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SFO chief operating officer to rejoin KPMG

KPMG has appointed Mark Thompson, the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) current chief operating officer, to its forensic practice.

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 the day-to-day responsibility for running the SFO under the current director Lisa Osofsky.

Thompson will join KPMG as special adviser 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.

He will also look to bring together other KPMG consulting capabilities in order to provide a “broader offer” for clients dealing with economic crime.

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 added: “This is a great opportunity for me to return to KPMG.  I have been very privileged to hold various senior roles at the SFO, and it has been both challenging and enjoyable throughout.

“I wish all my colleagues at the SFO well as they continue their vital work. 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.”

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