Denise Debiasi leads BRG Brazil operations.
She has worked on assignments ranging from financial advisory and restructuring to forensic accounting, valuation, and complex litigation support. Her knowledge of GAAP accounting in major regional markets and her fluency in English, Portuguese, and Spanish enhance her subject-matter expertise in addressing client needs.
Before joining BRG, Ms. Debiasi was the vice president in the Investigations and Forensic Accounting division of the Forensic and Litigation Consulting group in FTI’s Ibero-America region. She was based in Miami and Brazil and worked on assignments throughout the region. She was the managing director leading FTI Brazil operations and was responsible for large and complex cases within Brazil and the Ibero-America region.
Ms. Debiasi was previously vice president of Holder International, which was acquired by FTI in 2007. She was responsible for all the financial and litigation consulting assignments and served as a director of the company. She also previously held a regional position with Kroll´s Latin America region, based in Miami and Sao Paulo, where she participated in restructuring, corporate finance, due diligence, valuation, forensic accounting assignments, and complex investigations.
Ms. Debiasi’s forensic and financial investigation engagements include examinations into acquisition accounting, accounting irregularities and financial misreporting, purchasing and inventory diverting schemes, fraud and embezzlement, vendor “kick-back” schemes, banking industry issues, and compliance issues for major multinational companies.
Ms. Debiasi’s FCPA experience includes leading financial and forensic account investigations throughout Latin America in allegations of inappropriate behavior and suspected violations of the FCPA by U.S. corporations, agents, or foreign operating divisions. Matters investigated have included allegations centered around payment to officials through joint-venture partners, and other inappropriate payment to tax authorities through agents or third-party intermediaries. Specifically, Ms. Debiasi has worked on assignments related to fraud investigations, business intelligence investigations, due diligence, forensic and FCPA audits, arbitrations, debt analysis and recovery, restructuring, and recovery of government companies’ long-term debt, such as Petrobras, Encol, the International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education, Inc., Baker Hughes, and Siemens.
Before her consulting work, Ms. Debiasi conducted credit analysis of portfolios at Goldman & Sachs’ subsidiary in Brazil, which acquired large non-recoverable debt portfolios from credit card companies. She led a team to recover 70 percent of the portfolio during an 18-month period, resulting in improved profitability. She also previously worked at Volvo in Brazil, as the South American controller responsible for restructuring the operations and the finances of the company. The value of operations at Volvo was US$180 million when Ms. Debiasi joined. The restructuring and consolidation resulted in an operation of US$325 million with 300 employees operating out of South American countries. This included a transfer of business responsibility for Latin America from Sweden, Canada, Korea, and the United States to Brazil.
Ms. Debiasi is an expert in credit and budget policy evaluation and control and has developed internal control policies, guidelines, and procedures for finance and administration, cash and credit management and accounting, with preparation of financial statements, business activity reports, financial position forecasts, annual budgets, and reports required by regulatory agencies. She has also managed FCPA and SOX audits.
Latin America CFO
Vice president, Latin America Region
Managing director, Brazil Operations
Kroll Associates Inc.
Regional director, Finance-Latin America and Caribbean
Goldman & Sachs Company
VOLVO DO BRASIL
Controller, Latin America
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Areas of Expertise
University of Sao Paulo
Catholic University of Santos