- Senior Managing Director
- Forensic & Litigation Consulting
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- F: +44 20 3727 1007
- 200 Aldersgate
- Aldersgate Street
- London, EC1A 4HD
- United Kingdom
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- M.A., Classics, Oxford University
- Associate of the Academy of Experts
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Financial Investigations
- Forensic Accounting & Investigations
- Forensic Litigation Consulting
Ian Thompson is a Senior Managing Director in the FTI Consulting Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice and is based in London. For over 18 years, Ian has undertaken financial investigations, litigation and dispute advisory work, insolvency, auditing, due diligence and corporate finance assignments.
He has worked full-time on forensic engagements for 15 years, and is generally instructed amidst allegations of financial irregularity and/or circumstances of financial distress.
Ian has given oral evidence on five occasions; three in the High Court in London and two in the Commercial Court in the British Virgin Islands (“BVI”). He has been cross-examined by top-ranked QCs.
Ian was recently instructed as expert on a CIS case involving allegations of fraud in relation to a number of construction projects. He was described by the judge as both providing “invaluable assistance” and as an expert “in which the Court can have confidence." The judge also wrote,“Mr Thompson, in particular, provided a detailed analysis of the relevant money flows in certain appendices which…were relied upon extensively by both sides at trial.”
Ian was instructed as expert on a case involving complex cash-tracing in respect of over 50 bank accounts, in order to establish how funds had been applied. He was described by the judge as having given “extraordinarily careful attention to the matter.” Both the judge and opposing counsel essentially accepted a key part of his evidence.
Ian assisted the BVI and Bermudian governments with a complex, multi-jurisdictional investigation in relation to allegations of money laundering and corruption. He investigated the activities of numerous Bermudian entities, including the source and application of their funds. This led to their liquidation and the confiscation of just over $45 million.
Ian undertook an investigation in relation to a high profile divorce, acting for the wife in the tracing of assets, said to be worth in the region of £400 million to £1 billion. The judge referred to FTI Consulting “setting out pitilessly in a preliminary exposé the scale of [the Husband]'s non-compliance in his replies.”
Ian was seconded to the former Department of Trade and Industry in the UK, where he undertook numerous company investigations. Twelve companies were wound up in the public interest and two directors disqualified. In relation to one such case, Ian was described by the judge as “in all respects a careful, reliable and truthful witness.”
Ian was also a key part of the London team acting on behalf of the US trustee for the liquidation of a financial services company following the collapse of an alleged $65 billion Ponzi scheme.
Ian is recognised by Who’s Who Legal for forensic accounting, investigations and asset recovery. He is described as having a “meticulous eye for detail” and “an uncanny ability to effortlessly find solutions to complex problems.”