FTI Consulting rolls out Geopolitical Intelligence practice

FTI said it is launching the practice amid "unprecedented political risk and instability" facing companies.

NEW YORK: FTI Consulting has launched its Geopolitical Intelligence practice to provide political and policy analysis as well as bespoke consulting and corporate advisory services for its corporate and financial clients.

New York-based senior MD Mitch Silber is leading the approximately 150-person practice, with 50 to 75 staffers coming from the firm’s Strategic Communications segment and support from FTI specialists around the world.

Silber is a visiting lecturer at Columbia University’s School for Public and International Affairs, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the former director of intelligence analysis for the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism efforts.

MD John Green is serving as the practice’s director of research. During his decade-plus tenure at the Eurasia Group, he helped to develop its advisory services, led its Asia and Africa teams, conducted and managed research, and served on its management committee.

Neither Silber nor other staffers in the Geopolitical Intelligence practice were immediately available for comment.

The practice is broken down by two services: corporate advisory and bespoke consulting. The corporate advisory service is catering mostly to multinational corporations with an emphasis on how political developments affect commercial outcomes. Services include providing reports, a web dashboard, indexes and rankings, and in-office briefings.

Services provided by the bespoke consulting side of the practice include stakeholder mapping, scenario analysis, and country risk assessments for market entry.  

FTI had 599 staffers in its strategic communications practice, 60% of which were located outside the U.S., as of 2015. The company’s strategic comms segment achieved $49.9 million in revenue in the second quarter, up 15% from the prior year.

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