Mike Tallent is a managing director in K2 Intelligence’s Investigations and Disputes practice, based in London. A highly knowledgeable forensic accountant with more than 25 years of experience, Mike assists major international companies across a wide range of sectors and industries with financial fraud and forensic accounting investigations into corporate fraud and anti-corruption-related matters, regulatory and fact-finding investigations, and fraud prevention and remediation projects. He also manages dispute analysis projects, including major High Court disputes/expert witness work, international arbitrations, M&A related disputes, and reviews of sale and purchase agreements.
Mike has conducted specialist investigations into fraudulent financial statements, pyramid schemes, asset misappropriation, procurement fraud, and bribery and corruption, including U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Section 10-A investigations. He has also led remediation projects to ensure clients’ compliance with the FCPA, and has extensive experience conducting investigations in relation to Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), and Know Your Customer (KYC) issues. Mike has deep expertise in performing investigations in emerging markets, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe.
Mike has advised on numerous high-profile UK High Court cases, international arbitrations, and purchase price adjustment/completion accounts disputes. He has counseled numerous clients on preparing sale and purchase agreements to minimize risks from mergers and acquisitions and is experienced in the preparation of expert witness reports for use in court cases and arbitrations. He has worked on litigation matters, disputes, and investigations involving high-profile financial institutions and other clients, including those done on behalf of the UK accounting regulator.
Before joining K2 Intelligence, Mike was a senior director in the dispute analytics and forensics practice at Alvarez & Marsal, where he worked on numerous investigations in the financial services sector. Prior to his position with Alvarez & Marsal, Mike was a director in PricewaterhouseCooper’s (PwC’s) forensic services group, based in Budapest, Hungary (and prior to this, at PwC in the UK), where he supplied expert accounting evidence and advice to parties involved in disputes or requiring investigations. He has wide experience working outside the UK, including assignments in Albania, Hungary, Kosovo, the Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Egypt, India, and the United States.
Prior to joining PwC’s forensic services team, Mike worked as an auditor—first with KPMG, then the Audit Commission, and lastly at PwC. He is experienced in investigating the conduct of management and auditors.
Mike has a B.A. in history and politics from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).