Juan Félix Marteau

Founder & Senior Partner

Professional with experience in the financial crime field, where he has been actively involved as attorney-at-law, national government official, advisor on strategic policies, international consultant, political counselor, leader of non-governmental organizations, university professor and author of scientific and op-ed articles.

He has advised on corporate risk management and compliance policies in matters of money laundering and terrorist financing to a great number of financial institutions and other domestic and foreign well-known companies. Specifically, he has designed the institutional engineering required by organizations to take effective action in preventing illegal activities.

He has participated as an attorney in numerous cases of economic criminal law and administrative criminal law where companies and their management have been attacked with abusive actions by governmental agencies. In these efforts, he has acted on behalf of his clients representing them before administrative authorities, and throughout all instances involving Argentine federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Justice.

He has participated in several high-level missions as an advisor to international organizations, dealing with the systemic assessment of financial crime risks. As a consultant to the IMF, he has been involved in the design of National Strategies for Uruguay, Paraguay and Panama. Also, as IDB advisor, he was responsible for conducting the National Risk Assessment for Paraguay. As UNODC consultant, he acted as an observer in the Mutual Evaluation of Equatorial Guinea within GABAC, and as expert in the Financial Disruption of Terrorist Organizations Program in Burkina Faso and Senegal.

He served as National Coordinator for Combating Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing. He also acted as Argentina’s National Representative before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the International Financial Action Group for South America (GAFISUD) and OAS-CICAD Expert Group for the Control of Money Laundering. He also advised the National Ministry of Justice and Human Rights with these matters.

As part of those technical-political assignments, he implemented the first Terrorist Financing & Proliferation National Risk Assessment, represented the National Government in the second FATF-GAFI Mutual Assessment in four continents (America, Europe, Africa and Asia), coordinated the first National Agenda on Anti- Money Laundering and Combating of the Financing of Terrorist -approved by decree-, and was responsible for drafting several bills on combating terrorism and financial crime, including the one that introduce the crime of Terrorist Associations and Terrorist Financing in the National Criminal Code.

He gave advice to the National House of Representatives Criminal Law Committee, and many representatives and senators in matters of fighting financial crime.

He founded FININT, the Foundation for Research on Financial Intelligence, an NGO designed to influence on the public agenda concerning terrorism and financial crime. As a member of the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVPL), he co-founded REAL, the US-Argentine Network for Leadership. Currently, he serves as member of the Transnational Organized Crime Committee at the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI).

He pursued his academic career in the field of criminal sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, after successfully undergoing competitive qualification processes. Currently, he is regular Professor of Criminology (School of Psychology) and Director of the postgraduate course on Global Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (School of Law), University of Buenos Aires.

He held postdoctoral positions at Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Germany), Maison des Sciences des Sciences de l’Homme and Centre de Recherches Sociologiques sur le Droit et les Institutions Pénales (France), and the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa (Canada). He was awarded a master’s degree and PhD in Sociology by San Pablo University (Brazil). He studied criminology at the University of Hamburg (Germany). He graduated as lawyer from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Santa Fe, Argentina).

To practice as an attorney-at-law before federal courts he is enrolled with Buenos Aires Bar Association and San Martín Federal Court of Appeals. He is also a member of the American Bar Association.

He is a regular speaker at conferences and expert meetings in the country and abroad. He wrote books such as Las Palabras del Orden and La condición estratégica de las Normas, and articles in specialized journals and major local newspapers about issues related to law, politics and financial crime.

He speaks Spanish (mother tongue), French, English and Portuguese. He also uses German and Italian for his technical work.

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