Cynthia Catlett

Vice President
Cynthia Catlett | Risk Investigations Analytics | Charles River Associates

Cynthia Catlett is Vice President with the Risk, Investigations & Analytics Practice at CRA, and is based in São Paulo, Brazil. She has 15 years of investigative consulting expertise advising corporations, audit committees, special committees of boards of directors, financial institutions, and law firms.

She conducts corporate investigations involving allegations of fraud or corporate corruption, due diligence investigations, asset investigations and dispute-related inquiries.

A licensed attorney, Ms. Catlett’s experience includes forensic investigations in Latin America, North America, Europe, and Asia in both the public and private sectors. She has worked on some of the largest corruption investigations in Brazil leading projects involving internal investigations, forensic accounting and asset tracing.

Ms. Catlett has experience devising and structuring regulatory compliance strategies, planning and executing fraud investigations, conducting Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) risk assessments and assisting clients in disputes and arbitral proceedings. She has assisted clients in responding to regulatory agencies in Brazil and in the US including the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ). She has also assisted clients in Voluntary Disclosure Programs with government agencies and in adhering to Deferred Prosecution Agreements.

Ms. Catlett works with clients across numerous industries including oil and gas, retail, energy, insurance, pharmaceutical, chemical, manufacturing, consumer goods, food and drugs, financials communications, government, and multilateral and nonprofit organizations with global operations.

Ms. Catlett has published over 30 articles and is a visiting professor at Fundação Getúlio Vargas where she speaks about corruption and money laundering risks in Brazil.  She is active in leading affinity groups and initiatives dedicated to women empowerment and regularly hosts events that provide senior female leaders the opportunity to network.

Prior to joining CRA, Ms. Catlett was senior managing director in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting Practice at FTI Consulting. She was previously a partner in the Forensic Investigations & Disputes Services practice at Grant Thornton with responsibility for multi-jurisdictional compliance and anti-corruption work in Brazil and across Latin America. She also worked at Ernst & Young, The World Bank and the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division in Washington, DC.

She has native fluency in English and Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish.


Selected engagements

  • 01
    Global asset identification
    In conjunction with outside counsel for an investment firm client, CRA was engaged on a large-scale asset recovery investigation spanning multiple countries in...
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  • 02
    Investigation of business owner defaulting on millions of dollars
    CRA was retained by a financing firm to investigate the background and asset profile of a business owner operating in North and South America who had defaulted...
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  • 03
    Retail business partners misappropriated $20M out of joint venture
    CRA was hired by a law firm representing an Asian-based client in a retail business whose US business partners misappropriated over $20M out of their joint...
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