The experienced financial crime inspector joins from the firm’s London branch where he oversaw the asset tracing and recovery team.
Former AFP and ATO investigator joins Kroll’s Melbourne office
A former AFP and ATO investigator, Chris Ives, has joined Kroll’s Melbourne office as associate managing director to bolster its forensic intelligence and investigation capabilities.
Mr Ives brought with him over 15 years’ experience conducting investigations involving international money laundering, fraud, financial crime and asset recovery, along with anti-money laundering compliance reviews, the financial and risk specialist firm said.
He joined from Kroll’s London office where he oversaw the firm’s global asset tracing and recovery team for close to a decade. He led multiple asset-tracing and recovery engagements that involved corporate entities, banks and sovereign states on behalf of law firms.
Before joining Kroll, Mr Ives worked with the Australian Federal Police and the ATO where he specialised in cross-border money laundering, financial crime and asset recovery investigations.
Mr Ives said he was looking forward to the new chapter with Kroll in Melbourne.
“I am excited to return to my hometown after nearly a decade with Kroll in London to build out Kroll’s Melbourne office,” he said.
“I join a rapidly growing forensic investigations and intelligence practice and my experience in forensic investigations, AML/CTF and asset tracing will enhance the strong skill set Kroll has in Australia.”
“I am looking forward to working with clients in Melbourne and across Australia to support them in managing complex risks.”
Kroll said Mr Ives’s experience also included financial crime investigations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa on behalf of regulated entities and government agencies. He had expertise working with governments to support them with financial action task force mutual evaluations.
The firm said its forensic intelligence and investigations team already consisted of managing directors Cem Ozturk, Gary Gill and Amanda Wood, who was also head of AML advisory.
They had already worked on several high-profile projects and were recently appointed to monitor Crown’s Sydney casino.