Oscar Solórzano is head of the Basel Institute’s Latin America office in Lima, Peru, and a Senior Asset Recovery Specialist at the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR).
Since joining ICAR in 2012, Oscar has worked on a range of high-profile international corruption and asset recovery cases in Peru and across Latin America. Working with judicial, prosecutorial and law enforcement authorities, he helps to develop and execute strategies to trace illicit assets laundered to foreign jurisdictions, including seizing and confiscating the proceeds of the crime.
In particular, he gives advice on the application of non-conviction-based confiscation laws as strategies for the international recovery of assets. He also provides legal advice around mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Oscar regularly represents the Basel Institute as a speaker at international seminars and conferences on anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, international cooperation and asset recovery.
Prior to joining the Basel Institute, Oscar was working as a research fellow and as teaching staff for a course on economic criminal law at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. While working in Geneva, he was involved in several publications and research projects concerning the corruption of public officials, asset recovery, money laundering, confiscation and corporate liability of legal entities. This exposure led him to subsequently undertake a doctoral thesis in 2009 entitled “The international asset recovery of illicit assets of high-ranking public officials” at the University of Geneva.
He holds a law degree plus a Master of Law in International Relations from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He was admitted to the Peruvian bar in 2019 after gaining a second law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where he occasionally lectures on matters of asset recovery, mutual legal assistance and financial crime. He speaks fluent English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese.