Matthew Purchase

Matthew Purchase

Johannesburg, South Africa
T: +27 11 669 9568
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Matthew Purchase is a partner in our Dispute Resolution Department and a member of the Corporate Investigations Practice.

Matthew has over 14 years’ experience in conducting forensic investigations.

Matthew has conducted numerous investigations in the public sector. He regularly provides corruption due diligence and fraud risk analyses, assisting clients in identifying corruption and corporate criminal liability risks as well as system control weaknesses and compliance issues. Matthew has assisted large multinational clients in performing corruption reviews in other African jurisdictions including Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also provides advice to clients concerning the applicable legislative regime in South Africa and other jurisdictions, including international conventions to which South Africa is a party, as well as foreign legislation impacting local businesses.

Matthew has designed numerous training programmes and has provided extensive fraud prevention and awareness training, compliance and dawn raid training to public and private sector clients both inside and outside of South Africa.  Matthew has also conducted training on behalf of clients in Namibia and Tanzania, including members of the Tanzanian Anti-Corruption Commission. He has written a number of articles that have been published in the local press and in business reports and has also contributed to international periodicals. Matthew is the author of the South African Chapter of the International Investigations Review Publication.

Matthew has broad legal and forensic experience and has conducted complex forensic investigations for listed companies and large multinationals. He routinely advises clients on all aspects of compliance and white-collar crime including, the prevention, detection and investigation thereof as well as dealing with the civil and criminal consequences of commercial crime. Clients also seek Matthew’s advice on the implementation of specific fraud prevention measures and the development of fraud prevention plans. Matthew has extensive corporate and commercial litigation experience and is admitted to appear in the High Court.

Matthew obtained BCom and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch and was admitted as an attorney in 2000.  In addition, Matthew is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is a member of both the American and South African Chapters of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (“ACFE”).  Matthew was elected as a director and executive committee member of the South African ACFE in 2010/2011, 2011/2012 and 2012/2013

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  • Chambers and Partners consistently ranked Matthew in Band 2 for Corporate Investigations for the past six consecutive years (2016 to 2021).

“Matthew Purchase is well recognised for his expertise concerning white-collar crime investigations, particularly fraud and corruption. He has experience managing investigations for clients in a variety of industry sectors, including banks, IT service providers and public authorities.” – Chambers and Partners, 2021

“Matthew Purchase is heavily active in white-collar investigations that include allegations of fraud, corruption and compliance issues. He is respected by sources for his expert handling of investigations, with one stating: “Whenever you have a question and discuss something, the advice he’s giving is based on in-depth knowledge.” Interviewees further praise him as “hard-working and determined to establish the facts of the matter.”” – Chambers and Partners, 2020

“Sources praise Matthew Purchase as “highly knowledgeable,” adding that he “has terrific legal and practical judgement.” He also receives praise for his assured handling of witness interviews. Purchase regularly conducts compliance investigations across the African continent, as well as handling anti-fraud, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery mandates.” – Chambers and Partners, 2019

“Matthew Purchase maintains a strong reputation among peers for his work on major corporate investigations. He is renowned for his litigation skills and knowledge of anti-corruption matters, with one satisfied client stating: “I would always choose him to do the work because he is very reliable, writes beautifully and has a very clear legal mind so gets to the nub of the matter very quickly.”” – Chambers and Partners, 2018

‘Matthew Purchase is widely renowned in this space for his litigation skills, with noteworthy strength in anti-corruption matters and large-scale investigations. Sources describe him as “a very calm and collected individual” and note his ability to “meet and exceed the customer’s expectations.”’ Chambers and Partners 2017

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