Law

From the Diary Of

CRISTIANE SOARES

Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I came to Ca ...nada on vacation to study English in 2009. Shortly after that 2 months course, I quit my job in Brazil and started a new life in Toronto. Not impulsive, just clear eyed and decisive. As a young girl in Brazil, I was determined to become a successful attorney, no matter what. To pay for my legal training, I worked full-time as a temp in the legal department of a large financial institution. Navigating the commute from work to school to home was a 2-hour journey each way, 2 subway lines and 2 buses, a time sapping trek which often forced me to choose between sleep and study. I never doubted that I would succeed, no matter how tough it got. On graduation and passing the Bar exam, I was offered a permanent role as a internal Counsel in the litigation department of ABN AMRO, Brazil. My first role in Toronto was in customer service for TD Canada Trust. I then landed a role as a Senior Investigator focusing on the prevention, detection and investigation of allegations of criminal activities, internal and external, against the bank, its staff and customers. I drafted policy and made procedural recommendations to the business lines to mitigate financial and reputational risk. I collaborated with law enforcement and regulatory agencies on behalf of the bank. Prior to this, I spent 8 years in the legal department of ABN AMRO Bank practicing corporate commercial law and handling compliance matters. Developed expertise in corporate law, Central Bank of Brazil federal law, financial contracts, collateral agreements and anything related to fraud, money laundry and taxation. I thrive when solving complex legal issues, being analytical, and mentoring others. Certified Fraud Examiner, Master in Criminology (Boston University). Fluent English, Portuguese, working knowledge of Spanish. Passionate about pushing my limits and facing new challenges.