Alejandra Montenegro Almonte and Gregory Bates

Alejandra Montenegro Almonte is Member and Vice Chair of the International Department at Miller & Chevalier. She focuses on internal corporate compliance, internal investigations and government enforcement actions across a variety of business-critical areas, including anti-corruption, internal controls and other ethics and compliance violations.

Alejandra also has extensive experience advising clients on remediation to prevent violation from recurring. Her compliance practice focuses on the design and implementation of risk-based internal compliance programs for a wide range of companies. Alejandra designs and performs compliance audits and assessment; performs compliance due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic partnerships; and advises companies on the design of safeguards to mitigate compliance risks arising from complex business transactions and third-party engagements. Currently, she serves as an independent compliance monitor on behalf of a regulatory agency in Massachusetts and recently served in a leadership role in a monitorship team in an FCPA disposition. She is a native Spanish speaker and regularly conducts legal matters in both English and Spanish.

Gregory W. Bates focuses his practice at Miller & Chevalier on corporate compliance program issues with a particular expertise in anti-corruption compliance programming. He is experienced in white-collar matters, internal investigations and risk mitigation, particularly related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Greg played a leadership role in a Fortune 500 company’s compliance program globally, having spent more than five years in-house in progressively more senior roles, culminating in his role as the Compliance Director for the Latin-American region and as counsel to global enterprise risk management and internal audit team. This role included overseeing compliance with the company’s deferred prosecution agreement, consent agreement and independent monitor. Greg is uniquely positioned to counsel clients on the risks and best practices associated with doing business internationally. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

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Recent media reports have revealed numerous scandals tied to COVID-19 throughout Latin America. Miller & Chevalier’s Alejandra Montenegro Almonte and Greg Bates discuss several of these scandals and offer guidance to help all organizations mitigate the risk of corruption. The coronavirus pandemic and the longstanding challenges of corruption and bribery in Latin America together have created a perfect storm of risk for...

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