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KPMG bolsters financial crime expertise with trio of hires

Three new hires in financial crime expertise

Business advisory firm KPMG has made three senior hires – Jenna Victoriano, Neil Berry and Ruth Bailey - as it invests in its Financial Crime, Technology and Forensic Data Analytics business.

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Jenna joins as KPMG’s Head of Financial Services Anti-Bribery and Corruption (AB&C) within the Financial Crime team. She was previously the Global Head of AB&C at both Barclays and Credit Suisse, where she was responsible for developing and implementing global AB&C compliance programmes. She has also led the oversight and management of complex financial crime regulatory reviews. Jenna was a member of Barclay’s Global Financial Crime Management Team and a founding member of the US and UK Madison Groups.

Neil joins as a Partner in the firm’s Forensic Data Analytics team, which provides proactive solutions around the detection and prevention of financial crime, including money laundering, market abuse, fraud and tax evasion. As part of the leadership team, he will be developing the strategic direction of the team’s financial crime technology propositions and the investment in innovative technology-enabled products and services.

Neil was previously an Executive Partner at IBM Watson Financial Services, specialising in all aspects of fraud and financial crime technology for the financial services sector, ranging from cyber threats to trade surveillance.

Ruth joins KPMG to lead its financial services investigations unit within the Financial Crime team, following nearly 25 years’ experience in banking. Most recently, she was Head of Financial Crime for Barclays’ Private Banking and Overseas Services division. Ruth also spent four years as Global Head of Investigations, focusing on complex money laundering cases. 

KPMG’s financial crime team now comprises of around 150 professionals. Karen Briggs, who has been with KPMG for more than 30 years, was appointed in March 2018 to head up the UK practice.

Karen Briggs, Partner and UK Head of Financial Crime at KPMG, said: “Clients are increasingly prioritising tackling financial crime and looking for an integrated approach that combines consultancy with cutting-edge technology and analytics. Forensic investigations and technology solutions require specialist knowledge, skills, experience and judgement, so Jenna, Neil and Ruth’s experience, notably within the financial services sector and in technology-based solutions, will be a valuable asset for our team and for our clients, which continues to expand.”

Commenting on her appointment, Jenna Victoriano said: “I’m excited about joining KPMG’s growing financial crime practice, bringing my industry experience and expertise to advise and support clients on how to manage financial crime risks, particularly around AB&C. Also, how to deliver on their financial crime regulatory obligations locally and globally.”

Neil Berry said: “I’m delighted to be joining the team, to work with clients to support their financial crime technology needs. Technology presents both an opportunity and a threat to the financial sector, therefore we aim to help mitigate the risks, as well as focusing on the transformational changes that can provide long-term competitive advantage and cost savings.”

Also commenting on her appointment, Ruth Bailey said: “I’m pleased to be joining KPMG’s financial crime team, building on the strong reputation they already have in this field and with a focus on investigations. Having a robust and credible investigations capability, tackling everything from money laundering to market abuse and fraud, is an integral part of corporate governance for financial services organisations. Amidst new and expanding threats in financial crime, we’ll be working with financial institutions to help them respond quickly to regulatory demands and incidents of misconduct.”

 

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