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Karen McDonald

Karen McDonald

  • Managing Director
  • Forensic & Litigation Consulting
  • T: +1 646 576 8159
  • M: +1 718 290 7345
  • F: +1 212 841 9350
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    • New York, NY, 10036
    • United States
    • T: +1 212 247 1010
    • F: +1 212 841 9350

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, investigations and litigation, including 10 years of experience in global banks.

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. She additionally advised on the development of global, enterprise-wide ABC standards and program initiatives. As a senior Compliance Officer 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. Previously, as a member of the Financial Intelligence Unit of another global financial institution, she advised on Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering investigations and reporting. Karen also has experience managing a global Compliance internal investigations program.

Karen’s Compliance experience includes advising members of management and business leaders; 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 overseeing and conducting investigations and due diligence.

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, presented a multitude of complex cases to grand juries, and successfully prosecuted numerous trials. She conducted investigations and prosecutions involving suspected or alleged financial crimes, such as securities fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, welfare fraud and fraudulent documents, as well as enterprise corruption, conspiracy, criminal contempt and violent crimes. She additionally managed sophisticated investigations into suspected multi-jurisdictional 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 Compliance Committee of the New York City Bar Association and a member of the New York County Lawyers Association.

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