Michel Hagenaar brings more than 20 years of experience in accounting, auditing, forensic investigations, and disputes with complex financial and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) issues.
He has provided a wide range of internal control assessment services,
Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) 404 implementations, audit services, forensic accounting, dispute consulting and litigation support to clients in connection with post-transaction disputes, fraud investigations, regulatory inquiries and various complex litigation matters.
Michel has worked across a broad range of industries, including financial services, automotive, telecommunications, hospitality, retail, wholesale, transportation, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, food production and distribution, equipment leasing, oil and field services, shipping, not-for-profit, public sector and professional services.
Prior to joining StoneTurn, Michel spent more than 11 years in the Forensic and Litigation Services practices at Deloitte and several global professional services firms. During that time, he also led the Sarbanes-Oxley / Internal Control service line at a global consulting firm, where he implemented SOX 404 and remediated internal controls at public companies. Michel began his career in the Audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”).
Michel is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), Certified in Financial Forensics (“CFF”) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (“CFE”). He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.
Turn to Michel
Q: StoneTurn is known for being collaborative. Describe for us how the firm is able to work so seamlessly with clients and as colleagues.
StoneTurn always puts the needs of clients first, which means that our project teams often comprise the best professionals for the job, regardless of, for example, which StoneTurn office they are physically located. Having multidisciplinary teams of experienced professionals in multiple offices also enables us to truly work as a seamless national firm and present a united face to clients to most efficiently and effectively address their immediate needs.
Q: Clients also give StoneTurn high marks for being extremely responsive. Can you tell us about a time when you saw this in action?
During the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigation involving the alleged bribery of foreign nationals, our client reached out to us with a request for immediate assistance in Brazil. While we had no Portuguese speakers on staff at that time, we immediately reached out to our broad network of affiliates, liaised with one who is not only fluent in Portuguese, but also happened to be already in South America at the time. Within two business days, he was on the ground in Sao Paulo assisting our client, who was extremely impressed with StoneTurn’s quick response and ability to deliver the appropriate expertise.
Q: Why is the culture at StoneTurn so important to you?
Having worked at various other companies, I now realize how important it is to truly like the people you work with and to feel that you are an integral part of a successful team. Establishing a strong culture— one that everyone embraces—and developing it over time, goes a long way in creating the cohesive sense of team spirit and individual appreciation that is “the StoneTurn way.” In my personal experience, StoneTurn has consistently “walked the talk” when it comes to the collective vision of being a culture-maximizing firm.