Michael Schwartz is a managing director in the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, based in Houston. Mike has more than 35 years of significant experience as an expert in anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABC) compliance, a leader in the forensic practice at a Big Four accounting firm, a federal prosecutor, in-house counsel and civil trial attorney. He is a highly regarded professional with a proven track record for working with government agencies and corporate clients across all industries in preventing, detecting and investigating fraud, waste, abuse and other misconduct, including work on the largest housing disaster recovery program in U.S. history.

Mike joined Kroll from Control Risks, where he was a Principal in the Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice in the Americas region. In addition to working on a variety of ABC compliance program enhancement matters and diligence engagements, Mike led the team supporting the independent monitors appointed by the DOJ, SEC and Brazilian regulators to oversee a Brazil-based global petrochemical company as a result of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related corruption violations.

From 2002-2016, Mike was a Principal in the Forensic Advisory Services practice of KPMG. He held multiple leadership roles, including coordinating the firm’s ABC services globally, leading the Forensic practice’s efforts in the public sector and leading the firm’s crisis management services group. Mike led numerous investigations, risk and programmatic gap assessments, third party reviews, acquisition diligence and integrity diligence inquiries. He led the firm’s team working on the Louisiana Road Home Program, the $12 billion HUD CDBG program to assist Louisiana homeowners after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Earlier in his career, Mike was an Assistant United States Attorney for 11 years in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas. In addition to his other responsibilities, he was briefly a member of the Enron Task Force at its inception. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Mike was an in-house lawyer and civil trial attorney for a combined 10 years.

Representative Professional Experience
  • Enterprise-wide ABC risk assessments for a top 10 global airline and top 10 global financial institution
  • Post-acquisition ABC compliance and integration review in 10 countries for a Fortune 200 U.S. public company
  • Multiple investigations for a multinational energy company that involved alleged wrongdoing in its internal investigations unit

Education and Certifications
  • J.D., Emory University School of Law
  • A.B., Economics, Cornell University

 Affiliations and Memberships
  • Texas General Counsel Forum, Treasurer and Board Member, 2014-2015
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