Brian Weihs is a managing director with Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice and head of the Mexico office. With over 20 years of experience advising clients across multiple industries on complex matters, Brian is an expert in corporate investigations, disputes and risk issues, corporate governance and compliance, crisis management and reputational issues.
Prior to joining Kroll, Brian was a director in a large independent, global risk consultancy, based in Mexico and later São Paulo, leading investigative and compliance projects throughout Latin America. His projects included investigations and anti-corruption reviews, risk assessments, anti-money laundering reviews, risk management planning and training, and crisis management. Prior to his consulting career, Brian was legal and financial manager for the investment and exploration businesses of a major Australian mining company in Latin America. In addition he has worked in corporate lending for a Canadian bank and its Argentine subsidiary, based in Buenos Aires and later Toronto, and has practiced as a corporate and commercial litigation lawyer in Toronto.
Brian is frequently asked to speak at conferences on anti-corruption, ethics and risk management, and is certified as an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.
Ian Cook is a Senior Director in Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice, based in the São Paulo office. Ian has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the compliance field, with a particularly strong background in the finance sector in Latin America. Ian is highly skilled at translating best practice guidance into actionable strategies, including the management of policies, procedures, and monitoring activities.
A Brazilian national, Ian has experience in working in cross-jurisdictional frameworks which include adhering to local and overseas regulations. This has included implementing local programs for ensuring compliance with global anti-money laundering standards as well as anti-corruption initiatives to ensure compliance with the US Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act.
Ian joined Kroll from Barclays, where he was Vice President, Head of Compliance. In this role, he was responsible for compliance advisory and assurance for all product and infrastructure areas in Brazil. He was also the anti-money laundering officer for the bank’s Brazil operations and the primary liaison between the bank and regulators. Prior to joining Barclays, Ian was Manager, Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions, for ASB Bank in New Zealand (the local subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia), where he developed the financial crimes prevention strategy for the group. In addition he served in compliance-related roles with Unibanco and Deutsche Bank, both in São Paulo.
Ian is frequently asked to speak about compliance and fraud matters and is a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Compliance Professional.
John Fanning is a Business Development Director in Kroll’s Compliance practice, based in the Houston area. John has held various roles in the governance, risk, and compliance (GRC), information, and legal industries for over 20 years and is a subject matter expert in the compliance space. At Kroll, he works to broaden the firm’s presence in the south-central United States and Latin America, in addition to consulting and advising Kroll’s North American clients in compliance-related matters. John works with multinational companies, providing best practices for anti-corruption/FCPA programs. He also helps to develop effective strategies for using due diligence and technology for effective third party risk mitigation through compliance solutions, AML, anti-corruption, and FCPA disciplines.
Prior to joining Kroll, John worked for both LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters. He has successfully helped Fortune 500 corporations, large law firms, government agencies, and law enforcement professionals design, build, maintain, and enhance their legal, due diligence, and compliance information, work flows, and internal processes. John leverages Kroll’s technology, his experience, and the team of knowledgeable professionals and experts at Kroll to build comprehensive compliance solutions that help protect the reputations of clients.