Gavin Williamson

Gavin Williamson
Office:
6 New Street Square
EC4A 3BF
City:
London
Country:
England

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Investigations: Forensic Accountants

Gavin is a partner in BDO’s UK forensic practice based in London. He is a chartered accountant and certified fraud examiner, specialising in forensic accounting investigations on behalf of corporate and institutional clients. His practice ranges from the investigation of white-collar crime, financial fraud, theft and bribery, to wider forms of employee and institutional misconduct such as confidentiality breaches and conflicts of interest.

Gavin focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional fraud investigation and asset-tracing and works closely with legal counsel to address increasingly sophisticated and elaborate methods of money laundering. Gavin’s experience includes tracing misappropriated funds through offshore corporate entities, UK, US and Russian property, and high-value investment commodities. Analysis and evidence prepared by Gavin has supported applications for numerous freezing, search and disclosure injunctions in matters in front of English courts.

Gavin is based in London but works extensively overseas. He has conducted major investigations in Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, Ireland, Middle East/North Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central and East Asia. Gavin works closely with BDO’s large international network of firms to integrate the deep forensic and investigative skills of the UK-based BDO team with forensic and other accounting, language and local knowledge of BDO professionals sourced from 1,350 offices and 162 countries.

Gavin has been involved in supporting organisations in a wide range of industry sectors, from not-for-profit, retail, and energy and resources, to construction, property and manufacturing. Gavin has also worked extensively for clients in the financial services sector, including insurance companies, hedge funds, banks and sovereign wealth funds. His financial services experience encompasses sanctions, anti-money laundering and fraud investigations. He has reported to the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, and US and European prosecutors and law enforcement agencies on behalf of banks and other organisations.

Gavin has a special interest in the use of technology in the investigation of fraud and corruption, and asset tracing. He has presented widely on innovations in forensic technology and their practical application to investigation and disclosure. In an environment in which white-collar criminals and fraudsters are ever more sophisticated, effective investigation requires imaginative solutions. Gavin’s targeted use of technology has identified critical evidence in numerous investigations, from deleted and recovered SMS messages, Bloomberg messages, cloud-based data storage and apparently encrypted, secure messaging apps. Gavin works closely with BDO’s UK forensic technology team, which is supported by specialist forensic laboratories in key global locations to facilitate faster international deployment and minimise the risks of cross-jurisdictional data transfer.

Gavin has presented to industry and corporate audiences on various topics relating to the prevention, detection and investigation of fraud, bribery and corruption and is the author of a number of industry news alerts and publications including “The Role of Forensic Accountants in International Investigations” published by the International Law Review, 2016, and “Multi-Jurisdictional Corporate Investigations: Project Management, Coordination and Control” published by International Comparative Legal Guides, 2017. Gavin has an honours degree from Queen’s University Belfast and a doctorate from the University of Dundee, both in civil engineering. He is a fellow of the Institute of Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the Fraud Advisory Panel.

WWL says: Gavin Williamson is a prominent figure in the London market who peers laud for his knowledge of international fraud and bribery investigations.

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