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Ian Smith

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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
Thought Leaders - Data 2019
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Data - Data Experts 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Ian Smith is commended by interviewees as a “highly organised, very approachable” practitioner with “a fantastic eye for detail” that “inspires total confidence”. They also acknowledge his valuable willingness to be “committed to driving the matter forward under very demanding deadlines”.

Biography

Ian Smith is a managing director in the FTI Consulting technology practice and is based in London. 

His career spans 20 years in the fields of computer forensics and e-discovery, in both the law enforcement and private sectors. In this time, he has advised clients in relation to the technology aspects of internal investigations, litigation and regulatory inquiries, including data mapping, preservation and review. His engagement experience encompasses matters in relation to fraud and corruption, anticompetitive practices, intellectual property theft and breach of contract. 

He has assisted clients in EMEA and globally from a wide range of industries, in particular the financial services sector, and also in the energy, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and construction sectors. His experience has enabled him to assist clients in understanding in simple terms their technology challenges and risks, and to provide strategic advice and hands-on management of large and complex matters to ensure defensibility while taking a proportionate and efficient approach to control technology and legal review costs.

Ian has assisted some of the world's largest banks, including an engagement in relation to a highly contentious litigation with a value in excess of £500 million where challenges included data across multiple jurisdictions, restrictions due to banking secrecy legislation, disparate data systems and a date range spanning more than a decade. In addition to directing the project from initial scoping to disclosure, Mr Smith was able to save the client over £1 million in technology and review costs by submitting affidavits to the court in relation to overreaching demands by the claimant for disproportionate work to be undertaken.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ian Smith receives effusive praise from respondents to our research who note his wide-ranging insight into forensic data acquisition.

Biography

Ian Smith is a managing director in the FTI Consulting technology practice and is based in London.

His career spans 20 years in the fields of computer forensics and e-discovery, in both the law enforcement and private sectors. In this time, he has advised clients in relation to the technology aspects of internal investigations, litigation and regulatory inquiries, including data mapping, preservation and review. His engagement experience encompasses matters in relation to fraud and corruption, anticompetitive practices, intellectual property theft and breach of contract.

He has assisted clients in EMEA and globally from a wide range of industries, in particular, the financial services sector, and also in the energy, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and construction sectors. His experience has enabled him to assist clients in understanding in simple terms their technology challenges and risks, and to provide strategic advice and hands-on management of large and complex matters to ensure defensibility while taking a proportionate and efficient approach to control technology and legal review costs.

Ian has assisted some of the world's largest banks, including an engagement in relation to a highly contentious litigation with a value in excess of £500 million where challenges included data across multiple jurisdictions, restrictions due to banking secrecy legislation, disparate data systems and a date range spanning more than a decade. In addition to directing the project from initial scoping to disclosure, Mr Smith was able to save the client over £1 million in technology and review costs by submitting affidavits to the court in relation to overreaching demands by the claimant for disproportionate work to be undertaken.

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