Investigations - Forensic Accountants 2018

In this chapter we highlight 168 seasoned forensic experts with vast accounting expertise in complex investigations. We also feature an additional 34 experts in our Future Leaders category, which identifies the leading individuals under the age of 45.

Methodology

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.

EMEA

Thought Leaders
1. Dominic Wreford Duff & Phelps, London
2. Julian Jones Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, London
3. Ben Johnson Berkeley Research Group, London
4. Gervase MacGregor BDO, London
5. Luke Steadman Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, London
6. Derek Patterson Forensic Risk Alliance, London
7. Toby Duthie Forensic Risk Alliance, London

 

Eight experts from global powerhouse KPMG are listed here.
With over three decades of experience, Alex Plavsic draws praise as an “outstanding” investigative accountant. He has been involved in major fraud and corruption investigations and comes “highly recommended” by peers.
Hitesh Patel has over 25 years’ experience and is a highly regarded practitioner in the UK market who stands out for his strong forensic and regulatory practice.

Big Four firm Deloitte achieves nine listings in this chapter.
Global investigations head Mark Tantam is “a very well-known expert” in relation to fraud and money laundering disputes.
Simon Cuerden is described as an “excellent” accountant. He leads the forensic disputes and investigations practice in the UK and is regularly engaged in sophisticated investigations.

Nine experts from specialist consulting firm FTI Consulting are listed here.
Andrew Durant is a highly regarded practitioner in England. He is “rigorous and experienced” and impresses peers with his deep expertise in fraud investigations.
Ian Thompson stands out as “a sound, personable expert with excellent judgement”. He has a strong fraud practice and is regularly engaged in high-value financial investigations.

Four highly regarded experts from Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations achieve listings in this chapter.
The “excellent” Julian Jones is a leading name in the UK market. His investigative experience spans European, US and Middle Eastern markets and he boasts 20 years’ experience in forensic accountancy.
Thought Leader Luke Steadman is a renowned expert witness and stands out for his experience advising and testifying in disputes around the world.

Duff & Phelps sees four forensic experts listed here.
In London, Dominic Wreford is widely endorsed as “the star of the market” by peers, who add, “He is very technically strong, sensible and commercial, provides sound advice, and is easy to work with.”
Tjeerd Krol is a prominent expert in the Netherlands who is regularly engaged to investigate accounting irregularities in major disputes. Clients say “Tjeerd is not the average accountant. He makes complicated issues look easy, which helps to win arbitrators over.”

Four lawyers from dedicated forensic firm Forensic Risk Alliance are listed here.
The “excellent” Toby Duthie is a prominent figure in the UK investigations market. He is a seasoned expert in sophisticated financial analysis and modelling and stands out for his work in fraud and bribery cases.
Derek Patterson is a highly regarded practitioner with a wealth of expertise in cross-border forensic accounting. He has a strong expert witness practice and is regularly engaged as an expert in complex disputes.

Spanish professional services firm Forest Partners specialises in finance and forensics and achieves two listings here.
Enrique Rovira is a high-profile expert in the domestic market. He draws praise from peers and instructing counsel alike, who highlight “his excellent technical skills, extensive knowledge of the practice and deep understanding of clients’ needs”.
Vicente Estrada is a “well-known and excellent” player in the market. With almost 30 years’ experience in the field, he is a seasoned forensic expert with a strong disputes practice.

Leading firm Compass Lexecon performs well in the Spanish market, with two listings.
In Madrid, peers say Alejandro Requejo is “very visible at the top of the market”. He has vast technical experience in econometrics and enjoys a superb reputation for his work in the space.
Jorge Padilla “is definitely a reference in the market” say peers, who speak highly of his intricate financial knowledge. He leads the firm’s European practice and is a prominent expert in the area. 

Ben Johnson is a standout individual in Berkeley Research Group’s London practice. He impresses peers with his extensive investigative experience and “is very diligent and professional in the work that he does".

At BDO, Gervase MacGregor is “very well versed” in complex forensic investigations and peers “would certainly recommend him” for his excellent work in the space.

Will Davies is a top name at Grant Thornton. He is a seasoned expert in complex commercial disputes and peers say, “He deals with very sensitive issues very well, without oversimplifying or over complicating matters.”

At Charles River Associates, Paul Doxey leaves clients “astonished by his excellent work, detailed document reviews, convincing reasoning and profound analysis”.

 

The Americas

Thought Leaders
1. Kevin Kreb PwC, Chicago
2. Simon Platt StoneTurn, Boston
3. Timothy Hart Credibility International, Washington, DC
4. Laureen Ryan Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, New York
5. Roddy Allan Deloitte, Toronto
6. Alan Stewart Deloitte, Toronto

Big Four firm Deloitte leads the North American market with seven experts listed here.
Roddy Allan is a distinguished forensic accountant with a strong reputation in the Canadian market. He is experienced in major fraud investigations and also boasts superb regulatory knowledge.
With over two decades experience in the field, Alan Stewart is a highly experienced investigative accountant with an excellent reputation in the Canadian market.

