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Abbey started his career as an accountant at EY in 1988, working on the firm’s renowned forensic fraud and investigations unit, helping clients identify and address wrongdoings.
Even before technology brought its prism of complexity to bear on the space, he had a grasp of how cyber, data and reputation impress as variables on each other: ‘The very nature of the situations meant that the areas for investigations and the data being investigated were much wider than just numbers. It’s building up corporate profiles, research, and using data sets to piece together what happened.’
The Spurs fan then joined Kroll, where he built a financial investigations practice before rejoining EY to help grow its multidisciplined investigations practice. His role is to provide rapid responses to any potential reputational threats.
‘These days knowledge can be everywhere,’ he says. That’s why we have to be so broad in the capabilities we have — there’s a constant need to stay on top of the techniques required to find that data quickly and work out what can be done with it: how you can retrieve it, remove it, deal with it.’
The father of two works closely with a number of top lawyers and counts HNWs, company boards and individuals among his clients, as well as a number of family offices.