Kristofer Swanson

Vice President and Practice Leader, Forensic Services

Kris has deep experience leading high-profile forensic accounting and cyber investigations, helping companies and their counsel reaffirm their commitment to integrity by independently responding to allegations of fraud, abuse, misconduct, and non-compliance.

These allegations have involved a broad range of matters, such as accounting irregularities, anti-money laundering, data breaches, False Claims Act violations, FCPA, Ponzi schemes, and trade secret thefts. Kris is regularly called upon to present his investigative findings to boards and management teams, and to government regulators such as the SEC, FDIC, Federal Reserve, and US Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG). He has testified numerous times on both liability and damages.

He has also been retained to serve as a court-appointed neutral in theft of trade secret matters; to provide forensic assistance to court-appointed receivers for failed financial institutions; to serve as an independent monitor for a gubernatorial recall effort; and in the health services space, to lead independent review organization (IRO) and compliance monitor assignments, as required under the terms of corporate integrity agreements and consent orders, and numerous voluntary self-disclosure engagements.

Kris is a member of various professional associations, including the AICPA, the Illinois CPA Society, the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors, the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers, and the Private Directors Association. He is a frequent speaker and author on forensic matters, and he has guest lectured at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and at various Chicago law schools. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (licensed in Illinois), a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and is Certified in Financial Forensics. He previously served as the head of PwC’s Forensics practice in the Midwest, where he led complex forensic assignments, conducted “shadow investigations” for audit clients, and led the Midwest practice to the highest utilization of any of PwC’s Forensics teams in America.

He currently serves on the Planning Committee and Faculty of the ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime; the Civic Leadership Committee of the Better Government Association; the Board of Directors of Big Shoulders Fund; the Membership Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago; the Planning Committee for Northwestern University’s Ray Garrett Jr. Annual Corporate and Securities Law Institute; the Board of Trustees of the SEC Historical Society; and as an Executive Advisor to the Metropolitan Planning Council.

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Thought Leader
Expert Investigations Forensic Accountant

Selected Engagements

  • 01
    Cryptocurrency Certified at CRA
    When allegations of fraud or misconduct arise involving cryptocurrencies or blockchains, CRA’s professionals help clients get to truth by preserving,...
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  • 02
    Investigated allegations of unauthorized software code
    Retained to investigate allegations that unauthorized software code had been deployed within SAP which had enabled changes to be made to reports and data in...
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  • 03
    Software licensing compliance for global company
    On behalf of a global information services company, we provided privileged independent assistance to help it identify potential issues or exposure that might...
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Global Leader | Thought Leader | Expert Investigations Forensic Accountant