EY elevates Aaron Perryman to head of Financial Services Advisory for APAC

01 June 2018 Consultancy.asia

International professional services firm EY has elevated Partner Aaron Perryman to the head of its Asia-Pacific financial services advisory practice.

The Singapore-based Perryman has been with Ernst & Young since 2012, most recently leading the Big Four firm’s Digital business for financial services in APAC, along with being Singapore Financial Services Banking & Capital Markets Advisory Leader. Perryman will now lead the Financial Services Advisory for EY in the Asia Pacific, according to finance news agency finews.asia, which confirmed the appointment with a company spokesperson.

Perryman, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1995, has over 18 years of experience under his belt in financial services consulting and systems implementation in Asia and the US, serving clients in the global banking, capital markets and insurance sectors on performance & operations, targeted operating models, alternative sourcing, and the definition and execution of transformation programmes.

Prior to joining EY, Perryman was at Accenture for 16 years, latterly as a Senior Executive, joining the now digitally-minded professional services firm in 1996 upon graduation. While acting as Senior Manager in Financial Services at Accenture’s South Korean branch, Perryman participated in the firm’s development partnership programme with Oxfam on an agricultural scale-up pilot in Ethiopia, India and Honduras.Aaron Perryman, Asia Pacific Financial Services Advisory Leader - EY“The opportunity to play a part in a change programme that targets the alleviation of poverty and suffering for women, men and children at a scale that makes a measurable impact at a country and global level is tremendously rewarding,” Perryman said at the time. “By contributing our project management, strategic planning, financial modeling and capability development skills, we helped to ensure a structured approach was exercised in executing the large, multi-country programme.”

Perryman will take over from Steven Lee, EY Managing Partner and another long-term former Accenture senior executive, who is reported to be moving into the EY Asia-Pacific Financial Services Regional Accounts Leader role based out of Hong Kong. Perryman, meanwhile, will remain in Singapore, according to finews.asia. Further to his roles with EY, Perryman has also been a regular speaker on the subject of digital evolution in the finance sector.

EY Asia-Pacific is billed as firm’s fastest growing region, with a headcount of 44,000 and takings in excess of $3.5 billion for the 2017 financial year – representing growth of 11.3%. Late last year, the firm promoted 20-year company veteran Patrick Winter to Deputy Managing Partner for Asia Pacific, with Winter taking on the CEO & Area Managing Partner role from the 1st of July this year.


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Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration leader

16 April 2019 Consultancy.asia

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.