Austin Chinenye Mbadugha
- Position: Partner | Head, Forensics, Investigations & Compliance Services
- Experience: 3 years
- Location: 14, Oluwole Street,off Chief Collins Uchidiuno Street,Lekki Phase One. Lagos
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Experience & Biography
Austin is a Partner at NICCOM LLP and is the Head of our Forensic and Compliance Services unit.
Prior to joining NICCOM in February 2020, he was a Manager in the Fraud Investigation & Disputes
Services (later reamed Forensic & Integrity Services) unit of Ernst & Young (EY).
He has provided a wide array of forensic services to clients in different industries within and outside Africa, including due diligence (including background checks), forensic investigations, privacy and data protection compliance, business integrity and corporate compliance services. He has managed different engagement teams on client engagements at EY and NICCOM, and has worked with multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams on those engagements.
Austin adds value to clients by assisting them to ensure stability of their compliance environment and strategy, as well as manage fraud and other non-compliance risks. He has vast experience in
conducting investigations and compliance assessments of businesses and targets to ascertain the
extent of compliance with extant regulatory frameworks, including anti-fraud, anti-bribery and
corruption, anti-money laundering, and data privacy.
He also advises and guides clients in mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, to ascertain the legal and compliance standing of prospective targets, business partners and key personnel. In addition, Austin has expertise in performing due diligence (including background checks) on potential directors, managers, employees, vendors, agents, and third-party intermediaries.
Austin’s experience covers various sectors, including Oil & Gas/Energy, Power & Utilities, Tech & Automation, Consumers Goods, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences, Regulatory Services, Investment & Securities, Public Sector, International Organisations, Manufacturing and Financial 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 such as the Economic Community of West Africa
States (ECOWAS), the East African Community (EAC), and the British Council.
Austin has a bachelor’s degree in Law from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka (where he finished as
the best graduating student in his faculty), and an MBA from the University of South Wales. He is a
qualified attorney, having been called to the Nigerian Bar. He also holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential, as well as a Master of Data Privacy certification issued by Exterro, USA.
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.