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BRG Establishes Latin America Practice and Opens Bogota Office

June 4, 2013
Press release

Global expert services and consulting firm Berkeley Research Group continues to expand its international presence with the addition of a Latin America practice and the launch of a new office in Bogotá, Colombia. The firm has also expanded its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-money Laundering (AML), and Import-Export practices. Joining the firm are Director Richard Fogarty, who leads the Latin America practice; Business Development Director Michael Malarkey; Principals Katherine L. Johnson and Douglas E. Small; and Principal Jorge Suescun, who will run the Bogotá office and act as country manager of the Colombia and Andean Region.

"BRG's expansion into Bogotá reflects the increasing importance of Latin America in international transactions and our continued commitment to providing clients with the highest-caliber expertise throughout the world," said BRG Chairman and Principal Executive Officer David J. Teece.

Mr. Fogarty, based in BRG's New York and Bogotá offices, has over 17 years of investigative and legal experience. He has conducted hundreds of investigations around the world. He is an expert in matters related to regulatory compliance, complex internal and external fraud, asset searches and investigations, FCPA, AML and anti-terrorist financing, investigative due diligence, and supply chain and employee theft.

Based in the firm's Washington, DC, office, Mr. Malarkey leads business development initiatives related to FCPA with a particular focus on Latin America. He has over 20 years of experience in financial institutions, Big Four accounting firms, and advisory services global consulting firm. He has developed, provided, and implemented creative approaches to general and external counsel in response to various litigation and government inquiry.

Ms. Johnson, based in Miami, has over 12 years of experience directing and managing AML compliance evaluations and consulting assignments for important financial groups in both the United States and Latin America. She has contributed to the successful design, implementation, and strengthening of compliance programs, consistent with the latest international and U.S. Patriot Act and Bank Secrecy Act requirements. She has advised clients with other regulatory compliance concerns such as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), FCPA, and import-export issues, with a particular focus in Latin America. She has also participated in several large-scale fraud investigations cases in both the United States and Latin America.

Mr. Small, based in the firm's Washington, DC, office, has over 25 years of experience in connection with fraud investigations, forensic accounting, and anti-corruption issues. In 14 years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he conducted numerous complex white-collar criminal investigations, including corporate, healthcare, and financial institution fraud, money laundering, wire fraud, mail fraud, and public corruption.

With 20 years of experience in the corporate, financial, and banking sectors in Latin America, Mr. Suescun provides expertise including international and regional regulatory compliance, notably in the areas of FCPA and anti-corruption, AML and anti-terrorist financing, due diligence and litigation, and electronic and data information security and integrity; as well as negotiations, asset management, strategy, leadership, restructuring, valuation, corporate finance, asset management, and mergers and acquisitions.

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