Ulla Pentinpuro


  • Latin America
  • Due Diligence
  • Ethics and Compliance Consulting
  • Investigation Services
  • Litigation and Dispute Support

Ulla Pentinpuro is a Principal in charge of Control Risks’ Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, where she oversees regional teams focusing on business intelligence and regulatory investigations. Ulla has over 20 years of experience, with a special emphasis on complex investigations including fraud, corruption and money laundering allegations, as well as litigation support and asset searches. Over the course of her career, Ulla has constructed and actively manages an extensive network of human intelligence sources across Mexico and the wider region. 

Recent tasks that Ulla has worked on include:

  • Leading a team of investigators, including digital and forensic auditors, on a fraud investigation at a Mexican subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company.
  • Conducting a litigation-related asset search on a family business group that spanned Guatemala, Panama and Costa Rica.
  • Investigating product stolen from the port of Altamira, Tamaulipas for a client in the steel industry.
  • Undertaking enhanced due diligence research on a family-owned food industry company in central Mexico for a private equity client.
  • Generating an intelligence report for a mining industry client encountering problems with neighboring communities at a gold mine in Mexico. This involved mapping the stakeholders within the communities, determining their motivations and detailing their networks, including connections with organized crime and local politicians.

    Prior to this role, Ulla founded and managed two successful investigative companies, one in Mexico and one in Brussels, Belgium; she also worked for Control Risks earlier in her career. Ulla is an economist and holds an MBA with high honors from Solvay Business School in Brussels. She is Finnish and has lived in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Nigeria, Belgium, the US and Mexico; she speaks and writes Spanish, English, French, Swedish and Finnish.

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