Barry Robinson, FCA, an expert in Forensic Accounting with BDO Limerick spoke at November’s Lunch and Learn event to over 30 local practitioners about the use of data analytics programmes such as Brainspace, in reducing the sheer volume of information and documents that have to be sifted through when investigation corporate fraud and criminality. In a very well received presentation, Barry was able to demonstrate in real time how a discovery process in the Enron fraud case involving over 300,000 documents could be winnowed down to less than 200 documents of relevant by careful search terms such as Special Purpose Vehicles making it far easier to investigate and uncover the fraud perpetrated in that case.
Barry is a Chartered Accountant and a Director in BDO’s Forensic Services team in Ireland. He has worked on some of the most complex and high-profile forensic cases in Ireland and has given evidence in Court. Barry has written and assisted in the preparation of expert reports for use in legal proceedings in a number of jurisdictions, including the Commercial Court in Ireland, the High Court in Northern Ireland, the UK Royal Courts of Justice and the High Court in the Netherlands. He has attended as Expert at a large number of complex commercial mediations and has presented his findings at mediation.
He has led a number of complex investigations into allegations of misappropriation of assets, false accounting, financial statement fraud and breaches of company law and company’s policies and procedures. He is the co-author of the Chapter on “Corporate Investigations” in the book “White Collar Crime in Ireland: Law and Policy” edited by Dr. Joe McGrath. He is also a guest lecturer on The Honorable Society of King's Inns Advanced Diploma in Regulatory, Corporate & White-Collar Crime and speaks at conferences and events on the topic of fraud and financial crime.
He holds a Masters Degree (MSc) in Forensic Accounting and Chartered Accountants Ireland’s Diploma in Forensic Accounting. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Accounting with French. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.