FTI Consulting expands restructuring team with four senior hires

21 July 2021 Consultancy.com.au 3 min. read
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Global advisory firm FTI Consulting has bolstered its national restructuring team with the hire of four senior managing directors – all of whom previously were partners at a Big Four firm.

“For some time now, FTI Consulting has been the dominant restructuring firm globally, and we have the same goal for the Australian business,” said FTI Consulting’s Australian leader Mark Dewar, himself once a Big Four recruit (EY). “With the calibre of the new hires joining, we are well on the way to replicating the global success in our local market.”

Kathryn Evans

Kathryn Evans joins FTI’s Sydney office as a senior managing director. A chartered accountant and registered liquidator, Evans was with Deloitte for 14 years, latterly as a partner, gaining deep experience in the insolvency segment in areas such restructure and sale of businesses via voluntary administration and receivership, contingency planning, and corporate simplification and eliminations.

Kathryn Evans, David McGrath, Chris Hill and Ben Campbell

Chris Hill

Alongside Evans, FTI has also this year lured a pair of PwC partners to its restructuring practice out of Sydney; Chris Hill and David McGrath. The former was with PwC for the past three years, prior to which he spent over a decade with PwC acquisition PPB Advisory, and before that served at KPMG acquisition Ferrier Hodgson – altogether amassing more than 25 years of restructuring and advisory experience.

David McGrath

McGrath, meanwhile, first joined PwC in 2004 following a Bachelor of Accounting with the University of Technology, Sydney, before soon joining the firm’s London office, where he would spend more than eight years with a focus on complex cross-border restructuring projects. On his return to Australia in 2015, McGrath joined PPB as a director, then making partner at PwC a year on from the acquisition.

Ben Campbell

Based out of FTI Consulting’s Brisbane office, Campbell is another former PwC partner via PPB, spending more than eight years across the two. A Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Macquarie University, Campbell also spent over six years at KordaMentha (which has a strategic alliance with global FTI restructuring & turnaround rival AlixPartners), including a year on secondment to KordaMentha’s Singapore office.

Earlier this year, FTI Consulting also welcomed Deloitte veteran Vaughan Strawbridge, while former Asia co-lead John Batchelor returned to Melbourne at the start of the year.

John Park, FTI’s Head of Corporate Finance & Restructuring for Australia, suggested the firm’s specialised nature enables it to attract leading experts. “We are in a unique position to provide independent, impartial advice and assistance to a broad range of clients. Further, with restructuring mandates becoming increasingly global, we have access to a network of experts across multiple jurisdictions and industries to advise clients wherever they may do business.”