Nicholas Panes

Vice President

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
    Asset search to satisfy arbitration award
    CRA was retained by a global oil trading company seeking to collect funds following a successful arbitration award related to a West African oil transaction....
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  • 02
    Bank loan defaults
    Members of CRA’s team were retained by a major European bank to conduct asset tracing and profiling on hundreds of non-performing loans. The results gleaned...
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  • 03
    Breach of contract in energy deal in West Africa
    CRA was retained by counsel in an arbitration matter following a contract breach in an energy transaction in West Africa. CRA’s quantum experts valued the...
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