FTI Consulting Expands Its Asia Practice With Appointment of Dr. Mark Smith
Smith to Lead Global Real Estate Practice in Asia for FTI Schonbraun McCann Group
NEW YORK, June 9, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN), the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance their enterprise value, today announced that Dr. Mark Smith has joined the firm's global real estate advisory practice at FTI Schonbraun McCann Group (SMG), as a Senior Managing Director to lead the firm's commitment to the region.
FTI is expanding its footprint in Shanghai to service the rapidly growing area of mainland China and other areas of the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Smith will focus on providing strategic counsel to clients with significant operating or investment capital in complex real estate assets. Dr. Smith brings more than 25 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on all sides of a real estate transaction, including property owners, investors, large construction companies, and government agencies. He specializes in business risks, capital funding, and program advisory for multinational clients with critical needs in real estate, construction and infrastructure assets.
Prior to joining FTI, Dr. Smith led the development and growth of Ernst & Young's global real estate and construction practice where he assisted major corporations and their outside counsel by providing project risk avoidance and economic damage analyses related to all aspects of complex real estate and construction disputes. Dr. Smith also helped launch the firm's Real Estate Advisory Services practice for mainland China and the Asia region.
A certified public accountant and distinguished Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Dr. Smith earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University, and has delivered more than 100 papers and presentations for national publications and conferences in his industry. Most recently Dr. Smith has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences in China on Infrastructure investment in Asia.
"Mark brings a wealth of real estate consulting and risk advisory knowledge to FTI's rapidly growing presence in this important region, and we look forward to his contributions," said Dominic DiNapoli, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of FTI Consulting.
"China is an emerging force in the global economic recovery. We are excited to have Mark bring his considerable experience to FTI and work with us to expand SMG's solutions offerings to the region during these critical economic times. We look forward to having Mark lead our commitment to providing integrated real estate strategy, capital and implementation solutions to the Asia market." said Barry Barovick, Senior Managing Director, Global Real Estate Advisory Practice at FTI Schonbraun McCann Group.
About FTI Schonbraun McCann Group
FTI Schonbraun McCann Group (SMG) is a global consulting firm dedicated to creating integrated financial, tax and real estate solutions for clients having underlying value in real estate operations and assets. SMG provides an unsurpassed range of advisory services and represents leading public and private real estate entities including owners/developers, financial institutions, investment banks, opportunity funds, insurance companies, hedge funds, and pension advisors who are challenged by today's changing market conditions. FTI Schonbraun McCann Group is the real estate advisory business of FTI Consulting, Inc. For more information, visit www.smgllp.com.
About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,500 employees located in most major business centers in the world, we work closely with clients every day to anticipate, illuminate, and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, strategic communications and restructuring. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.
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