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Investigations 2017: Forensic Accountants Analysis

In this chapter, 89 leading forensic accountants are identified across over 20 firms, and are recognised for their work aiding clients in relation to disputes and regulatory inquiries, as well as foreign corruption investigations and investigative due diligence.

The Big Four accounting firms once again stand out for their excellent offerings, with Deloitte and KPMG demonstrating their strong position in the market with 13 listings apiece. 

EMEA

Thought Leaders
EMEA
Luke Steadman Alvarez & Marsal, London
Gervase MacGregor BDO, London
Mark Tantam Deloitte, London
Andrew Durant FTI Consulting, London

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS impresses in this year’s research, with nine nominations in total. Eight of these individuals hail from the firm’s offices across Europe.
In London, the “superb” Will Kenyon is commended for his outstanding practice focusing on the detection and investigation of corporate fraud, bribery and corruption.
John Fisher leads the firm’s UK disputes practice and is an accomplished forensic accountant with a strong track record in high-profile cases and investigations.
In Madrid, Javier Lopez Andreo is a recognised expert in the Spanish market with a well-established practice focusing on fraud detection and investigation.
Sirshar Qureshi out of the firm’s Prague office is considered a “top choice” thanks to his extensive experience and professionalism.
In Frankfurt, Michael Hammes is recognised as one of the country’s foremost forensic accountants. He has significant experience assisting clients in investigations relating to fraud, corruption and general business crime.
Timothy Allen from the firm’s forensic disputes team is well known for his work in the area. He has deep experience acting as an expert witness in arbitration proceedings.

KPMG emerges as a leading offering in this year’s research, with 13 individuals listed in the following pages. The firm’s forensics team is particularly strong in Europe with four individuals singled out by market sources.
In London, Alex Plavsic is a well-established accountant with a longstanding practice focusing on investigations of fraud, bribery, corruption and accounting misstatement. He regularly assists clients facing investigations by the SEC, the DOJ and the SFO.
Hitesh Patel heads the corporate forensics practice and is commended for his significant experience assisting corporate clients in fraud investigations.
Paris forensic practice head Jean-Luc Guitera is “a fantastic accountant” with a well-developed international practice focusing on leading fraud investigations in the operations of the foreign subsidiaries of French clients.
In Madrid, Fernando Cuñado is commended for his significant expertise leading cross-border forensic investigations.

FTI CONSULTING is a leading player in the forensics space globally and the firm boasts a fine team in Europe, with five leading players mentioned.
In London, Andrew Durant is a highly regarded figure in the forensic accounting arena thanks to his 20 years of experience investigating a wide range of issues including corruption and bribery, financial statement fraud and data theft. Sources consider him “a joy to work with”.
Andrew Mainz is a seasoned forensic accountant with over 30 years of experience in the financial investigations space.
Madrid-based Juan Valderas is a well-established practitioner with a strong track record advising and leading domestic and international investigations.

GRANT THORNTON’s London office is home to four impressive forensic accountants.
According to sources, Will Davies is “used to dealing with massive investigations and always goes the extra mile for his clients".
The "impressive" Kevin Shergold is particularly proficient in complex fraud investigations and cross-border corruption investigations.
Hossein Hamedani and Colin Johnson are also recognised for their investigative proficiency.

Two individuals are singled out for praise from DELOITTE’s London office, including the “highly rated” Mark Tantam who is the firm’s global head of investigations and leads the forensic team in the UK. He regularly steers some of the largest and highest-profile investigations worldwide, particularly those with breach of sanctions, money laundering and corruption-related issues.
Sources also commend Simon Cuerden’s impressive practice which sees him regularly advise on, and oversee, internal forensic reviews and investigations.
In the firm’s Zurich office, Chris Phillips heads the firm’s forensic practice and is regularly called upon by law firms and companies to assist with complex, sensitive investigations.
The “excellent” David Fidan is a top choice for financial institutions requiring investigative assistance worldwide.

At ALVAREZ & MARSAL in London, two outstanding accountants are selected.
Luke Steadman is considered one of the top forensic accountants in London thanks to his 20 years of experience in investigations across Europe, Asia and the US.
The “outstanding” Julian Jones is commended for his enviable track record in a number of high-profile investigations worldwide.

At ERNST & YOUNG, John Smart’s impressive practice focuses on fraud investigations, particularly in the financial services industry.
In the firm’s Prague office, Tomáš Kafka heads the firm’s investigations and dispute resolution practice in the Czech Republic and is praised for his proficiency in fraud and corruption investigations.

BDO’s forensic services head Gervase MacGregor is considered "unquestionably one of the best forensic accountants in the market” thanks to his experience working on hundreds of forensic investigations during his career. One market source comments, "I found him extremely knowledgeable, incredibly thorough, responsive and professional.”
Andrew Maclay is a prominent player in the market, known for his longstanding practice focusing on fraud and corruption investigations, as well as UK Bribery Act advisory work.

