Lawrence Smith joins FTI Consulting board

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Lawrence Smith (W.) will be joining the board of FTI Consulting. He was a former board member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Lawrence Smith will join the firm’s SEC & Accounting Advisory Services practice within its Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment as a Senior Managing Director, effective August 1, 2017.

Lawrence Smith, who will be based in New York, recently retired from the FASB, the independent accounting standard setter in the United States, after serving two five-year terms. As part of the seven-member FASB, he was responsible for advancing its mission to establish and improve financial accounting and reporting standards to increase transparency for users of financial statements and build investor confidence in the capital markets. During his tenure as a board member, the FASB undertook major projects and promulgated new standards in the areas of revenue recognition, leases, credit losses, derivatives and consolidations, among others.

At FTI Consulting, Mr. Smith will serve corporate clients and law firms as a testifying expert in accounting-related litigation matters. Additionally, he will serve as a member of the National Office at FTI Consulting, responsible for consulting with engagement teams and clients on complex accounting issues.

“Larry is one of the preeminent experts in the accounting industry in the United States,” said Neal Hochberg, Global Leader of the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment at FTI Consulting. “As corporations face continuing challenges from the increasing complexity of accounting standards, Larry’s unique experience as both a standard setter and a Big Four audit partner deepens FTI Consulting’s ability to assist organizations as they navigate a complicated regulatory environment.”

The addition of Mr. Smith will bolster the expertise of FTI Consulting’s SEC & Accounting Advisory Services practice, which assists public companies, boards of directors, audit committees and legal counsel with SEC accounting and financial reporting issues and ensuring compliance with corresponding regulatory requirements.

“These are challenging times for financial reporting in the United States as corporations adopt new rules on revenue recognition, lease accounting, credit losses and derivatives in the next few years,” Mr. Smith said. “I am excited to join the talented team of experts at FTI Consulting in addressing their clients’ most complicated accounting issues, in both the legal and regulatory environments.”

Prior to his appointment to the FASB board, Mr. Smith spent five years as the FASB’s Director, Technical Application and Implementation Activities and served as Chairman of its Emerging Issues Task Force. Mr. Smith joined the FASB in 2002 after a 25-year career at KPMG. From 1992 to 1996, he served as a Partner in the firm’s Department of Professional Practice in New York. He also served as Engagement Partner and SEC Reviewing Partner for a number of Fortune 1000 clients.