Forensics and Litigation Consulting

Forensics and litigation consulting has been a steady stream of work for accountants in recent years as the fight against corruption has become a worldwide priority among enforcement agencies. From investigating potential FCPA violations to conducting internal corporate investigations in relation to whistleblower allegations, accounting fraud, financial misstatement and inadequate disclosure, the work in this area has ballooned in recent times and shows no signs of slowing down. In this section we identify 170 leading individuals.

Most Highly Regarded Experts
Gervase MacGregor BDO, London
Simon Cuerden Deloitte, London
Andrew Durant FTI Consulting, London
Javier López Andreo PwC, Madrid
Peter Steger Cohen Hamilton Steger & Co, Toronto

KPMG leads the research in this field achieving a total of 23 listings across its offices in Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, North America, Europe and the Middle East. In London, four names are highly recommended. Hitesh Patel is a “guru” on fraud investigations and is noted for his “excellent eye for detail”. John Ellison is a consultant to KPMG and has extensive experience in forensic accounting and litigation support. Clients “cannot praise him highly enough”. Alex Plavsic has over 25 years’ experience as an accountant and devotes his practice to investigations of fraud, bribery and corruption, accounting misstatement, asset tracing and regulatory enquiries. According to those who have used his services, he “sees things others miss” and is “always well prepared”. Kathryn Britten is a “great analyst” whose “articulate style” is much favored by those looking for an expert witness. John McGuiness in Sydney specialises in providing valuation reports in a disputes context, he is “proactive” and “extremely hands-on”. Corey Martens in Chicago is “stellar” in investigations and is “highly sought after by lawyers”. Jean-Luc Guitera heads the KPMG forensic team in Paris and has a strong focus on fraud investigations and disputes. He is “reliable and hardworking” and a “great team player”. Nicholas Cameron is a “high-profile” figure in the sector with “unsurpassed expertise” in forensic accounting. Fernando Cuñado in Madrid specialises in dispute advisory services acting as an expert witness on economic, financial and accounting issues. His work is praised as being “of the highest quality” and he is a “great team player”.

FTI Consulting sees 20 of its individuals included in this section representing its offices in Australia, England, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the US and United Arab Emirates. Andrew Durant is based in the London office where he specialises in investigating financial statement fraud, stock and other asset losses, corruption and bribery, and investment fraud among others. He is praised for his “diligent manner” and considered a “consummate expert”. Andrew Mainz has considerable expert witness testimony experience and conducts assignments into false accounting and fraud, asset tracing and identifying damages or lost profits. He is “incredibly versatile” and “really knows his stuff”. Wayne Anthony possesses an “impressive depth of expertise” and has a “hands-on approach” which is greatly valued by clients. EMEA head of economic and financial consulting Mark Bezant is a “high-profile figure” in the industry who has extensive experience assisting clients in a dispute resolution context. The “esteemed” Julian Glass excels in the field of forensic accounting and financial investigations. Mark Hunt also specialises in advising the financial services industry; his work comprises investigations, expert determinations and expert litigation support, and clients describe him as being “unparalleled” in the market. Ian Thompson has worked full-time on forensic engagements for thirteen years and is a “well-known name” in the offshore market. In Madrid, Jose Pineiro is chosen by clients for his “sharp intellect” and “finely tuned skills”, while Matthias Cazier-Darmois, who relocated to Paris from London in 2014, is a “regular” in the forensic and litigation consulting market. He works in a “diligent manner” and has an “impressive record”. Steve Harris is based in the firm’s Dubai office where he has an “active practice” providing accounting advice in litigation and arbitration, as well as investigations. He offers a “high-quality service” and enjoys an “enviable client list”.

Singapore-based Jarrod Baker is a “go-to” among corporates and their legal counsel and assists with investigations into complex fraud, serious misconduct and financial crime. Also in Singapore, Richard Hayler has particular expertise in the financial services, manufacturing, chemicals and life sciences sectors; he is noted for his “intricate work” and “unflappable manner”. In the firm’s Hong Kong office Catherine Williams and Jon Rowell are singled out. Williams assists clients in a whole range of disputes providing accounting and investigative expertise. She is a “bona fide expert” and “greatly respected”. Rowell has vast experience in the field and is “highly sought after” for his “well-prepared advice”. Melbourne-based Dawna Wright is “exceptionally bright” and has extensive experience in auditing and forensic accounting; clients praise her “dedication”.

