Geert Aalbers

Senior Partner

São Paulo

Geert is a Senior Partner and heads its Brazil and Southern Cone business. He manages complex investigations into fraud, corruption and other ethics breaches. Geert has over 20 years of experience working in Latin America. He has developed an in-depth network of contacts and understanding of regional business practices and the risk environment.

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Geert is a Senior Partner and heads its Brazil and Southern Cone business. He manages complex investigations into fraud, corruption and other ethics breaches. Geert has over 20 years of experience working in Latin America. He has developed an in-depth network of contacts and understanding of regional business practices and the risk environment.


Examples of recent engagements include:
  • Leading on a major corruption investigation (FCPA and Brazilian Clean Companies Act) into a major public entity in Brazil and reporting through US and local counsel to the DOJ/SEC and Brazilian regulatory authorities.
  • Investigation for a North American client into alleged anti-trust practices including price-fixing and bid-rigging.
  • Providing litigation support, intelligence, and evidence to a client involved as a debtor and defendant in a high-value and major bankruptcy proceeding in the airline industry, allowing the client to challenge the execution of Brazilian court orders in other countries.
  • Investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and conflicts of interest at the South American subsidiary of a major European fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer.


Prior to joining Control Risks, Geert was Chief Financial Officer and Board member of Makro Venezuela. Geert graduated cum laude in Corporate Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and completed a European Masters in Law & Economics at Erasmus and Oxford University. He completed an Executive MBA at Business School São Paulo and is currently a lecturer in Compliance and Risk Management at Insper business school.

Geert is a Certified Compliance and Ethics professional (SCCE), and a member of the International Bar Association where he sat on an expert panel advising the OECD, World Bank and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. He regularly speaks at legal and compliance conferences and has written for professional publications about investigations and business risks in Latin America. Geert speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Dutch and good Spanish.

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