Holt will join the specialist investigations team, and assist companies facing “urgent, complex, cross-border issues relating to misconduct, asset recovery and bribery and corruption”.
He joins from K2 Intelligence, where he forefronted its financial investigations practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Holt also brings over 13 years of experience in domestic and international forensics, having represented governments, public companies and private individuals in high-profile, public interest investigations.
Will Davies, head of forensic and investigations services, said: “Steve’s wealth of experience and unique skill-set are a welcomed addition to our growing team.
“His appreciation of the nuances in navigating complex information and data sets, and ability to translate complicated issues into intelligible analysis make him stand-out in this field and something our clients will undoubtedly benefit greatly from.”
Head of investigations, Kevin Shergold, said: “We’ve created real strength in depth across the investigation spectrum for our clients. Our forensic accountants were recently ranked as a leading provider of forensic accountancy services by Chambers and Partners.
“Our digital forensic team has grown significantly, and we have recently added a mature corporate intelligence offering.”
He added: “We’re pioneering some of the most creative solutions globally with our insolvency and asset tracing colleagues, whilst meeting ever-increasing repeat instructions from our corporate clients. It’s exciting to have someone of Steve’s calibre join us at this time.”
Holt said: “Grant Thornton’s solid reputation for quality and innovation in the market has meant it attracts some of the most interesting and intellectually challenging client briefs.
“The opportunity to work as part of this team and further add to the firm’s capabilities was a natural draw for me and I look forward to building on these qualities.”