Ernest Brod is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Global Forensic and Dispute Services and leads the firm's Business Intelligence practice. He has extensive experience in applying cutting-edge forensic techniques to corporate investigations and providing in-depth business intelligence services to clients around the globe.
Before A&M, Mr. Brod led the business intelligence practice at Navigant and was a director in the forensic and dispute services practice for Deloitte FAS. Earlier, he spent 17 years with Kroll as one of the leaders of their investigation and intelligence business, and was a founder and CEO of Citigate Global Intelligence.
At Kroll, Mr. Brod is credited with groundbreaking work in applying a variety of investigative tools, on behalf of companies engaged in litigation, internal investigations, global asset searches, and in corporate contests and transactions. He led high-profile engagements, including the search for Baby Doc Duvalier's pirated assets on behalf of the government of Haiti, and participated in defending major corporations against the corporate raiders of the 1980s and 1990s. His efforts helped the field of business investigations gain acceptance from corporate America and prominent law firms.
By looking for hidden issues within companies, as well as insufficient disclosure or misrepresentation by their principals, his background checks have helped shape the final structure of hundreds of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, franchising, licensing and distributorship arrangements, and new market entry. In the process, he has helped clients reduce the risk of fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues, and Anti-Money Laundering and terrorism concerns.
Earlier in his career, he served for five years as an attorney / investigator with the Federal Trade Commission.
In 25 years as an investigative and intelligence consultant, Mr. Brod has worked with the country's leading law firms, corporations and financial institutions. He has held leadership positions in the Federal Bar Council, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the International Bar Association.
In recent years, he has led panel discussions at the New York City Bar Association and at the Federal Bar Council Inns of Court about "Pretexting" and the impact of the Hewlett-Packard case on corporate investigations. He has spoken on "Pretexting – the do's and don'ts of gathering information" at four leading law firms and two Fortune 100 companies, published an article and led a webcast on the subject. He has also written and lectured extensively on activist investors and hostile takeovers, investigative and reputational due diligence, asset searching, and litigation intelligence.
Mr. Brod earned a BA from Columbia College and a JD from Columbia Law School. He has lectured around the world on investigative techniques to reduce the risks involved in international business transactions and relationships.