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Juan Félix Marteau

Attorney, Professor of Criminology and Law, University of Buenos Aires & Consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank

Juan Félix Marteau is Senior Partner at Marteau, Abogados, Attorney-at-Law. He acts as a legal advisor to board of directors of argentine and international companies on compliance with global standards for institutional transparency and financial crime prevention. He is actively involved in criminal and administrative litigation in economic crime matters.

He is also consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank on matters related to Systemic Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing and Proliferation.

In the private sector, he is adviser to financial entities, insurance companies, mutual associations, money-transfer entities, foundations, entertainment firms, mass media and other important regulated companies. In the public sector, he acts as expert at the highest government level in the development of national strategies against financial crime. He has recently participated in the design of Uruguay and Paraguay National Strategy on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing. Currently he is responsible for the National Risk Assessment of Paraguay.

He has a Law degree, from Universidad Nacional del Litoral / UNL. He studied criminology at the University of Hamburg / UH, and obtained his Master ́s Degree and Ph.D. in Sociology from University of San Pablo / USP. He conducted postdoctoral stays at Max Planck Institute / MPI for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Germany), The House of the Sciences of Man / MSH-CNRS, the Center of Sociological Research on Law and Criminal Justice Institutions / CESDIP-CNRS (France), and the School of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa / UO (Canada).

At the University of Buenos Aires / UBA, he is Professor of Criminology (School of Psychology), as well as Professor of Elements of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedural Law (School of Law). He also leads the postgraduate course on Global prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.

For professional practice, he is enrolled at the Federal Capital Bar Association (Ciudad de Buenos Aires) and the Federal Chamber of Appeal of San Martín (Province of Buenos Aires).

He is President of the Foundation for Research on Financial Intelligence / FININT and Founder Member of the Argentine-American Network for Leadership / REAL, on account of previous participation in the International Visitor Leadership Program / IVLP of the U.S. Department of State. He coordinates the Trasnational Organized Crime Group at the Argentine Council for International Relations / CARI. He is member of the International Bar Association and Association Internationale de Droit Pénale.

He participates as a speaker at conferences and meetings of experts in the country and abroad. He has authored books (Las Palabras del Orden and La Condición Estratégica de las Normas), and various artícles in specialized publications and major local newspapers, in matters related to law, politics and financial crime.

Former Representative for Argentina before the Financial Action Task Force / FATF, the Financial Action Task Force in South America / GAFISUD, and the CICAD-OAS Group of Experts on Money Laundering Control; and former Coordinator of the Argentina National Agenda against money laundering and terrorist financing. Also, former Adviser to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (Republic of Argentina). In these technical-political roles he has represented the National State in four continents (America, Europe, Africa and Asia).

Responsible for drafting the Bill on Illicit Terrorist Associations and Terrorist Financing, that would then turn into Act 26.268 which amended the Argentine Criminal Code.

Former Advisor to the Justice Committee of the Legislature of Buenos Aires and to the Justice and Security Secretary of the City of Buenos Aires.

Former editorial officer of the Magazine of the Federal City Public Bar Association, with a print run of 60.000 copies per month. He speaks Spanish (mother tongue), French, English and Portuguese. He also has a working knowledge of German and Italian.