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Bilingual AML/BSA/OFAC professional and international lawyer.

Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
September 07, 2018

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Juan Carlos Portilla

857-***-**** (cellphone)

Skilled and bilingual AML/BSA/OFAC compliance professional, a FINRA registered representative (Series 7) and international lawyer. Juan Carlos’ accomplishments include a piece on AML (Is the War on Money Laundering in Crisis?) that was published on the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs in February, 2017. As an AML Compliance Officer at Santander Securities LL.C, U.S., he successfully investigated suspicious transactions of accounts in the U.S, as well as suspicious activity in offshore accounts. He coached Santander Securities LLC Financial Advisors on AML matters and was voted as the best AML instructor at Santander Securities LLC. He was a banker at Santander Bank N.A. He was a Visiting Scholar at Boston College Law School where he conducted academic research on anti-money laundering laws. He was an international banker at the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Tegucigalpa-Honduras). As Superintendent of Surveillance and Private Security of Colombia, he prosecuted front companies with links to drug trafficking, and money laundering. He is a lawyer, and holds a LL.M. in International Law, and a second LL.M in American Law and U.S. Legal Practice.


1.Bilingual in Spanish and English.

2.Lexis Nexis


4.Netx360 and ACTIMIZE

5.Legal Research


7.Microsoft Office

8.Public Speaking


1.Series 7 (FINRA).


Suffolk University Law School 2016-2017

Master in American Law and U.S. Legal Practice

Tufts University - The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 2012-2013

Master of Laws in international law

Universidad Externado de Colombia 2004-2006

Master of Laws in Economic Law

Universidad del Rosario 2000-2001

Postgraduate Program in Administrative Law

Universidad de La Sabana 1994-2000

Bachelor of Laws


Santander Securities LLC., Dorchester, MA. October 2016- June 2018.

AML Compliance Analyst

Successfully investigated and reported suspicious activity related to money laundering and kept abreast of AML/BSA/OFAC legal and regulatory matters affecting the compliance program.

Voted by Santander Securities LLC Financial Consultants as the best AML/BSA/OFAC instructor.

Successfully managed the review of the accounts/transactions of politically exposed persons (PEPs).

Effectively drafted ant-bribery and anti-corruption language that was successfully included in the Firm’s Policy.

Successfully discovered/investigated and reported international corruption detected in offshore accounts.

Provided regulatory-legal guidance, advises and consults with the Firm's Operations Team in order to ensure full AML compliance.

Conducted AML investigations, SAR filling, special investigations, OFAC and USA PATRIOT ACT compliance and high-risk customer surveillance.

Detected suspicious trends and activity by monitoring transactions through systems and applications.

Formulated suspicious activity reports that meet internal and regulatory standards.

Santander Bank, N.A., Somerville, MA. July 2015-October 2016

Personal Banker Representative

Developed and maintains customer relationships by selling Bank products and providing excellent customer service.

Complied with Federal regulations and Santander Bank’s policies and procedures while opening and closing bank accounts, servicing customers, processing stop payments, wire transfers, placing check orders, processing special instructions on accounts and performing general file maintenance.

Expanded and retains customer relationships, actively cross sells and resolves customer problems quickly and efficiently.

Met all goals and actively participates in all sales activities in the branch.

Acquired and retained customer relationships by providing relevant solutions to meet customer needs.

Developed and deepened customer relationships by providing outstanding customer service following a focused cross-selling strategy.

Boston College Law School Newton, MA August 2014 – July 2015

Visiting Scholar

Performed research on anti-money laundering regimes, international terrorism and transnational crime.

Delivered lectures on topics of international criminal law.

Wrote an article for the Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice, which was published in volume 35, issue 2, May 2015, on topics of international criminal law.

Participated in discussion panels on how to achieve justice under international law, taking Venezuela as a case of study.

Defense Ministry of Colombia Bogota, Colombia April 2009-Dec 2009

Superintendent of Surveillance and Private Security

Combated money laundering, drug trafficking and terrorism within private security sector and supported the national police, armed forces and authorities in the prevention of wrongdoing.

Led the agency to monitor and regulate the surveillance and private security industry, assuring public confidence in the same through the rule of law, as well as professional competence and mastery.

Led the agency in its negotiations and interaction with other government agencies, non-governmental, inter-governmental organizations and private sector.

Prosecuted security companies used by drug traffickers to launder money.

Exercised judicial police functions to the extent required for the fulfillment of the missionary order in accordance with regulations.

Imposed fines, injunctions and penalties through (discretion and sound judgment), both to natural persons or legal entities engaged in activities exclusive of monitored without proper authorization, as the monitored, who commit irregularities.

Investigated approximately 200 companies for regulatory compliance and issued sanctions to noncompliant companies.

Represented the national government before Colombian senate in the passing of a bill reforming the statute governing the security sector in Colombia including prison system reform

Colombian Federation of Entrepreneurs Bogota, Colombia May 2007-April 2009

Vice President

Provided legal support and advice to the CEO of the Federation on corporate and institutional issues, including on the interpretation and application of corporate, and administrative law related to the private security sector.

