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    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    • EY, One Colmore Square Birmingham B4 6HQ
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    Wednesday 11 September 2019 – 8.30am to 11.30am

    Hosted by EY, One Colmore Square

    Birmingham B4 6HQ



    Registration and Refreshments



    Welcome & introduction



    Chris Recker, Trowers & Hamlins – Cryptocurrencies – a crash course



    Allister Manson and Nicholas Parton, Opus LLP – Cubits – the UK’s first crypto currency exchange Administration: restructuring and investigation






    Chris Woods, CyberQ Group – Threat Actors & Dark Web



    Questions to the speakers






    Chris Recker – Associate, Trowers & Hamlins 

    Chris is an associate in Trowers & Hamlins' Dispute Resolution and Litigation team specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on fraud and risk management. His experience includes resolving complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, freezing and tracing assets and carrying out internal investigations. Chris has a particular interest in technology, cybercrime and cyber security issues. He has delivered seminars and training on fraud and cyber security issues, including the development of fraud risks relating to blockchain technology, and developments in legal technology (including artificial intelligence).

    Chris is also a part-time visiting lecturer at BPP Law School and teaches on the LPC (Advanced Commercial Litigation, Civil Litigation and Advocacy) and the LLB (Law of Financial Crime), and is the author of a chapter in the book: 'The Financial Crisis and White Collar Crime – Legislative and Policy Responses: A Critical Assessment.'


    Allister Manson – Restructuring Partner and Head of Technology, Opus LLP

    The technology team at Opus is led by Allister Manson, a qualified insolvency practitioner and chartered accountant with 20 years’ insolvency and restructuring experience.                   

    Allister got the tech “bug” after spending 5 years working in the tech sector, notably at two of the leading online payment providers in Latin America, helping to grow them from start-ups to leading global PSPs, working with clients such as AliBaba, Facebook, AirBNB, Playstation and Spotify. Allister advises businesses from start-ups to established software, hardware and tech service providers.  As a former tech founder himself, Allister believes that his ability to engage with management in tech-based organisations and his understanding of the value of intellectual property are both critical, not only when assisting businesses in financial distress or looking to restructure, but also in raising finance to assist with growth aspirations and, ultimately, exit routes when owners are looking to sell.

    Allister’s recent work includes leading the Administration of Cubits, the first notable crypto-currency trading exchange to enter formal insolvency, following the loss of $35m of Bitcoin in a sophisticated fraud.  Allister has also led other recent, relevant restructuring assignments for businesses in areas, including: Fintech, SAAS, wearable tech, renewable tech, online auctions, vehicle battery tech, blockchain, regtech.

    Allister also mentors tech start-ups through the StartUpBootcamp (Fintech) and is a member of Tech UK. Prior to joining Opus, Allister worked at PwC (notably managing the Administration of Atlantic Computers), Smith & Williamson and KPMG in the Cayman Islands.  Allister studied PPE at Hertford College, Oxford.


    Nicholas Parton Partner and Head of Forensic Accounting Services, Opus LLP

    Nicholas started his career with PWC in New York, where he was responsible for advising clients regarding their Anti- Money Laundering (AML) obligations, and compliance with Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). He advised one of the world’s largest financial institutions in respect of AML compliance, and trained a team of 30 compliance officers in Poland in AML. After which he moved to Japan to advise one of Japan’s largest financial institutions in respect of their OFAC compliance with transactions in Syria and Iran.

    On returning to the UK, Nicholas worked for a small forensic practice, a boutique investigations firm and Ernst & Young, before founding Pear Tree Forensic Accounting which became the preferred M&A due diligence provider for a listed FMCG, a listed electronics company, and a steel conglomerate. The company has investigated bribery allegations for an aerospace and defence company and a multi-million-dollar Middle Eastern institutional pension fund fraud. The company has conducted covert investigations using corporate intelligence and forensic accounting expertise in opaque jurisdictions throughout the world, including Afghanistan, Ukraine, Monaco, BVI and Luxembourg. Nicholas has acted as Expert Witness in contractual disputes, and as a Single Joint Expert for high value matrimonial disputes.

    In 2018, Pear Tree Forensic Accounting merged with the Opus Business Services Group to form Opus Pear Tree, where Nicholas heads the Forensic Accounting team offering investigations, litigation support and corporate intel.

