Michael J. Ramos is a Partner and Senior Managing Director in the New York office, where he also serves as the firm’s Chief Risk and Compliance Officer. Michael’s distinguished legal and investigative career spans over 30 years. As an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, he prosecuted fraud, money laundering, and narcotics cases, many with complex international components. As a prosecutor, Michael brought 18 cases to trial and was responsible for some of that office’s most significant multi-agency international investigations in Southeast Asia and South America.
At Nardello & Co., Michael has managed investigations in support of criminal defense, litigation, and arbitration matters across multiple jurisdictions. In addition, he has successfully conducted internal fraud inquiries and directed several international asset tracing and forensic accounting matters. Michael regularly supervises multi-national due diligence exercises.
Michael has been recognized as a Band 2 investigator in the 2022 Chambers and Partners Litigation Support Guide for Business Intelligence & Investigations.
- For a financial institution, Michael led an investigation of the underwriting practices of a major mortgage lender. Michael and his teams identified and contacted hundreds of former employees located across the US. Information obtained from the employees—in some instances provided in the form of affidavits—confirmed the lender’s poor practices. Moreover, Michael developed one witness, an analyst who reported directly to executive management, who told him how he warned the lender’s executives about problematic loan portfolios and identified reports he provided those executives concerning problem loans. The reports had not been produced during discovery. With this information in hand, counsel reached a favorable settlement in the matter.
- When a public US company received an unsolicited letter from a previously unknown investor threatening a proxy fight, Michael led a team that conducted an in-depth background investigation to determine the investor’s record, identify his financial backers, and assess his bona fides. The investigation began in Monaco, where the investor was based, and expanded to Russia, the UK, Dubai, Cyprus, and the United States. Open-source research and source inquiries helped cut through the investor’s opaque corporate structure, enabling us to identify his financial backers, which included several Russian businessmen with questionable reputations. The investor, who was an avid social media user, regularly posted stock tips. An analysis of these recommendations revealed the subject was not the financial wizard he claimed to be, as his “portfolio” dramatically underperformed the major stock indices. The client used Nardello & Co.’s findings to guide discussions with the investor, who eventually backed away from the threatened proxy battle.
- On behalf of one of the world’s largest international non-governmental organizations, Michael led an independent investigation of whistle-blower accusations regarding, inter alia, financial mismanagement and safeguarding concerns at one of the charity’s largest Asian operations. The investigation comprised interviews with current and former employees, organizational stakeholders, and third-party witnesses, as well as a forensic examination of the finances of its largest in-country operation, a review of the organization’s policies and procedures, open source research, and confidential source inquiries. The investigative findings addressed the veracity of the whistle-blowers’ allegations as well as structural weaknesses identified in the organization's compliance program. Nardello & Co. provided the client with a roadmap to strengthening their internal controls and maintaining a transparent financial regime.
- When a client became concerned when a news report linked one of its managers to figures in an organized crime investigation, counsel hired Nardello & Co. to determine the accuracy of the reporting. Michael led a team that engaged in exhaustive research and supplemented its results with inquiries with trusted sources. His team found that that while the manager was, in fact, acquainted with some of figures named in the investigation, he was not a close associate of any of the defendants and there was no evidence the manager had engaged in any illegal or nefarious activity.
Just the Facts
- JD, Brooklyn Law School
- BA, History & Political Science, Rutgers University
- Chambers and Partners 2022 Litigation Support Guide: Band 2
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- New York City Bar Association