FTI Consulting, Inc., the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organisations protect and enhance their enterprise value, today announced the appointment of Jarrod Baker as Senior Managing Director and Head of the firm’s Forensic Accounting and Advisory Services practice in Singapore.
Utilising over 15 years of experience as a forensic accountant, Mr. Baker has conducted numerous investigations in relation to complex fraud, serious misconduct and financial crime. He is well-versed in helping corporates meet their regulatory compliance obligations, with a particular focus on the requirements of international anti-corruption legislation, such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and the UK Bribery Act. Mr. Baker has also conducted dispute advisory engagements relating to breach of contract, business interruption insurance and product recall. In his new role at FTI Consulting, Mr. Baker will enhance our capabilities in forensic accounting, financial investigations, dispute advisory and regulatory compliance, with a particular focus on the Singapore and Southeast Asia markets.
Commenting on Mr. Baker’s appointment, Rod Sutton, Chairman of the Asia Pacific region of FTI Consulting said,“Jarrod’s significant global experience makes him a valuable addition to the team and his expertise will certainly bolster our forensic accounting offering across the board. His very strong background in regulatory investigations and significant understanding of corporate regulatory compliance obligations will be of immense value to our clients in Southeast Asia and complement the work of our existing team in Asia Pacific.”
Mr. Baker offers unique insight to client engagements given his experience gained leading multi-disciplinary forensic teams within the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms and while working in the Enforcement Division of the UK financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority. In addition, he was the in-house forensic accountant for an internal audit department of a Fortune 100 manufacturing corporation based in Switzerland.
Mr. Baker has been involved in various high-profile matters including a U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) investigation of a “Big Oil” corporation for violations of the FCPA in Nigeria; a SEC investigation into alleged fraudulent financial reporting of a Fortune 500 IT corporation’s operations in Asia and Europe; the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s largest ever investigation into the split capital investment trust sector; a DOJ investigation into Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions violations by a major UK financial institution; and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s investigation into the largest corporate collapse in the country.
“I am excited about joining a firm with a strong global platform and high caliber team of professionals who are experienced working on major forensic engagements across the globe,” said Mr. Baker. “I look forward to growing and entrenching FTI Consulting’s Forensic Accounting and Advisory Services practice in Singapore as we assist clients operating across the Asia Pacific region facing high stakes litigation, complex investigations and regulatory scrutiny.”
Further highlighting his expertise in the area of anti-corruption, Mr. Baker currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Australian affiliate of Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption. He is also a qualified accountant and a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. (fticonsulting.com) is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organisations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,400 employees located in 26 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The Company generated $1.76 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2014.