Evan Charkes is Managing Director and Associate General Counsel for Bank of America, and supports the US Merrill Lynch Wealth Management business, including as chief counsel to the firm’s Private Wealth Management advisors, who service the wealth management needs of ultra-high new worth clients. Mr. Charkes has spent a significant portion of his career supporting wealth management businesses, including at Citi, where he was a Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel for its Global Wealth Management business. Mr. Charkes has also spent a portion of his career supporting banking related businesses for global banks, including as a Director of Financial Holding Company Compliance for Morgan Stanley, and as a Deputy General Counsel for Citi’s Commercial Business Group. Mr. Charkes started his career as a litigation associate in private practice in New York City. Mr. Charkes is currently the Chair of FINRA’s National Adjudicatory Council and a former member of the FINRA Compliance Advisory Committee and FINRA International Committee. Mr. Charkes also formerly served for several years as the co-chair of the SIFMA Compliance and Regulatory Policy Committee and SIFMA Self-Regulation and Supervisory Practices Committee, and has been a frequent speaker at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society annual seminar. He has contributed numerous articles to the New York Law Journal and Wall Street Lawyer regarding securities law. Mr. Charkes is an Adjunct Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and teaches securities regulation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pro Bono Partnership, a non-profit organization that provides legal services to nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Mr. Charkes is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Columbia College.