He brings more than 12 years of experience in forensic accounting, post transaction disputes, investigations into alleged fraud, loss of profits quantification, expert determination, investigations on behalf of banks and U.K. government authorities, auditor negligence and expert witness evidence.
Mr. Michael has worked with clients in a wide range of sectors including shipping, banking, manufacturing, mining, fleet management, telecom, transport, property, media and government. He has worked with international companies listed in London, New York, Dublin, Amsterdam and Oslo, as well as projects in the U.K., Europe and Southern Africa.
He co-led a large investigation into a number of alleged employee frauds at the London office of a major Irish bank, involving an extensive review of employee emails and other bank documentation, research into other publically available information, analysis of financial data and preparation for and conducting of interviews of bank staff with potential involvement in or knowledge of the alleged frauds. He also assisted the bank and legal counsel in bringing claims against the individuals concerned.
Mr. Michael is advising a major European manufacturer in the aviation industry on a number of whistle-blowing allegations involving alleged procurement frauds. He also advised this client on its legal action against a former employee and two suppliers for ill-gotten gains obtained by these parties while colluding against the company and gave evidence in the U.K. High Court in support of the investigation.
Other assignments include the asset tracing of the former president of a North African country as well as assets of his family and associates. He led a team of forensic accountant to analyze large volumes of banking transactions to determine source and destination of funds and compare these to other financial and real estate documents. He also led the forensic accounting advice to a shipping operator in its arbitration with a partner in a failed joint venture, and led a team in tracing the assets of a spouse as part of a high profile matrimonial dispute.
Before joining A&M, Mr. Michael served as a senior manager in the forensic and investigation services department of Grant Thornton UK, working on a wide range of expert witness and investigation assignments. He was also an audit manager at Grant Thornton, working with clients listed on the London Stock Exchange and Alternative Investment Market.
Mr. Michael earned an honors degree in accountancy from the University of Pretoria. He is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and a Certified Fraud Examiners. He is both a U.K. and South African national.