Pamela J. Parizek is a managing director in the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, based in the Washington, D.C. office. She leads the Financial Investigations practice in North America. Pam is a recognized business leader, with more than 30 years of experience advising audit committees, C-suite executives and outside counsel on complex accounting, legal and regulatory matters.
Before joining Kroll, Pam served in the enforcement division of the SEC. She has also led the Washington, D.C. forensic practice of a Big Four accounting firm.
Over the past decade, Pam has led over 100 engagements in 30 countries, including numerous cross-border investigations into alleged anti-bribery and corruption violations. She has developed anti-bribery and corruption training programs, risk assessments, compliance audits, due diligence procedures and remediation plans for clients in EMEA, South America, APAC and the U.S. Her findings have been presented to the SEC, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Serious Fraud Office, and other U.S. and foreign regulatory authorities—in compliance with restrictive data protection and privacy regimes around the world.
Pam has also conducted a wide variety of forensic accounting investigations involving overstatement of revenue, improper deferral of expenses, misappropriation of assets, manipulation of reserves, improper accounting for bonus accruals, performance rebates and accounts receivable reserves, premature recognition of software revenue, and improper capitalization of current period expenses. She specializes in crisis management involving multiple constituents, including but not limited to U.S. and foreign regulators, corporate boards and audit committees, C-suite executives, external counsel, independent auditors and other stakeholders.
Pam’s regulatory compliance engagements include acting as an independent auditor to a regulated entity to assess compliance with undertakings as per SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) orders. She was also appointed as an independent auditor in a False Claims Act matter to facilitate settlement among a global shipping company, the DOJ and the Department of Navy. She has acted as an external compliance advisor for several multilateral investment funds to administer annual financial disclosure programs. Earlier in her career, she served as a forensic accountant to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) regulatory auditor to assess whether the NYSE’s policies and procedures pertaining to its investigations and disciplinary program were reasonably designed to detect and deter violations of federal securities laws and NYSE rules governing floor members.
Pam holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. from Harvard College. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Virginia and the district of Columbia. She is also a member of the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors.