FTI Consulting today announced the appointment of David Eastwood as a senior managing director in the firm’s economic and financial consulting practice. He will be based in London.
Mr Eastwood’s areas of expertise include software and technology licensing, the development and implementation of contract compliance programmes, revenue recovery and the enforcement of intellectual property rights, the licensing of brands and digital content, royalty audits and software asset management. He also advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly where measurement of usage and compliance with contract terms is complex and hard to establish.
He has broad experience in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector, working with clients in software, hardware, digital content and telecoms, as well as in other IP-rich sectors such as pharmaceuticals and life sciences. He has audited software contracts, technology licences, distribution and joint-venture agreements, best pricing (most favoured nation) clauses, advertising agreements, co-development agreements and IT supply contracts.
Kevin Hewitt, chairman of the EMEA region at FTI Consulting, said: ’As IP-rich industries such as TMT and pharmaceuticals continue to evolve and respond to changing market and technological advances, there will inevitably be a significant rise in the volume of contractual disputes. David’s unparalleled expertise and experience will enable us to provide clients with the highest possible levels of advice and support, and I am delighted to welcome him to the team.’
Mr Eastwood joins FTI Consulting after almost 35 years at KPMG, where he helped establish and grow the firm’s UK forensic practice. He established KPMG’s global contract compliance services team in 2000, building it to around 500 staff globally and serving some of the world’s largest software and technology companies. Mr Eastwood was responsible for the recovery of more than $2 billion of cash and revenue for clients in that role.
Mr Eastwood is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a founding member of The Expert Witness Institute and holds a master’s of arts from Cambridge University.