Paulo Benavides, AMLCA


Risk Advisory Services


Paulo Benavides brings more the a dozen years of experience in prevention and control AML/CFT activities and the application of these regulations in Colombia, United States (BSA/AML/OFAC-FATCA), Puerto Rico, Panama, Peru and El Salvador. 

Prior to joining Kaufman Rossin, Paulo served in a series of risk management and compliance roles at banking institutions in both Miami and Colombia, including Total Bank, Ocean Bank, Sunstate Bank, and Bancolombia Group.  Among other tasks, he reviewed  High, Moderate and Low Risk accounts according to BSA/AML regulation, applied the provisions of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), performed OFAC verifications, reviewed CIP, KYC, CDD, EDD supporting documentation, and prepared Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR).  Paulo's  experience also includes several years as a senior adviser to the FInancial Intelligence Unit at Colombia's Unidad de Informacion y Analisis Financiero.

Certified by the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) as Anti Money Laundering Certified Associate (AMCLA), Paulo also has significant training in other aspects of the field, from FIBA, KPMG Consulting, United Sates Department of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Unit (FinCEN), United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and United States Department of Justice's International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program.

Paulo earned his bachelors degree in economics from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and his masters in finance from Columbia University & Externado University in Bogota, Colombia.


  • Masters, Finance, Columbia University,
  • Bachelors, Economics, Colombia National University,