Raymond Doherty 6 Aug 2019 02:24pm

KPMG poaches SFO's COO

Mark Thompson, the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) chief operating officer, has rejoined the Big Four firm

Thompson left KPMG for the financial crime agency in 2004. Since then, he has held a number of senior positions at the SFO, including head of proceeds of crime, interim director and COO.

He will join KPMG’s 400-strong forensics team, which is made up of accountants, investigators, economists, technology specialists, ex-law enforcement professionals and regulators.

Karen Briggs, KPMG’s UK head of financial crime, said, “His 15 years of experience at the SFO dealing with top tier fraud and corruption cases will be a great addition to our growing investigations practice. He is the only non-lawyer to have been the director of the SFO and that senior level experience will really enhance the service we will be able to provide to our clients.”

The SFO has come in for criticism recently as a number of its high profile cases against individuals have collapsed and it has settled for deferred prosecution agreements (DPA) with companies.