Our Team

Alberto M. de la Portilla

Founder/President/CEO

Alberto has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of research and investigations, due diligence, anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-corruption (FCPA) compliance. His work has included internal corporate investigations, reviews of illicit practices and irregularities, asset recovery, analysis of mergers & acquisition targets, and background investigations of potential business partners. He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and has assisted many regulated entities with issues pertaining to evaluations of internal controls, customer due diligence, high risk transactions, foreign account reviews, and investigations, pursuant to U.S. financial, economic, and trade sanction regulations including the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), USA PATRIOT Act and OFAC. Alberto previously served as Managing Director for the Latin American regional office of IPSA Internatio...

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Alberto has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of research and investigations, due diligence, anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-corruption (FCPA) compliance. His work has included internal corporate investigations, reviews of illicit practices and irregularities, asset recovery, analysis of mergers & acquisition targets, and background investigations of potential business partners. He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and has assisted many regulated entities with issues pertaining to evaluations of internal controls, customer due diligence, high risk transactions, foreign account reviews, and investigations, pursuant to U.S. financial, economic, and trade sanction regulations including the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), USA PATRIOT Act and OFAC. Alberto previously served as Managing Director for the Latin American regional office of IPSA International, Inc., a U.S. consultancy, specializing in AML compliance, Look Back reviews, hedge fund due diligence, KYC remediation, and risk assessments of cross border transactions. Alberto holds all appropriate Private Investigator/Agency Manager licenses in the State of Florida. He has managed investigations relating to bank fraud, employee theft, asset location and recovery and other matters in preparation for civil and criminal claims against adverse parties. He began his career with Kroll, Inc. in the early 1990s in South Florida and managed the Latin American research unit. In 1996, he accepted an assignment to supervise the company’s first office in Latin America and temporarily relocated to Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has been an active member of the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Businesses for Social Responsibility (BSR), Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP). Alberto holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Florida International University, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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Isabelle Wheeler

Managing Director

Isabelle Wheeler, CFA, AMLCA, has been a leader in International Private Banking for more than 30 years. During that time, she has been involved in every aspect of wealth management at some of the most well-known financial institutions, including Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Banco Santander and BNP Paribas. Her career progressed from relationship manager, covering clients from virtually every region of South and Central America, to Chief Investment Officer, and eventually Director of Products and Services. She concluded her banking career as Director of Marketing and Sales, supervising the activities of the relationship managers. She has been responsible for BSA/AML compliance in client on-boarding, as well as, client transactions in cash, transfers and securities. She has also been a principal liaison with internal audit and regulators with respect to securities trading and client tr...

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Isabelle Wheeler, CFA, AMLCA, has been a leader in International Private Banking for more than 30 years. During that time, she has been involved in every aspect of wealth management at some of the most well-known financial institutions, including Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Banco Santander and BNP Paribas. Her career progressed from relationship manager, covering clients from virtually every region of South and Central America, to Chief Investment Officer, and eventually Director of Products and Services. She concluded her banking career as Director of Marketing and Sales, supervising the activities of the relationship managers. She has been responsible for BSA/AML compliance in client on-boarding, as well as, client transactions in cash, transfers and securities. She has also been a principal liaison with internal audit and regulators with respect to securities trading and client transactions, and was responsible for developing risk assessments for wealth management activities. In 2014 she began focusing on offering training in financial markets and marketing and regulatory consulting to domestic and international institutions and individual investors, and developed courses on wealth management and BSA/AML regulatory compliance, including FIBA’s Wealth Management Certifications, wealth management policies and procedures, suitability and sales practices, compliance profiling techniques and ethics. Isabelle received a BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia, with a major concentration in Latin American Studies. She received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and currently holds FINRA licenses 4, 7 and 24, as well as FIBA’s AMLCA certification. She has been an active Member of the Board of the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) for many years, and previously was President and Board Member of CFA Miami. Isabelle was named one of the Top 30 Most Influential Private Bankers by Terrapin in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and was recognized as one of the Women Leaders by Negocios magazine in 2014. She has been a panelist and speaker at industry conferences sponsored by FIBA, Terrapin, ACAMS and Latam Markets, among others.

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John S. Karansky

Director, Regulatory Compliance

John Karansky has 30 plus years of experience as a domestic and international financial services risk manager with experience in regulatory examination, AML / BSA / OFAC compliance, corporate security / anti-fraud prevention / investigation, audit and operational risk background and specialized skill-sets from organizations including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Bank of America, Barclays Capital / PLC, Banco Industrial de Venezuela, Eastern Financial Credit Union, and Loan America Mortgage Company. Most recently, John served as a Federal BSA/AML Risk Examiner in charge, leading, or participating in the supervision and examination of BSA/AML/OFAC compliance programs of state member large, regional, and community banks, foreign banking organizations, and bank holding companies in the Southeast and other Federal Reserve districts.  While at the Federal Reserve, he served as the ...

