Marc-Philip Ferzan
Senior Managing Director

Investigations, Compliance, & Monitorship Expertise; Former Government Executive

Marc-Philip Ferzan is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in Washington, DC and serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. With more than 25 years of combined experience as a practicing attorney, public sector leader, and consultant, Marc has managed complex investigations and led multidisciplinary teams in a broad range of mission-critical initiatives. Leveraging his deep understanding of dynamic regulatory environments and expertise in prosecuting and defending government enforcement actions, he provides investigative and compliance advisory services to private and public sector clients, and leads engagements requiring independent monitoring and reporting.

  • Experience

    During a distinguished career in public service, Marc served as a federal prosecutor with the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey where he held various leadership positions, including Chief of the Commercial Crimes Unit and Acting Deputy and Executive Assistant US Attorney. There, he was responsible for managing the office’s economic crimes program and worked on several significant corporate and individual fraud prosecution matters. While at the US Attorney’s Office, Marc also established and supervised the office’s first Department of Justice-designated Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property group of prosecutors responsible for investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes. In addition, he previously served in Washington, DC as a Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice’s Tax Division, and Senior Counsel with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.

    Marc’s public service experience includes an appointment to the New Jersey Attorney General’s executive team, where he provided legal and policy guidance on a broad range of law enforcement, litigation and regulatory matters to the Attorney General, as well as the Governor and cabinet. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a presidentially-declared major disaster event, Marc was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to a newly created dual cabinet and senior staff position responsible for developing a coordinated and accelerated approach to the state’s multibillion-dollar recovery and rebuilding. As part of his responsibilities, he helped to launch more than 50 disaster aid programs leveraging federal grants, as well as state and private sector resources. Central to these efforts, he developed compliance protocols for state departments and agencies administering disaster recovery funds to enhance efficiencies and curb waste, fraud, and abuse; facilitated independent monitoring and reporting; and coordinated agency audits and inquiries conducted by federal and state law enforcement and regulatory personnel.

    Over the course of his career, Marc received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Director’s Award from the Department of Justice, the Inspector General’s Award from the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Award for Excellence from the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency. He also previously held an appointment as a lecturer at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and served as a Fellow at the Darden Business School’s Institute for Business in Society.

    Representative Professional Experience:

    • Serves as part of leadership team in court-appointed role to provide independent oversight and reporting in connection with multibillion-dollar remedial program undertaken by global automobile manufacturer as part of resolution of consumer protection and environmental matters arising from consolidated plaintiff’s class action litigation, as well as enforcement actions by the FTC, DOJ, EPA, and other government agencies.
    • Serves as part of agency-appointed independent monitor leadership team to oversee contractor compliance with legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements in connection with ongoing multibillion-dollar MTA transportation infrastructure projects in New York City.
    • Provided compliance advisory services to executives and board of directors of a government development bank in connection with administration of federal grants proceeds and liquidation and distribution of assets while under federal oversight.
    • Conducted investigation and coordinated with counsel in developing cease-and-desist order resolution in defending SEC enforcement action against state agencies related to adequacy of pension benefit plan disclosures in billions of dollars of municipal bond offerings over seven-year period.
    • Managed computer forensics and investigative teams supporting court-appointed special master in civil theft of trade secrets litigation involving technology staffing companies.
    • Managed multi-agency investigation of one of the nation’s largest home and healthcare facility staffing agencies in connection with allegations of Medicaid and Veterans Affairs benefits billing improprieties, resulting in civil and criminal deferred prosecution agreement settlements with DOJ and corporate integrity agreement with HHS.
    • Managed multi-agency investigation of five major medical device companies engaged in making impermissible kickback payments to surgeons, resulting in civil and criminal non-prosecution and deferred prosecution agreement settlements to resolve false Medicare and other public health benefits program claims with DOJ, as well as corporate integrity agreement with HHS.
    • Managed multi-agency investigation into allegations that New Jersey hospital system engaged in fraudulent accounting and billing scheme in connection with enhanced Medicare outlier claims for reimbursement, resulting in civil settlement with DOJ, and corporate integrity agreement with HHS.

  • News & events

     

    • Georgetown University Law Center, 7th Annual Cybersecurity Law Institute Conference,  5/22/19, panel: “You’ve had a Data Breach: How do you do the Data Impact Review,” Washington, DC.
    • Loyola University Chicago School of Law Conference, 2/16/18, panel: “2018 Compliance Symposium – What is the Role of a Regulation if it is not Enforced?” Chicago, IL
    • The Knowledge Group Webinar, 8/23/2017, panel: “The DOJ’s New Guidance on U.S. Corporate Compliance Programs: Evaluating Efficiency and Effectiveness”
    • Practicing Law Institute Webinar, 6/9/2017, panel: “Monitorships and Integrity Services, Practical Perspectives on Reestablishing Trust”
    • Ankura Establishes Charlottesville, VA Office at UVA Research Park,” Ankura News, 5/19/2016
    • Ankura Launches Risk Advisory and Management Practice,” Ankura News, 5/19/2016
    • University of Pennsylvania Law School Conference, 11/20/2015, panel: “Earthquakes, Nuclear Meltdowns, and Chemical Spills: Legal Responses to Disasters in the US and Asia – Mapping the Legal Terrain,” Philadelphia, PA
    • University of Virginia, 9/17/2015, Host & Moderator: “Constitution Day: A View from the Newsroom, The First Amendment and Freedom of the Press,” Charlottesville, VA
    • Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Academy, 7/27/2015, panel: “Infrastructure and Environment, Continuity of Critical Services,” Chicago, IL
    • Darden School of Business Conference, 3/20/2015, Closing Keynote Speaker: “Business in Society Conference: Public–Private Partnerships, An Opportunity to Build the Nation’s Resilience,” Charlottesville, VA
    • Environmental Defense Fund Conference, 3/27/2014, Keynote Speaker: “Innovations in Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation Finance,” New York, NY
  • In the community

    • Ronald McDonald House
    • Oxfam
    • Blue Ridge Food Bank