- Managing Director
- Forensic & Litigation Consulting
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- Three Times Square
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- New York, NY, 10036
- United States
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- F: +1 212 841 9350
- Licensed Attorney, New York
- Bribery & Corruption Investigations & Compliance
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
- Regulation and Compliance
- Risk Management & Internal Controls
- Corporate Fraud & Investigations
- Financial Institutions
Karen McDonald is a Managing Director in the Financial Services practice within FTI Consulting’s Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment, based in New York. She has 18 years of experience in Compliance programs, investigations and litigation, with 10 years of financial services Compliance experience.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Karen was a senior Compliance Officer responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of the Anti-Bribery & Corruption (ABC) Compliance Program for Societe Generale’s U.S. Corporate and Investment Banking businesses. Additionally, she advised on the development and enhancement of global, bank-wide ABC standards and program initiatives. At Barclays, she was the Americas Head of Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption, with responsibility for oversight of the ABC risk management program within the region’s business lines, contributing to the development of global standards and processes, and active involvement in governance initiatives. Earlier, at Barclays Investment Bank, Karen was responsible for a global Compliance program in which she coordinated and conducted internal investigations into potential breaches and misconduct. Prior to Barclays, she advised on Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering investigations and reporting at American Express.
Karen’s Compliance experience includes leading or contributing to the development, enhancement and implementation of policy, procedures, processes and controls; developing and delivering training and communications; overseeing the performance of risk assessments globally; and advising members of management and business leaders.
Karen began her career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. During her nearly eight years of service, she prosecuted hundreds of cases and successfully prosecuted numerous trials. She conducted investigations and prosecutions involving financial crimes such as securities fraud, employee theft, and fraudulent documents, as well as enterprise corruption. She additionally managed sophisticated investigations into international narcotics trafficking and money laundering activities, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels.
Karen holds a B.S. in Public Administration from the University of Scranton and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association. She also volunteers with Down syndrome achievement center GiGi’s Playhouse NY.