About Us

Compliance & Internal Control Consulting

Deep expertise acquired through roles with a global remit in global investment management groups.

  • Pragmatic, solutions-oriented, rigorous and able to tackle several different topics at once.
  • Intellectually curious, always open to learning and to applying past experience to new topics.
  • Main areas of speciality include Anti-Money Laundering-Countering the Financing of Terrorism, compliance with International Sanctions, Financial Promotions and Commercialisation of Mutual Funds, but also Personal Data Protection, Investment Compliance, Anti-Bribery and Corruption and Ethics.
  • Deep knowledge of cryptoassets acquired through years of personal study and investment experience, ready to be applied to questions that your firm faces in this emerging area.
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How we can help

Advisory and Training

Assisting you and your company in navigating the complex and ever-changing regulatory landscape of the financial services industry. Whether it is answering punctual questions, performing in-depth analysis of regulation and best practices, or providing training to your employees, Compliance teams or Board members, we are ready to help and find solutions together.

Transformation projects

Working with your management and in-house teams in tackling the questions related to projects that involve a change in how your company operates, from the initial assessment of regulatory aspects to project management to execution and training.

Organisation, procedures and controls

Shaping your organisation's Compliance framework and ensuring it is compliant with applicable regulatory obligations and industry best practices, and designing and performing controls to ensure that this framework is operational and effective in mitigating risks.

Founder / President

Manuel Fajardo

During my 15+ years career with global investment management groups, physically based in France, the United Kingdom and the USA, I occupied several Compliance roles that provided me an excellent grasp of the regulatory frameworks of those countries. Besides, the global remit of my duties provided significant exposure to those of other financial centres around the world, and to the principles that they all share, which I have found to be greater than their differences.

My duties, especially in the last eight years, involved building the global compliance framework for a major investment management group, covering all areas in Compliance. This meant designing, deploying and constantly refining processes, tools, policies and procedures in areas like Anti-Money Laundering, International Sanctions and Financial Promotions / Distribution, balancing local and global considerations and regulatory constraints, the interest of all stakeholders and  the firm’s risk appetite to achieve a solid framework that proved itself successful throughout the years.

I founded Aria Compliance in 2021 to put this experience to the service of firms of varying sizes requiring advice on matters of regulatory compliance, managing transformation projects or interested in outsourcing their Compliance function. Pragmatic, solutions-oriented, rigorous and able to tackle several different topics at once, I’d be happy to discuss and hear how we can work together.

I am also passionate about opera, and co-founded The Opera Story in London in 2015, to commission and produce new work with young professional artists, and have produced several opera world premieres and an award-winning online series since then.

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