PracticeAccounting FirmsDeloitte creates biggest Asia-Pacific forensic team

Deloitte creates biggest Asia-Pacific forensic team

Purchase of Aussie Foresic Data has made Deloitte the biggest provider of forensic services in the Asia-Pacific region

Deloitte
has doubled its forensic team after purchasing computer forensic and electronic
discovery specialist Forensic Data for an undisclosed sum, strengthening its
position as the biggest provider of independent forensic services to Australian
companies.

Giam Swiegers, Deloitte Australia chief executive officer, said the merger
would create ‘the biggest and most experienced forensic technology team of its
kind in Asia Pacific’ in recognition of the ever increasing demand for a
forensic approach to the collection and processing of electronic information
required for legal or regulatory proceedings.

The purchase was in response to the increased demand for forensic services,
sparked by a new wave of regulation, including Sarbanes Oxley and has added 12
staff, based in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, to its team of 125 people and 17
partners.

‘We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for technology forensic and
electronic discovery support services as regulators and legal firms increasingly
rely on the completeness and accuracy of electronic information, such as email,
business documents and transaction records related to business activity,’ Tim
Phillipps, Sydney-based Deloitte forensic Asia Pacific practice leader, said.

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