FORENSIC RISK ALLIANCE’s Toby Duthie draws widespread praise from interviewees. One source describes him as “responsive, well prepared and experienced”, adding: “He has an excellent demeanour with both clients and regulators.”
Derek Patterson enjoys acclaim from market sources, who call him “pragmatic, commercial and technically strong”, as well as “incredibly responsive and able to communicate his ideas easily”.

At DUFF & PHELPS in London, Steve Cornmell is a go-to forensic accountant for corporates and regulators alike, regularly assisting the SFO in financial fraud investigations.
European leader of the firm’s disputes and investigations practice Dominic Wreford is a respected accountant with 20 years of experience in the field.

ALIXPARTNERSAndrew Grantham is a respected forensic accountant with significant experience conducting financial investigations in the engineering and construction sectors.


North America

Thought Leaders
North America
Alan Stewart Deloitte, Toronto
Paul Ross KPMG, Calgary
Jean Chow-Callam FTI Consulting, Los Angeles

 KPMG in North America is home to three lawyers listed in our research.
Paul Ross draws widespread praise from market sources. According to one interviewee, “He is extremely talented in his area of expertise. He was approachable, understandable and drove for results. He led a strong team of individuals that supported him in forensics. I would not hesitate to have Paul be my number-one choice.”
Corey Martens out of the firm’s Chicago office is deemed a key player in the US market. He regularly conducts forensic investigations and assists clients facing regulatory investigations.
In Toronto, James McAuley is singled out for his competence leading significant forensic investigations on behalf of corporates, regulators and government. He is particularly known for his proficiency in money laundering matters.

DELOITTE is particularly strong in Canada, seeing four accountants selected from its Toronto and Calgary offices.
Alan Stewart emerges as one of the most highly regarded experts in North America thanks to his prestigious practice in forensic accounting investigation.
Peter Dent is considered a “strong name” in the Canadian market thanks to his expertise in corporate crisis management and investigation.
Also in Toronto, the “exceptional” Roddy Allan is a well-known forensic accountant with over 20 years of experience working on fraud and corruption investigations.
Gina Campbell in Calgary is also highly recommended for her expertise in the area.
In New York, Chris Georgiou comes highly recommended for his extensive experience leading FCPA investigations for many clients across a number of industry sectors.
Ed Rial is the global leader of the firm’s FCPA and anti-corruption practice and is known for the prominent role he has played on high-profile FCPA investigations.

Tony Jordan of ERNST & YOUNG draws widespread praise from interviewees thanks to his impressive forensics practice that sees him regularly assist audit and special committees in financial investigations, particularly those involving the SEC.

At FORENSIC RISK ALLIANCE in Providence, founding partner Greg Mason is recommended for his significant expertise advising clients on multi-jurisdictional investigations. According to one source, “His skills, professionalism and attention to detail are unmatched.”

ALVAREZ & MARSAL’s Houston office is home to the fantastic William Abington, an eminent figure in the market known for his longstanding investigations practice. He regularly leads complex fraud investigations.
In Chicago, the “outstanding” Matthew Bialecki is praised for his proficient practice that sees him assist corporate clients with both internal and external investigations.

FTI CONSULTING’s Los Angeles office is home to Jean Chow-Callam, who is highlighted as one of the country’s premier forensic accountants. According to respondents, “Jean understands the requirements of US regulators while having a good understanding of business practices and customs in Asia. She is therefore able to help ‘hold the client’s hand’ through the investigation, guiding general counsel with ease.”

BDO’s Glenn Pomerantz leads the global forensics practice and is a seasoned accountant with over 30 years of experience advising and assisting clients in investigations involving the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act and other fraud and corruption-related issues.

COHEN HAMILTON STEGER & CO’s name partner Peter Steger is highlighted by peers as “a very fine choice for forensic accounting work”. He regularly leads financial investigations across a wide range of industry sectors. 


Asia-Pacific

Thought Leaders
Asia-Pacific
Jarrod Baker FTI Consulting, Singapore
Campbell Jackson Ernst & Young, Melbourne

ERNST & YOUNG’s Campbell Jackson is one of the foremost forensic experts active in the Australian market thanks to his significant experience leading complex investigations across a wide array of industry sectors.
In Shanghai, investigation and disputes services practice head Emmanuel Vignal draws warm praise for his “thoughtful and considered work”.
Trevor Dick is a prominent player in the Hong Kong market with a wealth of experience assisting clients in financial investigations involving fraud and insider trading.

FTI CONSULTING’s Singapore office is home to one of the most highly regarded forensic accountants in the Asia-Pacific region: Jarrod Baker. According to one source, “He is a well-connected, client-focused operator, and ensures that quality work product specific to client needs is always delivered on time."
In Shanghai, Eddie Lam is considered “very responsive to client needs” and “very knowledgeable about the field” by respondents. He regularly assists clients facing regulatory investigations relating to corruption and bribery, employee misconduct and financial reporting fraud.

ALVAREZ & MARSAL’s Keith Williamson is a distinguished player known for his proficiency in large and complex global investigations.

In KPMG’s Sydney office, Gary Gill is a seasoned forensic accountant with extensive experience conducting investigations into financial fraud in regions including Australia, Asia, North America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

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