In the US, Lindi Jarvis is recommended for her experience in investigations involving SEC financial reporting and violations of the FCPA. She is both “accessible and easy to work with”. Stephen Burlone in Boston is the co-leader of the forensic accounting and advisory services national practice and works closely with law firms and multinational companies on accounting issues. He is “extremely well thought of” and enjoys an “international reputation”. Jeff Litvak in Chicago is “world-class” and noted for his abilities in analysing damages in business litigation. Global leader of the consulting global risk and investigations practice Michael Pace is “unparalleled” in his experience in corporate investigations having worked on numerous cases involving allegations of fraud or corruption. Gary Kleinrichert has testified on more than 50 occasions at deposition, arbitration and trial; clients value his “great insight” and “unflappable manner”. 

At Deloitte 18 accountants from nine of the firm’s offices are highly recommended. The London office is best represented with four names standing out in the research including head of the disputes practice of Deloitte Forensic in the UK, Simon Cuerden. Alongside his experience as a quantum expert, Cuerden is “incredibly thorough” in his investigations into accounting manipulation, alleged corruption and misappropriation of funds. In Toronto, Alan Stewart is “one of the leading experts in corporate investigations” while Roddy Allan has experience investigating large-scale fraud, corruption and regulatory issues, including funds tracing and asset recovery.

PwC garners 14 inclusions in this chapter. The London office stands out as a hub of activity with seven accountants in the office highly recommended. Will Kenyon is “incredibly bright” and described as a “great tactician”. He aids in the detection, investigation and prevention of fraud, bribery and corruption. Timothy Allen recently rejoined PwC and is lauded for his “excellent track record” and “wealth of experience”. Javier Lopez Andreo in Madrid is “simply superb” and clients describe him as “articulate” and a “great analyst”.

Grant Thornton achieves nine listings. Managing partner of the forensic and investigations practice Will Davies is “great with clients”. He is “very active” in the financial services, private equity, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and energy industries. Colin Johnson is “extremely well organised” and has a “very efficient manner of working”. He has been involved in large scale investigations including into the UK company for Madoff. Mark Sullivan is a “dedicated and excellent tactician” while Scott Shaffer, who leads the forensic and valuation services practice in Wisconsin is described as having a “methodical approach” and “excellent problem-solving skills”.

Nine accountants are singled out from Alvarez & Marsal. London-based Luke Steadman specialises in dispute resolution and investigations and has led accounting investigations on both sides of the Atlantic. He is “revered” in the field and considered a “true leader”. Gary Davies has experience advising on disputes and in relation to large-scale financial investigations. His work is “of the highest quality” and he is a “consummate professional”. Completing the London listings is Julian Jones, a “true specialist” in financial investigations and disputes who enjoys a “high-profile reputation” for his work as an expert witness. Alexander Demuth in the Munich office co-heads the international arbitration group and leads the German global forensic and dispute services practice with extensive experience in valuations. He is “sophisticated, yet down to earth in his dealings with clients” and is recognised for his “reliable accounting”. Keith Williamson leads the firm’s global forensic and dispute services team in Hong Kong and China and excels in investigations of fraud, corruption and regulatory issues, asset tracing and recovery. He also serves as expert witness in disputes and is considered “reliable, articulate and very impressive”. Head of the firm’s Middle East practice Stephen Millington has particular experience in anti-money laundering issues and conducting investigations into suspected fraud or corruption. He “adds real value to a case” and is “always switched on and up-to speed with the latest developments”. William Abington has testified in trial and before arbitral tribunals and is “unflappable” according to those who have used his services. Matthew Bialecki in Chicago has worked with clients across a range of industries and has a “very active” practice as an expert in post-acquisition disputes. Peers describe him as a “pleasure to work with” and a “great asset to the team”. Laureen Ryan receives effusive praise for her work in the role of expert witness: testifying before courts and arbitral tribunals, producing expert reports and advising on matters relating to financial reporting, regulatory enquiries, valuation, damages, and post-acquisition disputes among others. She is “simply top notch” and “always ready to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in”.

