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Bernard F Woolfley

Bernard F Woolfley

Ankura2000 K Street NW12th floorWashingtonUSA20006

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WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Bernard Woolfley is a “well-respected” expert and wins high praise from sources who note he is “innovative and really gets into the details”.

Biography

Bernard F Woolfley is a senior managing director at Ankura with over 25 years of experience as a forensic accountant investigating various types of fraud and accounting improprieties for both public and private companies across multiple business sectors. Over the years, Bernard has led numerous consulting engagements focused on accounting and white-collar issues including investigations related to fraud and financial irregularities.

Bernard has worked on matters involving violations of anti-corruption statutes, money laundering, Ponzi schemes, loan fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, self-dealing, and other efforts to misappropriate funds. He has also led a number of significant projects focused on the review and analysis of internal controls within a company’s financial operations. On such matters, he leads teams that are tasked with identifying gaps within the existing structures and then developing cost-effective enhancements that will remediate any deficiencies. As part of this work, he has led numerous teams of forensic accountants tasked with supporting both governmental agencies and government-appointed monitors.

As much of his work often involves the review of a company’s foreign operations, Bernard has conducted investigative assignments in over 20 countries. When necessary, he has provided testimony to summarise the results of his work and has also presented his findings to various governmental regulators.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Bernard F Woolfley is a go-to individual recommended for his wealth of knowledge of money laundering and loan fraud investigations.

Biography

Bernard F Woolfley is a senior managing director at Ankura with over 25 years of experience as a forensic accountant investigating various types of fraud and accounting improprieties for both public and private companies across multiple business sectors. His areas of expertise include both domestic and international investigations relating to financial and accounting issues that arise from complex commercial litigation, regulatory investigations, matters involving charges of fraud or money laundering, violations of various anti-bribery and corruption statutes (eg, FCPA, UK Bribery Act), and other types of white-collar criminal matters. He also provides expert witness services on a variety of different types of accounting and fraud-related issues and has provided both summary and expert testimony in federal and state courts.

Bernie’s work across a number of different industries focuses on analysing complicated business transactions to identify instances of fraud, abuse, mismanagement or inappropriate accounting. In such matters, his work typically involves the forensic analysis of historical transactions, the review and analysis of financial data, the tracing of transactions through company and bank records, the analysis of efforts to conceal or launder the proceeds of inappropriate activities, and the review of work performed in conjunction with financial statement audits. He also helps clients remediate past inappropriate conduct through the implementation of new accounting controls, the establishment of new procedures and the periodic testing of accounting transactions. 

Bernie is a CPA and a certified fraud examiner. He is certified in financial forensics by the AICPA. He teaches about corporate fraud in the MBA programme at Georgetown University.

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