Cristian Battistello is an associate managing director in Kroll’s Business Intelligence and Investigations practice, based in the Milan office. Cristian has more than eight years of experience in fraud and accounting forensic investigation, as well as compliance assessment, for a wide range of regulatory regimes. These include but are not limited to regulations covering anti-money laundering, sales of dual use products, and arms trafficking. He has worked across several industries, with specific expertise helping clients operating in the chemical, aerospace and defense, industrial products, and telecommunications sectors.

Prior to joining Kroll, Cristian was a director in the Deloitte forensic accounting practice, based in Milan, where he conducted fraud investigations in Italy and in foreign countries (Europe and South America). During his tenure, he mastered accounting and financial investigations aimed at detecting fraud and illegal activity and reconstructing transactions. He also gained expertise in the use of assessment methodology to test compliance to local and international regulations. Cristian’s expertise has been sought in the context of litigation support, multijurisdictional transactions, insolvency proceedings, AML lookback investigation activities, and KYC compliance assessments.

Earlier in his career, he worked for two years as a manager in the internal audit department for a transport company listed on the London Stock Exchange and eight years as an external auditor, where he became proficient in Italian and international accounting principles.

Professional Experience

Forensic Accounting Reconstruction
Cristian was responsible for accounting reconstruction activity, in the context of a criminal investigation, of a structured financial operation across multiple European jurisdictions.

Bribery and Anti-Corruption Investigation
Cristian was the team leader for a forensic investigation of an Italian multinational corporation to identify the establishment of slush funds in Italy and abroad in relation to bribes. The engagement involved performing reconstructive activities which analysed the compliance with corporate policies and the effectiveness of the services provided by suppliers.

Design Risk Assessment
Cristian has been involved in several international projects that focused on risk assessment, gap analysis, and remediation plans in respect to global export controls and extraterritorial restrictions, and regulating the import and export of dual use goods and arms. He has also supported the client in drafting its internal compliance program (ICP), as well as conducting related training activities.

Publications and Thought Leadership
  • Cristian has contributed as an expert for “Internal Compliance Program (ICP) Implementation” in the mini-master program offered by the University of Turin’s Management Department and EIFEC (European Institute for Export Compliance).

Education & Certifications
  • Master’s Degree, Export Compliance, University of Turin - EIFEC
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Economics and Law, University of Brescia

Affiliations & Memberships
  • European Institute for Export Compliance

  • Italian – Native
  • English – Fluent
  • French – Fluent
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