Michael Ferguson is the Americas Team Leader for the Sustainable Finance group at S&P Global Ratings in New York City. He recently has been involved in the development and roll-out of our ESG Evaluation tool, and is responsible for the inclusion of ESG risks into our credit ratings. He also supports our Green Evaluation efforts, and manages the North American and LatAm Analysts. He further is responsible for knowledge development on ESG throughout S&P Global Ratings. Much of his thought leadership research revolves around environmental regulation and energy policy.
Michael joined S&P Global Ratings in December 2011 and was in the Energy Infrastructure practice as a credit analyst for approximately seven years. Previously, he worked as a forensic accounting consultant with FTI Consulting in Washington, DC. He worked on a wide array of cases, ranging from stock option backdating and revenue recognition to embezzlement and ponzi schemes. Michael also worked in the Financial Services Assurance practice at Ernst & Young LLP; he audited hedge funds, insurers, and banks, as well as government agencies.
Michael is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Certified Financial Analyst Institute, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has contributed several articles on indicators of fraud to the Journal of Accountancy and Fraud Magazine.
Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 with a bachelor of business administration degree in Finance and a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science. He also received an International Business Certificate. He received a master of science degree in Accountancy from the University of Virginia in 2006 and a master of business administration degree from Duke University in 2011. Michael is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant (DC and VA), a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.