Federico Paesano

Senior Financial Investigation Specialist
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Federico joined the Basel Institute's International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) as Senior Financial Investigations Specialist in 2010, delivering technical training programmes on financial investigations and asset recovery in South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Federico graduated from the Military Academy of the Guardia di Finanza in L’Aquila, Italy, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Università degli studi del Molise, Italy. For fourteen years, he worked for the Italian Financial Police, ending his career as Chief Investigator, leading and conducting judicial and financial investigations, focusing in particular on economic crimes such as corruption and money laundering.

In July 2009, he was seconded by the Italian Government to the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) as Mentor to the Minister of Interior on Anticorruption. As part of a group of experts, he provided technical advice on transparency and accountability measures to the Minister of Interior as well as advice on the development of national and sector policies, collaborating closely with the AGO, the High Office of Oversight, the Supreme Court of Afghanistan and other external partners.

As part of Federico’s work within ICAR, he has developed specific training courses on cryptocurrencies, money laundering and financial investigation involving virtual assets. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Working Group on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies, a collaboration between the Basel Institute, Europol and Interpol. The group co-organises an annual Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies, focused on the emerging threats posed by virtual assets-based money laundering and other crypto-enabled crimes.