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John Karansky has 30 plus years of experience as a domestic and international financial services risk manager with experience in regulatory examination, AML / BSA / OFAC compliance, corporate security / anti-fraud prevention / investigation, audit and operational risk background and specialized skill-sets from organizations including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Bank of America, Barclays Capital / PLC, Banco Industrial de Venezuela, Eastern Financial Credit Union, and Loan America Mortgage Company. Most recently, John served as a Federal BSA/AML Risk Examiner in charge, leading, or participating in the supervision and examination of BSA/AML/OFAC compliance programs of state member large, regional, and community banks, foreign banking organizations, and bank holding companies in the Southeast and other Federal Reserve districts.  While at the Federal Reserve, he served as the interim BSA Risk Coordinator for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as well as conducted BSA / AML / OFAC training, performed Community Outreaches and served as a point of contact on BSA/AML issues including virtual currency and marijuana-related business controls. Previously, John was the Senior BSA Risk Management Officer for Colonial Bank where he directed the BSA risk management program in a Region that offered retail, wealth management, treasury, commercial, consumer, and residential lending services.  As an integral part of the management team, he provided guidance, training, and support in mitigating the money laundering risks associated with South Florida and the Latin America markets. John has specific experience in the following BSA/AML/OFAC areas: risk assessments, analytical and compliance reviews, directing KYC/EDD/CIP customer profile reviews, transaction monitoring, and AML/fraud Suspicious Activity investigations of higher risk client types that have included broker-dealers, currency exchanges, mortgage and insurance operations, internet operations, non-bank financial institutions, MSBS, PICS, NGOs/Charities, embassies/consulates, cash intensive businesses, PEPS as well as foreign banks, businesses, and government entities.  He has led the development of AML/OFAC customer monitoring applications and other risk management systems, written policies, procedures, and mitigating controls for AML, BSA, and OFAC regulations, reported on USA Patriot Act 9/11, OFAC and FINCEN 314(a) law enforcement searches, large currency transactions, CTR exemptions, and SARS, and implemented recordkeeping procedures in line with regulations for monetary instruments, remittances, and foreign banking organizations as well as managed an organization’s legal actions and attorney-client case preparation. He has directed or participated on financial, operational, and compliance audits, CSA, COSO, M/A due diligence, regulatory remediation and look-backs, asset recovery and loan reviews involving commercial, investment, government and private banking operations, non-bank subsidiaries and affiliates, credit unions, and mortgage brokerage activities. John has a Masters in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and holds the following professional certifications: Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Certified Associate, Certified Financial Services Auditor, and Certified Bank Auditor.

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Alex Valme

Associate, AML Compliance

Alex Valme has more than 20 years in the financial sector with extensive background in regulatory compliance. Alex’s field of expertise includes BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance, foreign exchange, regulatory reviews, fraud investigations, privacy and information risk, and AML training and development. He is also a certified AML specialist (CAMS). Alex has extensive project management experience with a background that includes the creation and implementation of AML Policies and Procedures, BSA/AML independent audits and testing, and project coordination for AML technology implementations. He has a particular expertise in international finance (Latin America) and banking in South Florida and other high profile AML risk regions in the United States. and serves as Integro Advisers’ knowledge leader on regulatory changes and emerging compliance issues affecting the Florida/Latin America area. A...

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Alex Valme has more than 20 years in the financial sector with extensive background in regulatory compliance. Alex’s field of expertise includes BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance, foreign exchange, regulatory reviews, fraud investigations, privacy and information risk, and AML training and development. He is also a certified AML specialist (CAMS). Alex has extensive project management experience with a background that includes the creation and implementation of AML Policies and Procedures, BSA/AML independent audits and testing, and project coordination for AML technology implementations. He has a particular expertise in international finance (Latin America) and banking in South Florida and other high profile AML risk regions in the United States. and serves as Integro Advisers’ knowledge leader on regulatory changes and emerging compliance issues affecting the Florida/Latin America area. As such, he has managed training programs to reflect changes in AML laws, regulations, OFAC updates, trends and developments to reinforce internal policies and procedures. Alex has been employed in compliance related fields by several banking institutions over his more than 20 years of working in the industry. He has extensive experience with USA PATRIOT Act and OFAC compliance regimes, in addition to KYC, BSA Management, and EDD. He previously served as Vice President, BSA/AML Investigator at Lone Star National Bank, a full-service, independent community bank with over 600 employees and 33 locations across South Texas. In this capacity he managed quality control/review of backlog consisting of BSA/AML review cases and high risk cases. He was also in charge of investigating/reviewing AML cases, and implemented BSA Enhanced Due Diligence, CIP and comprehensive staff training. In South Florida Alex has held various senior AML compliance positions at Ocean Bank, Banesco USA, Moneygram, City National Bank of Florida, and First Union Corp. At all of these entities he managed reviews of high risk accounts and activities, including, but not limited to, activities deemed potentially suspicious and performed analysis of monitoring and reporting of monetary instruments. At City National Bank, he managed the implementation of the bank’s electronic banking services. Alex is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), attended Miami Dade College and Florida International University, and is fully bilingual in English, French, and Spanish.

