Fernando Cevallos


Director, Compliance, Intelligence, Investigations and Technology


Based in Mexico City, Fernando Cevallos leads Control Risks’ Compliance, Investigations and Technology team for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Fernando has 16 years of experience in compliance, disputes, contract and licensing compliance, fraud/corruption due diligence, fraud/corruption audits and risk assessments, fraud/corruption cross-border and domestic investigations, financial statement audits, financial planning, tax and treasury.

Over the last 10 years, Fernando has resided in Brazil, the US, Switzerland and Mexico. He was responsible for the Rio de Janeiro Forensic Services Team at another firm before moving to Mexico to apply his expertise to the rapidly evolving oil and gas industry. Throughout his career Fernando has acquired broad international experience in numerous industries including financial services, retail, legal, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, mining, healthcare, technology, auto parts, manufacturing, real estate and education. He has led and worked with teams from the US, Belgium, Germany, France, Australia, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Fernando has also worked closely with US regulators, participating in their monitoring programs and assessing potential compliance, books and records issues.

Fernando’s recent experience includes the following:

  • Anti-fraud and anti-corruption due diligence involving seven countries in Latin America, involving approximately 30 interviews and over 300 transactions analyzed.
  • Complex domestic and cross-border human resources, fraud and FCPA investigations in the US, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
  • Anti-corruption risk assessment diagnoses and compliance program design and implementation for mining, retail and pharmaceutical companies in Mexico.
  • Third-party anti-fraud and corruption audits for several distributors and business partners in Mexico and Brazil.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Fernando worked for a Big Four firm, and also worked at the world’s leading glass container manufacturer, Owens-Illinois, where he held various positions in Treasury and Finance.

Fernando is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil. He also has a degree in economics from the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he also earned a graduate degree in auditing, internal controls and tax in 2004. In 2008, he earned a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate in the US.
Fernando is a professor at the Tecnólogico de Monterrey (Campus Mexico), teaching courses related to anticorruption at the university’s law school. He was the co-founder and professor of the first MBA program in Brazil regarding compliance/fraud risk management, at the Fundação Instituto de Administração da Universidade de São Paulo. In 2014, he spoke about Latin America fraud and corruption risks at several events, including the American Conference Institute in Mexico and the global Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in San Antonio, Texas and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2010, he has spoken on several events in Brazil, Mexico and other countries in Americas.
Fernando is a member and represents Mexico in relation to the development of the Anti-bribery Management System (ISO/278) norm at the national and global meetings and discussions. Fernando is a native Spanish speaker, with fluency in English, Portuguese and French.