Investigations 2018: Forensic Accountants

In this chapter, we highlight 97 top-tier forensic accountants from 29 firms worldwide for their work assisting clients with disputes and regulatory inquiries. Those included have proven track records supporting clients under investigation in a range of contexts, including accounting fraud, foreign corruption investigations and investigative due diligence.

The experts identified by this year’s research are spread across 14 jurisdictions, with those based in England comprising over 40 per cent of the total listings. Global business advisory firm FTI Consulting is the most prominent in the area, with 15 outstanding experts from across five continents recognised. Big Four accounting firms Deloitte and KPMG also perform well, achieving nominations around the globe.

EMEA

Thought Leaders
1. Toby Duthie Forensic Risk Alliance, London
2. Gervase MacGregor BDO, London
3. Derek Patterson Forensic Risk Alliance, London
4. Julian Jones Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, London
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
 

Leading Firms

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
 

Big Four accounting firm DELOITTE CORPORATE FINANCE once again proves itself to be a key player in the market, and is home to six leading forensic accountants spread across Europe and the UAE.
Mark Tantam leads the firm’s global investigations practice and is regularly called upon to lead high-profile investigations all over the world thanks to his extensive experience in the areas of money laundering, corruption and breach of sanctions.
Simon Cuerden draws widespread acclaim and is described as “particularly strong” when it comes to managing highly sensitive investigations and forensic reviews.
The “excellent” Neil Hargreaves is “a well-established and skilled expert” who commands respect in the international marketplace.
Anthony Charlton is “a very talented” practitioner, who sources call “an exceptionally good expert witness”.

Forensic and litigation consulting is a core part of global giant FTI CONSULTING’s offering. This year, our research highlights six standout individuals.
Andrew Durant is a highly regarded figure in the international marketplace, having spent more than 20 years in the forensic accounting sector.
Andrew Mainz is held in high esteem thanks to his strong knowledge of forensic accounting services including investigations of fraud and false accounting, asset tracing and providing expert evidence on accounting issues and financial reporting.
Sources greatly appreciate Ian Thompson for his “meticulous eye for detail”, noting that he has “an uncanny ability to effortlessly find solutions to complex problems”.

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS also ranks prominently, achieving an impressive six listings this year.
Timothy Allen is “a top-notch practitioner” according to impressed sources, who applaud his excellent work acting as an expert in complex cross-border disputes.
Christian Butter is “a forensic specialist” who boasts extensive experience handling financial services investigations across the EMEA.
John Fisher is a long-standing fixture in the market with more than 20 years spent working in the area. He is commended for his top-tier work handling the financial aspects of a wide range of disputes.

London-based consultancy firm FORENSIC RISK ALLIANCE is home to two of the highest rated forensic accountants identified by our research.
Toby Duthie is “a highly articulate financial expert” according to sources, who praise his “ability to communicate complex issues clearly and come up with creative solutions”.
Derek Patterson is a prominent name in the market who is recommended for his “excellent analysis and superb delivery of expert witness testimony”. One commentator effuses: “He is always completely reliable, even in difficult situations.”
The “outstanding” Frances McLeod is a highly respected expert who sources describe as “a pleasure to work with”, adding that she is “excellent with clients”.

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO also achieves three listings.
Gervase MacGregor is a vastly experienced accounting expert witness who receives several endorsements for his “superb judgement and clear style of delivery”.
Gavin Williamson is a leading expert when it comes to complex fraud investigations, drawing praise for his “strong grasp of complex technical concepts”.
Andrew Maclay has worked in the forensic accounting space for more than 20 years, and is well known for his expertise in Bribery Act matters and complex corruption investigations.

ALVAREZ & MARSAL DISPUTES AND INVESTIGATIONS is home to two leading forensic accountants who boast extensive experience conducting investigations.
Julian Jones stands out as a pre-eminent figure in the area thanks to more than 18 years focusing on financial investigations and disputes throughout the Europe, the Middle East and the US.
The “exceptional” Luke Steadman has “an excellent reputation in the market” and receives plaudits for the skilful way he leads fraud and forensic accounting investigations.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.
 

England

Alex Plavsic at KPMG is a forensic accounting specialist who has worked on an array of high-profile investigations into bribery and corruption.

Benjamin Johnson at BERKELEY RESEARCH GROUP has an impressive practice which sees him regularly called upon to lead investigations into accounting irregularities and corruption matters across a wide range of industries and sectors.

