Paul Peterson is a Partner in the Forensic Advisory Services in the Washington D.C. metro area. In February 2016, Paul returned to the U.S. after a three year secondment in Shanghai, China. While in China, Paul worked with global companies on fraud and compliance matters and established the GT China Forensic Practice. Paul focuses on fraud investigations, global Anti-corruption, litigation support and consulting services around forensic accounting and Anti-fraud programs and controls. Paul has subject matter expertise in the area of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and has managed investigations on the ground in numerous countries. Paul leverages his eight years as an auditor to develop and execute appropriate investigative procedures. From both an audit and investigatory perspective. Paul has worked with company management, compliance and internal audit departments, internal and external counsel, and audit committees.
Below are the few representative engagements: FCPA/Global Anti-Corruption. Paul spent two years investigating allegations of FCPA violations and anti-corruption matters at a European communications and technology conglomerate. His work focused on operations at the company’s headquarters and at a number of high-risk countries across a range of business segments. As part of his work, Paul liaised with both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission and several local European country prosecutors and enforcement agencies. The investigation resulted in the largest FCPA penalty to date, $1.6 billion.
FCPA M&A Due Diligence. Paul managed a FCPA due diligence project of a potential acquisition for a large industrial machinery manufacturer. Paul led his team in interviewing employees and analyzing volumes of accounting records. Paul communicated findings to the company’s general and outside counsel providing them with the information they needed to solidify whether to move forward with the acquisition.
Forensic Accounting. Paul performed forensic accounting and consulting services for one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. Paul managed a team and reviewed several thousand documents, interviewed client personnel, and performed various analyses to determine application of accounting policies.
Paul spent three years as an internal auditor at DePaul University and five busy seasons as an external auditor at Deloitte & Touche. Within the forensic investigations industry, Paul spent six years serving various clients within the Forensic & Dispute Services practice at Deloitte FAS LLP.