    Chris Woods - Director, CyberQ Group

    An experienced leader within the cyber security realm, Chris Woods is also the founder and director of CyberQ Group – an award winning cyber security company in the UK. Having previously managed elite security teams at the European Space Agency, HP and Fujitsu, Chris brings over 20 years of pure Cyber Security experience developed within the EU and MENA regions. Whilst at HP, Chris developed and led a cyber security practice, culminating in the acquisition of ArcSight for $1.5b. Chris is now leading a passionate team of cyber and business professionals, developing the next generation of Security Operations Centres using Big Data analytics and Machine Learning. Chris is a committed Information Security Champion and frequent speaker at international conferences and events.

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Past events

09 Jul 2019 Financial Fraud
04 Apr 2019 Cyber Fraud
24 Jan 2019 The Evolving face of Insurance Fraud
05 Dec 2018 Midlands Fraud Forum Debate
30 Oct 2018 Criminal and Civil Investigations
20 Sep 2018 Incident Management for Cyber Fraud
18 Jul 2018 Employee Theft of information, Cyber and GDPR
02 May 2018 Open Source Intelligence and Investigative routes
22 Mar 2018 Privilege in investigations
12 Dec 2017 Victimology
21 Nov 2017 Bribery and Corruption
04 Oct 2017 Anatomy of a civil fraud claim
11 Jul 2017 in inceptum finis est
21 Jun 2017 Cyber Fraud
18 May 2017 The Fraud Act 2006 – 10 years on
20 Apr 2017 Pension Fraud and Vulnerable Victims
28 Mar 2017 Operation Afflek
11 Jan 2017 Insolvency
17 Nov 2016 Piercing the corporate veil and money laundering
18 Oct 2016 Interviewing fraud & preventing mortgage fraud
14 Sep 2016 Public Sector and Healthcare Fraud
07 Jul 2016 Cyber Fraud
09 Jun 2016 Fraud Investigations
10 May 2016 Money Laundering and Disclosure in Criminal Cases
12 Apr 2016 Insurance fraud and vehicle leasing fraud
01 Dec 2015 The Winter Fraud Discussion
27 Oct 2015 How to interview about fraud
24 Sep 2015 Investigating Financial Fraud
18 Jun 2015 Investigative Interviewing
24 Mar 2015 Cybercrime - The changing landscape
22 Jan 2015 The Fraud Debate: Showcasing Private, Public & Civil Actions
02 Dec 2014 The Fraud Debate: Showcasing Private, Public & Civil Actions
19 Nov 2014 The Future of Fraud in the Financial Sector
13 Nov 2014 The Future of Fraud in the Financial Sector
16 Oct 2014 Investigative Interviewing Masterclass
23 Sep 2014 'Suspicion, Action, Results' An update on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)
24 Jun 2014 Counter Fraud 2020: A Twelve Point Plan to Protect the UK
25 Mar 2014 Sport and Fraud
05 Dec 2013 Investigating Fraud, Local to Global
13 Oct 2013 Insolvency
04 Oct 2013 Confiscation Update
12 Sep 2013 Masterclass
20 Jun 2013 Data: the fraudster's nemesis
19 Mar 2013 Meet the Authors: Countering Fraud and Managing Fraud Risks
16 Jan 2013 Fraud, behind the scenes
11 Dec 2012 The Proceeds of Crime Act and Civil Recovery
24 Sep 2012 Tackling Business Fraud
29 May 2012 Fighting Fraud
26 Mar 2012 The Auditor and Fraud
02 Jan 2012 Fraud and Punishment: Increasing Deterrence through More and Effective Sanctions.
06 Dec 2011 Fraud: Your Solicitor or the Police? - a Debate
12 Sep 2011 Fraud, reporting to and investigation by police
19 May 2011 Buyer beware: Minimising fraud in procurement
04 Mar 2011 The Bribery Act 2010
14 Dec 2010 Masterclass
13 Oct 2010 (MTIC (Carousel) Fraud in UK and the EEC)
14 Jul 2010 Testing the Temperature of Your Anti-Fraud Culture
29 Apr 2010 The Intelligent Breakfast Briefing
16 Dec 2009 Interview with a Fraudster
01 Jul 2009 Fraud in the Public sector (Topics: Procurement and employee fraud and the Bribery Bill)
19 May 2009 Investigation Through to Prosecution
01 Dec 2008 Employee Fraud
24 Sep 2008 Mortgage Fraud
14 May 2008 Anti Money Laundering

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