Investigations 2019: Forensic Accountants

Our latest analysis of the leading forensic accountants in the investigations market highlights over 150 outstanding individuals from around the globe. The practitioners listed stand out for their market-leading work on issues ranging from accounting irregularities to regulatory compliance. For the first time, we also list 21 Future Leaders aged 45 and under.

Methodology

The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
 
Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual experts. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
 

EMEA

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Ben Johnson Berkeley Research Group (UK) Ltd, London
2. Toby Duthie  Forensic Risk Alliance, London
3. Dominic Wreford  Duff & Phelps, London
4. Jean-Luc Guitera  KPMG SA, Paris

Leading Firms

Deloitte

A market-leading nine individuals are highlighted from this Big Four firm’s EMEA offices.
Simon Cuerden is a standout name from the firm’s London office, drawing widespread praise for his broad expertise on a range of matters, including risk assessment and regulatory reviews.
Anthony Charlton is well respected by peers in the market, with long experience in the field. His Paris-based practice sees him advise on a range of quantification of damages claims in international disputes.
Amir Sarshar has “extensive experience in the field of forensic investigations” and “a solid knowledge base”, according to interviewees. He receives further praise for his “superb professionalism” and “high-quality work” on fraud investigations.
Neil Hargreaves is a go-to name in the UAE for forensic accounting advice, with more than 25 years’ experience giving evidence in international disputes.
Mark Tantam commands an impressive reputation in the field. He is particularly well regarded for his experience handling corruption, money laundering and breach of sanctions investigations.
In the firm’s Amsterdam office Gerrie Lenting earns plaudits from peers thanks to his wide-ranging knowledge of matters relating to strategic risk analysis.
Sources give effusive praise to Nic Carrington for his “unbelievable effort and skill” in relation to complex issues such as anti-money laundering compliance and procurement fraud.

KPMG

This household name in the field of accounting impresses in our research, receiving seven listings this year.

Alex Plavsic is one of the leading names in the UK market according to our research this year. Peers “would certainly recommend him” for his work on bribery, fraud and asset tracing investigations.
Global Elite Thought Leader Jean-Luc Guitera is a go-to name in the French market who is recognised for his stellar performance in investigations across a broad range of industry sectors.
Hitesh Patel is a well-established name in the space who earns praise from respondents to our research for his wide-ranging knowledge of fraud investigations.
Fernando Cuñado is an outstanding forensic accountant with an international reputation. He provides high-quality assistance on regulatory reviews and fraud risk assessments, among other matters.

Forensic Risk Alliance

Five outstanding individuals from this specialist outfit receive nominations this year, reflecting its strong position in the space.
Peers state that “there is no one better in the field” than Toby Duthie who is listed as a Global Elite Thought Leader once again this year. He is noted as “sharp, practical and a real pleasure to work with” as well as “excellent” when it comes to compliance reviews and anti-bribery testing.
Derek Patterson is praised by sources for his “strong forensic accounting skills” and his “quick grasp of a business’s issues” in compliance programme testing.
Yousr Khalil wins plaudits for her “tireless devotion to uncovering the facts” with clients giving particular praise for her “excellent communication skills and ability to aggregate data”.
Weng Yee Ng has earned a strong reputation in the market, with sources calling her “extremely spot-on, knowledgeable and efficient“ for her deep understanding of procurement fraud and compliance programme evaluation.

Duff & Phelps

Four top-notch individuals are highlighted from this international powerhouse.
The “excellent” Dominic Wreford is a Global Elite Thought Leader in the field of forensic accounting. He stands out for his fantastic ability in complex disputes and investigations, giving evidence on matters across a range of industry sectors.
David Jimenez-Ayala is “an excellent professional” who is lauded for his “energy, reliability and deep knowledge of financial and legal instruments”. Clients state that “his work is superbly executed, with great capability for achieving positive outcomes”.
Tjeerd Krol is an “excellent” and well-established figure in the Dutch market with more than two decades’ expertise in the space. Sources comment that he is “very responsive, prepared and credible”.
Steve Cornmell draws strong support from peers in the space for his deep understanding of issues including fraudulent trading, share ramping and money laundering.

