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Associate Directors

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS

DIOGO GARNECHO, ESQ.

DIOGO GARNECHO, ESQ.

Associate Director

With more than eight years of legal, research, and investigative experience, Diogo has worked on numerous international and domestic due diligence investigations of corporations and their executives across a variety of different industries, including finance, energy and real estate, among others.

Diogo also works on internal process improvement initiatives. As a fluent Portuguese speaker, Diogo works on Gryphon’s investigations in Brazil, including comprehensive litigation, regulatory and language-specific background checks.

Diogo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and law degree from Emory University School of Law. Diogo is admitted to practice law in New York.

Email: dgarnecho@gryphon-strategies.com
Phone: 914-730-9053

MANAL JAMAL

MANAL JAMAL

Associate Director

Manal has proven herself vital to the expansion of Gryphon’s international due diligence and risk analysis portfolios. As a result of her extensive knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and fluency in Arabic, she has played a crucial role in establishing Gryphon’s infrastructure for conducting investigations in the region and providing a robust and actionable intelligence product for the company’s clientele. Through her comprehensive due diligence operations, she is able to offer a clear understanding of complex issues such as money-laundering, terrorist financing, and embezzlement. She is currently responsible for overseeing some of Gryphon’s high-profile clientele and projects in addition to managing the MENA operations, which includes training and mentoring all new MENA investigators.

In addition to conducting international investigations, Manal is a veteran of Gryphon’s complex investigations and litigation support practice. In this capacity, she identifies, locates, and interviews key potential witnesses for civil and criminal actions regarding matters such as securities fraud, false claims, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Prior to her work at Gryphon, Manal was involved in a number of international affairs projects with a focus on research and writing. She spends most of her time away from Gryphon on philanthropic causes and volunteer work. Manal graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Arts degree in Islamic Studies with a concentration in MENA Politics and History. Prior to her graduate education, Manal was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Political Science from Iona College.

Email: mjamal@gryphon-strategies.com
Phone: 914-730-9042

MICHAL KAZIN

MICHAL KAZIN

Associate Director

Michal has been a key player in Gryphon’s due diligence operations, working on numerous international and domestic due diligence cases. Michal liaises with clients to establish project budgets and scopes, and is a key team member responsible for tailoring due diligence projects to the needs of our client base. Michal speaks Hebrew fluently.

Prior to joining Gryphon Strategies, Michal worked on research and evaluation projects in a number of countries in Africa and Asia. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from SUNY, Purchase.

Email: mkazin@gryphon-strategies.com
Phone: 914-730-9038

MEGAN MAHAFFEY

MEGAN MAHAFFEY

Associate Director

Megan is an Associate Director for Gryphon’s due diligence practice. After honing her investigative skills at Gryphon, Megan spent four months on secondment with a major financial institution, where she participated in the due diligence review process with the bank’s compliance department. Since her return, she oversees a team of investigators conducting reviews of entities and individuals in over 90 jurisdictions, with a focus on identifying information relevant to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulatory requirements. She is also well-versed in the investigative process, and has conducted domestic and international research on high-profile companies and individuals for pre-deal due diligence.

Megan holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

Email: mmahaffey@gryphon-strategies.com
Phone: 914-730-9041

NIRALI PATEL

NIRALI PATEL

Associate Director

Nirali is one of the primary managers responsible for the daily management of due diligence cases and delivery of products to clients. Nirali joined Gryphon Strategies in 2014 and currently manages and mentors a substantial team of investigators who work on a variety of high-profile domestic and international cases tailored to specific clients. Nirali previously managed a high-volume project focused on identifying patterns of financial fraud. This project entailed conducting investigations into high-profile individuals, including Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), in countless international jurisdictions. Nirali speaks Hindi and Gujarati fluently.

Prior to her work at Gryphon, Nirali worked on anti-human trafficking initiatives with the New York Asian Women’s Center. Nirali holds a Master’s degree in International Crime and Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware.

Email: npatel@gryphon-strategies.com
Phone: 914-730-9006

MATT SORENSON, ESQ.

MATT SORENSON, ESQ.

Associate Director

Matt works primarily in Gryphon’s due diligence practice. With experience training fellow investigators and conducting research in heavily regulated, high risk industries, Matt serves as a point of contact for our clients and ensures that all of Gryphon’s work product meets the same high standard of quality. Matt also manages an experienced team of investigators and strives to refine our research and reporting methods.

Matt graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law in May 2014, and is admitted as an attorney in New York. Prior to attending law school, Matt was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, magna cum laude, from Central Connecticut State University.

Email: msorenson@gryphon-strategies.com
Phone: 914-730-9031

“Supposing is good, but finding out is better.”- Mark Twain. Our vast international experience allows us to tailor investigations to the regions in which we operate and find the information our clients need. Investigations should never be approached with a “One Size Fits All” mentality.

– Manal Jamal, Associate Director

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