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Daniel Barton is an "excellent forensic accountant" with over 20 years of experience in the global space.

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Daniel Barton, a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal’s global forensic and dispute services practice in London, brings more than 25 years of professional experience in forensic accounting investigations, specialising in fraud, bribery and corruption, and regulatory issues. Many investigations have been cross-border and required him to conduct interviews and gather information in multiple countries. He has managed all aspects of these assignments, including multicultural and multilingual teams, and the optimum application of forensic technology. 

What inspired you to pursue a career as a forensic accountant? 

I trained as an accountant while working in insolvency, running bust businesses for the receivers. I started doing investigations into wrongful trading and directors’ duties as part of those cases. I really enjoyed conducting interviews with people (especially those I considered to be lying) and building a fact-based case. It felt a natural move for me to transfer into forensic accounting and specialise in fraud, bribery and corruption cases. 

What do clients look for in an effective forensic accountant? 

It depends on the client’s level of prior experience. Some want to outsource every part of the investigation, others want to bring in specialists to work closely with their own internal team. The forensic accountant should guide the client and have input into the overall case strategy, focusing on key issues rather than allowing an investigation to sprawl. Effectiveness is a function of time, cost and quality. Therefore, the forensic accountant that can reduce time and cost, and increase quality, is going to be most effective. This can be achieved by looking both backwards and forwards at the same time. Backwards at all of your prior experiences, and forwards to the most helpful technologies available.

How does Alvarez & Marsal distinguish itself from the competition in the market? 

We listen to clients from the outset and take a surgical approach to scope. We build a project out from its core when we have reason to do so, rather than throwing a net wide from the beginning to try and make sure everything is captured. Our unique “leadership, action, results” approach has a very positive impact on time scales and cost. We have partner resources embedded in a project, and their experience is used throughout, not just when results get filtered up to them by more junior team members. Tasks need to be carried out by appropriate levels of resource, but we don’t have layers; our partners direct and oversee the detailed work.

How has the market changed since you first started practising? 

The market has matured, and for many clients it is not their first time facing fraud or corruption issues. We used to spend a lot of time explaining processes and justifying basic steps, but this has largely gone. 

Looking back over your career, what is the most memorable case you have been a part of? 

So many to choose from. Running cases in China and Russia at the same time, both with serious regulatory issues, and tight deadlines, was a big challenge. In terms of pure satisfaction, probably when I testified to a very detailed calculation relating to the amount of money that a group of fraudsters had extracted from a client company. The calculation involved some key assumptions on how the fraud worked, and the judge made a final award to the penny of our number.

What role do you foresee AI having in investigations in the coming years? 

AI will help practitioners keep pace with the continued growth in data size on investigations. I don’t see it replacing much, but rather that it will be another tool in our box. One interesting application is to help visualise and identify relationships or patterns that may not be obvious to the human eye, because AI has the ability to analyse every variable and combination. 

What steps can companies take to ensure they are agile in the face of increasing compliance requirements? 

Keep up to date with best practice, and get ahead of it if you can. Investigations are by their nature backwards-looking, but regulators apply current standards to behaviours, controls and actions. It is therefore all too easy to appear to be “behind the curve”. I am often pleasantly surprised by the willingness of chief ethics and compliance officers to benchmark, even with competitors, and this is a great way of moving your own compliance function forward. 

What advice would you give younger forensic accountants hoping to one day be in your position? 

Don’t take shortcuts: “Celerity is never more admired than by the negligent.” Also, as far as possible, maintain relationships with the people that you come across during your work, or at least keep track of who they are and where they move to. You never know when you will come across them again. 

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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Daniel Barton impresses sources with his remarkable ability when handling regulatory investigations and cross-border asset recovery.

Biography

Daniel Barton, a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal’s disputes and investigations practice in London, brings more than 25 years of professional experience to his work. He has taken receivership appointments and directorships in multiple countries, to trace, recover and manage assets. He has also given evidence in the English High Court, among other courts, on a range of fraud, asset recovery and investigation matters, as well as in criminal and civil cases in Russia.

Mr Barton began his professional career with the insolvency practice of what was then one of the Big Six accountancy firms, managing businesses during the insolvency process Here he developed his strong commercial business and negotiation skills, and thick skin, as tools for dealing with problematic situations. After five years of insolvency work, he transferred into the forensic accounting team and developed his specialisation in investigatory work.

Mr Barton now combines his strong commercial and business skills and investigatory expertise to undertake asset recovery projects around the world, going to places that others would prefer not to go, to secure value and deliver recoveries for his clients.   

Given his background, Mr Barton is retained by clients with judgments or awards over operational and trading assets. His approach is, as far as possible, to secure revenue streams from assets over which he has been appointed with the aim of self-funding recovery action.

He has worked with clients across a wide range of sectors and has undertaken assignments in the UK, mainland Europe, Africa, the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. He has taken receiver and/or directorship appointments in the UK, Japan, Cyprus, the Seychelles, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Belize, the Netherlands, Russia and the Ukraine.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr Barton was a managing director with the forensic services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tokyo.

Mr Barton holds a bachelor's degree in history. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE).

Mr Barton has spoken on cross-border investigations at multiple ACFE European fraud conferences. He has also had articles published, and been quoted, in numerous journals and newspapers including the Financial Times in relation to the UK Bribery Act.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Daniel Barton is a well-respected name in the region, renowned for his extensive cross-border work in investigations of fraud, bribery and corruption.

