Key areas of expertise:
Fraud and Misconduct Investigations, Corporate Compliance, Fraud Risk Assessments, Conveyancing, Transaction Forensics and Due Diligence, Disputes, Incident Management
Austin is an experienced attorney and forensic professional with expertise in investigations and compliance-related matters. He has an LL.B degree from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, where he emerged as the Best-graduating student in his faculty. He also has an MBA from the University of South Wales.
Austin adds value to clients by assisting them to ensure the stability of their compliance environment and strategy, as well as fraud risks. He has vast experience in conducting investigations, as well compliance assessments of businesses and targets, to ascertain extent of compliance with extant regulatory framework, including anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, labour, and data privacy. He also provides advice and guidance to clients in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, to ascertain the legal and compliance standing of the client’s potential business partner. In addition, Austin has expertise in performing due diligence (including background checks) on potential employees, vendors and third-party intermediaries of clients.
His experience covers various industry sectors, including oil & gas/energy, power and utilities, consumer, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, regulatory services, investment and securities, public sector and international organizations, manufacturing and financial services.
Prior to joining NICCOM, Austin was a Manager in the Forensic & Integrity practice of Ernst & Young Nigeria. In that role, he constantly worked with cross-border teams to serve clients within and outside sub-Saharan Africa, thereby gaining much-needed experience in the provision of investigation and compliance services. He has worked in several countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda and Tanzania, and has also provided services to clients in the UK, the USA, Singapore, France and Belgium. He has also provided services to international organizations like ECOWAS, East African Community, and the British Council.
Austin is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, and a certified member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, USA. His hobbies include swimming, traveling, meeting new people, conducting research, and mentoring.