Other Leading Individuals

England

Berkeley Research Group’s Ben Johnson is among the top practitioners globally and highlighted as a Global Thought Leader in our research this year, with numerous international sources recommending him highly. He provides clients with first-class expertise on fraud and bribery investigations and asset tracing.

At Alvarez & Marsal, Julian Jones is one of the UK’s leading names in the field. He comes in for widespread praise from market observers for his skill in internal investigations, for both private and public sector entities.

Gervase MacGregor of BDO is a distinguished individual who respondents praise highly for his “ability to digest the critical issues” and his handling of complex investigations.

Charles River Associates’ Paul Doxey is a “very detail-orientated” expert with “deep knowledge of the financial services sector”. He is a go-to name for fraud and money laundering investigations.

Grant Thornton’s Will Davies possesses a stellar reputation in the field, garnering widespread support from peers for his deep understanding of investigations in the financial services sector.

Clients state that Steve Holt of K2 Intelligence is “very responsive” and that he “understands our needs”. Commended for his “professional and resourceful approach”, he is “great to work with” on fraud, corruption and bribery matters.

Spain

Forest Partners, a division of Duff & Phelps’ J Enrique Rovira is “the most outstanding practitioner in forensic analysis in Spain”, according to interviewees. He recognised by peers for his wide-ranging experience on fraud investigations across a range of industry sectors, and impresses with his ability to “make tangled matters look easy”.
Vicente Estrada, a prominent figure in the European market and a “definite inclusion” in our listings, provides fantastic experience in the field of forensic accounting.

 

North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Frances McLeod  Forensic Risk Alliance, Washington, DC
2. Kevin Kreb   PwC, Chicago
3. Didier Lavion   PwC, New York
4. Laureen Ryan  Alvarez & Marsal, New York

Leading Firms

Deloitte

Eight individuals are highlighted from across Deloitte’s North American offices.
Roddy Allan continues to perform strongly in our research, with respondents recommending him for his understanding and ability on complex fraud, regulatory and corruption matters.
In San Francisco, Kerry Francis remains very well known among commentators for her deep knowledge of the space. Her practice features specialist expertise on fraud and corruption risk management.
Steve Stanton in the firm’s DC office is a widely recognised figure in the market. He provides clients with more than three decades’ experience handling forensic accounting investigations across the life sciences, telecommunications and technology industries.

FTI Consulting

This firm continues to demonstrate its broad market footprint, with five individuals highlighted in the North American space this year.
Lindi Jarvis is “the go-to person in the USA” for forensic accounting work, according to one source. She excels on such matters as anti-bribery and corruption investigations, with a wealth of experience on cross-border work.
Jean Chow-Callam is well regarded by peers in the field who effusively praise her capability on a range of issues, including fraud investigations and internal compliance reviews.
Brian Ong has a top-notch reputation for assisting domestic and international clients on a range of investigations and compliance-related matters, with vast experience working with government agencies and on criminal cases.
Stephen Burlone, another standout name at the firm, wins plaudits for his excellent experience advising companies across the technology, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors, among others.
Jeff Litvak is a deeply experienced practitioner in the space who is recommended for his work across sectors including construction, automotives and insurance. 

PwC

This year, PwC sees three of its most outstanding accountants highlighted in our guide.
Kevin Kreb is one of the US’s top practitioners according to our respondents, and is named as a Global Elite Thought Leader. His enviable practice centres around advising public and private entities, including government agencies, in a wide array of sophisticated investigations, including fraud and misappropriation-related matters.
Jennie Chan is a well-established figure in the market who garners widespread support from peers for her in-depth understanding of procurement fraud and data breach investigations.
Didier Lavion has a superb reputation in the North American market and is recognised by respondents to our research for his breadth of knowledge on anti-money laundering and sanctions investigations.

Other Leading Individuals

Canada

At Cohen Hamilton Steger & Co, Ross Hamilton is lauded by peers in the market for his standout work in the Canadian market. He is particularly adept on damages quantification arising from pharmaceutical IP disputes.

USA

Forensic Risk Alliance’s Frances McLeod is a Global Elite Thought Leader in the field of forensic accounting and excels on anti-corruption and fraud matters. Peers comment that "she heads a superb team" and is "a pleasure to work with".

Alvarez & Marsal’s Laureen Ryan is a distinguished name in the space and is widely regarded as one of the US's top investigations experts. She has particular experience working with state and federal agencies.

Timothy Hart of Credibility International is a widely recognised individual who wins plaudits for his fantastic ability on high-value cross-border financial fraud investigations.

Ankura is home to a distinguished practitioner in Martin Wilczynski who continues to impress in our research for his broad expertise on anti-corruption reviews and revenue recognition issues.

Independent practitioner Judith Spry earns strong support from market sources this year, reflecting her excellent work on international disputes relating to loss of profits and business interruption claims.

Morrison & Foerster’s Christine Beliveau has a standout reputation in the field of forensic accounting. She is particularly recommended for her specialist expertise on issues involving securities law.

 

Asia-Pacific

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Jarrod Baker  Deloitte, Singapore
2. Colum Bancroft   AlixPartners, Hong Kong
3. Owen Hawkes  KPMG, Singapore
   

Leading Firms

KPMG

KPMG this year sees eight of its forensic accountants listed in our guide, reflecting the firm’s depth of experience in the field.

Owen Hawkes is an impressive practitioner who draws widespread praise from peers this year and is listed as a Global Elite Thought Leader. He provides a wealth of expertise on contentious matters, with a particular focus on the life sciences sector.
Mark Bowra is an outstanding individual who is regularly involved in matters within both China and Hong Kong. He is adept on a wide array of white-collar criminal and regulatory investigations.
In Singapore, Lem Chin Kok wins plaudits from sources across the region for his exceptional work in the space. He runs an excellent practice that covers matters including fraud risk assessment and regulatory compliance.
Gary Gill is a practitioner known for his global focus, with his work involving matters in a number of diverse jurisdictions. His Sydney-based practice offers clients particular understanding of bribery investigations and anti-money laundering advice.
Sources state that Luke Howman-Giles is “incredibly bright” and “a very well-respected emerging leader in forensic accounting”. He has superb knowledge of corporate fraud, bribery and corruption investigations.
Paul Pu is a distinguished name in the Chinese market who wins plaudits for his superb handling of investigations into fraudulent financial reporting, corruption activities and asset misappropriation.

EY

This firm impresses in our research, seeing three excellent individuals from its Asia-Pacific offices nominated this year.

Campbell Jackson has a “very strong reputation in Australia” according to peers in the space. His “strong practice” is recommended for the wealth of knowledge it features in international investigations relating to bribery and damages claims.
Trevor Dick is a “disputes specialist” providing clients with more than 25 years’ experience of involvement in financial investigations arising from insider dealing and fraud.
Another top name at the firm is Shanghai-based Emmanuel Vignal, who earns extensive commendation this year for his performance on bribery and corruption investigations, and regulatory compliance.

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

FTI Consulting’s Dawna Wright is a leading name for contentious matters in the space and draws strong support from market observers for her expertise on post-acquisition disputes and anti-bribery reviews.

McGrathNicol has a distinguished practitioner in Matt Fehon, who wins plaudits for his broad experience handling regulatory and corruption investigations across a range of industry sectors.

Hong Kong

AlixPartners’ Colum Bancroft is “thorough, experienced and calm under pressure” according to clients who hold him in high regard. They note that “his wealth of experience is unparalleled”. We identify Bancroft as a Global Elite Thought Leader this year.

FTI Consulting has a “very solid operator” in Jon Rowell who commands an outstanding reputation in the region. His practice sees him involved in matters such as fraud and corruption investigations across the energy, natural resources and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Independent practitioner Richard Hayler performs strongly once again in our research this year, with sources stating that he is “the complete package” and “great to have on your side”. Clients are “impressed by his thoroughness, sharpness, dedication and instincts” during investigations.

Alvarez & Marsal’s Keith Williamson is “a standout individual in the market” who possesses “great experience in the field”. He particularly excels on fraud and corruption investigations and regulatory reviews.

Zolfo Cooper’s Bruno Arboit is “professional, knowledgeable and approachable” and can “understand and identify the issues with expert precision”, according to impressed interviewees. “Calm and composed when giving oral evidence”, he is adept on fraud investigations.

Singapore

Deloitte is home to Global Elite Thought Leader Jarrod Baker who is “one of the outstanding operators in the field”. Noted for his “impressive speed, professionalism and competence”, his practice features “excellent knowledge” of anti-corruption investigations and sanctions violations.

Premjit Dass of Ankura is commended for his “attention to detail” and “ability to assess areas of strength and weakness”. Described by clients as “a cut above the rest”, he is involved in such issues as accounting manipulation claims and corruption investigations.

 

Forensic Accountants - Future Leaders

Most Highly Regarded
1. Matthew Ashby  McGrathNicol, Brisbane
2. Jenna Voss   Forensic Risk Alliance, New York
3. Emma Hodges  Forensic Risk Alliance, London

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

McGrathNicol’s Matthew Ashby is one of the foremost names of his generation in the Australian market, according to this year’s research. Sources comment that he “has a lot of ability and is one to keep an eye on”. He is involved in matters including financial crime, regulatory compliance and business valuations.

At Grant Thornton, Alex Bell is “making his mark” as a “solid and likeable” expert with in-depth understanding of issues relating to cyberfraud, asset tracing and loss of profits disputes.

The “really good” Brian Wood at KordaMentha is well regarded by peers who note his “strong reputation for dispute work”. He is dual-qualified as an engineer and an accountant, and his practice sees him involved in several construction disputes.
Stephen Millington is quickly becoming a go-to name in the jurisdiction for issues arising from fraud and corruption investigations, with expertise across industries such as petrochemicals, transport and manufacturing.

Deloitte’s Matt O’Donnell is “a really great guy in Canberra” who draws commendation from respondents to our research for his excellent work on public sector fraud and regulatory risk analysis.

Czech Republic

KPMG’s Maroš Holodňák is a go-to practitioner in the region whose outstanding work in forensic accounting is highlighted by peers this year. He is particularly adept on such issues as fraud investigations and risk management.

England

Forensic Risk Alliance’s Emma Hodges is a "fantastic forensic accountant" with an excellent reputation, particularly for her compliance advisory work.

At Deloitte, Julian Colborne-Baber is a “great up-and-comer” who garners commendation for his expertise on corruption, accounting irregularities and fraud investigations.
Another top name from the firm is Amber Andrade who possesses a fine reputation for her deep understanding of issues relating to cross-border financial services disputes.

Gordon Stevenson of AlixPartners is spoken well of by respondents to our research this year. He is highlighted for his knowledge of matters such as business valuations, and in providing expert testimony during commercial disputes.

Raedas’ Jess Sommerlad is a promising forensic expert who stands out in our research for his impressive work on matters such as cross-border asset recovery. He has particular expertise in the CIS region.

Mazars has an “excellent forensic accountant” in James Gilbey whose disputes-focused practice sees him engaged in issues ranging from breach of contract claims to bribery and corruption allegations.

France

Jean-Baptiste de Courcel of Accuracy performs strongly in our research this year. He runs an excellent practice that sees him involved in disputes relating to breach of contract and unfair competition.

Hong Kong

Perun Consultants’ Gwynn Hopkins is an impressive practitioner with expertise on an array of asset tracing and loss of profits-related issues.

Spain

RBB Economics’ Enrique Cañizares Pacheco is praised by clients as “an expert in economics” who “knows how to convincingly explain the points of an issue”. He possesses wide-ranging sectoral expertise, providing expert testimony in a number of international cases.

Javier Espel Sesé of BDO impresses in our research this year, earning recommendations from sources for his adeptness on issues including fraud investigations and risk management.

USA

Interviewees give strong praise to Forensic Risk Alliance’s Jenna Voss who is one of the Most Highly Regarded individuals in our research. Sources comment on her "amazing ability to triage situations and rapidly adapt to changing circumstances".

StoneTurn’s Steven Neuman is described by sources as “a go-to person for forensic accounting issues”. He has an “outstanding practice” that features “fantastic experience in the US and Brazilian markets”.

At K2 Intelligence, Jordan Arnold stands out for his wide-ranging knowledge of forensic accounting matters, with expertise ranging from fraud and bribery investigations to strategic risk analysis.

FTI Consulting is home to a “great forensic accountant” in Tara Mulkeen, who wins effusive praise from peers this year for her excellent handling of disputes arising from accounting irregularities.

Kristy Serviss of KPMG is a well-known practitioner in the field. She runs an excellent practice that sees her advise clients on issues arising from fraud investigations, SEC filings and risk management.

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