Four highly regarded forensic accountants from Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations are listed here.
Laureen Ryan is known for her expert analysis in complex forensic investigations and is regularly engaged in major cross-border disputes. 
Matthew Bialecki is recognised as “a top name” in the US market. He boasts vast experience in forensic investigations spanning an impressive array of industries. 

Kevin Kreb is a highly regarded forensic accountant in PwC’s US practice. He enjoys an excellent reputation among peers, who describe as “a leading name in Illinois”.

StoneTurn co-founder Simon Platt is a seasoned accountant with vast investigative experience in forensic matters. He acts for a range of major companies and is a highly regarded practitioner in the space. 

At Credibility International, founding partner Timothy Hart draws praise for his “extensive investigation experience” spanning jurisdictions around the globe.

Jean Chow-Callam is a standout name at FTI Consulting. She comes highly regarded for her deep expertise in Asian markets and strong experience acting in investigations in China. 

Morrison & Foerster’s Christine Beliveau is endorsed as an excellent forensic accountant. She has a strong disputes practice and has been involved in major investigations for large public companies.

In Washington, DC, Ankura’s Martin Wilczynski boasts decades of experience in the field and is “nationally renowned” as a leading forensic accountant in the US.

Asia-Pacific

Thought Leaders
1. Campbell Jackson Ernst & Young, Melbourne
2. Dawna Wright FTI Consulting, Melbourne
3. Trevor Dick Ernst & Young, Hong Kong
4. Neill Poole Navigant, Hong Kong
5. Jarrod Baker FTI Consulting, Singapore

FTI Consulting performs well in the region with an impressive seven listings.
Dawna Wright leads FTI’s forensic accounting practice in Australia. Peers speak highly of her excellent disputes work and say, “She builds great client relationships and has a quality client base.”
Jarrod Baker is a highly regarded expert in Singapore with vast experience in cross-border fund recovery. He is an experienced accountant and is regularly engaged in major investigations involving multinationals.

Four experts from Ernst & Young are listed here.
Campbell Jackson leads the Australian market in this year’s research. Experienced in major arbitration cases, peers report that he “has a wonderful reputation for disputes work” and is known for “winning the big jobs”.
Trevor Dick is a prominent expert in the firm’s Hong Kong office. With almost 20 years’ forensic experience, he has worked across an impressive range of financial investigations.

Specialist advisory firm McGrathNicol achieves two listings in Australia.
Peers comment that Matt Fehon has “a great practice and a great profile in Australia”. They add, “He is very well respected and clients love him.”
John McGuiness stands out to impressed sources as “an incredibly intelligent individual who rates very well in technical matters” in the investigations field.

Neill Poole is a highly regarded forensic expert in Navigant’s regional group. He is a well-established figure in the market with experience in cross-border forensic investigations.

Berkeley Research Group’s Mustafa Hadi receives international endorsements for his superb forensic practice and vast experience in technical commercial investigations.

 

Future Leaders

Most Highly Regarded
1. Luke Howman-Giles KPMG, Sydney
2. Emma Hodges Forensic Risk Alliance, London
3. Matthew Ashby Ferrier Hodgson, Brisbane

KPMG achieves five listings, highlighting its depth of capability in the under-45 age group.
Luke Howman-Giles “is definitely a future leader” of the Australian market, say peers, who speak highly of his excellent investigative skills and top-quality reports.
In the Czech Republic, Maros Holodnak stands out as a fraud investigator who is “highly appreciated by clients”, particularly in relation to cases in Central and Eastern Europe.   

Deloitte achieves four listings in the Future Leaders category.
Gerrie Lenting is well known for his deep financial expertise and has vast experience in cross-border forensic investigations.
Julian Colborne-Baber boasts broad accounting experience in financial investigations and is celebrated as “a rising star in the market”.

Two highly regarded experts from Forensic Risk Alliance are listed here.
Emma Hodges is well-versed in complex cross-border investigations and reviews and enjoys an excellent reputation in the UK market.
Yousr Khalil is highly regarded by peers and instructing counsel alike. She has strong expertise in fraud and corruption investigations and technical compliance matters.

Two highly regarded experts from Grant Thornton are listed here.
Alex Bell is a highly regarded expert in Sydney. He stands out as “an excellent and likeable practitioner” who “does excellent forensic accountancy work”.
In the London office, Michael Leeds has broad experience handling high-value claims and enjoys an excellent reputation for his excellent financial recovery work.

KordaMentha performs well in Australia and sees two experts listed here.
The “outstanding” Brian Wood benefits from over two decades of accounting experience and is regularly engaged in sophisticated commercial investigations. 
Stephen Millington is a knowledgeable financial expert with vast experience in complex international investigations spanning a broad range of industries.

Matthew Ashby is “a real rising star” at Ferrier Hodgson. He is an experienced investigator and adviser in sophisticated disputes and peers say, “He is definitely a future leader in the forensic accounting space.”

RBB Economics in Madrid is home to Enrique Cañizares Pacheco, a prominent expert in the market with extensive expertise in investigations across Europe.

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