Michael Ferguson is a director in the U.S. Energy Infrastructure group at S&P Global Ratings in New York City. He works on the merchant power and midstream energy team, covering a portfolio of project-financed power plants, infrastructure assets and independent power producers. Much of his thought leadership research revolves around environmental regulation and energy policy.
Ferguson joined S&P Global Ratings in December 2011. 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.
Upon finishing his undergraduate education, Ferguson worked in the financial services assurance practice at Ernst & Young LLP, rising to the rank of senior auditor; he audited hedge funds, insurers and banks, as well as government agencies.
Ferguson 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.
Ferguson 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. He is a chartered financial analyst, a certified public accountant (DC and VA), a chartered alternative investment analyst and a certified fraud examiner.