Derek Patterson

Derek Patterson
Office:
Audrey House
16-20 Ely Place
EC1N 6SN
City:
London
Country:
England
Tel:
+44 (0)20 7269 7836

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Consulting Experts: Experts - Investigations - Forensic Accountants

Derek Patterson is a principal at FRA’s London Office and head of its Nordic business.  He has in-depth experience in structuring and delivering forensic accounting and electronic data services across multi-jurisdiction investigations, assessing and testing compliance programs, and in supporting complex dispute resolutions.

Derek is recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts 2017 and Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2017.  Sources describe him as “pragmatic, commercial and technically strong” and he is praised as “completely reliable even in incredibly difficult situations”. Derek Patterson is a prominent name in the market who is recommended for his "excellent analysis and superb delivery of expert witness testimony". He was also winner of Forensic Accountancy: Audit and special committee investigations – Adviser of the Year UK in the Finance Monthly M&A Awards 2017.

He has worked on a variety of complex frauds, and on bribery investigations, in jurisdictions including the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Eurasia and Russia.  Most recently Derek supported Telia Company respond to bribery allegations arising from its Uzbekistan business, and with disgorgement and pecuniary gain analysis in its $965 million FCPA settlement with the DOJ, SEC, and the Netherlands.  Derek also assisted Rolls-Royce in the civil aerospace component of its settlement with the SFO and DOJ.  Prior to that Derek led the FRA team assisting Alstom respond to bribery allegations leading to regulatory settlement in Switzerland, and supported investigations in the United States and the United Kingdom.  He also provided factual evidence to the Austrian Courts with respect to a securities and real-estate fraud claims totalling over €2 billion. 

Derek is presently co-leading FRA’s compliance programme testing of an international corporation as part of the independent compliance monitor team appointed under a Deferred Prosecution Agreement. In addition Derek has conducted a wide variety of compliance programme assessments, internal audit reviews, controls testing, and related third-party distributor and agent reviews. 

Prior to joining FRA, Derek was an experienced corporate executive.  He was the group treasurer for easyJet plc, where he successfully managed significant funding, investment and OTC hedging portfolios, as well as investor relations activities. He was a senior member of the MBO team, which bought and sold the low cost airline “go” at British Airways plc, and worked in Ford Motor Co in financial control and internal audit roles. He also served as managing director of the United Kingdom’s first litigation funding provider, IM Litigation Funding, managing funding in over 50 litigation cases in the United Kingdom and the Untied States.

Derek completed his training as an accountant and auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Glasgow.

WWL says: 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.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Consulting Experts which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Investigations: Forensic Accountants

Derek Patterson is a principal at FRA’s London Office and head of its Nordic business.  He has in-depth experience in structuring and delivering forensic accounting and electronic data services across multi-jurisdiction investigations, assessing and testing compliance programmes, and in supporting complex dispute resolutions.

Derek is recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts 2017 and Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2017.  Sources describe him as “pragmatic, commercial and technically strong” and he is praised as “completely reliable even in incredibly difficult situations”. Derek Patterson is a prominent name in the market who is recommended for his "excellent analysis and superb delivery of expert witness testimony". He was also winner of Forensic Accountancy: Audit and special committee investigations – Adviser of the Year UK in the Finance Monthly M&A Awards 2017.

He has worked on a variety of complex frauds, and on bribery investigations, in jurisdictions including the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Eurasia and Russia.  Most recently Derek supported Telia Company respond to bribery allegations arising from its Uzbekistan business, and with disgorgement and pecuniary gain analysis in its $965 million FCPA settlement with the DOJ, SEC, and the Netherlands.  Derek also assisted Rolls-Royce in the civil aerospace component of its settlement with the SFO and DOJ.  Prior to that Derek led the FRA team assisting Alstom respond to bribery allegations leading to regulatory settlement in Switzerland, and supported investigations in the United States and the United Kingdom.  He also provided factual evidence to the Austrian courts with respect to a securities and real-estate fraud claims totalling over €2 billion. 

Derek is presently co-leading FRA’s compliance programme testing of an international corporation as part of the independent compliance monitor team appointed under a deferred prosecution agreement. In addition Derek has conducted a wide variety of compliance programme assessments, internal audit reviews, controls testing, and related third-party distributor and agent reviews. 

Prior to joining FRA, Derek was an experienced corporate executive.  He was the group treasurer for easyJet plc, where he successfully managed significant funding, investment and OTC hedging portfolios, as well as investor relations activities. He was a senior member of the MBO team, which bought and sold the low cost airline “go” at British Airways plc, and worked in Ford Motor Co in financial control and internal audit roles. He also served as managing director of the United Kingdom’s first litigation funding provider, IM Litigation Funding, managing funding in over 50 litigation cases in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Derek completed his training as an accountant and auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Glasgow.

WWL says: Derek Patterson is a prominent name in the market who is recommended for his “excellent analysis and superb delivery of expert witness testimony”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Investigations which can be purchased from our Shop.

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