Investigations 2017: Digital Forensics Experts Analysis

In this section, we highlight 50 leading digital forensics specialists who focus on the collection, preservation and analysis of large amounts of information to assist clients in both internal and external investigations.

The Big Four feature prominently in our research, as do international accounting firms Kroll, FTI Consulting and Duff & Phelps. 


Thought Leaders
Phil Beckett Alvarez & Marsal, London
Paul Walker Ernst & Young, London
Paul Tombleson KPMG, London

Big Four powerhouse DELOITTE impresses this year with 10 listings in total. The firm’s European offering sees six individuals listed from its offices in the UK and Switzerland.
In London, UK forensic technology practice head Jarrod Haggerty is a market-leading expert with over 20 years of experience conducting forensic data analysis on behalf of multinationals.
The “exceptional” Peter Robinson is known for helping clients to gather electronic evidence in response to legal, regulatory and criminal investigations.
Zurich-based Bob Dillen is a seasoned digital forensics and e-discovery expert who has significant experience assisting US and international clients with data collection and analysis in relation to regulatory investigations.
In Amsterdam, Baldwin Kramer leads the firm’s discovery practice in the EMEA region. He is known for his multi-jurisdictional expertise and longstanding experience handling forensics relating to financial crime.

FTI CONSULTING’s Ian Smith is “really knowledgeable and brilliant with clients” and “fully understands the difficulties of being in non-UK jurisdictions”, according to interviewees. He heads the firm’s EMEA computer forensics practice and has a wealth of experience in domestic and cross-border forensic data collection and analysis.

STROZ FRIEDBERG’s Spencer Lynch is an experienced digital forensic expert with a strong track record in high-profile criminal investigations.

At ERNST & YOUNG, two excellent digital forensic experts are recommended.
Richard Abbey is a well-regarded expert with a wealth of experience assisting clients conducting and facing multi-jurisdictional corruption and fraud investigations, particularly in the financial services industry.
The “excellent” Paul Walker leads the forensic technology and discovery services group in London and is known for specialising in the development of pre-emptive fraud solutions.

Digital forensics and e-discovery consultancy SWISS FTS garners two entries in this year’s edition.
Rogier Teo focuses his practice on e-discovery and computer forensics on behalf of major financial institutions.
Mattias Aggeler is an excellent IT forensics specialist with a strong track record in complex domestic and international matters.

KPMG’s Paul Tombleson is a standout practitioner in the London market. He provides over 16 years of experience assisting major financial services clients facing fraud and regulatory investigations.

At ALVAREZ & MARSAL, Phil Beckett comes “highly recommended” for his IT forensics expertise, which has seen him advise and lead a number of cross-border investigations across a broad range of industry sectors. 

 North America

Thought Leaders
North America
Stephanie Giammarco BDO, New York
Erik Laykin Duff & Phelps, Los Angeles
James Aquilina Stroz Frieidberg, Los Angeles

DELOITTE’s remaining complement hails from the firm’s offices in the Canada and the US.
In the firm’s Toronto office, eastern division forensic technology practice head Corey Fotheringham enjoys a fantastic reputation in the North American market. A former police detective focusing on electronic crime, Fotheringham possesses significant investigative expertise.
Michael Weil out of the firm’s Chicago office is an experienced computer forensics expert with a longstanding practice focusing on forensic examination in support of criminal and civil investigations. He is also well regarded as an expert witness.

Valuation and corporate finance advisory firm DUFF & PHELPS boasts strong expertise in computer forensics and emerges as a top choice in North America, garnering three nominations in the following pages.
In Los Angeles, Erik Laykin is a highly rated expert with a well-established practice focusing on computer forensics and corporate investigations for international clients.
Joel Bowers out of the firm’s Toronto office oversees the operations aspect of the firm’s global practice. He possesses a great deal of experience, having worked on a diverse range of investigations in Canada, the US, China and Trinidad.
Joseph Coltson leads the international e-discovery, forensic technology and cybersecurity practice and is known for his longstanding practice in the area.

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS’ forensic services team is one of the leading players in the US market and boasts three candidates in this year’s research.
In New York, US forensic technology practice head Dyan Decker is a proficient expert with a wealth of experience analysing large, complex data sets in relation to regulatory investigations.
Patricia Etzold is recommended for her strong track record assisting clients in international investigations brought by agencies such as the SEC and the DOJ.
In Washington DC, David Burg is a key player in the market with a well-established practice advising domestic and international clients on issues relating to forensic investigations. He has particular expertise in cybersecurity matters.

Two experts from BERKELEY RESEARCH GROUP are listed.
Sources warmly endorse Michael Bandemer for his expertise in digital forensics and investigations. He has advised clients  on the preservation, forensic collection and analysis of data in hundreds of matters including internal and external investigations.
In Chicago, the “superb” Margaret Daley is singled out for her impressive practice focusing on investigations, data analytics and regulatory compliance.

BDO’s New York office is home to the “highly rated” Stephanie Giammarco. Head of the firm’s forensic technology practice, she offers clients 20 years of experience handling matters relating to financial fraud.

At STROZ FRIEDBERG, global practice leader James Aquilina draws widespread recommendations from market sources thanks to the leading role he plays on digital forensic and investigative mandates on behalf of corporates, law firms and government agencies.


Thought Leaders
David  Thompson FTI Consulting, Melbourne

DELOITTE’s Hong Kong office is home to global discovery practice head Richard Williams, a longstanding expert in the field known for his significant expertise in cross-border investigations. He regularly assists clients in regulatory investigations relating to fraud, corruption and FCPA issues.
In the firm’s Melbourne office, Benny Lee focuses his practice on utilising digital forensics to assist clients with internal and external regulatory investigations.

Two standout experts are singled out from FTI CONSULTING’s Asia-Pacific offices.
Melbourne-based David  Thompson, one the most highly regarded practitioners in the region, is well versed in digital, fraud and corruption investigations. He offers clients 25 years of experience.
In Hong Kong, Brett Clapp is a highly regarded expert known for assisting clients in complex, data-intensive regulatory investigations, particularly those relating to FCPA matters.

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