Marc provides accounting and financial reporting advice and leads teams in high-profile investigations. His experience in various disciplines enables him to provide impactful insights for his clients. As a Big Four auditor, Marc led audits at his firm’s largest client; he designed and implemented accounting systems and was a public company CFO. Marc has a BS in accounting from the University of Florida, and is a CPA and a CGMA.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER IN FORENSIC ACCOUNTING?
To be honest, I didn’t pursue this career – it found me. My background as a CFO, coupled with my experience implementing accounting systems gave me a tremendous advantage.
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT WORKING IN INVESTIGATIONS?
Each investigation is different – and there is always something new and interesting to discover.
WHAT QUALITIES MAKE FOR AN EFFECTIVE FORENSIC EXPERT?
Here’s the secret: it’s the team. To be effective, a forensic investigator needs a team of professionals that work together seamlessly – each contributing his or her own special skills such as GAAP expertise, data analysis capabilities or just plain work experience. Our experience is what helps inform us how and where to look.
WHAT EFFECT IS TECHNOLOGY HAVING ON THE WORK OF FORENSIC EXPERTS?
The investigations we work on require analysing significant amounts of structured and unstructured data. So, all team members must understand how to write queries. In addition, AlixPartners has developed a proprietary review platform which leverages a wide range of sophisticated analytics tools to enable effective and efficient forensic digital investigations by consolidating, linking and visualising structured and unstructured data. We call it SHARP: single holistic analytics and review platform.
AS DIRECTOR OF ALIXPARTNERS’ NEW YORK OFFICE, WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN PRIORITIES FOR THE FIRM’S DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?
Our firm has more than doubled in size since I got here in 2008. As we continue to
grow, it will be important for us to add more great people with diverse experience and skills.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES THAT ARE POSED WHEN HANDLING VOLUMES OF DATA IN INVESTIGATIONS?
Because of the large amounts of structured and unstructured data that are handled in any given investigation, it’s important for everyone on the team to be able to write and interpret queries, as mentioned earlier. It will continue to be more and more of a challenge, especially as the amount of data grows year after year. Linking together structured and unstructured data will be critical.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?
I’ve been very fortunate to work on some very high-profile, once-in-a-lifetime type cases, including Enron, WorldCom and Madoff. I’ve also been involved in many other notable cases that are not public.
I have made various discoveries of evidence that were very important to matters that we were working on at the time. The evidence was hidden, in plain sight, on the internet. I discovered it using Google. It may seem obvious, but with experience, I have been able to figure out how and where to find information.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF CAREER ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
Find something you like to do which can really bring value to the client and you will be successful.
Marc Landy gains plaudits for his "exceptional analytical skills" and ability to "take the initiative to investigate potential new areas of inquiry". One client comments, "Marc is an invaluable member of our team."
Marc is a director in AlixPartners’ forensic accounting practice. He leads teams and advises stakeholders in high-profile accounting and cross-border tax matters. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in various disciplines, enabling him to provide greater insights for clients. As a Big-Four auditor, Marc led international audits at his firm’s largest client; he was a public company chief financial officer and has led teams and provided advice in numerous high-profile investigations.
Marc’s has led forensic accounting investigations for companies in various industries and presented findings to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Recently, he led a team performing quarterly monitoring of the financial reporting of a SEC registrant, following its settlement with the SEC.
Marc led a team performing forensic accounting analysis for counsel representing a registered investment adviser in connection with SEC proceedings. He analysed SEC filings of existing and potential investment positions for a hedge fund.
Recently, Marc advised an in-house counsel with respect to 10-Ks, 10-Qs, SEC comment letters and responses of similarly situated companies. He is currently performing analyses of publicly available information to help a client evaluate certain subject companies’ compliance with treaties.
Marc supported an independent examiner in connection with a DOJ programme related to offshore tax evasion. He is currently leading a team assisting counsel in connection with an alleged scheme to improperly claim tax withholding refunds.
He has a BS in accounting from the University of Florida, is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant.