Forensic & Litigation Consulting - Accountants 2017: Analysis

In this section we highlight 276 individuals who stand out for their exceptional work aiding clients in “fact finding” in relation to disputes and regulatory inquiries, as well as foreign corruption investigations and investigative due diligence.


Thought Leaders
1. Gervase MacGregor BDO, London
2. Alex Plavsic KPMG, London
3. Luke Steadman Alvarez & Marsal, London
4. Kevin Hellard Grant Thornton, London
5. Will Davies Grant Thornton, London
6. Andrew Durant FTI Consulting, London
 The 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 being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS boasts the leading forensic accounting team in the region, achieving an exceptional 14 listings this year.
London-based Will Kenyon is an investigations specialist whose world-class practice encompasses fraud, bribery, corruption and financial investigations.
Timothy Allen is “a superb practitioner” recognised for his excellent work on major investigations proceedings.  
Global and UK leader for forensic services Andrew Gordon is considered a standout name in the region, recommended for his fantastic work on both a domestic and international level.
John Fisher is a well-regarded figure in the UK market, and possesses over 20 years’ experience handling financial aspects of commercial and transactional disputes.
In Madrid, Javier Lopez Andreo is head and shoulders above the rest according to clients, one of whom comments, “He makes a very thorough analysis of the case and masters the contents of his reports.”
Carlos Sanchidrián Vidal is also highlighted for his strong forensic practice.

At GRANT THORNTON, 12 leading experts are nominated this year for their outstanding forensic consulting work in the region.
Kevin Hellard is exceptionally well regarded among peers and clients alike, who commend him for his “huge breadth of experience” as well as his “commercial approach”.
Will Davies focuses his first-rate practice on international commercial disputes and financial investigations.
Michael Leeds specialises in insolvency proceedings, and is recognised for his “sensible and solutions-oriented approach”.
David Ingram is internationally renowned as a leading name in the region, and stands out for his “thorough and top-quality work”.
In the Netherlands, Ludo Block is “a highly skilled expert” known for his “impressive communication skills”. He wins praise from sources who describe him as “excellent to work with”.
Mark Hoekstra also stands out for his top-tier work in the field.

International powerhouse FTI CONSULTING also achieves 12 listings in this chapter.
Andrew Durant is one of the leading names in the European market when it comes to forensic work. He is “excellent in all regards” according to clients, who consider him “a real pleasure to work with”.
Managing director Ian Thompson focuses his practice on a wide array of forensic consulting matters from insolvency proceedings and fraud investigations to dispute advisory work. One source effuses: “He is an extremely intelligent and diligent individual.”
The “outstanding” Matthew Richardson is considered one of the best when it comes to handling insolvency and asset recovery proceedings in relation to both onshore and offshore companies.
Jose Pineiro in Madrid is a favourite among clients who praise the high quality of his work, his “great engagement with the client as well as his tremendous understanding of the client’s needs”.
Juan Valderas is also recognised for his impressive forensic and litigation consulting practice.

We identify 10 leading forensic experts at KPMG this year, who stand out for their exceptional expertise in the field.
London-based Alex Plavsic “really knows his stuff” according to respondents, who regard him as a true expert when it comes to fraud, asset-tracing, bribery and corruption matters.
The “superb” Hitesh Patel boasts over 20 years’ experience dealing with fraud investigations, regulatory compliance matters and disputes-related work.
Head of the national forensics team Jean-Luc Guitera is a widely recognised figure in the French market. He wins praise for his excellent work both in France and French-speaking jurisdictions in Africa.  

Global firm ALVAREZ & MARSAL achieves an impressive nine listings in this chapter.
In London, thought leader Luke Steadman enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market. He is widely recognised as a leading forensic accounting expert, most notably when it comes to dispute resolution and investigations. 
Julian Jones draws high praise from international sources who consider him a standout name in the fraud space.
Stephen Millington in the UAE heads the firm’s regional practice, and focuses his work on financial investigations throughout EMEA and the US.

Gervase MacGregor at BDO stands out as the foremost forensic accounting expert in the region. Respondents describe him as “a heavyweight expert in the field”, and praise his “excellent judgement” and “clarity of expression”. 

North America 

Thought Leaders
1. Simon Platt StoneTurn Group, Boston
2. Deirdre Flaherty StoneTurn Group, Washington DC
3. James Pomeroy PricewaterhouseCoopers, Halifax
4. Alan Stewart Deloitte, Toronto
5. William Abington Alvarez & Marsal, Houston

DELOITTE boasts the leading forensic accounting offering in North America, achieving eight nominations throughout the US and Canada.
In New York, Chris Georgiou possesses almost 30 years’ experience dealing with FCPA investigations, due diligence matters and internal assessments. One respondent comments: “He is an incredibly talented individual – I have a lot of respect for him.”
Edward Rial is global leader of the firm’s FCPA and anti-corruption practice, and is considered a real authority when it comes to compliance reviews, due diligence work and related investigations.
Toronto-based Alan Stewart is one of the leading forensic experts in the country and is highlighted for his “standout work” in relation to corporate investigations.
Roddy Allan is “a top name” in the Canadian market and wins praise from clients who include public companies and financial institutions.

At NAVIGANT CONSULTING, six experts stand out for their forensic accounting expertise.
In Washington DC, Brent Kaczmarek regularly advises clients from a broad range of sectors on financial valuations and accounting, particularly in relation to big arbitration cases. One source notes: “He is the go-to guy when it comes to investment treaty cases.”
John Riley is “a very talented forensic accountant” according to peers, and enjoys “a very strong reputation” in the US market.

FTI CONSULTING also achieves seven nominations in this chapter throughout the US.
Jeff Litvak is a well-established name in the market, and is known for his excellent work handling M&A disputes as well as bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.
The “terrific” Stephen Burlone co-heads the firm’s forensic accounting and advisory services group in Boston and wins praise from peers who highlight his vast experience in the field.
Lindi  Jarvis is considered “one of the best” in the market by one source, while another  maintains, “She is incredibly diligent, thorough and presents fantastically to clients.”

ALVAREZ & MARSAL sees five of its experts recognised this year for their expertise in the space.
In Texas, William Abington is highly respected throughout the US market for his great expertise in the forensic arena. He boasts experience handling internal as well as governmental and regulatory investigations.
Matthew Bialecki is “a great expert” and focuses his work on litigation as well as forensic and fraud investigations. One source notes: “I have nothing but the utmost respect for him.”

Forensic accounting specialist STONETURN GROUP performs well this year with four listings, including two of the most highly regarded individuals in the region.
Co-founder and chairman Simon Platt is “an exceptionally impressive forensic accountant”, noted for his “outstanding” work in disputes and fraud investigations.
Deirdre Flaherty stands out among peers for her dedicated approach. One source notes: “She is a relentless opponent – she never gives in or gives up.”

At PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS, managing director James Pomeroy impresses with his first-class forensic services practice and is regularly engaged in handling asset recovery, liquidation and investigations matters.

SECRETARIAT INTERNATIONAL‘s Rob Hutchins is a brilliant expert who impresses with his top-notch work on financial fraud investigations.

Rest of the World 

Thought Leaders
1. Mark McDonald Grant Thornton, Road Town, Tortola
2. Marcus Wide Grant Thornton, Road Town, Tortola
3. Hugh Dickson Grant Thornton, Grand Cayman
4. Guillermo Jorge Governance Latam, Buenos Aires
5. Neil Hargreaves Deloitte, Dubai
6. Fernando Basch Governance Latam, Buenos Aires

FTI CONSULTING achieves 11 listings throughout the Asia-Pacific and offshore regions, illustrating its extensive global presence.
In the Cayman Islands, asset recovery expert David Griffin is “quite simply, one of the best in the business” according to sources. One client effuses: “David is always ready to bring his considerable experience and insightful and analytical mind to any complex matter: nothing is overlooked or disregarded.”
The “excellent” Andrew  Morrison also receives high praise from international sources who consider him “one to watch”.
In the BVI, Ian Morton is widely respected among peers for his top-tier practice that encompasses contentious insolvency proceedings, forensic recovery work and asset tracing.
Singapore-based Jarrod Baker wins praise for his exceptional work dealing with fraud investigations and asset tracing. According to one respondent, “He is meticulous in his detailed preparation, and is a real team player.”
In Hong Kong, John Batchelor stands out in the regional market as one of the best when it comes to contentious insolvency work.

KPMG also performs well with 10 individuals nominated for their impressive work in the field.
Kris Beighton is very active in the space and leads the firms’ advisory practice in the Cayman Islands. He is considered a real expert when it comes to handling liquidations.
Alex Lawson draws praise from international sources for his fantastic work in relation to multi-jurisdictional insolvency and restructuring proceedings.
In Australia, Gary Gill is a leading name in the investigations space, and is frequently engaged in a wide array of related matters from allegations of bribery and corruption to significant financial fraud claims.
Singapore-based Owen Hawkes is “very well known in the market” for his first-rate work handling disputes and regulatory investigations. According to respondents, “He most certainly belongs on this list.”
In the BVI, Russell Crumpler leads the firm’s compliance advisory team, and is well versed in acting as both adviser and liquidator for international companies.

GRANT THORNTON receives seven listings across Asian and offshore markets.
BVI-based Mark McDonald boasts a market-leading reputation internationally, and is noted for his excellent work handling contentious insolvency matters.
Thought leader Marcus Wide is “a seasoned expert”, recognised for his exceptional insolvency expertise.
In the Cayman Islands, Hugh Dickson is a longstanding figure in the market. He possesses over 20 years’ experience managing restructuring deals, the sale of distressed assets and insolvency proceedings.  

Five experts at DELOITTE are highlighted for their standout work.
Dubai-based Neil Hargreaves is “a very established and accomplished expert” renowned in the region for his “excellent” work in relation to corporate disputes and investigations.
In the Cayman Islands, Mike Penner is well versed in handling contentious forensic and insolvency matters, most notably asset recovery and investigations proceedings. He is first choice for many clients who praise “his great ability to achieve an excellent outcome even in difficult situations”.
Stuart Sybersma is also listed for his strong forensic expertise.  

Argentinian outfit GOVERNANCE LATAM sees two of its experts stand out in this chapter as leading names in the field internationally.
Founding partner Guillermo Jorge impresses peers and clients alike with his adept handling of anti-corruption and asset-tracing matters.
Fernando Basch is also considered a top name in the space and draws widespread praise from international sources. 

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