DC



Christen Boas Hayes is a Financial Regulatory Analyst working with the Financial Institutions Advisory and Sanctions groups in Washington, DC. Christen monitors and provides analysis of US regulatory and legislative developments affecting the financial services industry. She assists in advising financial institutions and fintech companies on issues related to anti-money laundering, payments processing, cryptocurrency regulation, the LIBOR transition, economic sanctions, and export controls, among others. Christen also provides policy analysis and manages the group’s government affairs capabilities as well as those of the Firm’s Coronavirus Taskforce.

Christen has authored numerous insightful publications related to the legislative and regulatory challenges faced by financial institutions. Most notably, she is a key contributor to our Firm’s Coronavirus Financial Regulatory and Legislative Dashboard, which provides periodic updates and insights as the COVID-19 crisis and the response develop.

Prior to joining the Firm, Christen worked on the government affairs team at a leading global law firm. She worked closely with the banking, BSA/AML, and tax groups providing support throughout the passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act and the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act.

Swarthmore College


Facebook, Inc. – Libra
Represented Facebook on regulatory and transactional matters related to the development of the Novi wallet and in connection with the establishment of the Libra Association.

UK Retail Bank Commercial and Regualtory Advice
Advised a leading UK bank with respect to its US market entry regulatory strategy, including issues related to regulatory remediation and licensing, for both lending and securities products.


"Hemp Businesses and Financial Institution Due Diligence," Bloomberg Law, August 2020

"CFTC Jurisdiction Over Cryptocurrency: Implications for Industry Participants," The Banking Law Journal, February 2020

"White & Case Discusses Cannabis Banking Bill's Implications for Financial Services," Columbia Law School's CLS Blue Sky Blog, October 2019