Roland Graf, presently vice-chairman of DFK International’s tax committee and chair of the association’s EMEA tax meetings, has been appointed deputy president and will reside in this position until July 2017 when he will take over from DFK International’s current president, Demetris Demetriou.
Graf, partner at Peters, Schönberger & Partner (PSP), a multi-disciplinary firm located in Munich, is a tax lawyer and former member of the DFK EMEA Executive Committee.
He joined PSP in 2000 from KPMG and was based previously in New York.
DFK International has 215 member firms in more 90 countries, with $1.237bn of global total revenues for 2014.
PwC has acquired the assets of forensic data and security start-up Kusiri, a London-based technology platform that specialises in fraud and compliance screening.
The accounting giant already enlists the services of Kusiri for its RADAR service – which is described as an early warning system for financial, regulatory, compliance and reputational risk management. It signals a quick transition for the six former Kusiri employees who joined PwC’s forensic team earlier this week.
The deal follows a string of technology-based investments and partnerships PwC has made over the last five years, including the high-profile acquisition of Booz & Company in 2014.
Andrew Gordon, deals partner and business unit leader for forensics at PwC, said the Kusiri deal aligns with the network’s "desire" to put technology at the fore.