Greg Esslinger is a senior managing director in the Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice and is based in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. He is also the leader of FTI Consulting’s global Anti-Corruption, Compliance and Ethics (ACE) group. Mr. Esslinger has over 18 years’ experience conducting domestic and international matters in support of boards, senior management and counsel. His experience includes FCPA and government corruption; complex financial fraud; audit committee and special committee investigations; international due diligence and asset tracing; internal controls review and global compliance program development. He has conducted matters in more than 40 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Prior to his consulting career, Mr. Esslinger spent five years as a Special Agent with the FBI. There he conducted international terrorism and terrorist financing investigations in which he worked extensively overseas with foreign intelligence and law enforcement services. Mr. Esslinger has worked on several of the highest-profile international corruption matters and has extensive experience appearing personally on behalf of clients before the DOJ and SEC.
Recent corruption-related matters include: Appointed as Independent Compliance Consultant for a large pharmaceutical company in its settlement with the SEC; investigative response to SEC allegations for a large architecture and engineering firm related to alleged payments in China; compliance program development for several medical device and supply companies; investigations, compliance program implementation and high risk audits on a global basis for a Fortune 50 client, including intensive matters in Brazil, Poland, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Russia/CIS, India and China; post-acquisition diligence and pre-integration corruption review of a medical device manufacturer; investigation and compliance program remediation for a government contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; investigation on behalf of an oil and gas infrastructure company involving alleged bribery in Kazakhstan and Angola; post-investigation transactional risk analysis for an energy company seeking to defend its compliance position with the U.S. government; pre-transactional review and due diligence on third parties in more than 20 countries.
Recent fraud and general investigative matters include: Investigation and operational integrity analysis for public companies’ Latin and South American operations in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia; embezzlement investigation in Poland; multi-state health care investigation involving more than $25 million in fraudulent claims submissions; $400 million bank fraud involving several of the nation’s largest financial institutions; $75 million sub-prime lending fraud investigation and underwriting analysis for a government-backed loan originator; construction fraud on a $500 million multi-phase airport project.
Mr. Esslinger is also the creator and chair of a first-of-its-kind anti-corruption training seminar in Lagos, Nigeria. The seminar teaches professionals and government officials in Nigeria and sub-Saharan African nations about the current state of anti-bribery laws and risks, as well as compliance program implementation.
Mr. Esslinger holds a J.D., cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law and a B.A. with honors from the University of the South. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a frequent lecturer and speaker at industry events on corruption, fraud, compliance and investigations.