FRA’s digital investigative team expands to meet increasing market needs

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FRA expands its US data forensics team into Europe

Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA) has expanded its digital investigative services by adding to its data forensics team in London. Already well-established in the eDiscovery arena, FRA is adding to its US-based data forensics team by establishing a team of four based in London. This is a reflection of the broader application of data forensics in investigations and litigation. Frances McLeod, FRA’s Managing Partner, explains: “Data forensics is the processes used to obtain digital evidence after a cyber crime has been committed. To us that definition has expanded to mean wherever a computer, network, database or mobile device has been used. We are finding that virtually all litigation and investigation now requires an element of data forensics.”

Frances McLeod continues, “Data forensics are used to examine and analyze hidden and deleted files, even left-over fragments of files. Used effectively it may identify with great precision the facts which either support or refute an allegation or suspicion.”

Four experienced data forensics consultants have joined the UK office to compliment the team of four in the US, and will be working on global projects. The team is led by Serge Poldi, FRA’s European eDiscovery Director, who brings with him over 15 years of experience in IT project management across a range of industries including technology, natural resources, maritime and healthcare. Poldi is joined by Tomasz Lapaj, Kylie Tanner, and Olivier Pinchard who are all experienced in digital forensic acquisition and analysis.

Toby Duthie, Partner and head of FRA’s London office, comments: “Our data forensics team has a strong record of assisting clients with challenging international matters in a variety of industries. This expansion further enhances our robust digital investigation practice. We are continuing to grow our data forensics team in London to meet increasing demands in EMEA for these skills. International investigations are becoming more frequent and FRA is well positioned to meet the demands of this type of investigation requiring the ability to reconstitute data, analyze it and take into consideration complex issues such as data protection. We are increasingly seeing the application of data forensics in a variety of contexts such as the theft of IP, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-trust, and financial fraud.”

Editor's note on FRA:
Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA) is a consulting firm with offices in the US, UK, France and Switzerland. It helps businesses to resolve complex and high-risk financial, legal and regulatory challenges. Its people provide independent, conflict-free advice and litigation support services. FRA collects and analyses data for use in legal disputes and investigations (often cross-border) in a number of areas, including litigation, fraud, bribery and corruption investigations. Members of the FRA team also provide expert witness testimony in court when required and have recently contributed two chapters to the Serious Fraud Office’s book ‘Serious Economic Crime – a boardroom guide to prevention and compliance’.

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