We deliver proven expertise in computer forensics to help collect, process and make sense of essential data to present the strongest possible case. Outside our experts, we often rely on the application of technology assisted review, one of the industry-leading solutions.
Our reputation is rooted in us helping our clients navigate and solve data-related business challenges. They rely on us to root out fraud, maintain regulatory compliance, reduce spend, protect sensitive materials, quickly find facts and create business value. As data grows and becomes more complex, we can support your organisation better govern, secure, find, analyse and rapidly make sense of information. In highly regulated jurisdictions, we can deploy technology and host data on site. Innovative technology, expert services and tenacious problem solving methodology provides our global clients with defensible and repeatable solutions.
The independent, trusted professionals at FTI Consulting are experts at using data to reveal underlying truths of business operations, and to support companies during regulatory inquiries, competition law, sanctions and with disputes.
New discovery challenges, from collecting off emerging data sources to evolving data privacy laws, ongoing discovery challenges such as large data volumes, multilingual reviews, and the need for rapid understanding of critical documents. FTI Consulting acts as your trusted partner to provide innovative solutions with defensible results.
Our managed review experts deliver efficiency at every step of a comprehensive legal review ensuring the provision of key information early in your case and frequently throughout the review, until completion. Our collaborative approach allows us to help you manage your matter, deliver quality results, and provide transparent pricing.
As data volumes increase, challenges range broadly, from securely storing data in compliance with data privacy regulations to implementing data governance and preservation policies for legal obligations. We develop, implement and document information governance programs that reduce corporate risk, secure data, improve the e-discovery process and enable faster and deeper insight into data.
Our clients rely on FTI Consulting’s intelligence-led, expert-driven, strategic approach to global cybersecurity challenges affecting your organisation – your people, your operations, and your reputation. We are a global leading provider of independent cyber and risk management advisory services with a core offering focused on cyber readiness, incident response, and complex investigation and litigation.
Our clients rely on FTI Consulting to help them overcome risk and compliance challenges. Our professionals deliver enterprise-wide risk and compliance solutions that promote business transformation, growth and support ethical business behavior. We offer end-to- end industry-specific and expertise-led advisory services to support risk management and compliance programs.
Nick Athanasi is a seasoned expert in forensic technology, complex litigation and regulatory investigations. He has more than 30 years of experience in technology consulting, e-discovery, forensic investigations and executive leadership.
Nick has led teams on many of EMEIA’s largest and most complex litigations and regulatory investigations. He has held leadership and founding roles at numerous consulting firms, including serving as partner and Middle East leader at a Big 4 consulting firm.
Nick was also part of the leadership team that formed and grew FTI Consulting’s Technology segment in EMEIA from its inception in the U.K., through significant growth and expansion throughout the region.
Nick brings significant domain expertise in financial services (OFAC, LIBOR), pharmaceutical, transport, energy and technology sectors. His practice has spanned high-profile matters throughout the EMEIA region, in key areas including litigation, regulatory matters, security breaches and data privacy compliance.
Ben Crew is a Senior Director in FTI Consulting’s Technology segment and is based in Dubai. Ben leads the Middle East Information Governance Privacy & Security practice and is a renowned expert in information governance and Data Privacy. He is an acknowledged Privacy evangelist, with a focus on the GCC region, and is a regular panellist and speaker on forums and seminars across the region.
Ben has over 20 years experience working with clients to resolve risks associated with their data and assist clients in managing their data in a more secure and effective manner. He brings a wealth of experience in providing compliance expertise to clients from a range of industries, including financial services firms, hospitality, governmental and technology firms across the region. His diverse experience enables him to solve clients’ most pressing challenges efficiently and effectively.
He has been based in Dubai for over 12 years and has extensive experience working with clients across the Middle East and Africa to address their data compliance needs. He has strong experience in helping clients to respond to new and complex regulatory challenges across multiple jurisdictions.
