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Phil Beckett is a Managing Director and Leader of Alvarez & Marsal’s European and Middle East Disputes and Investigations practice in London. He is also the Global Practice Leader of A&M’s Forensic Technology Services.
Mr. Beckett brings more than 20 years of experience in forensic technology, advising clients on forensic investigations of digital evidence, the interrogation of complex data sets, information governance, cyber risk, and the disclosure of electronic documents. He has worked with global clients across various sectors, including oil and gas, financial services, IT software/hardware, automotive, electronic equipment, power generation, chemicals, music and entertainment, defense and aviation, engineering, construction, manufacturing, professional services, and healthcare. He has acted as an IT forensics expert and given written testimony.
Throughout his career, Mr. Beckett led anti-bribery/foreign corrupt practice act investigations, kickback investigations, incident response investigations, IP theft cases, employment disputes, fraud investigations, cartel/anti-trust investigations, compliance review exercises, as well as supported commercial litigation and international arbitration.
In addition, Mr. Beckett has regularly been appointed as an expert and managed the execution of multi-site civil search orders whereby data was captured and interrogated to meet court requirements. He managed an international project investigating a theft of intellectual property across the U.K., U.S., Japan, France, Switzerland, and Germany.
Previously, Mr. Beckett worked on high-profile e-disclosure cases, including litigation between Russian entities in the High Court, which required data be managed in a secure environment across the U.K. and Russia. He also worked on U.S. and Canadian litigation cases, including a Canadian mining dispute for which relevant data was stored in five different countries. Mr. Beckett also managed a regulatory review of a global bank trader performed by multiple regulators involving the collection, processing, and hosting from several systems and jurisdictions.
Mr. Beckett earned a bachelor’s degree in computing and management from Loughborough University and a master’s degree in forensic computing from Cranfield University. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), winning the ACCA Gold Medal in 2001. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and lectures regularly on information governance and digital investigations.
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