Juan David Leal

Managing Director, Mexico
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A seasoned professional, Juan David Leal’s expertise involves helping organizations manage risks, fight fraud and corruption, reach compliance excellence, understand the political atmosphere they operate in, leverage critical information for their advantage and achieve positive relationships with crucial stakeholders. He works closely with large corporations, public companies, and governments involved in high-stakes issues and provides strategic communications and intelligence gathering and investigative techniques.

Mr. Leal has broad international exposure with extensive experience in public and regulatory affairs, intelligence, risk identification and management, strategic relationship building, dispute advisory, due diligence, compliance and complex investigations for large corporations, public companies, governments, and high-profile businesspersons.

Mr. Leal’s background includes high-level positions at global consulting firms in an advisory and investigative capacity. Most recently, he was a senior director of the Mexico and Colombia practices at J.S. Held LLC and held positions at Berkely Research Group, ON Partners and Kroll.

Mr. Leal is skilled at positioning critical agendas, mapping competitive landscapes, assessing political and operational risks, and identifying solutions to complex challenges in order to achieve favorable outcomes.

Prior to joining the advisory world, Mr. Leal was a journalist and editor in Agencia EFE’s bureau in Mexico, the largest Spanish language news agency in the world, where he often led numerous news teams and investigative stories.


  • Master of Arts, Journalism, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Universidad de Los Andes – Colombia


  • Spanish
  • French