FTI Consulting

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FTI Consulting
Corporation
Traded as NYSEFCN
Industry Professional services
Founded 1982
Founder Joe Reynolds, Dan Luczak
Headquarters Washington, D.C. (global)
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Steve Gunby
(President and CEO) [1]
Services Corporate finance & restructuring, economic consulting, forensic and litigation consulting, technology, strategic communications
Revenue IncreaseUS$1.76 billion (2014)
Number of employees
4,600[1]
Website http://www.fticonsulting.com

FTI Consulting is a business advisory firm headquartered in Washington, DC. The company specializes in the fields of corporate finance and restructuring, economic consulting, forensic and litigation consulting, strategic communications and technology. Founded as Forensic Technologies International Ltd in 1982, FTI Consulting employs more than 4,600 staff in 28 countries.[1]

The firm was involved in the Lehman Brothers[2] and General Motors bankruptcies,[3] the investigation into the Bernard Madoff fraud,[4] Bush v. Gore,[5] and the Major League Baseball steroid investigation.[6] As of September 2011, FTI Consulting had the largest restructuring business in the U.S.[7] In 2009, FTI Consulting was listed by Fortune as one of the 100 fastest growing U.S. companies.[8]

History and Acquisitions[edit]

Forensic Technologies International was founded in 1982 by two engineers, Joseph Reynolds and Daniel Luczak, to provide expert witnesses for litigation and provide visual presentations to demonstrate complex technical issues for juries. Luczak later served as FTI's chairman from 1992 to 1998. The company went public in May 1996, raising $11.1 million and debuting at $8.50 a share. It was one of the first litigation support companies to be publicly traded.[9][5]

Forensic Technologies International rebranded itself as FTI Consulting in 1998, and in 1999 began trading on the New York Stock Exchange as FCN.[10][11] After 1998, FTI's business focused increasingly on "financial surgery on troubled companies, either through bankruptcy proceedings or in workout situations with creditors."[5]

The company added over 1,000 employees to its Forensic and Litigation Consulting ("FLC") division since the passing of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which excluded auditors from providing consulting work to their public clients. FTI Consulting purchased PricewaterhouseCoopers' U.S. Business Recovery Services Division ("BRS") for $250 million in 2002, which at the time was the largest provider of bankruptcy, turnaround and business restructuring services in the United States.[12][13] The company purchased KPMG's Dispute Advisory Services in 2003.[14] The company purchased Chicago-based Compass Lexecon in 2003, maintaining the name as a subsidiary.[15]

FTI acquired Ringtail Solutions Group in 2005.[16] Ringtail's signature product, the Ringtail Discovery Software Suite, provides e-discovery and document management tools to assist corporations and law firms during litigation engagements. FTI acquired Attenex Corporation in 2008[17] and merged Attenex Patterns with Ringtail Discovery Software Suite to form Ringtail 8 E-discovery Software.[18]

In 2006 the company acquired the London-based communications consultancy Financial Dynamics ("FD").[19] FD is now referred to as the Strategic Communications Division of FTI. In 2007, FTI expanded into Latin America and reported $1 billion USD in annual revenue for the first time.[11][20]

In 2008, FTI purchased the Schonbraun McCann Group, a real estate consulting firm based in New York, and Forensic Accounting, a forensic accounting practice based in the UK.[21] In 2010, FS Asia Advisory Limited was acquired in Hong Kong, expanding FTI's activities in Asia.[22] In January 2014, FTI Consulting acquired London-based TLG Partners, which produced a series of annual thought leader indexes.[23][24][25] In the same month, Steven H. Gunby was named the firm's new president and chief executive officer.[26]

In 2015, The Deal named FTI Consulting the world's top restructuring adviser to distressed companies.[27] In 2016, the company led the list of the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration for the sixth consecutive year.[28]

Services[edit]

FTI Consulting is organized into five business segments. The first, Corporate Finance and Restructuring, provides business turnaround services, including support for restructuring, litigation, insolvency, and interim management. The second, Economic Consulting, provides economic analysis and expert testimony for law firms, corporations and government agencies. The third, Forensic and Litigation Consulting, provides investigative data analysis and forensic accounting services for businesses and healthcare systems. The fourth, Strategic Communications, offers public relations services for "clients managing financial, regulatory and reputational challenges." The fifth, Technology, provides specialized software to manage the risks involved in e-discovery.[29]

FTI's employees include specialists in banking, forensic accounting, real estate intellectual property, crisis communication, and construction as well as two winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.[30]

Partnerships[edit]

FTI Consulting has established partnerships with companies and organizations in several fields. It is a member of the World Economic Forum.[31] Some of the company's senior and regional leaders participate in the Forum's meetings, participating in several projects related to anti-corruption, energy and professional services principles.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FTI Consulting: Global Reach
  2. ^ "Lehman Creditors Panel Hires FTI Consulting, Houlihan Lokey" Bloomberg News 18 September 2008.
  3. ^ FTI Consulting chairman: West Palm Beach is good for business South Florida Business Journal 27 Jan. 2012.
  4. ^ "Lawyers make millions off Madoff mess" CNNMoney 16 Feb. 2011
  5. ^ a b c "It's a Grand Time to Be a Workout Artist". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  6. ^ Inc, Kiplinger Washington Editors (2008-06-01). Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. 
  7. ^ "FTI Raises Profile." Washington Post 31 Jul. 2011; "Baltimore consulting firm ready to put 25 companies under one name." The Washington Post 31 July 2011.
  8. ^ "100 Fastest-Growing Companies 2009 FTI Consulting - FCN - from FORTUNE." CNNMoney June 2012.
  9. ^ "A CASE FOR COURTROOM PRESENTATIONS". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  10. ^ "FTI Consulting, Inc. - Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History, Background Information on FTI Consulting, Inc.". www.referenceforbusiness.com. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  11. ^ a b "Company History | Business Growth | FTI Consulting EMEA". www.fticonsulting-emea.com. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  12. ^ "FTI Consulting raises profile". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  13. ^ FTI Consulting To Acquire U.S. Business Recovery Services Division ("BRS) Of PricewaterhouseCoopers [1]
  14. ^ FTI Consulting Completes Acquisition of KPMG's Dispute Advisory Services [2]
  15. ^ "Lexecon To Be Acquired by FTI Consulting". Compass Lexecon. September 25, 2003. 
  16. ^ FTI to pay $35M for Ringtail
  17. ^ FTI Consulting, Inc. To Acquire Attenex Corporation
  18. ^ "FTI to Launch Ringtail 8 E-discovery Software". FTI Technology. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  19. ^ "FTI Consulting to Acquire Financial Dynamics". PR Newswire. September 11, 2006. 
  20. ^ Plunkett, Jack W. (2008-03-01). Plunkett's Companion to the Almanac of American Employers 2008: Mid-Size Firms. Plunkett Research, Ltd. ISBN 9781593921071. 
  21. ^ "FTI Consulting Inc. (FCN): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research - Zacks Equity Research Report". NASDAQ.com. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  22. ^ "FTI Consulting (FCN) Completes Acquisition of FS Asia Advisory Limited". StreetInsider.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  23. ^ Farey, Daniel (2013-11-08). "FTI Consulting in advanced talks with TLG Partners". PR Week. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  24. ^ Farey, Daniel (2014-01-15). "FTI Consulting finalises acquisition of TLG". PR Week. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  25. ^ "TLG". Tlgpartners.com. Retrieved 2014-01-24. 
  26. ^ Ember, Sydney. "FTI Consulting Names New C.F.O.". DealBook. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  27. ^ Inc., TheStreet,. "The Deal Announces Q4 2015 Out-of-Court Restructuring League Tables". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  28. ^ Inc., FTI Consulting,. "FTI Consulting Professionals Recognized as Leading Expert Witnesses". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  29. ^ "Consulting Services | FTI Consulting Service Areas". www.fticonsulting.com. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  30. ^ "Who We Are | Professionals | Leaders | Economists | FTI Consulting". www.fticonsulting.com. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  31. ^ World Economic Forum website 1 May 2012
  32. ^ "Larger Asia Companies Look To Europe" Financial Times 22 January 2011.

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