FTI Consulting

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FTI Consulting is a large public relations company, headquartered in the United States. Its UK office in London has a long history of working with the tobacco industry.

Background

The company globally employs circa 4600 employees and has offices in 28 countries, including offices in London, Stirling, and Brussels.[1]

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.[8][9]

The original Master Settlement Agreement (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.[10]

FTI Consulting supplied charts, graphics, and video to support the tobacco companies’ cases.[11]

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”.[12] Overall, Lorillard contributed more than US$150,000 to FTI’s fees in the year 2000.[13][14]

Employees: Past and Present

  • Alex Deane joined FTI consulting in 2014 and became Senior Managing Director in the London office in January 2018.[4][15]
  • Daniel Hamilton joined FTI consulting in 2015 as Senior Director Strategic Communications in the London office.[16][17]

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

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

FTI Consulting website

Notes

  1. FTI Consulting Locations, 2017, accessed January 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 PRCA, Agency and In-house Register March-May 2016, PRCA website, accessed January 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 , Agency and In-house Register December to February 2017, PRCA website, accessed January 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 R. Muir, Deane gets senior managing director gig at FTI Consulting, Public Affairs News, 4 January 2018, accessed January 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 PRCA, Agency and In-house Register March-May 2015, PRCA website, accessed January 2018
  6. British American Tobacco, BAT proposed merger with Reynolds, 21 October 2016, accessed January 2018
  7. British American Tobacco, BAT announces agreement to acquire Reynolds, Press release 17 January 2017, accessed January 2018
  8. M.A. Pope, Unknown, 26 January 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates no: 83545531-83545532, accessed January 2018
  9. T.F. Gardner, Unknown, 6 October 1999, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates no: 83545249, accessed January 2018
  10. Jones, Tobacco Fee Arbitration Panel Announces Iowa Decision, 29 December 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates no: 83908342-83908343, accessed January 2018
  11. J.A. Wilson, Unknown, 27 January 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates no: 83545650, accessed January 2018
  12. J.A. Wilson, Unknown, 1 February 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates no: 83545528, accessed January 2018
  13. Unknown, Check Register For Year 20000000 FTI Consulting Inc, 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates no: 99401272, accessed January 2018
  14. Lorillard, No. 698294, 27 October 2000, Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, Bates no: 99401273, accessed January 2018
  15. FTI Consulting, Alex Deane, FTI Consulting website, undated, accessed April 2017
  16. D. Singleton, Deane boosts FTI team with two hires, Public Affairs News 19 May 2015, accessed April 2017
  17. FTI Consulting, Daniel Hamilton, FTI Consulting website, undated, accessed January 2018