Ian Pearson joins as a director of corporate insolvency and restructuring, and Ben Yeung joins the research and investigative group. Both will be based in Hong Kong.
Pearson will be responsible for introducing and overseeing corporate advisory and consulting assignments relating to restructuring or insolvency. He has more than 13 years' senior-level experience in the corporate advisory and consulting field. At International Risk, he will act as an independent consultant to banks and financiers with regard to lending or rolling over facilities, support in arbitration or litigation, and the provision of specialist corporate advice to the construction sector.
Yeung has a PhD in politics, a masters degree in international relations and a bachelors degree in war studies and history. He will be providing research and analytical support to the firm's political risk, fraud and corporate investigations, business intelligence and brand protection engagements. Prior to joining International Risk, Yeung worked at The Pacific Review and interned at The Hong Kong Policy Research Institute. He also taught world politics at an undergraduate level at the University of Warwick in the UK.
International Risk is a division of NYSE-listed FTI Consulting Inc, and bills itself as the leading risk mitigation consulting and investigative organisation in Asia. The firm is often called in to help track cases of fraud, with its team of experts using data forensics and other methodologies to uncover problems so that civil and criminal remedies can be swiftly implemented.
And for one of those examples that prove that economic downturns bring some folks more business, the firm says in a press release announcing the new hires that: "most recently, following the financial 'tsunami', we have been called in by corporations and law firms to help handle crisis situations, sudden disclosures of, or suspicions of fraud or malicious rumours aimed at banks etcetera".