EY appoints five partners to forensic investigations team as “record revenues” expected for 2016

EY has appointed five new partners to its UK and Ireland Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services (FIDS) team as record growth generated by the business is expected to see revenues hit the £100 million mark in 2016.

EY’s UK FIDS practice has witnessed an annual growth rate of around 20% each year for the last five financial years, posting revenues in excess of £77 million in 2015. Continued investment is being made in the business to support future expansion.

The increasing use of technology and data analytics is playing an important role in responding to the regulatory and compliance needs of UK businesses. This has included using artificial intelligence and statistics to identify patterns of behaviour that could indicate misconduct through social media, e-mails and voice data.

Amid a year of high-profile cyber attacks in 2015, FIDS has also been active, using forensic technology to track the ‘footprints’ left behind by cyber criminals in the aftermath of data breaches.

The new partners will build on this momentum and help drive growth across the UK practice in a number of areas. David Higginson and Trevor Horwitz will be working with businesses to tackle all forms of financial crime in addition to advising companies faced with regulatory investigations and enquiries related to economic sanctions, money laundering and financial miss-statements.

Horwitz will have a particular focus on using technology, data and analytics to uncover financial criminality.

Corporate fraud and bribery cases

Eoin O’Reilly has been appointed to head up the Data Analytics function in Ireland, while Melissa Myatt and Richard Abbey have been appointed to lead teams specialising in responding to complex corporate fraud and bribery cases as well as regulatory breaches across multiple jurisdictions.

Abbey joins the firm from Stroz Friedberg, the global investigations company, where he led the forensic accounting practice. Prior to this, Abbey was the global head of investigations and disputes at risk consultancy firm Kroll.

Higginson, Horwitz and Myatt have been promoted within their respective areas.

John Smart, head of EY’s UK Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services team, informed Risk UK: “We’ve added five really talented and experienced individuals to the partnership. They strengthen our strategy of integrating technology and analytics within our investigations and regulatory compliance work.”

Smart continued: “Helping companies to protect their reputation and reduce financial risk is what drives our business. It’s at the very core of what it is we do. Our forensics practice has seen phenomenal growth over the last two years, and we’ve similarly ambitious targets to achieve by the time we reach 2020.”

EY’s FIDS team helps businesses tackle fraud, bribery, money laundering, sanctions, disputes and complex financial matters across both the private and public sectors.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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