Richard Freeman is an Associate Director in FRA’s London office. He is a forensic accountant with over 14 years’ experience in matters involving fraud and corruption, internal investigations, regulatory investigations, and due diligence. His experience spans a wide range of industries, including banking, oil and gas, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.
Richard managed the FRA team supporting Airbus in a multi-year forensic accounting and eDiscovery review within the context of the company’s multinational investigation, reporting to four investigative authorities: UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Department of State (DOS) and French Parquet National Financier (PNF). His team focused on the analysis of large volumes of financial data to satisfy the demands of dozens of teams of instructing lawyers and reporting to authorities. Richard managed a team of more than 30 professionals across FRA offices and departments. He liaised with a wide range of stakeholders within the client company from finance staff to the C-suite as well as working with international legal teams to answer multiple regulators’ requests.
Richard is currently part of the FRA team supporting a Global 500 manufacturing company and their external counsel with a post-acquisition ABC due diligence review of operations around the globe. He is leading the review into the company’s European region which consists of operations in 13 countries.
Prior to joining FRA, Richard spent nine years in the Forensic team at KPMG in London, where he focused on investigations and compliance. Richard worked on a variety of engagements with lawyers, corporates and regulators across Europe and the Middle East.
Additional representative experience includes:
- Leading global cash and asset tracing investigations to support court appointed receivers in two high profile matters
- Reviewing the conduct of a team of foreign exchange traders as part of a regulatory investigation
- Managing a team of 90 professionals globally on a third-party due diligence review
Richard is ACCA qualified and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and International Finance from Oxford Brookes University.