FTI Acquires Perth Consultancy

FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN), through its strategic communications arm, FD, has announced that it has further strengthened its capabilities in Australia with the acquisition of Perth’s leading corporate communications and investor relations firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Perth consultancy is owned and managed by Directors Paul Downie and John McGlue who have extensive experience in financial transaction support and corporate communications. The business previously traded under an international communications brand.

The Perth business provides advice to a client base of Western Australia’s largest listed and private companies. The firm has also worked alongside corporate advisers and financiers on some of WA’s biggest ASX listings and corporate transactions.

They will now operate under the FD Third Person brand, working alongside FD’s existing Sydney and Melbourne offices.

“This acquisition aligns very well with our existing corporate communications and investor relations expertise in Australia and will broaden our ability to serve our clients in this key market,” said Jack Dunn, President and CEO of FTI Consulting. “In addition to the significant additional sector and industry expertise that Paul, John and their team will bring to our business, this transaction also adds further geographic coverage to our investment in the Australian market.”

FD’s Group Chief Executive Charles Watson, said the Perth office would bring significant new capabilities to the Group’s operations in Australia,
as well as to FD’s natural resources expertise globally.

“We are very excited to welcome Paul, John and their team of experienced and talented consultants to FD,” said Mr. Watson. “The combination of their business with that of FD Third Person unquestionably now creates Australia’s leading financial communications consultancy. As a leader in their field with a significant footprint in the capital markets and financial communications sectors, this offers us an outstanding opportunity to grow our national presence and client service.”

FD recently won the inaugural Financial Times-Mergermarket Asia-Pacific Public Relations Firm of the year for 2008.

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