Michael Pace specializes in conducting complex investigative assignments for boards and senior management at public and private corporations, legal counsel, the financial sector, and educational institutions.
His case work has included corporate investigations involving allegations of fraud or corporate corruption, due diligence investigations, asset investigations and dispute-related inquiries. He has conducted investigations in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Before joining BRG, among his numerous internal corporate investigations, Mr. Pace led a global inquiry for a multinational investment firm involving the misappropriation of trade secrets, proprietary trading strategies, and other valuable intellectual property assets, and he supervised an asset investigation that included fact-finding and analysis in the Ukraine, Russia, and the US. He has led audit committee investigations, including a case for a publicly traded manufacturing company valued at approximately $12 billion that involved allegations of accounting fraud and other misconduct.
Mr. Pace also brings to BRG significant anti-corruption experience, most recently supervising the investigation into allegations of widespread corruption in the Chinese operations of a multinational life sciences company; conducting a risk assessment of a global healthcare company’s operations and practices in China; conducting an investigation of alleged FCPA violations in Europe and Argentina for a medical device manufacturer; and leading the FCPA pre-acquisition due diligence in Pakistan, Oman, Bangladesh, Egypt, China, and Indonesia related to the commercial agents of a target company in the oil and gas sector.
Mr. Pace has applied a variety of forensic accounting, investigative, computer forensics, and analytical resources to help solve client problems. Before he joined BRG, in a trade secret matter, his team helped prove that key management at a client subsidiary company had been planning to form a competitor and was illegally influencing buyers in the industry. As a result of his team’s investigation, the client saved approximately $30 million in the form of various payouts.
Mr. Pace regularly helps clients respond to subpoenas and inquiries from regulators and third parties that require collecting, processing, hosting, and reviewing substantial volumes of electronic data, including email, MS Office documents, transactional data from financial systems, and other electronically stored information.
Mr. Pace was previously a senior managing director and the global leader of the Global Risk and Investigations practice at a global business advisory firm. Before that, he was a managing director and co-leader of the Dispute Analysis and Forensics practice at a global professional services firm. He was previously the Chicago office head for a risk solutions firm where, for eight years, he built and led the firm’s investigations, intelligence, and security businesses in the Midwestern United States. Mr. Pace was also a litigator at an international law firm, handling commercial and civil litigation matters, white collar criminal defense cases, and internal investigations. He began his career in 1989 as an Assistant US Attorney in Chicago with the Department of Justice, where he spent five years investigating and prosecuting fraud, racketeering, narcotics, violent crime, and other complex cases.
Mr. Pace was named in The National Law Journal’s Inaugural List of 50 Governance, Risk & Compliance Trailblazers & Pioneers in 2014; in Who’s Who Legal: Forensic and Litigation Consulting Experts in 2016; in Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery Experts in 2015 and 2016; and in Who’s Who Legal: Experts – Forensics & Litigation Consulting – Accountants in 2017.
Mr. Pace has a JD from Northwestern University School of Law and a BS in finance from the College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Chicago Crime Commission, American Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association. He is a board member of The Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS).
Mr. Pace has been a guest lecturer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management on White Collar Crime.
FTI Consulting, Inc.
Senior managing director and global practice leader
2005 – 2018
Alvarez & Marsal
2004 – 2005
Kroll Associates, Inc.
Senior managing director
1996 – 2004
Jenner & Block
1994 – 1996
US Attorney’s Office, Chicago
Assistant U.S. attorney
1989 – 1994
Winston & Strawn
CARPLS, Board member
American Bar Association
American Corporate Counsel Association
Chicago Crime Commission
Federal Bar Association
Sacred Heart Haiti Ministry, Co-chair (previous)
Areas of Expertise
Northwestern University School of Law
University of Illinois, College of Commerce and Business Administration
Who’s Who Legal, Experts – Forensics & Litigation Consulting – Accountants, 2017
Who’s Who Legal, Forensic and Litigation Consulting Experts, 2016
Who’s Who Legal, Asset Recovery Experts, 2015, 2016
FTI, Outstanding Engagement Team Award, 2015
The National Law Journal, Inaugural List of 50 Governance, Risk & Compliance Trailblazers & Pioneers, 2014
FTI, Client Service Award, 2007, 2009