KPMG in the Channel Islands announces the appointment of James Le Bailly, who re-joins the team as Audit Director.

Mr Le Bailly, a Chartered Accountant, has returned to the Channel Islands after two years working on secondment in San Francisco and the Bay Area. His international experience has allowed him to further develop his real estate expertise as well as providing valuable insight into venture capital financing and technology. This experience perfectly complements the Channel Islands firm’s growing Real Estate and Private Equity practices, and the Islands’ Digital and Fintech agenda.

During his secondment, Mr Le Bailly also worked as a Director in KPMG’s advisory practice on a significant Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) project on a key global client. He gained valuable insight into sustained internal controls compliance in an evolving and challenging regulatory environment, as well as significant US GAAP/GAAS and wider industry knowledge.

The expertise Mr Le Bailly gained during his time in San Francisco will be invaluable to clients in his new role in the Channel Islands. The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for the ever-growing technology wave of innovation and disruption and Mr Le Bailly has fully embraced this.

James Le Bailly, Audit Director, KPMG in the Channel Islands, says:

‘San Francisco was a real eye-opener for me. Not only the technology that I experienced first-hand, but the mind-set to disruption and innovation; challenging how we do things. I have returned to the Channel Islands excited about the future of our finance industry and the opportunity we have to continually showcase ourselves as innovative and forward thinking. It is great that firms such as KPMG are leading from the front with this.’

Jason Laity, Senior Partner, KPMG in the Channel Islands, says:

‘It is great to have James back in the team. His secondment has been invaluable, allowing him to build on ten years of experience in financial services and real estate in Jersey and Europe with two years in the innovation hub that is San Francisco and Silicon Valley. He has brought this vision back to the team in the Channel Islands and it parallels perfectly with our current business pipeline and the local digital agenda. James is an important part of our vision to be the clear choice for clients by bringing global knowledge and insights to the local market.’


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