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Michael Ferguson

DIRECTOR, COMPLIANCE RISK AND DILIGENCE

North America

Michael Ferguson is a Director in the Compliance Risk and Diligence practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, based in the New York office. Mike joined Kroll in 2018 after a distinguished 28-year career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During his tenure, Mike served in senior and executive-level positions in the United States and internationally, often directing sensitive, complex, and confidential global and multinational law enforcement operations. He possesses significant subject matter expertise in the areas of anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, know your customer, compliance program, due diligence, policy development, and overall risk management.

Mike joined the DEA in 1990 and rose progressively through the ranks, ultimately serving as Special Agent in Charge, New England Field Division, Senior Executive Service from 2014-2018. In this role, he was responsible for all enforcement and administrative operations, overseeing the activities of more than 400 DEA and law enforcement personnel assigned to the six New England states. Part of his responsibilities involved directing and overseeing multijurisdictional bilateral investigations targeting criminal syndicates operating globally, including money laundering and financial investigations focusing on organizations involved with narcotics trafficking.

Mike also established an intelligence-driven targeting model in response to record numbers of heroin/fentanyl as well as counterfeit/illicit opioid pain pill related deaths throughout New England. Mike directed and coordinated with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners and prosecutors to decrease the availability of illicit narcotics by focusing enforcement operations on the cartels and their distribution networks as well as overseeing a number of community outreach programs dedicated to educating teens and adults about the dangers of opioid use and abuse. 

Earlier in his career, Mike was a Staff Coordinator and later served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief and Deputy Chief of Operations, Washington, D.C., from 2004-2008, during which his responsibilities in part involved organizing and participating in operational and policy briefings with the leadership from within the interagency community, including DEA, the U.S. Departments of Justice, State, Defense, and Treasury, the National Security Council, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In this role, Mike was also a member of an interagency working group that initiated, planned, and directed a strategy which ultimately resulted in the targeting, arrest, and prosecution of high-value Afghan targets and Taliban members involved in drug trafficking and terrorism finance, as well as weaponry, manpower, and financial support to the Taliban insurgency.

From 1997-2001, Mike was the DEA Country Attaché to Singapore and served as a chief advisor to the respective U.S. Ambassadors in Singapore, Indonesia, and Brunei. In addition to developing effective partnerships with regional law enforcement, Mike was the U.S. government’s resident lead negotiator for the Drug Designation Agreement between the U.S. and Singapore that allowed for the sharing of banking information and the freezing/forfeiture of drug proceeds. 

Selected Media Appearances 

Mike has conducted numerous press conferences on behalf of the DEA’s New England Field Division and has been interviewed frequently on network news stations such as CNN, NECN, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and FOX, and in articles published in the Boston Globe and Washington Post.

Education and Certifications

  • B.S., Business Administration and Communication, Stonehill College
  • Senior Executive Leadership Development Program, University of Notre Dame, 2017
  • Supervisory Leadership Program, University of Virginia, 2006

Affiliations and Memberships

  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)
  • Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association
  • DEA’s Survivor’s Benefit Committee, DEA New England Field Division

Awards and Recognition

  • U.S. Attorney General’s Award of Excellence in Law Enforcement, 2008
  • Top Cop Award 1995, Oval Office Recognition
  • DEA Administrator’s Award for Distinguished Service 1994, 1995, 2009

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