Drafted a code of ethics for private security companies affiliated to the Federation.

Applied legal skills to support private security companies affiliated to the Federation in matters of law before Colombian courts.

Analyzed and disputed administrative acts through litigation before Colombian courts emanated from law enforcement agencies of the government.

Applied mediation to settle disputes arising from commercial contracts among members.

Defense Ministry Bogota, Colombia August 2006 - January 2007

Drafted legal and public policies under the Colombian Constitution for security and criminal purposes.

Designed policies to improve security conditions and the rule of law in the provinces and municipalities of Colombia.

Wrote policies to formalize and improve relationships between the mayors of cities and towns and the Colombian National Police.

National Unity and Social Party Bogota, Colombia November 2005 - August 2006

Legal Officer

Drafted bylaws for national political party.

Provided legal support to candidates during the electoral process.

Represented elected party members in legal challenge to election results before electoral authorities through litigation.

Saint Thomas Aquinas University School of Law Bogota, Colombia January 2004 - May 2006

Visiting Professor

Taught treasury for the undergraduate program, and processes of international and regional integration at the graduate level

Ministry of Environment/World Bank Bogota, Colombia September 2003 - January 2004


Recovered funds issued to various Colombian municipalities under a loan with the World Bank for the development of public policies related to environmental protection.

Drafted administrative acts for declaring unilateral termination of contracts.

Central American Bank for Economic Integration Tegucigalpa, Honduras January 2002 - April 2003

In-House Lawyer

Provided legal support to Colombian Director of development bank in all bank operations and development projects.

Issued legal opinions on proposed commercial contracts to be signed by the chief of the Colombian office before the bank.

Participated in creation of bank regulations proposals (GA resolutions) drafted for the Governors Assembly of the bank regarding election of the board of directors and chief executive officer, code of ethics and conduct.

Finance Ministry, Colombia Bogota, Colombia October 2000 - January 2002

Legal Officer

Provided legal support to the Secretary-General of the Ministry to resolve on investigations of disciplinary charges brought against officials of the Ministry.

Drafted administrative acts.

Drafted and revised regulations and decrees to be signed for the Minister of Finance and the President of Colombia related to fiscal policies and financial sector, including regulations responsible for the recovery of Colombian municipalities and provinces after the economic crisis of 1999.

Drafted administrative acts for implementing statute laws related to government spending and budget.

Issued legal concepts on public credit operations of Republic of Colombia before multilateral banks.

Bogota Chamber of Commerce, Bogota, Colombia July 2000 - October 2000

Legal Officer

Revised documents related to registration of businesses and approval of all registrations.

Issued legal opinions about interpretation of corporate law, contracts, and business law.

Good Government Foundation, Colombia Bogota, Colombia February 2000 - July 2000

Junior Legal Officer

Member of team tasked with monitoring actions of Colombian Congress.

Acted as government affairs liaison. Drafted internal legislation related to monitoring group.




Portuguese (reading professional proficiency)

French (speaking skills).


Bogota Security Council


Tourism Promotion Fund

Member Board of Directors


Is a Global Law for Sovereign Bankruptcy Possible? Regulatory Needs and the Treaty-Making Process

CONTEXTO, a law review of Externado University October 1, 2010.

Hacia Donde Va La Seguridad Privada

Diario Portafolio July 13, 2009.

Robos Malditos Robos

Diario Portafolio November 5, 2007.


Diario Portafolio June 25, 2007.

The Syrian Conflict Through The Lenses Of International Law

Fletcher Forum of Global Affairs September 10, 2013.

Prosecuting Bashar Al-Assad: Can The International Criminal Court Exercise Jurisdiction Over Syria?

The Fletcher Forum of Global Affairs September 26, 2013.

Amnesty: Evolving 21st Century Constrains Under International Law

Fletcher Forum of World Affairs April 5, 2014.

Las Enseñanzas De La Jurisprudencia Internacional Sobre Acuerdos De Paz

Semana October 29, 2013.

The Venezuelan Paradox

Fletcher Forum Global Affairs October 9, 2014.

A Forgiveness Law: The Path to Solve the Peace Versus Justice Dilemma

Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice, Volume 35 issue 2 May 2015.

Is the War on Money Laundering in Crisis?

Fletcher Forum of World Affairs


National Defense Medal, Colombian Ministry of National Defense, November 2009

Ministry of National Defense December 2009

In recognition for the work done and achievements of Mr. Juan Carlos Portilla as Superintendent of Surveillance and Private Security of Colombia

Indumil Medal, Colombian Military Industry, Colombian Ministry of National Defense.

INDUMIL December 2009

Merit Award, Colombian Military University, Colombian Ministry of National Defense,

Colombian Military University October 2009

Plaque of Recognition, ASIS International Union

ASIS International October 2009


Tennis player


Writer and poet

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