He has more than 18 years of experience and specializes in anti-bribery and corruption consulting, fraud investigations, anti-fraud programs and controls, regulatory compliance, litigation support and bankruptcy matters. He has advised several Fortune 500 companies on a number of large global forensics and dispute engagements across the globe.
Mr. Phophalia has served clients across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, consumer products, life sciences, media and entertainment, financial services, construction, telecom, technology, and oil and gas.
His extensive experience in anti-bribery and corruption consulting includes FCPA and U.K. Bribery Act advisory investigations, pre-acquisition and post-acquisition due diligence, compliance assessments and end-to-end implementation of anti-corruption programs and controls.
He has worked with clients on several FCPA engagements, including matters involving DOJ and SEC inquiries and the Commonwealth Games scam in India. Many of these engagements have involved conducting investigations in response to corruption-related allegations, developing and implementing anti-corruption policies and procedures, conducting risk assessments of business partners and third-party intermediaries, developing anti-corruption implementation and monitoring frameworks, and analyzing high-risk areas and transactions.
Mr. Phophalia has advised clients on internal investigations involving white-collar crimes and financial crimes, embezzlement of funds, financial statement fraud, misuse of corporate assets and improper remuneration to third parties. Several investigations required extensive use of data analytics, computer forensics and / or e-discovery tools to effectively analyze large volumes of data. His other engagements involved gathering business and market intelligence to collect and evaluate the subject’s reputation and profile, conflict of interest situations, unethical conduct, misrepresentations and perform asset tracing exercises.
He has assisted clients in domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters involving expert witness engagements buy-sell disputes, construction contracts, claim for damages and royalties, accounting issues and bankruptcy-related matters.
Before joining A&M, Mr. Phophalia was a Senior Director (Partner) at Deloitte, leading their anti-bribery and corruption consulting service in India. He spent over a decade in Deloitte’s U.S. office and played an instrumental role in establishing its forensic and dispute services practice in India.
He has also conducted compliance training programs for a number of companies in India and the U.S. Mr. Phophalia earned an MBA degree in finance from the University of Pittsburgh, and master of commerce and bachelor of commerce degrees in accounting from the University of Mumbai.