Francisco Ventura

Aliya Khan, BMO Financial Group

Francisco Ventura (Event Coordinator) is a Senior Director at FTI Consulting and is based in the New York office. He is a member of the Financial Services practice within the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment.

Francisco’s expertise is in Financial Crimes, notably assessing Money Laundering risk of products for Financial Services clients and supporting adherence to U.S. statutes and regulations encompassing U.S. PATRIOT ACT, Dodd-Frank, Office of Foreign Assets Control and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Client types served include Capital Markets and Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Broker Dealer, Money Service Business and Correspondent Banking, among others.

Prior to FTI Francisco most recently served as Associate Director, in the role of AML Surveillance Manager for a foreign broker-dealer where he oversaw the annual AML Risk Assessment for the enterprise and New York Branch Capital Markets Division. Additionally, Francisco previously worked at a large U.S. financial institution where he was part of the implementation team responsible for conducting a gap analysis against core operations of a foreign affiliate’s Compliance program and integrating these into the parent company where he co-lead efforts in testing and fine-tuning of newly acquired Actimize Anti-Money Laundering solutions across various lines of business, focusing on Client Onboarding, Client Due Diligence, Sanctions, Transactional Monitoring and corresponding rule parameters, Suspicious Activity reporting and systemic on-going monitoring.

Francisco’s expertise is derived from many years of assisting financial institutions and working with regulatory bodies, including the OCC, FDIC, FRBNY, SEC, FINRA, CFTC and FinCEN. He has worked on AML compliance monitorships for domestic and foreign banks under enforcement actions. He has led cross-functional process and procedure implementation projects involving global sanctions operations, and best practices and compliance with U.S. regulations, ongoing audits and protocols in response to consent orders. Francisco has executed multiple annual AML/BSA/OFAC Risk Assessment Initiatives resulting in enhanced surveillance monitoring, identification, and resolution of policy gaps.

He has advised domestic and foreign financial institutions on exposures to high risk scandals, such as Madoff Ponzi scheme, Panama Papers, FIFA corruption, FCPA non-compliance and/or other suspicious activities identified through reviews of books and records. He has evaluated hundreds of high-risk relationships, advising businesses on corrective actions required to strengthen money laundering controls exposed through regulatory examinations. Francisco has conducted over 500 large-dollar investigations of complex high-risk cross border transactions, resulting in hundreds of Suspicious Activity Report filings, offsetting exposure to money laundering, legal, operational, and reputational concerns.

Francisco holds a M.B.A. from Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. As a Certified AML Specialist and a Certified Financial Crimes Specialist, he brings expertise critical to combating white collar crime. Francisco serves as Event Coordinator to the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialist New York Chapter.