As Nardello & Co.’s Chief Professional Officer and Regional Head of the Americas, Tara MacMillan oversees the quality of the firm’s investigations globally and directs its work in the region. Tara has extensive experience managing complex litigation support, due diligence, compliance reviews, and asset tracing investigations both in the US and internationally.
Tara manages the firm’s international anti-corruption compliance relationships for several multinational clients. She has conducted investigations and helped clients develop their compliance programs for key suppliers, distributors, and third-party representatives. Among other specific services, Tara helps strengthen clients’ review processes, customize questionnaires, or tailor reporting elements for employees and agents. Her casework includes investigating instances of fraud, embezzlement, bribery, and kickbacks related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money-laundering regulations, and whistleblower allegations.
Tara also has extensive experience managing due diligence investigations. On behalf of firms interested in expanding into Latin America or Europe or considering international acquisitions, she has led investigations to pinpoint potential risks—such as corruption and organized crime—by uncovering ownership interests and political and governmental affiliations. In hostile takeovers, proxy contests, and tender offers, Tara’s knowledge and experience have contributed to successful outcomes.
- Tara led the revamp of an international manufacturing company’s compliance program covering several hundred intermediaries. For vendors categorized as high risk, Tara and her team conducted on-site compliance audits of these entities located throughout Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
- Tara led rigorous open-source research for a client faced with product liability lawsuits in several jurisdictions to identify customers who could serve as potential witnesses on the client’s behalf. Reviewing traditional media, regulatory filings, and social media platforms and contacting affinity groups, Tara’s team identified more than 200 potential witnesses. After further investigation and preliminary interviews with those customers, her team presented a vetted group of potential witnesses to outside counsel in preparation for trial.
- Tara headed an in-depth open-source investigation of investors for a consumer products manufacturer that believed itself to be the target of an organized effort by short sellers to suppress its stock price. The research revealed that several investors who claimed to have no links to the short-selling community had associations and work history with certain high-profile and activist short sellers. The research also determined that several subjects attempted to camouflage their online allegations by creating multiple internet identities/handles, thus purporting to be unique users. The findings helped inform the client’s public relations strategy.
Just the Facts
- University of Florida, BA, Political Science
- University of Florida, MA, International Relations
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners