Suad Jacobs is the Head of ENS' Forensics practice in the Johannesburg office, and is a well-known white collar crime prosecutor and forensics lawyer. She specialises in leading forensic investigations in the areas of procurement, fraud and corruption in the private and public sectors.
Suad has acted for a variety of government departments and private entities in South Africa, and her investigations have led to numerous successful disciplinary and criminal proceedings against offenders, as well as the recovery of losses in various criminal matters.
Prior to joining ENS, Suad acted in various senior roles within the South African law enforcement environment, including as a senior state advocate for the Directorate of Special Operations (the Scorpions) and as the national investigations director for the Special Investigating Unit.
Her experience includes advising clients on anti-fraud and anti-corruption matters, including on compliance requirements in the Unites States’ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 1977, the United Kingdom’s Bribery Act, 2010, as well as the South African Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004.
Suad also assists clients with anti-fraud and anti-bribery due diligence and compliance programmes, and with preventing fraud through the development and implementation of policies and strategies and specialised in-house training and educational programmes. In addition, she is experienced in conducting enhanced anti-bribery due diligence investigations in respect of acquisitions, joint ventures and agent/intermediary appointments.
She has presented various workshops and provided training on fraud, corruption, cybersecurity and the prevention of cybercrime, and has conducted extensive capacity building training on behalf of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Swaziland with the Swaziland Anti-Corruption Commission, the Royal Swazi Police and the National Prosecuting Authority. She is also an occasional lecturer at the University of Pretoria in the forensics certificate course.
Suad is an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is a member of the Institute of Commercial Forensic Practitioners.
Suad is also recognised as a leading/recommended lawyer by:
- Chambers Global Guide 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 – Corporate Investigations (South Africa)
- Best Lawyers® 2023, 2021, 2020 – Criminal Defence (South Africa)
area of expertiseFORENSICS
- BA (University of Cape Town)
- LLB (University of Cape Town)
- Higher Diploma in Tax Law (University of Cape Town)
- LLM (University of Cape Town)
- LLM (University of London)