Law firm Singh & Associates has pushed into the field of forensics consulting, bringing on board a team of accountants, consultants and data scientists that can add an advisory capacity to its heritage legal outfit. Former Mazars partner Subhayu Roy has taken the reins.
With 230 lawyers and other staff across offices in New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai and Bengaluru, Singh & Associates is one of India’s larger home-grown tier one law firms. Having been active in the fields of commercial disputes and arbitration, contract management, transactions, corporate tax and intellectual property, the firm has now expanded its remit to also include forensic and valuation work.
As part of its ambition to nestle itself in the legal-focused financial crime market, which is growing amid the increasingly ‘risky’ financial landscape corporates find themselves in, Singh & Associates has in recent months reportedly hired a multifaceted team of around 30 professionals specialised in the field. At the helm of this team stands Subhayu Roy, who previously worked for Mazars, and the Big Four firms of EY and KPMG.
He brings extensive experience in the domain to the law firm, having previously worked on forensic investigations and valuations for a variety of cases ranging up to hundreds of million dollars, acting on behalf of national and international large corporates, central and local governments and entrepreneurs.
According to Manoj K. Singh, the founding partner of Singh & Associates, by adding forensic and valuation expertise to its offerings, the firm can now provide an end-to-end legal plus advisory capacity all under one roof. “It was a natural progression for us to launch this new service. This will enable a unique approach to dealing with financial issues with legal handle in India,” he said.
“We are glad to have gained some widely respected, industry leaders of forensic investigations and valuations experts, who come with a demonstrable track record of working across a variety of industries, jurisdictions and forums,” Singh added.
The new practice offers a range of propositions, including disputes and litigation support, financial modeling and valuation, claim computation and loss calculation, merger & acquisition forensics, corporate fraud and misconduct, anti-bribery and corruption, fraud risk assessment services, corporate intelligence services, e-discovery services, forensic technology and fraud data analytics.