Michael Watt



Managing Director

Michael Watt is a managing director in the Compliance Risk and Diligence practice, based in the Miami office. Michael leverages substantial experience in the energy, construction, and logistics sectors and has advised the boards, c-suites, counsels and management teams of multinational corporations and investment banks. In addition, he has worked in emerging markets for many years and has developed a strong understanding of local corporate landscapes and wider political contexts.

Since joining Kroll, Michael has held various roles, which have included overseeing the Washington D.C. research team and growing the firm’s presence in Latin America. He also authored investigative due diligence reports uncovering fraud, money laundering, narcotrafficking, forced labor and certain regulatory risks, particularly in high-risk jurisdictions. Today, he oversees due diligence teams and operations throughout the Americas and provides management and investigative consulting experience to Kroll’s clients.

Michael has led numerous complex investigations, third-party due diligence, political risk and market entry research and bespoke advisory assignments in the fields of fraud and financial crime, anti-money laundering (AML), anti-bribery and corruption (ABC), OFAC and FCPA investigations and organization-wide compliance and regulatory processes. His expertise with enhanced due diligence is diverse. For one assignment, he directed an enhanced review of a European corporation’s Latin American and Caribbean distribution network following the money laundering-related sanctioning of their Central American partner. For another assignment, Michael managed the vetting process of several hundred distributors and commercial agents for an oil and gas major that was rolling out a new anti-corruption program.

Michael’s compliance-related advisory assignments focus on the implementation of compliance programs adhering to local laws and emergent regulations while using the best global practices. He has several years of experience designing and implementing maritime due diligence practices, vessel vetting programs and sanctions risk mitigation strategies for international and national oil companies to address sanctions evasion practices and illicit shipping.

Michael received a BA in international affairs from The George Washington University.

2023 Fraud and Financial Crime Report

2023 Fraud and Financial Crime Report

Kroll analyzed global data from 400 senior leaders across three continents to gain insights into the current financial crime landscape and learn how technology might stop the threat of economic, crypto and ESG crimes.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 69% of global respondents expect financial crime risks to increase over the next 12 months.
  • More than two-thirds of respondents plan to invest in technology to tackle the expected increase in financial crime.
  • 64% of global respondents expect enforcement action will increase.
  • Almost half of respondents identify geographic consistency as a top challenge for sanctions compliance programs.

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Compliance Risk and Diligence

Complying with anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption regulations.

Background Screening and Due Diligence

Comprehensive spectrum of background checks, screening and due diligence services.

Maritime Due Diligence

Know-Your-Vessel Compliance and Due Diligence.

Forensic Investigations and Intelligence

Kroll’s forensic investigations and intelligence team delivers actionable data and insights to help clients across the world make critical decisions and mitigate risk.