Frank A. Lazzara
- Managing Director
- T: +1 212 841 9336
- F: +1 212 841 9350
- Three Times Square
- 9th Floor
- New York, NY, 10036
- United States
- T: +1 212 247 1010
- F: +1 212 841 9350
- B.B.A., Public Accounting , Pace University
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Accounting Advisory
- Expert Testimony
- Financial Misstatement Fraud
- Forensic Accounting & Investigations
- Post-Acquisition Disputes
- Financial Institutions
- Retail & Consumer Products
- Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT)
Frank A. Lazzara is a Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in New York. Mr. Lazzara has over 25 years of experience in public accounting, internal audit, financial operations consulting and private industry expertise. He is responsible for facilitating all aspects of litigation support and forensic engagements including planning, accounting research, fieldwork coordination, managing client and counsel relationships and the preparation of expert reports.
Mr. Lazzara has extensive experience directing acquisition-related purchase price dispute assignments and is regularly engaged to support FTI Consulting colleagues acting as neutral arbitrators. He has managed international arbitration cases involving corporate mergers and acquisitions in the beverages and automobile accessories manufacturing industries. Domestically, he has advised on post-M&A disputes in the security alarm, software, metals manufacturing, and insurance industries. He has also advised on breach-of-contract disputes in the telecommunications, retail, and uranium mining industries.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Lazzara supervised teams in the execution of internal and independent audits. His private industry experience is in telecommunications where he served as CFO and Controller for a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC). For the telecommunications startup, he was directly responsible for building all aspects of the financial organization including policies & procedures, billing processes, systems, staffing and reporting.
Mr. Lazzara has public accounting experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers with industry expertise in the leasing, manufacturing, and retail sectors, and he served as an Internal Auditor for Goldman Sachs with an emphasis in compliance and internal controls reviews. While at Goldman Sachs, he supported the firm’s internal control environment by devising and implementing fraud prevention initiatives.
He has directed forensic investigations in the hedge fund industry centering on allegations of fraud by investment advisors, has led audit committee and SEC inquiries involving allegations of accountant’s malpractice, and has conducted investigations in support of financial reporting restatements. He has international experience investigating alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Asia and Europe.
Mr. Lazzara has led cases involving NYSE regulatory compliance examinations, and has advised on high profile securities litigation cases involving the interpretation and expert application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) and auditor compliance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (“GAAS”).
Mr. Lazzara holds a B.B.A. in public accounting (Magna Cum Laude) from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York, holds a Certification in Financial Forensics, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs.