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Alex Sleightholme

Alex Sleightholme

Ernst & Young LLP
Senior Manager, Assurance Services, Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services
San Francisco, CA, USA


Alex Sleightholme brings over 15 years of professional services experience with the Big 4, assisting clients with complex issues related to corporate compliance, operating model design, investigation and revenue authority disputes. Alex focuses on assisting clients with business integrity and corporate compliance needs, including bribery investigations and anti-bribery programs. His experience includes life sciences, media, telecoms and consumer products and has been gained across EY’s Tax, Advisory and Assurance practices.

As well as supporting clients in performing complex internal investigations Alex uses his experience to assist companies in identifying where risks are present, using investigation techniques to understand the business activities being carried at the lowest level, and how to best manage those risks from an operational perspective. Alex’s most recent experience is helping a global pharmaceutical company design an independent business monitoring strategy to enable the company to monitor 15 risk areas consistently across all of its global operations. Alex is also currently assisting a global pharmaceutical company respond to a Department of Justice investigation into alleged breaches of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which has involved in-depth investigation in several countries to understand local business practices and individual behaviors, as well as investigation the related accounting entries. Alex has also recently been assisting a global pharmaceutical company to design a program to support commercial staff understand and identify compliance risks (including bribery and corruption) based on policies and procedures in place.

Alex has worked for EY in the UK, India and the United States and is experienced at working in diverse cultures and leading multi-jurisdictional teams working across several time zones.

His EY career has seen Alex assist companies with responding to revenue authority investigations, manage the transition to using a shared service centre, design a new operating model for a global finance function, as well as his work in assisting companies in understanding how they are exposed to compliance risks and how to manage them.

Alex has a Bachelor’s degree in Law, is a qualified Barrister, and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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