London – Global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) recently appointed Phil Beckett as a Managing Director in its Global Forensic and Dispute Services practice, based in London. Mr. Beckett’s appointment underscores the growing demand from corporates in the UK and Europe for operational forensic expertise which can help to preempt and respond to concerns such as cyber-security and bribery.
Mr Beckett brings more than 15 years’ experience in forensic technology engagements, during which he has worked with cross-border, global clients across a wide range of sectors, including oil & gas, financial services, IT, and defence and aviation. He has led investigations into bribery & corruption, kickbacks, IP theft, fraud and cartel/anti-trust, as well as managing large-scale eDiscovery projects.
Julian Jones, a managing director and member of A&M’s Global Forensic and Disputes Executive Committee, said: “The opportunities for companies to both strengthen their defences against operational threats and actively pre-empt situations which could damage shareholder value or customer relationships are manifold. Amid this increasingly insecure environment, we are delighted to welcome a seasoned forensic technology expert like Phil. Having Phil on board has enhanced our ability to seamlessly provide the combination of forensic accounting, economic, regulatory and technology expertise where needed in the most challenging and complex investigations and disputes. We are confident that the wealth of knowledge he brings will make an immediate impact on the advice we provide to clients.”
Phil Beckett said: “A&M is strongly recognised for its operational excellence in assisting its global client base prepare for and respond to a large range of complex disputes. The opportunity to join the firm at a time when many companies are facing large known unknowns was a very enticing prospect, and I’m looking forward to working alongside A&M’s very experienced, global team to tackle these.”
Prior to joining A&M, Mr Beckett was a partner at Proven Legal Technologies and a Managing Director at Navigant, where he led its European forensic technology practice for seven years. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and regularly lectures on information governance and digital investigations.
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