Michael di Pretoro is the Senior Advisor, USA to SVA and is based in San Francisco. Michael specializes in conducting complex investigative assignments involving fraud or corruption, business intelligence and due diligence investigations, asset searching, brand integrity and other risk consulting services.
Mr di Pretoro previously spent 30 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he retired as the Deputy Assistant Director in charge of international operations, including the Bureau’s Legal Attaché program and FBI personnel assigned to U.S. Embassies worldwide. Prior to this assignment, he served over 10 years abroad, and his postings included being the Bureau’s first Legal Attaché in Moscow, Russia, the senior representative in Hong Kong (with regional responsibility to include the PRC and India) and in Manila, Philippines. He has extensive international investigative experience, particularly in the areas of organized crime and corruption, white collar crime and international terrorism investigations. As part of these duties, he managed FCPA related investigations in the Philippines and Russia.
More recently, Mr di Pretoro returned home to San Francisco and managed the Bay Area office for an international investigative group, focused on international due diligence inquiries, particularly in Asia, Russia and Europe. Over the past several years, he has travelled widely in U.S., facilitating workshops for U.S. mayors and senior local officials, on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters as well as terrorism incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.
Mr di Pretoro has a B.A. from Syracuse University and a Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the World Association of Detectives (WAD), the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), and the Society of Former Agents of the FBI. Mr di Pretoro speaks fluent Russian.