Roberto Sayavedra has international experience in Financial Crimes Investigations and Intelligence services for over 15 years. His main area of expertise is Anti Money Laundering and Combating the Finance of Terrorism (AML/CFT).
Mr. Sayavedra has worked for 9 years in FTI Consulting, were he occupied the position of Senior Director and Co – Leader of the Panama Offices, overviewing Central America and the Caribbean. During his experience in FTI, Mr. Sayavedra lead several engagements advising banking institutions in AML/CFT, Risk Solutions and Corporate Governance. He has also advised companies in a vast range of industries such as Retail, Auto, Healthcare, Securities, Trade Commerce and Law Firms. Among other services engaged by Mr. Sayavedra was Intellectual Property Investigations, Background Searches and Due Diligence Work, Forensic audits, FCPA Audits and Compliance Transaction structuring.
Among representative cases that we can mention, Mr. Sayavedra advised various board of Directors of Panamanian Banks on regulatory matters, headed an AML/CFT and FCPA due diligence of one of the most important banking acquisitions in Panama, participated in a Forensic Audit of a major Industrial corporation that lead him to pose as Interim Manager in a restructuring process and headed an international tobacco forgery investigation.
Before working in FTI Consulting, Mr. Sayavedra worked as an Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer for Citibank Panama and as a Compliance Officer for the prestigious Panamanian Law Firm Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega, were he was in charge of implementing control policies and procedures, investigated client transactions and was responsible for regulatory and suspicious transaction reports.
During his professional career, Mr. Sayavedra has participate as speaker in different Financial Crimes and Regulatory Conferences, as well as written articles for major Panamanian newspapers and magazines.
Mr. Sayavedra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters In Banking and Finance from Universidad Panamericana. Mr. Sayavedra is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and is fluent in Spanish and English.