Susan Breytenbach
CA(SA), Certified Fraud Examiner, Commercial Forensic Practitioner
Afrikaans, English, French, German
South African, South Africa
Thought leadership:
“The step change from conventional accountant/auditor to forensic accountant”, South African Institute of Chartered Accounts and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners conference, March 2013
“Using financial records to prove your case”, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners regional training event, May 2013
Training to EY’s Forensics practice on quality and risk management relating to forensic investigation and forensic accounting engagements (2016-2023)
Professional societies:
SAICA - 1681
ACFE - 31470501
ICFP - 1021
Other experience:
Susan is a partner at EY and Quality leader for EY's Forensics practice across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. She is a chartered accountant with over 26 years experience providing forensic investigation and expert witness services. Susan has led various expert witness engagements in respect of disputes dealing with financial issues and measurement of damages. She has also led several expert determination engagements. Her experience includes fact finding, analyses and damages quantification in disputes relating to financial transactions, performance thresholds, breach of contract claims and quantification of losses as a result of business interruption and fraud. She has also supported insolvency enquiries, including investigating preferential treatment of creditors. Her investigation experience includes leading multi-disciplinary teams, and matters that require the analysis of large volumes of financial documents and data, including transactional analysis and the reconciliation of various data sources. Susan has provided testimony in criminal and civil proceedings.
  • Accountant/Chartered Accountant
  • Forensic and investigative accounting
Industry experience
  • Accounting
  • Asset Management
  • Auditing
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Energy & Resources
  • Food & Beverages
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Insurance
  • Liquidations
  • Property & Real Estate
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Technology
  • Other
Experience in respect of contract types
  • Agency/Distribution
  • Charter Parties
  • Construction/Engineering
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Loan/other Loan Facility
  • Partnership
  • Sale of Goods
  • Shareholders/Share Purchase/Joint Venture
Experience - Number of cases testified in
  • As expert at court: 20+
  • As expert before arbitrator: 6-20
  • In mediation: 0
  • Expert determination / Alternative dispute resolution: 6-20
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