KPMG Partner James Siswick joins Navigant in London

25 January 2019

Former Big Four consultant James Siswick has arrived at Navigant’s London office to take up the role of Managing Director and European GIC lead. He has been a Partner with KPMG and a Director with Deloitte, specialising in financial crime investigation and remediation projects.

It is often said that with the rise of new technologies and market disruptions come prospective successes, as well as challenges for businesses. The truth of the matter is that this is also the case for professional criminals, however, and the rise of digital business in particular has offered up a major window of opportunity. As a result, financial crime is on the rise across the world and in the UK.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, authorities are currently failing to seize even 1% of global illicit financial flows. When weighing up the wider picture, this scarcely scrapes the surface of global money laundering transactions – which are estimated to be as high as 5% of global GDP, or roughly $1-2 trillion annually. In the UK, the economy is suffering to the tune of £37 billion a year because of serious and organised crime funded by this – including drug dealing, people trafficking and child abuse – according to the National Crime Agency.

KPMG Partner James Siswick joins Navigant in London

Navigant specialises in transformational change for clients primarily in the healthcare, energy, and financial services industries. As a result, the global professional services firm has been undergoing a period of international expansion over the course of the last year, amid a spike in demand from businesses and governments alike, including a rising need to insure compliance to directives aimed at curbing financial crime.

As it prepares for another busy year in this respect, Navigant has announced the European expansion of its Financial Services Advisory and Compliance segment through additions to the segment’s global investigations and compliance practice team in London. James Siswick, a seasoned risk and compliance professional specialising in financial crime compliance, has joined the company as a Managing Director and European GIC lead, managing client relationships while also developing technology and forensic solutions for institutions facing complex compliance demands from regulators. He will also help lead the growth of the European GIC team.

Siswick arrives with Navigant from Big Four firm KPMG, where he was a Partner in the forensic financial crime practice, which he led for two years. He brings more than two decades of experience in financial crime and technology engagements, and has led numerous large, global financial crime investigation and remediation projects. He previously served as Director for data analytics and financial crime at Deloitte. He has strong international experience, having led engagements in France, Germany, Switzerland, the US, and the Caribbean, and is a FCCA-qualified accountant.

Ellen Zimiles, a Managing Director and FSAC Segment Leader at Navigant, said, “James is a skilled partner for financial institutions, particularly in helping to prevent and remediate financial crime, and adapting to ever-expanding regulatory scrutiny. His adept use of new technologies and data analytics will also benefit our client partners in reducing the cost of effective compliance.”

Commenting on the new role via his personal Twitter, Siswick himself added, “I’m delighted to have joined Navigant’s London office to strengthen and lead our Financial Services advisory and compliance segment in Europe and beyond.”

Related: Navigant adds Tim O'Neal Lorah to Financial Crime team.

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.