Dominic Wreford at DUFF & PHELPS enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market, with sources naming him as “exceptionally professional, bright and thorough”.

Will Davies at GRANT THORNTON has built up an impressive forensic and investigations practice and is widely recognised for his client-friendly manner.

Andrew Grantham at ALIXPARTNERS is “a consummate professional” who is “greatly respected” by peers and clients alike.


North America

Thought Leaders
1. Simon Platt StoneTurn, Boston
2. Kerry Francis Deloitte, San Francisco
3. Roddy Allan Deloitte, Toronto
4. Alan Stewart Deloitte, Toronto

Leading Firms

DELOITTE CORPORATE FINANCE also performs well in the North American market, seeing six top-tier individuals recognised for their expertise.
In Toronto, Roddy Allan is described by sources as “top in the market” after more than 20 years’ conducting complex fraud and corruption investigations.
Alan Stewart is a clear leader in the field who is highlighted for his top-tier work on large-scale corporate investigations.
The “extremely talented” Chris Georgiou is a highly recommended practitioner who draws respect from peers for his impeccable knowledge of FCPA issues.
Peter Dent is a prominent figure in the Canadian market, and impresses commentators with his extensive international crisis management expertise.
The “very talented” Kerry Francis is an “excellent expert” whom sources “have a lot of respect for”. Sources are quick to comment on her expertise in major investigations.

Three standout players in the market from FTI CONSULTING are also highlighted.
Jean Chow-Callam at the firm’s Los Angeles office specialises in financial investigations and analysis. Her extensive experience working in the Chinese market means she is particularly sought-after for matters featuring an Asian dimension.
The “excellent” Jeff Litvak is a leading forensic accounting specialist who is particularly well regarded for his first-rate work on bankruptcy and insolvency disputes.
Brian Ong is “an outstanding expert” who impresses commentators with his vast knowledge of anti-corruption investigations and compliance.

ALVAREZ & MARSAL DISPUTES AND INVESTIGATIONS sees two individuals from its offices in Chicago and Houston recommended.
Matthew Bialecki is a leading name in the market with more than 25 years’ experience conducting internal forensic accounting investigations. One commentator effuses: “I have nothing but the utmost respect for him.”
William Abington is described as “a solid practitioner” and is widely recommended for his long-standing investigations practice.

Other Leading Individuals

Canada

Paul Ross of KPMG is a seasoned financial forensics specialist who draws praise for his expertise when it comes to corporate fraud investigations.

USA

The “exceptional” Simon Platt at STONETURN is “an extremely talented forensic accountant” who commands respect in the international marketplace.

Glenn Pomerantz at BDO impresses commentators with his “ability to understand complex financial issues and his commitment to providing exceptional customer service”.

The “top-tier” Tony Jordan at ERNST & YOUNG is a “superb” practitioner who sources enthusiastically recommend for his excellent work in high-stake fraud investigations.


Asia-Pacific

Thought Leaders
1. Jarrod Baker FTI Consulting, Singapore

Leading Firms

FTI CONSULTING is the leading firm in the Asia-Pacific market, achieving an impressive four nominations.
Jarrod Baker is “an excellent forensic accountant” who is particularly well known for his “fantastic work on fraud investigations and asset tracing”.
Eddie Lam draws high praise from sources who consider him a standout player in the Asian market. He is vastly experienced when it comes to assisting clients with regulatory matters and misconduct allegations.
Geoffrey Peck at the firm’s Melbourne office wins praise for his wide-ranging experience conducting complex fraud, corruption and misconduct investigations.
Peter Glanville boasts “an enormous amount of experience in the field” and is internationally regarded as one of the top names in the Asian market.

Big Four accounting firm ERNST & YOUNG also performs well, with three forensic accountants recognised in this edition.
From the firm’s Hong Kong offering, Trevor Dick earns widespread praise from respondents, one of whom says, “I endorse him for his superb expert witness testimony.”
Emmanuel Vignal is “a solid player in the market” who is in high demand thanks to his extensive experience in the field.
Campbell Jackson stands out as one of the leading figures in the Australian market, receiving numerous recommendations for the global reach of his practice.

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

Gary Gill at KPMG boasts an excellent reputation in the Australian market and is noted for his strong expertise in financial and accounting fraud.

Hong Kong

Neill Poole at NAVIGANT is greatly respected by peers for his remarkable sector knowledge as well as his excellent work carrying out investigative financial due diligence.

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