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Grant Thornton welcomes two new Partners in Forensic Consulting

Grant Thornton is delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners: Kelly Rigby, Partner – Forensic Consulting; and Hugo Loneragan, Partner – Forensic Consulting, who both joined from 30 May 2022.

Grant Thornton has been experiencing growing demand from clients for forensic accounting services including growth in litigation and class actions, and significant demand for wage remediation services. Forensic consulting services can assist with valuations, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management to support corporates operating in highly complex environments.

Alex Bell, Partner & National Head of Forensic Consulting at Grant Thornton said, “We have listened to our clients’ needs and are making a deliberate investment in Grant Thornton’s Forensic Consulting group to meet the demand for this part of our business’s growth. We have key talent coming through the ranks but we are supercharging the team by appointing two new Partners.”

Kelly Rigby is a forensic expert specialising in financial crime and asset and fund tracing investigations. She has led a number of high profile civil and criminal investigations across a broad range of industries both in the public and private sectors.

“My investigation experience has included leading large teams on complex forensic accounting matters involving the analysis of large volumes of electronic data, reconstruction of accounting records, and the quantification of loss. I’m excited to join the team at Grant Thornton and work with new clients to help them sort through any complex issues they may be experiencing, or to simply get their house in order and be on the front foot. It’s great to see the Forensics team expanding and to be a part of such a dynamic and supportive group,” said Kelly Rigby.

Hugo Loneragan is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience helping corporate clients with a range of financial and accounting issues, including giving expert accounting evidence in civil litigation matters. From his career in accounting and consulting firms in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia, Hugo has global expertise in corporate finance, forensic accounting, dispute consulting and audit.

“In running my own forensic consulting business, and in my previous roles, I’ve enjoyed helping clients understand technical accounting issues, capture hidden value in business transactions, value businesses, and resolve complex business interruption claims and commercial disputes. Joining my practice with Grant Thornton enables me to offer greater resources and expertise to my existing clients, whilst continuing to deliver responsive service and value. I’m also looking forward to getting to know new clients and to be part of a growing team, it’s an exciting time,” said Hugo Loneragan.

Alex Bell continued, “Kelly’s experience in high profile restructures and insolvency appointments – particularly identifying and tracing assets and the flow of funds – brings a deeper level of expertise to our client offering. She has worked closely with senior executives, boards and their legal counsel to navigate the complexities of fraud, corruption, employee misconduct and regulatory enquiry. Hugo is recognised by clients and their legal advisers as a trusted technical expert who is able to lead and develop strong teams and deploy a variety of skills to achieve positive commercial outcomes. With their varied and immense skill sets, we’re thrilled to have both Kelly and Hugo on board.”

Both Kelly and Hugo will be based in Grant Thornton’s Sydney office. Kelly joins Grant Thornton from McGrathNicol, and Hugo joins from his own consulting business, Quantum Forensic Solutions. Hugo will continue to work with his current client portfolio and service new clients in his role at Grant Thornton.

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