Simon Blade

Senior Partner

Hong Kong

Simon Blade is a Senior Partner in Control Risks’ Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice in Hong Kong. He has specialised in forensic accounting, litigation support, restructuring and insolvency for the past 25 years, and spent 20 years based in Hong Kong where he has worked on numerous engagements throughout China and South-East Asia.

  • Senior Partner
  • Asia Pacific
  • Creating a Compliant Organisation
  • Due Diligence


Simon Blade is a Senior Partner in Control Risks’ Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice in Hong Kong. He has specialised in forensic accounting, litigation support, restructuring and insolvency for the past 25 years, and spent 20 years based in Hong Kong where he has worked on numerous engagements throughout China and South-East Asia.

Simon has advised in diverse investigative and forensic accounting assignments and shareholder disputes across Asia Pacific, often as an expert witness. Simon has also acted in numerous corporate restructurings, primarily advising boards, shareholders, creditors or bankers. He has acted as receiver or liquidator of more than 600 Hong Kong entities as well as off-shore holding entities.


Some of Simon’s prominent engagements include:
  • Investigated whistle-blower allegations concerning a China-based subsidiary of a US-listed medical instrument supplier resulting in the client self-reporting FCPA breaches to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Investigated Hong Kong listing fraud and retained by the Hong Kong Department of Justice to give expert testimony in two separate High Court trials.
  • Advised and provided interim financial management of a Nasdaq-listed toy manufacturer to facilitate a merger with two independent entities in the US and UK and the MBO of a non-core business.
  • Acted as liquidator of a PRC joint venture bank including realising the distressed debt portfolio and its interest in syndicated loans.


Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London. In 2001, Simon co-founded Baker Tilly Hong Kong, which sold its forensic accounting and insolvency practice to FTI Consulting in 2010. Prior to joining Control Risks, Simon was a senior managing director in FTI Consulting’s forensic and litigation consulting practice.

Simon is a fellow of the Hong Kong Society of Chartered Accountants, a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds a specialist designation in insolvency.

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