Christopher Ideker
Managing Director
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Advises clients on complex matters involving compliance, investigations and disputes
25 years of experience working with attorneys and management to provide accounting and financial guidance
Expert witness for investigations by the SEC, DOJ and OIG-HHS
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Chris Ideker is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal's Disputes and Investigations in Atlanta, New York and Washington D.C., specializing in advising clients on complex matters involving compliance, investigations and disputes. For 25 years, he has been working with attorneys and management to provide accounting and financial guidance across the spectrum of conflict to organizations worldwide.

Mr. Ideker served as quality partner, advising audit teams and their professional practice group on adequacy of internal investigations for clients under SEC or DOJ investigation. He also led the firm’s initiative for both detection of and reaction to accounting fraud.

Mr. Ideker is an expert witness who has worked on numerous matters involving investigations by the SEC, DOJ and OIG-HHS. His primary areas of concentration are health care fraud, independent review organizations and monitorships, audit committee investigations, bribery, corruption and kickbacks.

Notable assignments over the course of his career include serving as partner on a DOJ investigation for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations regarding bribery allegations and adequacy of books and records. These allegations involved bribery of a minister of health through various consulting arrangements. In addition, he designed the anti-bribery compliance program in response to a DOJ global settlement for the Americas locations of a multi-national corporation. In that assignment, he also adopted a global program with redundancies and inefficiencies into a workable, streamlined model for adoption in the largest U.S. division.

Mr. Ideker also managed an audit committee investigation for a pharmaceutical manufacturer accused of ""channel stuffing,"" improper Medicaid price reporting and unreported related party activity. In addition, he led a special investigative committee investigation for an energy trading company involving allegations of accounting fraud and misleading the investing public. Issues included accounting information process flow, financial modeling and proper disclosure for a debt issuance and alleged improprieties with suspense accounts.

He further served as partner on over 125 engagements with the Independent Review Organization for Corporate Integrity Agreements. He designed the firm's approach and served on several working groups advising the OIG-HHS on model compliance programs and IRO methodologies. Recently, he was the global practice leader for a big four firm's corporate compliance practice. Primary issues of risk included bribery and corruption and antitrust violations.

Before A&M, Mr. Ideker spent 16 years with big four accounting firms, primarily in the forensic group. In that role, Mr. Ideker served as quality partner, advising audit teams and their professional practice group on adequacy of internal investigations for clients under SEC or DOJ investigation. Issues of expertise include Statement on Auditing Standards 99 and 54, Staff Accounting Bulletin 99. He also led the audit committee investigating a software company for alleged false and misleading financial statements. Accounting issues included revenue recognition practices and side deals. He also served as the Corporate Compliance Officer for the nation's largest medical billing company. There, he developed a compliance program designed to address issues discovered in two DOJ investigations initiated prior to his tenure. His program was specifically cited by the DOJ as a favorable settlement factor.

Mr. Ideker earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee. He is a certified public accountant, a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, an associate member of the ABA and a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

NOTE: Alvarez & Marsal employs CPAs but is not a licensed CPA firm.