FTI Consulting

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FTI Consulting is a large public relations company, headquartered in the United States (US). In 2017, the company had circa 4700 employees and offices in 29 countries, including offices in London and Brussels.[1]

The consultancy has a long history working with the tobacco industry.

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

Tobacco Company Clients

In the UK, FTI Consulting has worked with:

Provided Technical Support to Tobacco Industry in Master Settlement Arbitrations

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, FTI Consulting provided services to the legal team of four US tobacco companies (Philip Morris Inc., Lorillard, RJ Reynolds and Brown and Williamson) in Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) arbitrations across several US states.[7][8]

The original MSA was agreed in November 1998 between four tobacco companies and the Attorney Generals of 46 states that had sued the tobacco companies over healthcare costs caused by tobacco consumption. Following the MSA, each state entered into arbitration, separate from the MSA, which determined the reimbursement states would receive from the tobacco companies in relation to the external legal fees states had incurred during the lawsuits.[9]

FTI Consulting supplied charts, graphics, and video to support the tobacco companies’ cases.[10]

The share each company paid towards FTI Consulting’s fees was based on market share. For example, Lorillard contributed US$2,445.49 to FTI Consulting’s work “on the Ohio arbitration”.[11] Overall, Lorillard contributed more than US$150,000 to FTI’s fees in the year 2000.[12][13]

Employees: Past and Present

  • Alex Deane joined FTI consulting in 2014 and became Managing Director Strategic Communications in the London office.[14]
  • Daniel Hamilton joined FTI consulting in 2015 to become Senior Director Strategic Communications in the London office.[15]

Deane and Hamilton worked previously together at Big Brother Watch and Bell Pottinger.

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Company website

Notes

  1. FTI Consulting Locations, 2017, accessed April 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 PRCA, Agency and In-house Register March-May 2015, PRCA website, accessed April 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 PRCA, Agency and In-house Register March-May 2016, PRCA website, accessed April 2017
  4. 4.0 4.1 , Register December to February 2017, available from: PRCA website, accessed April 2017
  5. British American Tobacco, BAT proposed merger with Reynolds, 21 October 2016, accessed April 2017
  6. British American Tobacco, BAT announces agreement to acquire Reynolds, Press release 17 January 2017, accessed April 2017
  7. M.A. Pope, Unknown, 26 January 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Document, Bates no: 83545531-83545532, accessed April 2017
  8. T.F. Gardner, Unknown, 6 October 1999, Truth Tobacco Industry Document, Bates no: 83545249, accessed April 2017
  9. Jones, Tobacco Fee Arbitration Panel Announces Iowa Decision, 29 December 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Document, Bates no: 83908342-83908343, accessed April 2017
  10. J.A. Wilson, Unknown, 27 January 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Document, Bates no: 83545650, accessed April 2017
  11. J.A. Wilson, Unknown, 1 February 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Document, Bates no: 83545528, accessed April 2017
  12. Unknown, Check Register For Year 20000000 FTI Consulting Inc, 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Document, Bates no: 99401272, accessed April 2017
  13. Lorillard, No. 698294, 27 October 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Document, Bates no: 99401273, accessed April 2017
  14. FTI Consulting, Alex Deane, FTI Consulting website, undated, accessed April 2017
  15. D. Singleton, Deane boosts FTI team with two hires, Public Affairs News 19 May 2015, accessed April 2017