KPMG has announced the appointment of Mark Thompson, Serious Fraud Office (SFO) chief operating officer, to its forensic practice. He will join KPMG as a special advisor in November in a client facing role, where he will be focusing on major corporate investigations and advising companies on their financial crime prevention programmes.

 Thompson had previously worked for KPMG prior to joining the SFO in 2004 where he has worked in a number of different roles, including being head of proceeds of crime for four years and also acting as interim director after the departure of Sir David Green CB QC in April 2018. In his most recent role as chief operating officer, he has had day to day responsibility for running the SFO under the current director Lisa Osofsky.

Karen Briggs, UK Head of Financial Crime at KPMG said: “I am very pleased that Mark is returning to our forensic team. 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.”

Thompson said: “Economic crime is recognised as a major threat to the UK, and I look forward to helping KPMG and its clients tackle that threat when I take up my new role.”

KPMG’s Forensic practice is made up of accountants, investigators, economists, technology specialists, ex-law enforcement professionals and regulators. The team of more than 400 staff work with clients across a range of issues including fraud detection and prevention, business dispute, contract compliance, regulatory compliance and improving financial crime compliance.