Carlos Mahecha, ICCP, CESCOM

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Carlos Mahecha is Managing Director of the Global Resource Center for J.S. Held's Colombia office, responsible for supporting the Global Investigations Practice, including capabilities in multi-jurisdictional anti-bribery & anti-corruption (ABC), anti-money laundering (AML), and fraud investigations; White-Collar Crime litigation support, regulatory risk and compliance; and M&A transaction due diligence support; among others.

Carlos is a former manager of KPMG's forensic investigations & compliance practice in Colombia. He has more than eight years of experience as a criminal lawyer and consultant in compliance matters for local and multinational companies in various industries. He has developed AML and ABAC compliance programs and has provided regulatory advice on criminal risk prevention, corporate criminal defense, identification of corporate fraud, and analysis of criminal behavior by C-level executives, among others.

Carlos has worked in highly specialized law firms in corporate criminal defense and corporate risk prevention, where he developed strategic litigation plans and represented and advised senior executives and companies spanning multiple industries including pharmaceutical, construction, oil & gas, aeronautics, technology, automotive, insurance, and financial institutions. He has developed design and operational effectiveness assessments of ABAC controls in compliance with the FCPA for highly regulated industries; conducted fraud investigations and forensic audits to detect possible legal, administrative, financial, and accounting irregularities; performed pre and post-due diligence in M&A transactions for international clients reviewing the maturity level of the compliance programs of the target/acquired companies from an FCPA perspective; and assessed corruption risks and potential asset forfeiture in large-scale investment projects.

Key Expertise

  • White-Collar Crime Investigations
  • Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption (ABAC)
  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • M&A Due Diligence
  • Fraud & Forensic Investigations
  • Litigation & Arbitration Support

Professional Affiliations/Memberships/Licenses/Training

  • Internationally Certified Compliance Professional (ICCP)
  • Certificación Española de Compliance (CESCOM)
  • Ranked by The Legal 500 Latin America, Rising Star in Compliance and White-Collar Crime, 2022