Nedi is a Senior Director within the FTI Consulting Technology Advisory practice in Dubai. He leads the Digital Forensic and Cyber Investigations practice in the United Arab Emirates.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Nedi was leading the Digital Forensic and IT Expert Witness team registered with Dubai Public Prosecution, in addition to Dubai Criminal, Civil and Arbitration Courts.
With over 180 investigations, Nedi has led projects on variety of topics, including disputes, valuations of failed IT projects, cybercrimes, intellectual property theft, information leakage and other matters covering multiple jurisdictions in the GCC, Europe, Asia and USA with clients in a broad spectrum of industries and sectors.
FTI Consulting is a leading independent provider of investigative asset tracing and forensic accounting services to the global business and legal community. Our clients include business conglomerates with diverse portfolios, financial institutions, private equity, hedge funds, litigation funders and investors. We work with external counsel, in-house counsel and board-level management.
Financial institutions and the legal community representing them today face a wide range of strategic, operational and regulatory challenges. Our clients trust us to help guide them through their most difficult challenges across a broad spectrum of complex issues.
Middle Eastern based corporations and institutions today face a wide range of concerns including economic, financial, operational and regulatory challenges. These expose businesses to unfamiliar risks such as fraud, asset misappropriation, accounting system and financial manipulation and exposure to disputes with business partners, customers, suppliers and regulators.
Software license contracting can be a complex and daunting process. However, with the help of licensing experts such as FTI Consulting, organisations can identify their exact needs and make sense of the fine print to cut costs and recognise value.
With speed, efficiency and defensibility, FTI Consulting applies a systematic approach to collecting electronic data across the globe without the need for physical deployment. Using custom and industry-standard tools, our experienced data collection specialists maintain the forensic integrity, defensibility and security of data throughout supported by full chain of custody tracking.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FTI Technology’s award-winning managed review service is now available through a secure, virtual environment.
Amid an exponentially expanding universe of data, organisations are grappling with how to root out fraud, maintain regulatory compliance, protect sensitive information and mitigate an ever-expanding landscape of risk.
When a Dubai- and Palestine-based joint venture between two multi-national organisations in the pharmaceutical and health care industry deteriorated into a contentious trade secrets dispute, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts ordered a resolution in the form of a massive data remediation. The court appointed FTI’s Technology team in Dubai to serve as the independent expert to conduct data discovery, review and deletion for all disputed instances of trade secrets and source code across the violating entity’s systems. FTI Technology deployed experts from across the Middle East, U.S., U.K., Ireland, Spain and South Africa to complete a complex remediation involving 90 custodians, numerous systems and more than 100 devices.
FTI Consulting's Ben Crew and Shahin Shamsabadi joined Thomson Reuters – Practical Law to discuss the creation of resilient data privacy programmes in the Middle East.
Red flag issues for global and regional business
Prolonged pandemic restrictions significantly changed the landscape for investigations, as the once typical travel to client sites to perform on-site forensic data acquisition was either severely limited or not an option at all. Data collection methodologies suddenly shifted from traditional disk-to-disk copy to remote methods, requiring digital forensics experts to establish methodologies that would enable remote collections in a defensible manner, presentable to a court, regulator or senior stakeholders.
The UAE Government has recently introduced a new data privacy law. Watch this video as experts, Ben Crew, Head of Information Governance, Privacy, and Security MENA at FTI Consulting and Hamed Halawani, Head of Risk Specialists, Middle East, and North Africa at Thomson Reuters discuss these new laws in detail and what the implications are for businesses in the UAE.
Given its lawlessness, complexity and lack of transparency, monitoring the Dark Web requires expertise and experience. It is often difficult for organisations due to a lack of highly skilled resources and skillset they typically have available. Instead, companies would be better served by working closely with a technology provider who can provide the relevant support along with assistance in closely monitoring the Dark Web for relevant data using specialist tools and techniques.
As spear phishing becomes sophisticated and widespread it’s essential that organisations take a multi-layered approach to protecting themselves. This means buying in expertise in staff training, cyber security and monitoring from an external source that specialises in this growing risk.