Asia-based CPI appoints Jochum Haakma to bolster European relations

14 May 2018

CPI, a financial consultancy and interim services provider with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, has appointed the Dutchman Jochum Haakma as Senior Advisor. The Asia expert, who started in his new role on April 1st, will mainly focus on building business development relations at Asian corporates.

Jochum Haakma (68) has an extensive track record in the public and private sectors. During his time as a diplomat, he held a variety of roles, including as the Embassy Council and Head of the Economic Department in Jakarta. He was Consul General in Hong Kong / Macao and Shanghai from 1997 to 2006, after which he became Managing Director of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), which is part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

In 2007, Haakma transferred to business and became the Global Executive Director of Business Development at TMF Group, an international supplier of back office services (legal and tax compliance) with offices in 86 countries. In 2011-2012, Haakma was also Chief Advisor Public Affairs European Region for Huawei Technologies in Brussels, one of the largest telecom infrastructure providers in the world. He also served for seven years as chairman of the China Working Group of the Holland Financial Center (HFC).Jochum HaakmaIn addition to holding the chairmanship of the NCH (the Dutch Center for Trade Promotion), Haakma is now chairman of the Netherlands-China Business Council (CNBC) and chairman of the EU-China Business Association (EUCBA) in Brussels.

Simone Heidema, CEO of CPI, describes Haakma as a great acquisition for the consulting firm, which she founded in 2005. “Jochum is a huge source of inspiration for me. With his impressive network and focus on Asian companies, we are confident we can expand our scope and attract new partners at a high level.”

CPI focuses on finance, risk and governance issues. The firm provides consultancy and especially interim services to multinationals, with a focus on Dutch multinationals including FrieslandCampina, Rabobank, Philips, ABN AMRO, AkzoNobel, KPN, Achmea, NS, Delta Lloyd, De Volksbank, Action and Aegon. CPI, which is headquartered in Amsterdam, has a strong footprint in Asia, with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The consultancy has a core team of 25 professionals and can further draw on an interim file of around 500 independent professionals.

“What an honour to be able to contribute to bridging the gap between Asian and European thinking. The unorthodox and 'out of the box' approach of CPI appeals to me,” Haakma said.

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Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration leader

16 April 2019

Deloitte has brought in Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration Leader. Hayler crosses from FTI Consulting – continuing the recent personnel shuffle in the regional forensics space.

Following the onboarding of veteran forensics expert Jarrod Baker as its new Forensic Investigations Leader for Southeast Asia earlier this year, global professional services leader Deloitte has added another ex-FTI Consulting executive to its regional forensics practice with the appointment of Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration leader. It’s Hayler’s second stint at the Big Four firm.

Originally starting out as an auditor in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals & energy practice of fellow Big Four firm KPMG in the UK (via a five-year Technical Director role with specialist life sciences consultancy Primarius), Hayler after three years crossed to Deloitte in 2008, serving as an Associate Director for its Forensic & Dispute Services division in London, and then from 2012 in Singapore. 

From there, Hayler joined the Singapore office of FTI Consulting’s Economic & Financial practice, promoted to senior managing director at the beginning of last year. Now, like his colleague Baker, Hayler has returned for his second stint with Deloitte, after respectively four and nearly six years with FTI. Meanwhile, FTI recently added e-discovery expert Christopher Marks as a senior managing director – continuing its global raid on Ernst & Young.

“I am delighted to be returning to Deloitte rejoining old friends and being on board with a great team,” Hayler said. This is an exciting time to be back at Deloitte as the firm has made great strides integrating to serve its clients across Asia Pacific better and I look forward to being part of that success.” As of September last year, Deloitte began integrating its Asia Pacific arms into single operational unit – with a co-attendant $321 million investment committed to human capital.Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration Leader in Southeast AsiaHayler across his career has developed expertise in a broad range of  competencies around forensics, disputes and litigation, including complex valuations, M&A and contractual disputes, accounting irregularities; alleged misappropriation, asset tracing and fraud investigations among others – having led or advised teams multiple jurisdictions in “some of the largest and most complex cases in the last decade.”

“Having Richard in our leadership team is a strong market differentiator,” said Tim Phillipps, Deloitte’s Financial Crime Strategy and Response Network leader for APAC. “His track record and extensive experience will be critical as we continue to expand and strengthen our presence in the Southeast Asia region.  It will enhance our capacity to serve our clients, and ensure that we continue to provide clear, timely and insightful counsel.”

In addition to Deloitte, Hayler serves on the Standards Review Board of the International Valuation Standards Council, as well as being a member of the adjunct faculty at Singapore Management University’s School of Law and the Honorary Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Singapore. He was also last year a group representative for financial & fintech business group with the local British Chamber of Commerce.

According to the firm, Hayler’s recruitment forms part of its plans to expand its forensics services in the region – a practice which has already grown substantially in recent years to include more than 125 dedicated forensic practitioners based in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, with growth driven by investment in disputes and arbitration, electronic discovery, investigations, forensic digital platforms and financial crime advisory and analytics among other areas.