Kroll Experts

Baltazar Vallenilla

Associate Managing Director

North America

Kroll
Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps
311 South Wacker Drive, Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60606
USA

Baltazar Vallenilla is an Associate Managing Director with Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice, based in the Chicago office. Utilizing his keen cross-cultural awareness and in-depth understanding of the business environment in Central and South America, Baltazar regularly helps clients make informed and advantageous decisions in their dealings in the region. He has played a leading role on a variety of matters, including due diligence investigations, asset searches, proxy fights/hostile takeovers, and competitive intelligence assignments in the United States and Latin America. Baltazar has also led and coordinated litigation support assignments requiring pre-discovery expertise and has conducted interviews in English and Spanish.

Prior to joining Kroll in 2008, Baltazar was an attorney in Chicago, representing plaintiffs in class action and multidistrict litigation in product liability cases. Before moving to the United States, Baltazar served as a Judicial Clerk for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela.

Professional Experience

Pre-Transaction Due Diligence

Baltazar worked with a client interested in buying a seemingly successful business operation in order to identify any potential issues regarding the company and its executives. Through a keen analysis of a combination of public records and digital media, Baltazar was able to uncover questionable business practices, including potential fraudulent targeting of elderly clients and the hiding of assets in anticipation of an unfavorable judgment. The information Baltazar provided helped the client to identify risks and issues involving the client, as well as understand how the company was perceived in the specific industry.

Cross-Border Investigations

An American investor needed to verify the credentials and business reputation of a subject who reportedly had a string of successful ventures in South America. Baltazar was able to identify and interview business associates who had dealt with the subject in the past, providing the client with key sensitive information, including questionable business practices and allegations of bribery of foreign government officials.

Education and Certifications

  • J.D., Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Caracas, Venezuela)
  • Master of Laws, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Licensed attorney in Illinois and in Venezuela

Languages

  • English - Fluent
  • Spanish - Fluent