Robert Brenner, global co-managing partner and chief legal officer at K2 Intelligence, has more than 25 years of experience advising government and private-sector clients as a monitor, investigator, and consultant. His expertise encompasses compliance and integrity issues; cross-border investigations; and corruption, anti-money laundering (AML), bribery, fraud, and risk matters. Bob leads large monitorships and complex corporate investigations for companies across a spectrum of industries—including financial services, pharmaceuticals, construction, and real estate—as well as for nonprofit organizations. He is often called upon to provide C-suite consulting for Fortune 500 companies as well as some of the world’s largest hedge funds and asset managers on matters involving regulatory compliance, pretransactional due diligence, corporate contests and proxy fights, investment decision making, merger integration, and the likely impacts and risks of litigation.
Bob has been appointed and currently serves as a monitor or independent consultant on behalf of federal, state, and local government agencies as well as international regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), and the French Prudential Resolution Authority (ACPR). These engagements involve multiyear reviews of global Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and/or Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/AML compliance policies and practices, as well as reviews of procedures related to the reporting of internal fraud and embezzlement.
Bob and his team also design and implement changes to clients’ compliance procedures, risk assessment processes, training protocols, and technology, to close loopholes and provide more robust monitoring of future transactions and conduct. The investigations and reviews Bob conducts on behalf of public and private entities often uncover and remedy deficiencies or misconduct, resulting in millions of dollars in savings.
In his role as COO/CLO, Bob also oversees all global operations of the firm’s practice groups and administrative departments.
Prior to joining K2 Intelligence, Bob was senior managing director and practice leader of Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes Group, Americas.
A former prosecutor and First Deputy Commissioner in New York City, Bob is an experienced trial attorney and investigator. He supervised investigations into fraud, waste, corruption, and mismanagement in New York City agencies for the Special Commissioner of Investigations. Prior to that, Bob served as senior investigative and trial counsel in the New York County District Attorney’s office, and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, prosecuting organized crime and political corruption matters.
Bob received his J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed the Harvard Business School executive education program “Leading Professional Service Organizations.” He is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia. In 2020, Bob was recognized as one of the 100 leading legal consultants and strategists by Lawdragon which highlights the experts most valued by global law firm leaders.