Charles Brown


  • EMEA
  • Ethics, Compliance and Governance
  • Due Diligence

Based in London, Charles Brown is a Director in Control Risks’ third-party risk management and compliance business - Vantage. Charles possesses over 15 years’ experience helping clients to manage integrity and compliance risks via business intelligence, investigations, and novel technologies. He specialises in due diligence, public records research, and financial crime risk management.

Recent tasks that Charles has worked on include:

  • Designed and delivered third party risk screening and integrity due diligence programs for a variety of clients including UK government agencies, European energy firms, and international pharmaceutical companies. These programs primarily focused on the use of public records research to identify risks relating to bribery and corruption, and financial crime.
  • Advised banks and insurance firms on the procurement of technology to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of financial crime risk management processes. These projects aimed to transform the capabilities of in-house open-source intelligence (OSINT) units leading to improved identification and management of risks associated with high-risk clients.
  • Provided business intelligence services to several investment banks in relation to multi-billion-pound transactions and legal disputes. Involved fraud investigations, complex due diligence and asset tracing, digital forensics, and interviews with high profile whistleblowers.
  • Oversaw the planning and implementation of a multiyear anti-corruption investigation for a major European corporation. Involved the management of public records research teams and human source enquiries across a dozen jurisdictions including Spain, Cyprus, India and the UAE.
  • Before joining Control Risks, Charles worked for a UK-based investigations and intelligence technology company where he was responsible for developing strategic relationships with public and private sector organisations. During this period Charles became recognised within the AML/CFT community as an expert in the use of OSINT technology to manage financial crime risks. 

    Prior to that, he spent a decade working in the risk consultancy sector where he provided business intelligence and investigations services to leading law firms, banks and family offices.

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