Beth Junell leads FTI Consulting’s Asia Risk Advisory & Investigations practice and specialises in cross-border matters involving fraud and corruption risk management, investigations and compliance program operations.
Ms. Junell is a forensic accountant who advises her clients and their advisors on responding to allegations of fraud and misconduct, including conducting appropriate investigations and remediating internal control gaps that allowed misconduct to occur and go undetected. She also advises clients on operationalizing fraud risk management and compliance programs, in particular design and implementation of risk assessment methodologies, internal controls to mitigate fraud and corruption risk and maintain accurate books and records, and processes for compliance monitoring and continuous program improvement. She has significant experience in matters arising from alleged corporate accounting fraud and financial reporting irregularities, violations of anti-corruption laws, white collar crime and other employee malfeasance and trade sanctions violations.
Ms. Junell has worked on behalf of special committees and their independent counsel, management in internal investigations, monitors or compliance consultants pursuant to settlement agreements, and as a shadow investigator on behalf of a Big 4 accounting firm’s audit practice. She has worked with companies in many industries, but most extensively in oil & gas; mining; engineering and construction; consumer and diversified industrial products; life, property and casualty and healthcare insurance; medical devices; telecommunications; and technology. She has presented findings and observations to boards, C-suite management, independent auditors and government regulators including the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ms. Junell specialises in complex fact analysis, developing case strategy and re-shaping work plans to respond to challenging and unexpected developments as facts are uncovered and pieced together. She also specialises in large cross-border matters, often executing work streams simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions. She has conducted and managed engagements in over 30 countries, with personal on-the-ground experience in: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom (England and Scotland).
Ms. Junell also has experience in various phases of dispute avoidance and resolution including discovery, investigation and analysis of complex facts, expert report preparation and testimony both at trial and by deposition.
Ms. Junell has practiced as a forensic accountant, investigations and compliance expert for nearly twenty years, including eight years with FTI Consulting in the U.S. At other times in her career she has worked for public accounting firms, having been an independent auditor for ten years and a partner in a Big 4 accounting firm’s forensic practice for over three years.