Carla Arellano

Carla Arellano advises family companies and is an expert in compliance, anticorruption and best know-your-client practices.

Carla Arellano leads the FERRERE Compliance team and is a member of the firm’s Corporate team, specializing in compliance, anticorruption, know-your-client/supplier best practices, and prevention of asset laundering and terrorism financing. She is also active in Corporate Governance and Family Businesses.

She is certified in prevention of asset laundering and terrorism financing by ISEDER (School of Business of Universidad Católica) and in Compliance by Thomson Reuters (LATAM Compliance Diploma), and in anticorruption by American University Washington College of Law (US & International Anti-Corruption Law).

She participates in the working group organized by the National Secretariat for Prevention of Asset Laundering and Terrorism Financing (SENACLAFT) for corporate services providers in Uruguay. At regional level she is a member of the working group organized as the Latin American Compliance & Investigation League (LACIL).

Her experience includes preparation, supervision and monitoring of effective compliance programs including, among other elements, the preparation of manuals, policies, risk matrices, codes of ethics, and company personnel training (employees, managers, directors and shareholders) on local anticorruption regulations and local application of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). She has directed and participated in internal investigations and legal and anticorruption due diligence procedures.

She also heads up certification in prevention of asset laundering and terrorism financing at Universidad ORT.

On compliance issues, she is the author of numerous publications and participates as panelist in national and international conferences.


  • Uruguayan Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Vital Voices
  • Vance Center
  • Trace / Anti-bribery Business Association
  • Programa Sembrando
  • Attorney, Universidad de la República (Uruguay), 2001.
  • Mergers and acquisitions, Georgetown University Law School (USA), 2010.

Nonfinancial sector online reporting of suspicious transactions

On October 1, 2021, the Central Bank of Uruguay issued Communication 2021/199, in connection with the Financial Information and Analysis Unit, authorizing and regulating digital filing of unusual or suspicious transaction reports by nonfinancial reporting entities (article 13 of Law No. 19,574).


Obligation to establish electronic domicilie

Decree No. 355/021 published in the Official Gazette on October 27, 2021, establishes the obligation of establishing an electronic domicile (DOMEL), with the National Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Secretariat (SENACLAFT).


PEP list update

On December 22, 2021, SENACLAFT published the updated list of Politically Exposed Persons for Uruguay.

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