Nicholas Panes

Vice President
Nicholas Panes | Risk Investigations Analytics | Charles River Associates

Mr. Panes is Vice President in the Risk, Investigations & Analytics Practice of CRA. His work has focused on political risk, business intelligence and regulatory compliance, with postings in Mexico City, New Delhi, Sydney, and London.

His career has been split between pre-transaction advisory work, post-event problem solving and dispute/litigation support across a wide range of sectors and geographies. His time living in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region allowed him to be engaged through the entire investment life cycle from origination to execution to operations, and the application of the associated risk identification, evaluation and mitigation measures to minimize his clients’ risk exposure.

During his career, he has worked across the full spectrum of projects from tactical support through to strategic advisory work. Previous projects have included: the design and implementation of pre-transaction due diligence and anti-corruption risk assessment tools as part of an assessment of a company’s compliance system; strategic business intelligence and stakeholder mapping for infrastructure projects in Latin America and South Asia; a fraud and corruption risk assessment for an international healthcare firm; provision of an expert report related to a commercial dispute in Latin America; and, an anti-money laundering audit of a client’s banking and exchange house operations to ensure compliance with the relevant national financial authorities’ statutory requirements.

Prior to joining CRA, Mr. Panes worked for over 18 years at Control Risks. His last position was as Senior Partner in London, where he managed the global risk analysis team for the Europe and Africa region and, from May 2019, held responsibility for the group’s business development team for the UK, Spain, and the Nordic region.

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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