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Michael Pace

Michael R. Pace

  • Global Practice Leader and Senior Managing Director, Global Risk and Investigations Practice (GRIP)
  • Forensic & Litigation Consulting
  • T: +1 312 252 4011
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    • 227 West Monroe Street
    • Suite 900
    • Chicago, IL, 60606
    • United States
    • T: +1 312 759 8100
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Michael Pace is a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting and is based in Chicago. Mr. Pace is the Global Leader of the FTI Consulting Global Risk and Investigations Practice (GRIP). He specializes in conducting complex investigative assignments for boards and senior management at public and private corporations, legal counsel, the financial sector, and educational institutions. Mr. Pace's case work has included corporate investigations involving allegations of fraud or corporate corruption, due diligence investigations, asset investigations and dispute-related inquiries. He has conducted investigations in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Among his numerous internal corporate investigations, Mr. Pace led a global inquiry for a multi-national investment firm involving the misappropriation of trade secrets, proprietary trading strategies, and other valuable intellectual property assets, and he supervised an asset investigation that included fact-finding and analysis in the Ukraine, Russia, and the U.S. Mr. Pace has led audit committee investigations, including a case for a $12 billion publicly-traded manufacturing company that involved allegations of significant accounting fraud and other misconduct. Mr. Pace also has significant anti-corruption experience, most recently supervising the investigation into allegations of wide-spread corruption in the Chinese operations of a multi-national life sciences company; conducting a risk assessment of a global health care company’s operations and practices in China; conducting an investigation of alleged FCPA violations in Europe and Argentina for a medical device manufacturer; and leading the FCPA pre-acquisition due diligence in Pakistan, Oman, Bangladesh, Egypt, China, and Indonesia related to the commercial agents of a target company in the oil and gas sector.

Mr. Pace has applied a variety of forensic accounting, investigative, computer forensics, and analytical resources to solve client problems. In a trade secret matter, his team proved that key management at a client subsidiary company had been planning to form a competitor and were illegally influencing buyers in the industry. As a result of his team's investigation, the client saved $30 million in the form of various payouts. Mr. Pace regularly helps clients respond to subpoenas and inquiries from regulators and third parties that require collecting, processing, hosting, and reviewing substantial volumes of electronic data, including email, MS Office documents, transactional data from financial systems, and other electronically stored information.

Before joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Pace was Managing Director and Co-Leader of the Dispute Analysis and Forensics practice at Alvarez & Marsal in Chicago. Previously, he was the Chicago office head for Kroll Associates where, for eight years, he built and led Kroll's investigations, intelligence and security businesses in the Midwestern United States. Mr. Pace was also a litigator at Jenner & Block, handling commercial and civil litigation matters, white collar criminal defense cases, and internal investigations. Mr. Pace began his career in 1989 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago with the Department of Justice, where he spent five years investigating and prosecuting fraud, racketeering, narcotics, violent crime and other complex cases.

Mr. Pace was named in the National Law Journal’s Inaugural List of 50 Governance, Risk & Compliance Trailblazers & Pioneers in 2014; in Who’s Who Legal: Forensic and Litigation Consulting Experts in 2016; in Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery Experts in 2015 and 2016; and in Who’s Who Legal: Experts – Forensics & Litigation Consulting – Accountants in 2017. 

Mr. Pace has a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.S. in finance from the College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Chicago Crime Commission, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Pace has been a guest lecturer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management on White Collar Crime.

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