Michael Ferguson | Compliance Risk and Diligence| Kroll a division of Duff & Phelps

Michael Ferguson is a Director in the Investigations, Diligence and Compliance practice, based in the Boston office, and partnering with clients throughout the New England Region of the U.S. and Canada. Michael leverages significant experience in advising clients worldwide on numerous compliance related due diligence matters and other aspects of compliance programs, bringing impactful and valuable insight to their challenges through his extensive international and domestic investigative work.

Prior to joining Kroll, Michael served a distinguished 28-year career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where he recently held the position of Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division. In this role, Michael was responsible for all enforcement and administrative operations, overseeing the activities of DEA, state and local law enforcement personnel assigned to the six New England states. With regards to anti-money laundering and threat finance, he led and directed investigations targeting organizations involved with terrorism finance as designated by the U.S. State Department and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Michael is a retired senior executive service member of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), with significant experience leading individuals and directing sensitive, complex and confidential global and multi-national law enforcement operations. Michael led investigations to develop evidence that could be utilized in the judicial process to bring to trial and convict members of transnational organized crime syndicates.

Michael advises clients on the benefits of conducting third-party background due diligence on their vendors, distributors, customers, supply chain, investment partners and high-wealth clients. He also informs his private equity, investment banking and corporate clients about the advantages of conducting pre-transactional background due diligence, including sanction screening, enhanced public records research and investigative due diligence to properly vet key business and investment partners for buy side/sell side transactions, mergers and acquisitions or an initial public offering. Michael possesses significant subject matter expertise in the areas of anti-money laundering, threat finance, anti-bribery and corruption, OFAC, know your customer, compliance programs, sanctions screenings, enhanced due diligence, ultimate beneficial ownership, source of wealth, incident response and overall risk management. He works with clients to protect their reputational risk and avoid regulatory actions, by helping them understand the risks involved in their transactions. Michael’s clients then make informed decisions about the expansion of their business, regardless of the jurisdiction.

Michael received a B.S. in business administration and communication from Stonehill College. In addition, Michael is a DEA Special Agent Class #70 DEA Academy Graduate, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA.

Compliance Risk and Diligence

The Kroll Investigations, Diligence and Compliance team partners with clients to anticipate, detect and manage regulatory and reputational risks associated with global ethics and compliance obligations.

Investigations, Diligence and Compliance

Kroll’s Investigations, Diligence and Compliance practice leverages our best-in-class multi-disciplinary team to help businesses, law firms, financial institutions, private equity firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals meet their most critical challenges.