At Navigant Consulting, eight names feature prominently in our research. Mark Taylor concentrates on complex accounting and valuation issues and is a “pioneering” fraud and accounting investigator. David Lawler focuses on internal corporate investigations and white collar crime and has an “enviable client list” of multinationals. Travis Taylor is a “valuations specialist” whose experience includes acting as an expert in relation to a UK high court valuation matter arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme. Clients praise his “diligence and user-friendly manner”. A trio are also recommended in the firm’s Washington, DC office. John Riley is best known for his work on complex accounting and SEC reporting issues. He conducts special investigations into suspected financial reporting failures and aids with SEC and DOJ investigations. He is “highly accomplished” and “technically excellent”. Kiran Sequeira has extensive experience in major disputes and investigations worldwide, he provides “highly accurate and credible reports” and is “incredibly pragmatic”. Bernard Woolfley’s vast experience includes performing complex forensic investigations for clients across a range of sectors, he has a “great eye for detail” and is a “natural strategist”. In Tampa, Stan Murphy is “superb” on matters relating to fraudulent transfers, and has testified as an expert witness on multiple occasions. Rob Hutchins is based in the firm’s Atlanta office where he serves as an expert witness or forensic accountant in relation to damage calculations and fraud investigations. He is praised for his ability to “keep teams focused on what really matters and makes a difference”. Anthony Creamer III is “always in demand” due to his “high-quality work”.

Five names are singled out at BDO including Gervase MacGregor, head of forensic services. MacGregor is a “distinguished player” in the accounting sector with experience undertaking regulatory investigations and corporate investigations. He has a “hands-on approach” and is “unflappable”. Leader of the global forensics practice Glenn Pomerantz is the “go-to” for cross-border matters in relation to fraud and corruption.

Canadian boutique Cohen Hamilton Steger & Co is represented by Peter Steger, a “fantastic” accountant with a “wealth of experience” in forensic accounting and financial investigations.

At Accuracy, Eduard Saura is a “great asset to the firm” and responsible for developing its activity in Spain and Latin America. He is a “top choice” especially among those looking for a “hardworking and dedicated professional”. François Filion specialises in investigative and forensic accounting and is a “true expert” in the field, having worked on cases in relation to fraud investigations, financial irregularities and valuation of financial losses. The “sensational” Heiko Ziehms has given expert testimony on multiple occasions and is “well versed” in forensic accounting. Roula Harfouche is a “seasoned expert” in forensic and litigation consulting offering an “efficient and effective service”. Erik van Duijvenvoorde is a "tremendous accountant" whose asssessment of complex damages claims is "highly respected".

At Mazars, David Dearman is recommended for his experience in advising counsel on financial investigations. He has given oral evidence in court and in tribunal hearings, and is considered “a go-to” for forensic accounting engagements. James Gilbey is “stellar” in forensic accounting investigations and displays “excellent attention to detail”.

Duff & Phelps sees four of its experts included in this section. Steve Cornmell in the London disputes and investigations practice is “a go-to name” for fraud investigations. He continually impresses with his “dedicated manner” and “thorough approach”. Dominic Wreford is the European leader of the disputes and investigations practice at Duff & Phelps. His work encompasses high-value commercial disputes and fraud and financial investigations. He is described as “clear-sighted and strategic” with “boundless knowledge of the field”.

Mark Ballamy at his own firm concentrates on providing litigation support and performing financial and regulatory investigations. Clients praise his “vast experience” and “high-quality analysis”.

At Berkeley Research Group, Daniel Ryan heads the London office and offers clients “vast experience and breadth of expertise” in valuing businesses, shares and assets.

Trevor Slack at Charles River Associates is lauded by clients for being “responsive, incisive and of great assistance”.

At Forest Partners in Spain, J Vicente Estrada Estrada Esteban is recommended for running “one of the best forensic accounting boutiques in Spain”. Clients turn to him for his “experience, impeccable work and easy manner”.

At Forensic Risk Alliance, Greg Mason possesses an “astute mind” and is “great on technical matters”. Toby Duthie heads the London office and is “first-rate” in multi-jurisdictional investigations and government enforcement matters; with clients lauding his expertise as "unsurpassed".

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