Biography

Daniel Barton, a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal’s disputes and investigations practice in London, brings more than 25 years of professional experience to his work. He has taken receivership appointments and directorships in multiple countries, to trace, recover and manage assets. He has  also given evidence in  the  English High Court, among other courts, on a range of  fraud, asset recovery and investigation matters, as well as in criminal and civil cases in Russia.

Mr Barton began his professional career with the insolvency practice of what was then one of the Big Six  accountancy firms, managing businesses during the  insolvency process Here he developed his strong commercial business and negotiation skills, and thick skin, as tools for dealing with problematic situations. After five years of insolvency work, he transferred into the forensic accounting team and developed his specialisation in investigatory work.

Mr Barton now combines his strong commercial and business skills and investigatory expertise to undertake asset recovery projects around the world, going to places that others would prefer not to go, to secure value and deliver recoveries for his clients.

Given his background, Mr Barton is retained by clients with judgments or awards over operational and trading assets. His approach is, as far as possible, to secure revenue streams from assets over which he has been appointed with the aim of self-funding recovery action.

He has worked with clients across a wide range of  sectors and has undertaken assignments in the UK, mainland Europe, Africa, the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan,Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. He has taken receiver, liquidator and/or directorship appointments in the UK, Japan, Cyprus, the Seychelles, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Belize, the Netherlands, Russia and the Ukraine.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr Barton was a managing director with the forensic services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tokyo.

Mr Barton holds a bachelor's degree in history. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE).

Mr Barton has spoken on cross-border investigations at multiple ACFE European fraud conferences. He has also had articles published, and been quoted, in numerous journals and newspapers including the Financial Times in relation to the UK Bribery Act.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Daniel Barton earns international recognition as a key name in the UK forensics space. He has provided evidence in numerous jurisdictions, including America, Africa and Asia. 

Biography

Daniel Barton, a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal's global forensic and dispute services practice in London, brings more than 25 years of professional experience in forensic accounting investigations specialising in fraud, bribery and corruption, and regulatory issues. He has worked with clients across a wide range of sectors and has undertaken assignments in the UK, mainland Europe, Africa, the US, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia and in relation to Libya, Iran, Dubai, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Barton has conducted a large number of investigations into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption and other ethics violations many of which have arisen from both internal and external whistleblowing at major corporates in Europe and Globally. Many of these investigations have been cross-border and required him to conduct interviews and gather information in multiple countries. He has managed all aspects of these assignments including multicultural and multilingual teams and the appropriate use of forensic technology specialists.

Mr Barton has presented investigative findings to regulators from several countries, given evidence in the English High Court and others on a range of fraud, asset recovery and investigation matters, and in criminal and civil cases in Russia and also as an expert in arbitral proceedings.

In relation to bribery and corruption, especially the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act, he has managed assignments in all aspects of the life cycle, from providing training and education to corporate management and staff, conducting pre-acquisition due diligence, investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption and remediation in cases where control gaps have been identified.

Mr Barton has also assisted clients with developing policies, procedures and supporting tools in relation to various aspects of compliance. He has also provided training and education to clients on a broad range of fraud awareness, prevention and remediation issues such as corruption and bribery, internal audit, risk, compliance reviews and internal investigations.

He has also taken receivership and liquidation appointments, and directorships in multiple countries, to trace and recover misappropriated assets.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr Barton was a managing director with the forensic services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tokyo.

Mr Barton holds a bachelor's degree in history. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE).

Mr Barton has spoken on cross-border investigations at multiple ACFE European fraud conferences. He has also had articles published, and been quoted, in numerous journals and newspapers including the Financial Times in relation to the UK Bribery Act.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

"He is very versatile and proactive"
"Daniel remains calm under pressure"
"He is results focused and very responsive"

Biography

Daniel Barton, a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal’s disputes and investigations practice in London, brings more than 25 years of professional experience to his work. He has taken receivership appointments and directorships in multiple countries, to trace, recover and manage assets. He has also given evidence in the English High Court, among other courts, on a range of fraud, asset recovery and investigation matters, as well as in criminal and civil cases in Russia.

Mr Barton began his professional career with the insolvency practice of what was then one of the Big Six accountancy firms, managing businesses during the insolvency process Here he developed his strong commercial business and negotiation skills, and thick skin, as tools for dealing with problematic situations. After five years of insolvency work, he transferred into the forensic accounting team and developed his specialisation in investigatory work.

Mr Barton now combines his strong commercial and business skills and investigatory expertise to undertake asset recovery projects around the world, going to places that others would prefer not to go, to secure value and deliver recoveries for his clients.   

Given his background, Mr Barton is retained by clients with judgments or awards over operational and trading assets. His approach is, as far as possible, to secure revenue streams from assets over which he has been appointed with the aim of self-funding recovery action.

He has worked with clients across a wide range of sectors and has undertaken assignments in the UK, mainland Europe, Africa, the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. He has taken receiver and/or directorship appointments in the UK, Japan, Cyprus, the Seychelles, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Belize, the Netherlands, Russia and the Ukraine.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr Barton was a managing director with the forensic services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tokyo.

Mr Barton holds a bachelor's degree in history. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE).

Mr Barton has spoken on cross-border investigations at multiple ACFE European fraud conferences. He has also had articles published, and been quoted, in numerous journals and newspapers including the Financial Times in relation to the UK Bribery Act.

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