Gareth Lea has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing, serving as a financial and operations leader, and as a testifying expert in accounting, auditing and financial fraud matters.
Gareth has worked with clients on forensic investigations and financial due diligence, as well
as on matters involving audit malpractice, purchase price disputes, revenue recognition, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (“GAAS”) and International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
Specifically, he focuses on litigation consulting, forensic accounting and compliance matters, and engagements involving white collar crime, and interim executive financial and operating roles. In addition, Gareth has recently served as Chief Compliance Officer at a leading New York-based registered investment adviser.
Gareth has worked with clients across many industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals, financial services, energy, healthcare and manufacturing, in the U.S., Asia and Europe.
Prior to joining StoneTurn, Gareth served as Chief Operating Officer with American Health Services. Previously, he was a Managing Director at a New York-based hedge fund, where he was Chief Compliance Officer, and head of asset management and financial due diligence for the firm’s investments in senior secured loan facilities to the middle market. Earlier in his career, he held senior accounting and auditing roles with several large professional services firms and two Big Four accounting firms, in the U.S. and Asia.
Gareth is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in New York and Texas), a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, Certified in Financial Forensics, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (“ACFE”).
Turn to Gareth
Q: StoneTurn is known for being collaborative. Describe for us how the firm is able to work so seamlessly with clients and as colleagues.
On a recent matter, while StoneTurn was not engaged as forensic accountants in an internal investigation, we were retained by the company’s audit committee to provide the company with additional support and guidance on accounting-related matters. In this role, we worked closely with several other leading accounting and consulting firms, as well as investigative legal counsel, to provide responsive and thoughtful services to our client. During the course of the assignment, the company passed along positive feedback, as well as comments made by the other firms, that not only did all parties appreciate the collaborative nature of the StoneTurn team, but they were also decidedly impressed with the quality of the experience provided by StoneTurn across all levels.
Q: What do you believe sets StoneTurn apart?
The people at StoneTurn are some of the most talented and collegial individuals with whom I have ever worked. At many other consulting firms, there is often an individualistic culture in which professionals are encouraged to look out for themselves and maximize profits whenever possible. StoneTurn operates as one team, sharing experiences and opportunities freely. Clients, in turn, benefit from access to a broader experience base of professionals who have previously faced similar circumstances and can help clients to untangle complex problems.