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    Eversheds Sutherland strengthens regulatory and investigations experience with lateral hire 

    Eversheds Sutherland has appointed Kari McCormick, a highly experienced accountancy investigations and financial services lawyer, as Partner within its Financial Services Disputes and Investigations (FSDI) Group. Kari will join Eversheds Sutherland on Monday 16 March 2020, and will be based in the London office.

    Kari has over 25 years of experience, most recently building a renowned practice at Burges Salmon advising financial institutions. She has a broad range of experience advising accountants and auditors on liability disputes, regulatory investigations and risk management. Kari also represents financial institutions in relation to disputes and regulatory issues including enforcement action.

    At Eversheds Sutherland, Kari's specific focus will be on growing the accountancy investigations practice as well as supporting financial services clients. Kari will join the practice’s growing FSDI Group.

    Paul Worth, Co-Head of Global Litigation, also said:

    “Accountancy firms and financial institutions face constant legal and regulatory pressures from increasingly active regulatory bodies. The Financial Reporting Council is increasingly scrutinising auditors, accountants and actuaries; Kari’s invaluable experience working opposite the FRC in a number of investigations will be of great value to our clients. We are building a team that can advise on our financial institution clients’ numerous needs – from regulatory advice and enforcement, to investigations, risk management and disputes. Kari’s arrival adds another layer of experience to our global FSDI team, and I look forward to working with her.” 

    Chris Busby, Head of Financial Disputes and Investigations, said:

    “Kari’s appointment really broadens our experience and capability to advise accountancy clients on regulatory investigations and advisory work. There have been a number of incredibly high-profile investigations into auditors and accountants in recent years, a trend we expect to continue. To that end, Kari’s deep knowledge of accountant and auditor liability will be invaluable as we continue to improve our best-in-class reputation in this area.”

    Kari McCormick, also commented:

    “I am excited to join Eversheds Sutherland’s growing litigation and investigations team and engage with clients from its global platform. The team’s reputation precedes it in financial services regulatory investigations and enforcement and I look forward to growing the firm’s capability across the accountancy and auditing sector. This sector is undergoing significant change and increased regulatory scrutiny and Eversheds Sutherland is well placed to assist accountancy firms to navigate the challenges ahead.”

    This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.

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