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Canada: Investigations Forensic Accountants 2016

The following 14 individuals are considered the leading accountants for aiding clients in regulatory and internal investigations in relation to accounting fraud, financial mis-statement and inadequate disclosure and corruption. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Peter Steger Cohen Hamilton Steger & Co Inc, Toronto
Alan Stewart Deloitte, Toronto
Roddy Allan Deloitte, Toronto
Peter McFarlane Kroll, Toronto

Deloitte has a dominant status in the market with a number of well-regarded forensic accountants and a large team on call for the most demanding investigations. Alan Stewart leads Deloitte Forensic’s Toronto offering. One source surmises: “You see him on the biggest corporate investigations for a reason – he is the standout name.” Roddy Allan has two decades of experience in large-scale fraud and corruption investigations, with a source noting that “he is among the top of the list for handling large and complex mandates”.

KPMG is also takes up a large market share. Paul Ross has over 25 years’ experience on large corporate investigations. He is particularly liked by clients for “putting complex issues into comprehensible language”.

PwC is equally replete with experts. Recent hire Jennie Chan is seen a go-to specialist for clients in eastern Canada in relation to complex regulatory and internal investigations; she has over 20 years of experience. According to a respondent, “She has a fantastic skill-set and clients really like working with her.”

The top offerings outside the Big Four include the large boutique Cohen Hamilton Steger & Co Inc. Co-founder Peter Steger is well versed in conducting accounting investigations into fraud and corruption matters. “He is extremely well thought of as an expert of merit and professionalism.” Fellow co-founder Ross Hamilton is also widely endorsed. A respondent calls him “a top expert for very technical files.”

Peter McFarlane heads up the highly specialised financial investigations team at Kroll. He is seen as one of the key players in fraud investigations with “extensive experience, excellent judgement and a fantastic command of the facts”.

At Duff & Phelps, a client reports that Enzo Carlucci is “exceptionally creative and responsive, he always delivers on time, and is client friendly and extremely professional.”

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