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Bill McIntyre

Associate, Investigations

Bill has been practicing as a licensed private investigator in Florida since 1998, specializing in fraud, multi-jurisdictional, and international investigations. Additionally, he has extensive experience investigating complex real estate fraud schemes. In his earlier career with the Royal Hong Kong Police, he rose to the rank of Superintendent in less than ten years, and amongst his police career accomplishments he was appointed Officer Commanding the Police Negotiator Cadre responding to hostage taking, barricaded siege and suicide intervention incidents, as well as conducting training for such incidents. Thereafter, he served as a Senior Director with the Hong Kong Asia headquarters of international risk and investigation company Kroll, conducting a wide range of corporate level international investigations, due diligence inquiries and risk mitigation assignments. Following emigration ...

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Bill has been practicing as a licensed private investigator in Florida since 1998, specializing in fraud, multi-jurisdictional, and international investigations. Additionally, he has extensive experience investigating complex real estate fraud schemes. In his earlier career with the Royal Hong Kong Police, he rose to the rank of Superintendent in less than ten years, and amongst his police career accomplishments he was appointed Officer Commanding the Police Negotiator Cadre responding to hostage taking, barricaded siege and suicide intervention incidents, as well as conducting training for such incidents. Thereafter, he served as a Senior Director with the Hong Kong Asia headquarters of international risk and investigation company Kroll, conducting a wide range of corporate level international investigations, due diligence inquiries and risk mitigation assignments. Following emigration to the USA with his family, Bill continued his investigative career in the USA specializing for some ten years in real fraud and title insurance inquiries and the auditing of title agents and law firms’ real estate closing practices. Bill earned a Degree in Economics from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, UK, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (PGDMS) from City Polytechnic (now a University) in Hong Kong. As an accredited Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Bill is a Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

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Jesus F. Peña

Associate, Cyber Forensics

Jesus has more than 13 years in the specialized area of digital forensics including evidence acquisition, evidence analysis and reporting, and expert witness testimony. He is also experienced in mirroring electronic data stored on servers and workstations by utilizing state-of-the-art forensic software and utilities in the analysis of digital evidence, obtaining access to accounting and groupware applications, and retrieving deleted files and transactions in order perform knowledge discovery. Jesus has provided computer forensic services and support to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). On numerous occasions, Jesus has been certified as an expert witness by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in the area of LAN/WAN security and firewall forensics. Since 1992, Jesus has been the principal at Dynabyte Information Se...

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Jesus has more than 13 years in the specialized area of digital forensics including evidence acquisition, evidence analysis and reporting, and expert witness testimony. He is also experienced in mirroring electronic data stored on servers and workstations by utilizing state-of-the-art forensic software and utilities in the analysis of digital evidence, obtaining access to accounting and groupware applications, and retrieving deleted files and transactions in order perform knowledge discovery. Jesus has provided computer forensic services and support to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). On numerous occasions, Jesus has been certified as an expert witness by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in the area of LAN/WAN security and firewall forensics. Since 1992, Jesus has been the principal at Dynabyte Information Services where he manages engineers skilled in systems integration, software development, and support of source-code SAGE accounting software. Prior to Dynabyte, he was employed at UPS for eleven years. Jesus has extensive experience in administration of Web Hosting environments; Installation, administration and support of Windows and Novell network operating systems. He has designed and implemented secured LAN/WANs through use of Firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN), anti-malware, and Virtual Private Networks (VPN). Jesus has implemented and maintained collaboration software such as Novell’s GroupWise, Netscape Enterprise Server and Microsoft Exchange. In the area of firewall forensics, he has vast experience in the analysis of hacking fingerprints on the LINUX kernel based firewalls. Jesus holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management Information Systems from Florida International University. He is also a Certified Computer Forensics Technician – Advanced level, and a member of the High Tech Crime Network organization.

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