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Michael Garson

Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

Washington, DC, USA


Michael Garson is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group, located in the Washington, DC office. He leads the firm’s Government Contracts and Grants team within its Regulatory & Contractual Compliance practice. Mr. Garson has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney in private practice, an in-house general counsel, and a c- suite operations and compliance executive. In those roles, he advised companies and enterprises of all sizes on US federal, state, and municipal procurements and grants and has specific expertise in defense and technology matters. He specializes in helping clients build and execute on market strategy, prepare winning bids and proposals, and design compliant and efficient business processes and systems.

In addition, he has substantial experience developing and monitoring ethics and compliance programs, conducting internal investigations, and creating and overseeing data management and cybersecurity practices. He also has prepared and analyzed for clients multimillion dollar claims for potential litigation and engaged in pre-acquisition due diligence and post-acquisition integration involving government contractors. Notably, Mr. Garson founded three small business startups.

Prior to joining Ankura, Mr. Garson provided government contracting and business advisory services to a variety of companies through his own independent consulting firm. Before starting his own firm, he served in various capacities for LGS Innovations, a large US federal government contractor. Those roles included executive vice president and chief administrative officer, general counsel & secretary, chief compliance and ethics officer, and ITAR empowered official as well as technology control officer. LGS, a technology and R&D company, is primarily focused on supporting the US defense and intelligence communities and, at the time of Mr. Garson’s departure, had over 1,000 employees and $300 million in annual revenue. Before that Mr. Garson was a division counsel with Lucent Technologies, supporting their Government Solutions team, the main predecessor of LGS.

Mr. Garson began his professional career as an attorney in private legal practice at several large law firms in the DC metropolitan area. He represented clients in government contracting and grant matters, domestic and international joint ventures, civil litigation, fraud investigations and defense, transactions and contract negotiations, corporate formation and development, as well as compliance and ethics program formation and maintenance.

During his professional career, Mr. Garson has:

  • As a chief administrative officer, managed company security, information technology, legal, compliance, and contracting departments.
  • Implemented and improved cross-functional business processes affecting client speed to market, corporate assets and efficiencies, employee satisfaction, as well as legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Designed, implemented, and managed processes and systems for government contracting (FAR/DFARS) compliance, including capture management processes, contracts management functions, purchasing and supply chain sourcing systems, intellectual property management, data security, and cybersecurity policies and processes.
  • Led in the divestiture of a wholly-owned US subsidiary from its multinational parent in a deal for more than $100 million and directly managed all functional aspects of its transition into a stand-alone entity with private equity ownership.
  • Performed as part of an executive team in reviewing, assessing, and conducting due diligence on multiple candidate firms for acquisition and oversaw the merger and integration of a 125-employee company into the client business.
  • Designed, implemented, and managed comprehensive compliance and ethics programs for government contractors, including the creation and development of codes of conduct, training modules, policies and procedures, board reporting templates and escalation processes, audits and monitoring programs, discipline and incentives programs, internal investigations practices, remediation plans, program assessments and surveys, and risk assessment and management processes.
  • Successfully represented clients in obtaining lifts of and declinations to pursue suspensions and debarments before both the Army and GSA Suspension and Debarment Offices.
  • Participated in five cases before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and directly negotiated, implemented, monitored, and audited CFIUS-mandated National Security Agreements and Letters of Assurances.
  • Negotiated, implemented, and ensured compliance with a Special Security Agreement (SSA) and Administrative Services Agreement (ASA)involving theUS Department of Defense, including subsidiary foreign visitation and electronic communications plans, in mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) concerns.
  • Provided risk-appropriate advice to company board, management, and personnel on all types of business transactions and strategies, including prime, subcontract, teaming, reseller, OEM, technology licenses, joint development, joint venture, consortia, and foreign military sales agreements.
  • Responded to various audits and reviews by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) concerning compliance with the FAR cost principles and the Cost Accounting Standards.
  • Prepared and negotiated multimillion dollar termination proposals, requests for equitable adjustment (REAs), and claims to government and prime contractor officials and litigated disputes under the Contracts Disputes Act.
  • Created and structured technology and export control processes, ensuring that both physical and electronic technical assets were properly identified and secured from inception, stored in protected locations, and shared and exported in compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements and licenses.

EDUCATION

JD, George Washington University Law School

AB, Princeton University

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP)®

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Bar Association –

Section of Public Contract Law

Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)

The Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI)

Michael Garson is associated with the following items:
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Overseas Joint Ventures: Opportunities, Risks, and Potential Pitfalls , Monday, August 14, 2017
CFIUS Process, Risks, Opportunities, and Change, Friday, November 03, 2017
Audio Only On-Demand Web  Audio Only On-Demand Web Overseas Joint Ventures: Opportunities, Risks, and Potential Pitfalls - Overseas Joint Ventures: Opportunities, Risks, and Potential Pitfalls , Monday, August 14, 2017
CFIUS Process, Risks, Opportunities, and Change - CFIUS Process, Risks, Opportunities, and Change, Friday, November 03, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Overseas Joint Ventures: Opportunities, Risks, and Potential Pitfalls - Overseas Joint Ventures: Opportunities, Risks, and Potential Pitfalls , Monday, August 14, 2017
CFIUS Process, Risks, Opportunities, and Change - CFIUS Process, Risks, Opportunities, and Change, Friday, November 03, 2017
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