Karen Briggs

Partner and UK Head of Brexit

KPMG in the UK

Karen Briggs is the Head of Brexit and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board at KPMG in the UK since January 2015. She has built a strong market reputation for working on large-scale international regulatory issues, involving complex legal negotiations, for some of KPMG’s most high profile clients making her well placed to work with organisations at home and abroad as they adapt to the post Brexit world.

Karen leads a dedicated team of experts (Brexperts) to support clients in mitigating the risks and taking advantages of the opportunities that arise from Brexit. 

A Forensic partner by background, she was seconded for two years to the Bank of England's Special Investigations Unit, and became Head of Bank Investigations within the Enforcement Division of the FSA (now FCA) during this period. During this time she was also an advisor to the Board of Banking Supervision.

Karen’s experience ranges from leading money laundering and fraud investigations to the provision of financial crime advisory services covering fraud risk strategy and operational efficiency reviews.  She has been involved in a number of reports to the regulator concerning fraud investigation, money laundering, sanctions and miss-selling. She has led large regulatory and fraud investigations for investment banks, insurers and retail banks and has written reports used as expert evidence in the prosecution of fraud. 

Karen has been a Partner at KPMG for 18 years and has held a number of senior positions including Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering and more recently UK Head of Solutions, which comprises Tax, Deal Advisory and Management & Risk Consulting and the innovation and investment strategy. 

Areas of expertise

Advisory Banking Capital Markets Financial Services Investment Management Investment banks Operational Strategy Retail banking Risk Consulting Strategy and Operations

Education and qualifications

  • Mathematics BSc (Hons), University of Leeds

Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

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