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Ariel Ramirez

Managing Director
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Overview

Ariel Ramirez is a subject-matter expert in corporate compliance, government enforcement, forensic audit, and investigations. He is a managing director in BRG’s Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence practice and a member of the firm’s Latin America senior management team.

Mr. Ramirez has more than 20 years of experience providing consulting services related to risk management and internal controls, including forensic investigations, accounting, global compliance, and ethics program development to Fortune 500 companies, other private entities, federal agencies, and foreign governments.

Mr. Ramirez has held key roles, including as lead investigator, in several large matters, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and associated monitorships. Before joining BRG, as a forensic services senior executive and compliance crisis manager, he led and supported work on the ground, solving difficult challenges for corporate and government clients’ related to compliance, litigation, and other disputes in the Middle East; North, Central, and South America; Eastern and Western Europe; Asia; and Africa. He has led teams in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Jordan, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Greece, Canada, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, and Germany. He has native fluency in English and Spanish and working fluency in Portuguese.

Mr. Ramirez has worked with audit committees, domestic (federal and state) and international law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, defense counsel, boards of directors, and in-house and outside legal counsel, including major international law firms. He has been engaged by C-level clients related to preparation and review of deliverables submitted to Congress and/or government agencies involved in investigations, including the US Congress, US Departments of Justice and Labor, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and US Postal Service.

Before joining BRG, Mr. Ramirez relocated from Washington, DC, to serve an international assignment as the practice leader of forensic services for a Big Four accounting firm, focusing on Colombia, Peru, and other areas of Latin America. He led or had client service responsibility for investigations related to anti-corruption and/or bribery and FCPA, corporate compliance, financial crimes, eDiscovery, and data analytics for Fortune 100 companies with offices in Latin America. Previously, he was president and CEO of a professional services and management-consulting firm in Washington, DC, with operations in North America and Brazil, where he was the practice leader of forensic investigation and anti-bribery/corruption services and office leader in Washington, DC.

Mr. Ramirez also served as a forensic audit investigations executive and head of Americas at a global manufacturing and electronics company, joining at the onset of an internal investigation of bribery/corruption allegations by the government. He led global internal compliance investigations and development of three different work streams and led hundreds of interviews. He helmed forensic and compliance engagements in all sectors, including energy and power, oil and gas, healthcare, industry, infrastructure (including mining) and cities, financial services, and capital.

Prior to that, Mr. Ramirez was director/head of special investigations for an industrial conglomerate, responsible for North America. He also performed a senior director rotation with the Americas Risk and Internal Control department, where he provided anti-fraud guidance and expertise relating to the implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of effective controls to achieve company objectives, comply with laws/regulations, and safeguard assets. He also provided anti-fraud enhancements to internal control and ERM methodology. Before that, he served as special investigations regional team leader in Latin America for a multinational technology company’s global audit division, as well as in roles with Big Four and consulting firms, including senior consultant, supervising senior, manager, senior manager/director, national director, and practice leader.

Mr. Ramirez has led or had client service responsibility for complex cross-border forensic and compliance internal investigations, operating in different legal venues and continents. The majority of his cases have involved leading large contingents of senior managers, directors, and other investigators. This has included engagements supporting the investigation of criminal and civil allegations of and actual fraud and other misconduct by staff employees, corporate managers, senior/C-level executives, contractors, business partners, and vendors. For example, he worked on a government prosecution for exhibit and evidence preparation in a $100 million international fraud scheme.

Mr. Ramirez has presented at venues around the world on topics related to investigation, compliance, FCPA, the Brazil Clean Company Act, the UK Bribery Act, fraud, internal audit, and other risk-related subject matter relevant to corporations, universities, and professional associations. This has included presentations at the IIA International Conference in South Africa, ESE University of Los Andes in Santiago de Chile, General Audit Management Conference in the US, and MIS WorldAudit conference.

Mr. Ramirez is an award-winning adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert Smith School of Business, where he has taught forensic audit and investigation courses to graduate students since 2007.

Concurrent with his executive career, Mr. Ramirez served the nation in the armed forces reserves. He graduated from the US Marine Corps recruit depot in Parris Island, South Carolina, and as an honorman and recipient of an early merit promotion from Marine Corps Engineering School in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He also graduated from US Navy’s officer candidate school in Pensacola, Florida, and Supply Corps officer’s school in Athens, Georgia. He then served as a reserve commissioned officer in the US Navy Supply Corps, specializing in logistics and acquisition. His reserve service included a presidential war recall to active duty in support of combat operations in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Education

Tampa College
MBA, International Business
B.S., Computer Information Science

Employment History

Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Forensic Services practice leader, Colombia and Peru

RKA Worldwide Group, LLC
President and CEO
Office leader, Washington, DC
Anti-Bribery/corruption, forensic and FCPA services leader

Siemens AG
Americas, senior management, Forensic Audit executive
North America, director, Special Investigations

Honors

Honors

Top 15% professor teaching award, University of Maryland, Robert Smith a School of Business

Cum Laude Honor Graduate, Tampa College

Top Honor Graduate, US Marine Corps Engineering School

Top 2% Graduate, US Marine Corps recruit training

News & Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

News & Commentary

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute, Utica College in New York
Board of advisors, chairman of international committee of the board 

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Country Chapter in Brazil
Board of directors 

Institute of Internal Auditors
Formerly chapter president, chairman of the board, and board member of the Northern Virginia chapter 

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Country Chapter in Colombia
Founding member and former president and chairman of the board of directors 

Institute of Internal Controls
Member 

Institute of Internal Auditors
Member 

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Member

Credentials

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
Certified Government Audit Professional (CGAP)
Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA)
Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA)
Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA)
Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA)