Richard Abbey is the UK leader of the EY forensic and integrity services practice. He has 25 years of complex financial investigations experience having worked across all industries with a particular focus on multi-jurisdiction corruption investigations, complex fraud investigations in the financial services sector and international asset tracing investigations. Notably, he led several investigations arising out of the 2008 financial crisis in both Iceland and Ireland. Richard also frequently works with high net worth individuals to investigate and manage potential reputational issues.
Throughout his career, Richard has operated in a wealth of jurisdictions including Austria, Australia, Cyprus, Dubai, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, India, Ireland , Indonesia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mongolia, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the USA and has given evidence in courts in the UK, Ireland and Singapore.
Richard started his career in the audit department of Ernst & Young, and upon qualifying as a chartered accountant joined the firm’s fraud investigation and risk management practice. Having spent an initial 14 years at Ernst & Young, he joined Kroll where he co-founded a specialist financial investigations practice growing an initial four-person team in London to an international practice of over 60 staff in five hubs. Richard held the position of global head of the investigations and dispute practice prior to re-joining EY in September 2015.
He has written numerous articles for general and specialist media, been quoted as an expert in several publications and has appeared as an expert commentator on both television and radio. He is a qualified chartered accountant.
Richard is recommended in the Spears Wealth 2019 top 50 reputation managers and recognised as a leading expert in the 2019 Who's Who Legal guide to investigators and asset recovery experts.